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Samsung trolls rival LG by bad-mouthing OLED televisions – report

Samsung appears to have heaped scorn on OLED televisions, seemingly sniping at Korean rival LG.

When it comes to OLED smartphones, Samsung dominates. The company produces the lion’s share of OLED screens globally, forcing rival phone makers to rely on the company’s wares. But when it comes to TV-sized OLED panels, LG is the global force to be reckoned with.

OLED screens are increasingly popular for both televisions and smartphones, and with good reason. Unlike conventional LED-backlit LCD screens, an OLED panel has pixels that emit their own light – negating the need for a backlight. This means that can offer improved power efficiency, and allows truer blacks to be displayed – because individual pixels can be turned off.

But Samsung appears to have suggested that OLED displays aren’t the best choice for televisions. According to a report by the Korea Herald, Samsung said that OLED displays are only suitable for devices with shorter life expectancies, like smartphones. The reason, it believes, is due to screen burn-in, or image retention.

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“The reason OLED TVs have image retentions is because they are made of organic materials,” Samsung is reported as saying in a statement, supposedly comparing OLED TVs to fruit juice that oxidises over time.

The statement continued: “TVs are a key home appliance that are used for a long period after purchase.”

Samsung has its own rival technology to OLED, which is called QLED – or Quantum Dot LED. The South Korean tech giant says its QLED displays can offer improved display brightness, contrast, and power efficiency.

To help you decide which is best, check out our guide: What is QLED?

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