Samsung QLED vs LG OLED – Best TVs in South Africa

Samsung recently launched its new QLED TVs in South Africa, which includes its first 8K consumer QLED TV.

These QLED 2019 TVs offer superior colour depth, contrast, and picture quality compared to other displays and include a number of high-end features.

One of the biggest competitors to Samsung in the high-end range is LG, however, with its OLED TV range also excellent image quality to high-end customers.

We compared the latest generation of Samsung’s QLED TVs against the LG OLED TVs available in South Africa to see how they stack up.

QLED vs OLED

The biggest difference between the two ranges is the display technology behind their panels.

Samsung’s QLED panels are a variant of LED TV technology, which means they use LCD panels with LED backlighting – and include a layer of quantum dot film within the LCD panel.

For this reason, the backlighting of a QLED TV makes a big difference to picture quality and can vary between product models.

OLED panels are different to traditional LCD displays and do not require any backlighting, as the OLED pixels themselves emit light.

This removes the need for any backlight and generally means OLED panels deliver better contrast ratios compared to standard LCD TVs.

OLED has traditionally been more expensive than LED technologies, though.

Using official pricing and product listings online, we have compared LG and Samsung’s top 55, 65, and 75-inch TVs below.


55-inch

LG C8 OLED

Specifications LG B8 LG C8 Samsung Q60R
Panel 55-inch OLED 55-inch OLED 55-inch QLED
Resolution 3,840 x 2,160 3,840 x 2,160 3,840 x 2,160
Refresh Rate 100Hz 120Hz 120Hz
Ports 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio
Connectivity Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Price R25,999 R31,999 R19,999

65-inch

Specifications LG B8 LG C8 LG E8 Samsung Q70R Samsung Q80R Samsung Q900 8K
Panel 65-inch OLED 65-inch OLED 65-inch OLED 65-inch QLED 65-inch QLED 65-inch QLED
Resolution 3,840 x 2,160 3,840 x 2,160 3,840 x 2,160 3,840 x 2,160 3,840 x 2,160 7,680 x 4,320
Refresh Rate 100Hz 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz
Ports 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio
Connectivity Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Price R39,999 R52,999 R104,999 R29,999 R49,999 R76,999

75/77-inch

Samsung Q900

Specifications LG C8 Samsung Q70R Samsung Q80R Samsung Q900 8K
Panel 77-inch OLED 75-inch QLED 75-inch QLED 75-inch QLED
Resolution 3,840 x 2,160 3,840 x 2,160 3,840 x 2,160 7,680 x 4,320
Refresh Rate 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz 120Hz
Ports 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio 4x HDMI, 3x USB, 1x LAN, 3.5mm audio
Connectivity Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth, 802.11ac Wi-Fi
Price R137,999 R39,999 R69,999 R112,999

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