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QLED vs OLED - What's the difference?

The difference between QLED and OLED TVs is purely down to the technology they use to produce the pictures on your screen. The rest comes down to personal preference. Explore the technical differences below and discover which would suit your viewing needs.

A QLED TV displaying a picture.

What is QLED TV?

QLED televisions use Quantum dots, which are ultra-fine semiconductor materials of nanoscale size – they are inorganic, durable, stable, and offer “high luminance”.  Luminance determines how bright a screen looks, which is important as it improves the contrast ratio and means a QLED television can display over 1 billion colours – all with 100% colour volume at any brightness. Plus, QLED televisions never degrade (or burn-in) over time - allowing for an overall longer TV lifespan.

OLED in vibrant purple writting.

What is OLED TV?

OLED stands for Organic Light-Emitting Diode, which are what create the images displayed on a screen. This type of TV is different from LCD TVs – in that it doesn’t need a back-light – instead each pixel creates its own light and can be individually switched on or off. This means OLED TVs can show perfect blacks, right next to bright colours from over a billion shades, giving it perfect contrast. It also means the picture stays colourful and vivid even at wide viewing angles, and the TVs can be made super thin.


What TV brands use QLED?

QLED TVs are championed by Samsung who are focused on producing bright and vibrant images on your screen that are true to how a film, TV or game director intended them to look.

Colour and black level

QLED produces the brightest and most vibrant colours out of the two technologies. With the ability to bring over a billion shades and colours to life it provides an immersive viewing experience that is able to encapsulate detail, depth and colour.

Its black levels have been recently further improved with the addition of an anti-reflective layer that helps to make blacks look much deeper.

They're great for...

The brightness levels in QLED televisions make them perfect for gaming. No more closing curtains and turning off the lights to be able to see the screen, even games in the darkest settings will be easily visible. They also have a really fast refresh rate, that may be the difference between a glorious victory or a crushing defeat.

Check out these QLEDs


What TV brands use OLED?

OLED TVs key players are LG, Panasonic and Sony who all use this technology in their televisions. They are focused on producing a TV that doesn't use a backlight and are self-emitting.

Colour and black level

OLED TVs have the most dynamic contrast levels out of the two technologies which allow them to deliver impressive natural looking images. They also have access to over a billion colours and shades that produce impressive depth and detail.

The black levels in OLED technology are the deepest of the two technologies, producing striking images and added depth to shadows.

They're great for...

OLED TVs smooth motion technology is perfect for watching sports or fast paced TV. It prevents the image from blurring on the screen when something moves quickly, providing a much crisper picture that is easier for your eyes to follow.

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