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Samsung vs LG: Which Korean has Better Curves?

15 August 2017 | Jonathan So

Samsung and LG are widely regarded as the No.1 and No.2 TV makers in the world respectively, known for producing top-of-the-line TVs that offer superior quality in terms of display colour, brightness, clarity, and realism. Being the leaders in the TV industry, it goes without saying that a comparison should be made between these two brands when curved TVs are concerned.

An Introduction to Curved TVs

Curved TVs entered the mainstream stage in early 2014 when both Samsung and LG announced that their new range of televisions will feature a number of curved-screen models. Since then, many other manufacturers have introduced their own versions of the curved TV. A curved TV takes the traditional flat screen and bends it along a gentle arc where the curved edges are closer to each other. The advantages offered by curved TVs include more immersive viewing thanks to its curved edges providing wider viewing angles, richer contrast, and sharpness at the edges. This is because the curved screens track the natural shape of your eyes better than its flat-screen counterparts.

The advantages offered by curved TVs include more immersive viewing thanks to its curved edges providing wider viewing angles, richer contrast, and sharpness at the edges.

The two technologies that differentiate both brands are the OLED and QLED display technology that is used by LG and Samsung respectively. Hence, the TVs will be compared in terms of the display.

Defining OLED and QLED

OLED

QLED

Known as “organic light emitting diodes”

Uses quantum dots to enhance the performance in key areas

OLED bulbs will emit its own light when electricity runs through them.

Quantum dots do not emit their own light, but act as a filter when light passes through to significantly enhance the brightness and colours.

LG is known for creating industry-leading OLED televisions

QLED is a term used exclusively by Samsung to differentiate the TVs from other models.

Now, it is time to pit both technologies against each other across several points to see how they fare:

Black Levels

A display’s ability to produce deep, dark blacks is a key feature to achieve excellent picture quality. Deeper blacks translate to higher contrast and richer colours, hence leading to more immersive and realistic visuals. OLED TV’s pixels appear completely black when they are shut off, unlike in QLED TVs where the backlight might spill through to a section of the screen that should be blackened which results in a slight haze around bright objects, a phenomenon which is not seen OLED TVs. Hence, it is safe to say that LG has the upper hand here. LG 1:0 Samsung.

Brightness

In terms of brightness, the addition of quantum dots in QLED TVs will enhance the brightness levels even further compared to LED TVs without quantum dots. This is why Samsung can proudly claim that its QLED TVs provide superior “colour volume” which is the ability to produce colours without losing saturation. Samsung’s QLED TV’s increased brightness levels can be very helpful at delivering desired visuals, giving it an edge over LG’s OLED TVs. Winner: Samsung.

Colour Space

In terms of colour space, OLED used to be the obvious winner in this category. However, the utilisation of quantum dots has enabled QLED TVs to improve their colour accuracy, colour brightness, and colour volume by leaps and bounds, making it a neck-and-neck race between the two brands. Hence, as the result is too close to call, both LG and Samsung will need to settle for a draw.

Response Time

Response time can be defined as the time taken for each individual diode to change from “on” to “off”. LG, with its OLED-backed curve TVs comfortably triumphs over Samsung’s QLED TVs in terms of response time. Samsung is not to be blamed in any aspect as the OLED is widely regarded as having the fastest response time of any TV technology used today, making LG an obvious winner.

LG, with its OLED-backed curve TVs comfortably triumphs over Samsung’s QLED TVs in terms of response time.

Input Lag

Over the years, LG has improved its OLED TVs in terms of input lag, making it a real contender amongst avid gamers who enjoy playing intensive games. This makes the models to be on-par to Samsung’s QLED TVs. Again, a draw as it is hard to draw a big difference amongst both brands.

Viewing Angles

Although curved TVs improve viewing angles in general, LG’s OLED TVs has an advantage over its rival. Despite the curved screen, the best viewing angle for Samsung’s QLED TVs is dead centre as the contrast and colour will diminish slightly at the edges. Moreover, LG’s IPS panels boost the viewing angles of its curved TVs, enabling it to fare better than Samsung’s QLED TVs in this aspect.

Power Consumption

OLED TVs have better power consumption as they do not require a backlight to illuminate the diodes. Hence, they consume less power and makes them more power-efficient. Despite Samsung’s efforts to introduce power-saving technology to its QLED TVs, they still fall short of the natural power efficiency provided by LG’s OLED TVs. Hence, LG has the upper hand in this category as well.

AND We have a Winner!

After analysing the curved TVs of both LG and Samsung through several aspects, it is apparent that LG’s curved TVs fare better overall compared to Samsung’s QLED models. As the frontrunners in the home theatre industry, Samsung and LG are undoubtedly the brands of choice if you are looking for a new television for your home.

...it is apparent that LG’s curved TVs fare better overall compared to Samsung’s QLED models.

Curved TVs are becoming increasingly popular but if you still prefer flat-screen TVs, then check out the models featured below to equip your home with!

Contex 43FD2800S
HK$ 2,950.00 Contex 43" FHD LED Smart TV 43Fd2800S 4K畫質配上A級屏幕 讓你擁有「優鮮」視覺享受 如果「A」是滿分,那麼我們追求的便是爆分的質素。contex S 系列採用最先進的「A+」屏幕,無亮點,無暗點,無瑕疪,所呈現的黑白層次醠分明,配備日本調色技術,畫面更為明艷。配備4K解析度,全面提升畫面鮮艷度,對比度及立體感。 5.1 Android 智能系統 浩大飛快的新世界 藏在小小開機按鈕內 Contex S 系列電視升級5.1 Android 智能系統,配備雙核Cpu及多核Gpu處理器,內置1Gb Ddr3 暫存記憶體,極速運算及處理高清畫面,傳輸效率更快,使用不同應用程式皆能流暢應用,它可以是電視,也可以是更多。 光纖端子 光是最快的! 向偉大的光纖之父高錕敬禮!contex S 系列配備光纖數位音訊輸入介面,可以讓你的音響組合接通光纖訊號,只靠一條幼細的管道就可以讓你擁有劇場級的音響感受。沒有事情可以快過光。藉著光的力量,你的電視與音響組合可以實現無時差光速傳輸。 Mirror Cast 無線鏡射 無線共享 電視與手機成為朋友 Contex S系列的電視比聰明更聰明,內置最新「Mirror Cast」無線螢幕分享裝置,不用刻意買一個無線顯示接收器,你也可以輕鬆讓電視與手提電話合二為一。不論網上購物/通訊/文件處理,你的生活不再需要限制於手掌大小的手機螢幕之中!Smart Tv,比聰明更聰明。 接駁電腦 是的,我們保留了藍色插頭位 香港寸金尺土,為解決土地問題同時帶予高級享受,contex S系列電視機支援電腦輸入,除了Hdmi端子,我們亦保留了藍色的Vga端子,讓你的電腦畫面可以同步顯示在大液晶螢幕上! 三年全保 不敷衍、不怠慢、不限尺寸 不論任何尺寸的電視,Contex在三年的保養期內提供免費上門維修。我們厭倦音頻電話,因此辦公時間內所有維修電話保證真人接聽。我們相信,只有人與人之間的交流,才能令客人滿意。有問題?立即致電給我們的維修人員吧! 規格: 尺寸:43" 顯示解析度(像素):1920 x 1080 全高清 觀賞角度:178 光量度:200cd/m2 反應時間:6ms 對比度:25000:1 多媒體格式: Video: .mpg .avi .ts .mov .mkv .dat .mp4 / Sound: .vob .mp3 .m4a .aac / Picture: .jpeg .bmp .png 接駁:hdmi x 3 / USB x 2 / AVI / YPbPr / Optical Fibre / VGA / Earphone / Rj45 電壓:100-240V 50/60Hz 機身尺寸:969 x 561 x 72 mm 座檯尺寸:969 x 606 x 212 mm 配件:電視遙控 x 1 / 座枱腳 x 2 / 電池 x 2 保用條款: 香港行貨,本公司七天非人為損壞包換,原廠三年保用。 ☞ 購買需另外支付電視徵稅165$
Contex 65UD6600S
HK$ 8,980.00 Contex 65" 4K LED Smart TV 65Ud6600S 4K畫質配上A級屏幕 讓你擁有「優鮮」視覺享受 如果「A」是滿分,那麼我們追求的便是爆分的質素。contex S 系列採用最先進的「A+」屏幕,無亮點,無暗點,無瑕疪,所呈現的黑白層次醠分明,配備日本調色技術,畫面更為明艷。配備4K解析度,全面提升畫面鮮艷度,對比度及立體感。 5.1 Android 智能系統 浩大飛快的新世界 藏在小小開機按鈕內 Contex S 系列電視升級5.1 Android 智能系統,配備雙核Cpu及多核Gpu處理器,內置1Gb Ddr3 暫存記憶體,極速運算及處理高清畫面,傳輸效率更快,使用不同應用程式皆能流暢應用,它可以是電視,也可以是更多。 光纖端子 光是最快的! 向偉大的光纖之父高錕敬禮!contex S 系列配備光纖數位音訊輸入介面,可以讓你的音響組合接通光纖訊號,只靠一條幼細的管道就可以讓你擁有劇場級的音響感受。沒有事情可以快過光。藉著光的力量,你的電視與音響組合可以實現無時差光速傳輸。 Mirror Cast 無線鏡射 無線共享 電視與手機成為朋友 Contex S系列的電視比聰明更聰明,內置最新「Mirror Cast」無線螢幕分享裝置,不用刻意買一個無線顯示接收器,你也可以輕鬆讓電視與手提電話合二為一。不論網上購物/通訊/文件處理,你的生活不再需要限制於手掌大小的手機螢幕之中!Smart Tv,比聰明更聰明。 接駁電腦 是的,我們保留了藍色插頭位 香港寸金尺土,為解決土地問題同時帶予高級享受,contex S系列電視機支援電腦輸入,除了Hdmi端子,我們亦保留了藍色的Vga端子,讓你的電腦畫面可以同步顯示在大液晶螢幕上! 三年全保 不敷衍、不怠慢、不限尺寸 不論任何尺寸的電視,Contex在三年的保養期內提供免費上門維修。我們厭倦音頻電話,因此辦公時間內所有維修電話保證真人接聽。我們相信,只有人與人之間的交流,才能令客人滿意。有問題?立即致電給我們的維修人員吧! 規格: 尺寸:65" 顯示解析度(像素):3840 x 21600 全高清 觀賞角度:178 光量度:200cd/m2 反應時間:6ms 對比度:25000:1 多媒體格式: Video: .mpg .avi .ts .mov .mkv .dat .mp4 / Sound: .vob .mp3 .m4a .aac / Picture: .jpeg .bmp .png 接駁:hdmi x 3 / USB x 2 / AVI / YPbPr / Optical Fibre / VGA / Earphone / Rj45 / PC audio in 電壓:100-240V 50/60Hz 機身尺寸:1,460 x 840 x 82 mm 座檯尺寸:1,460 x 905 x 257 mm 配件:電視遙控 x 1 / 座枱腳 x 2 / 電池 x 2 保用條款: 香港行貨,本公司七天非人為損壞包換,原廠三年保用。 ☞ 購買需另外支付電視徵稅165$
MINIX NEO U9-H
HK$ 785.00 Minix NEO U9-H TV box support WiFi, so you can enjoy online movies, live and on-demand sports, music, photos, games, working and more. Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, easy pairing with most Bluetooth-enabled devices. 4K ultra HD resolution enables you to feel the most high-definition video. Octa Core Amlogic S912-H Amlogic S912-H CPU with octa core is rapid and stable, it can give you a high-speed feedback and smooth response. 2G RAM + 16G ROM 2GB of RAM for multi-tasking and 16Gb of built-in storage for your favorite apps, games, videos and more. 4K Ultra HD 4K Android TV box can help you save 50 percent band-width resource, and deliver razor-sharp detail and vibrant images. Dual Band WiFi U9-H Smart TV Box With LAN port supports 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi connection. 2.4G/5.0G can improve the speed which can implement multi-task. Android 6.0.1 OS As the newest generation of multimedia player, Android 6.0.1 OS is compatible with most Android Apps, to meet the demands of different users, games, movies and TV shows, etc. With A2 Lite Air Mouse Easy operation, A2 Lite Air Mouse is perfect for remote controlling your smart Android TV box. Specifications Brand Minix TV Box Model NEO U9-H Operating System Android 6.0.1 Chipset Amlogic S912H CPU Octa Core Cortex A53 processor(64-bit) Amlogic S912-H Processor Frequency Max 2Ghz GPU Mali-820MP3 GPU RAM/Memory Type DDR3(32-bit) RAM 2GB Storage 16Gb Max Extended Capacity 64Gb (TF card not included) LAN Gigabit Ethernet Wi-Fi 2 x 2 Mimo 802.11 AC dual-band Wifi Bluetooth Version V4.1 3G Function Yes Audio Formats Dts-Hd/dd/dd+/mp2/wma/wav/ogg/oga/flac/alac/ape/aac Video Formats Dat/mpeg/mpe/mpg/ts/tp/vob/iso/avi/mp4/mov/3Gp/flv/mkv/m2Ts/mts/m4V/wmv/asf Picture Formats Jpeg/bmp/png/gif/tiff/ jps(3D)/mpo(3D) Output Resolution 2160P Hdmi 2.0 Audio Output Hdmi; optical audio, 3.5mm jack Video Output Hdmi2.0; up to 4K@60Hz,Support Hdmi-Cec;hdr Other Interface 1 x Microphone jack/1 x headphone jack/1 x TF card slot/1 x OTG port/3 x USB 2.0/1 x Lan/1 x DC jack/1 x Kensington lock/1 x Hdmi/1 x IR receiver/1 x optical Spdif TV Box Weight 278g TV Box Size (L x W x H) 127 x 127 x 22mm Package Contents 1 x TV Box, 1 x Minix A2 Lite Air Mouse, 1 x OTG Cable, 1 x 100~240V Power Adapter (180cm-cable), 1 x Micro USB Cable (100cm), 1 x Hdmi Cable (102cm), 1 x Remote Controller (Powered by 2 x AAA batteries, not included), 1 x English User manual, 1 x Antenna
Contex 32HD1900S
HK$ 1,780.00 Contex 32" HD LED Smart TV 32Hd1900S 4K畫質配上A級屏幕 讓你擁有「優鮮」視覺享受 如果「A」是滿分,那麼我們追求的便是爆分的質素。contex S 系列採用最先進的「A+」屏幕,無亮點,無暗點,無瑕疪,所呈現的黑白層次醠分明,配備日本調色技術,畫面更為明艷。配備4K解析度,全面提升畫面鮮艷度,對比度及立體感。 5.1 Android 智能系統 浩大飛快的新世界 藏在小小開機按鈕內 Contex S 系列電視升級5.1 Android 智能系統,配備雙核Cpu及多核Gpu處理器,內置1Gb Ddr3 暫存記憶體,極速運算及處理高清畫面,傳輸效率更快,使用不同應用程式皆能流暢應用,它可以是電視,也可以是更多。 光纖端子 光是最快的! 向偉大的光纖之父高錕敬禮!contex S 系列配備光纖數位音訊輸入介面,可以讓你的音響組合接通光纖訊號,只靠一條幼細的管道就可以讓你擁有劇場級的音響感受。沒有事情可以快過光。藉著光的力量,你的電視與音響組合可以實現無時差光速傳輸。 Mirror Cast 無線鏡射 無線共享 電視與手機成為朋友 Contex S系列的電視比聰明更聰明,內置最新「Mirror Cast」無線螢幕分享裝置,不用刻意買一個無線顯示接收器,你也可以輕鬆讓電視與手提電話合二為一。不論網上購物/通訊/文件處理,你的生活不再需要限制於手掌大小的手機螢幕之中!Smart Tv,比聰明更聰明。 接駁電腦 是的,我們保留了藍色插頭位 香港寸金尺土,為解決土地問題同時帶予高級享受,contex S系列電視機支援電腦輸入,除了Hdmi端子,我們亦保留了藍色的Vga端子,讓你的電腦畫面可以同步顯示在大液晶螢幕上! 三年全保 不敷衍、不怠慢、不限尺寸 不論任何尺寸的電視,Contex在三年的保養期內提供免費上門維修。我們厭倦音頻電話,因此辦公時間內所有維修電話保證真人接聽。我們相信,只有人與人之間的交流,才能令客人滿意。有問題?立即致電給我們的維修人員吧! 規格: 尺寸:32" 顯示解析度(像素):1366 x 768 全高清 觀賞角度:178 光量度:200cd/m2 反應時間:6ms 對比度:25000:1 多媒體格式: Video: .mpg .avi .ts .mov .mkv .dat .mp4 / Sound: .vob .mp3 .m4a .aac / Picture: .jpeg .bmp .png 接駁:hdmi x 3 / USB x 2 / AVI / YPbPr / Optical Fibre / VGA / Earphone / Rj45 電壓:100-240V 50/60Hz 機身尺寸:737 x 444 x 84 mm 座檯尺寸:737 x 478 x 211 mm 配件:電視遙控 x 1 / 座枱腳 x 2 / 電池 x 2 保用條款: 香港行貨,本公司七天非人為損壞包換,原廠三年保用。 ☞ 購買需另外支付電視徵稅165$

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