Samsung Display has just unveiled the world’s first 77-inch QD-OLED panel TV, expanding your future QD-OLED TV screen size options by a significant 12-inches.
At the moment, your QD-OLED screen choices are limited to 55- and 65-inch versions of the TV made by Samsung and Sony, although the 65-inch Samsung S95B is really excellent and gets a rare five-star review from this publication.
Samsung Display unveiled the new 77-inch screen, the first-ever expansion of its QD-OLED TV format options, at the International Meeting on Information Display (IMID 2022), an industry show in South Korea’s Busan — though only one panel is out so far turned out to be. No actual TV was shown at the Samsung Electronics event at the recent IFA 2022 technology show, so availability will likely not be until 2023.
This QD-OLED is not to be confused with LG’s largest OLED TV, a 97-inch stunner that did appearing at IFA – no, this is almost certainly part of the hoped-for expansion of Samsung’s cheaper QD-OLED TVs as a result of the South Korean tech giant’s investment in improving the efficiency and scale of making the next generation QD-OLED panels .
QD-OLED combines the Quantum Dot color technology Samsung’s QLEDs are known for with the pixel-precise contrast of OLED, to give you the best of both – but it’s currently expensive to make. Hopefully this new size is a sign of the boosts the technology needs to lower prices and be more flexible with screen sizes.
Analysis: Cheaper QD-OLEDs in 2023 are very likely, which is very good news
In order to compete directly with the mainstream (and cheaper) OLED panels used in the best OLED TVs on the market today, Samsung had to work on lowering the cost, and it seems to have succeeded – most likely. by reported improvements in the efficiency of making the screens (meaning much less material wasted making each working panel).
More efficient production means cheaper production, and with QD-OLED TVs currently at the very top of 4K TV prices, a drop in price is just what they needed to take them to the mainstream, although TechRadar understands that QD-OLED panels are still a lot more expensive than regular OLED panels.
So far, 2022 has brought us the first 55- and 65-inch QD-OLED TVs from Samsung and Sony, plus Dell’s inaugural 34-inch QD-OLED monitor.
Remember that QD-OLED panels are exclusively produced by Samsung Display, so with a 77-inch panel now a reality, expect QD-OLED TVs to grow in size in the near future.
Concrete details (official pricing, availability, resolution) are thin on the ground, but the panel will most likely have 4K resolution and the same kind of 1000 nit brightness in the real world as current QD-OLED displays.
The first 77-inch QD-OLED TV probably won’t be available until 2023 (CES, January 2023, we’re looking at you) but if you need something now, check out the best OLED deals live this month – and note that Samsung It is rumored that Display is also working on a 49-inch QD-OLED panel, reportedly intended for monitors.