Wednesday March 15, 2017

Samsung’s New Quantum Dots Serve Up Some Tasty TV Colors

If you guys are like me, you've seen these new fancy looking Samsung QLED TV's start showing up at retailers, but didn't really know what this QLED thing was all about. Wired has an article up discussing Samsung's new Quantum Dot tech at a rather high level, and also includes a link to a much more thorough dive into the nitty gritty details.

Three things stand out to me about Samsung's new Quantum Dot TV technology. More accurate color reproduction at different brightness levels is probably going to be the big seller. A more stable longer life span compared to AMOLED is another. There is little detail here, but I'm guessing this means image retention is less of an issue. In addition, Quantum Dot tech used to require cadmium, but this new technology is cadmium free, which is a big deal from an environmental regulation perspective.

This new Quantum Dot tech hasn't made it in to current models yet, but when my main Panasonic Plasma finally gives out, I'm hoping these will be around at a more affordable price to make them a worthy upgrade.

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Wen says an OLED-like quantum-dot set is likely years down the line; it’s a concept purely in the research and development phase at the moment. For now, Samsung’s QLED TVs are simply LCD TVs with an additional layer of color-enhancing nanocrystals. And the boost in efficiency doesn’t just enhance these sets’ color capabilities. There’s a trickle-down effect with the improvements, which translates to better black levels and off-angle viewing, as well.

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