Samsungs OLED comeback: The S95B is better in tests than LG OLED

It has been almost exactly 8 years since Samsung has withdrawn from the OLED TV business. In May 2014, the Korean manufacturer announced that production would not be worthwhile due to the high manufacturing costs. The construction of a factory that was to be completed at the end of 2014 was discontinued.

Samsung arguments were quite understandable at the time: the OLED TV Samsung S9, which was brought to the US market in 2013, had cost the equivalent of around 10,000 euros at a size of 55 inches, although it did not yet have a 4K resolution. The number of units sold was low, the model did not appear in Europe at all. But now with the Samsung OLED S95B the time for a return has come. With just under 2,200 euros at 55 inches, this is significantly cheaper and now also available in Germany, in sizes 55 and 65 inches:

Samsung OLED S95B 4K-TV at Amazon
Samsung OLED S95B 4K-TV at MediaMarkt
Samsung OLED S95B 4K-TV near Saturn
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Samsung S95B: QLED and OLED combined

In recent years, Samsung has focused entirely on QLED technology with its higher-quality 4K TVs. Despite the similar name, this does not have the slightest thing to do with OLED technology: OLED TVs offer self-illuminating pixels, the brightness of which can be adapted individually, which enables infinitely high contrast, perfect black and an excellent representation of scenes with bright and dark image parts.

QLEDs, on the other hand, have normal LED backlight, which is why black is never really black here, since some light always gets through. You have a special filter layer with so -called “quantum dots”, which ensure a better color display. Incidentally, LG uses a similar technology under the name “Nanocell” for its mid-range seeers, and Sony is used to use the comparable triluminos technology. QLED TVs are better than normal LCD TVs, but basically nothing special.

With the Samsung S95B, Samsung does not completely focus on OLED technology, but combines it with the QLED filter layer, which is also called “QD-OLED”. As usual, the OLED panel ensures perfect black and high contrast. With normal OLED TVs, however, white light is generated, which is split in red, blue and green by a color filter. The other colors are then mixed from this. In contrast, blue light is generated in the new QD-OLED TVs, which is then converted into red and green light by the Quantum Dots as required.

Samsung OLED S95B 4K TV at Amazon*

Really better than LGS OLED TVs?

Does this new combination of QLED and OLED really lead to better image quality? Apparently yes. At least the Samsung S95B in the detailed test of the TV experts from rings.com did a little better than the current competitive models LG OLED C2 and LG OLED G2 . Other tests from for example hiFi.de or Digitaltrends.com ** essentially confirm this result, even if it is partly pointed out that the impressions are not yet final and that changes due to firmware updates can occur.

The advantage of the Samsung S95B is, among other things, that the Quantum Dots are more translucent than the color filter of normal OLED TVs. This enables a brighter picture without increasing the risk of burning (burn-in). In addition, the S95B offers particularly bright colors, which is particularly noticeable with HDR.

However, the S95B apparently still has small teething problems and occasionally tends to exaggerate, so that colors can sometimes be a bit unnatural. There are also other disadvantages such as the lack of support from Dolby Vision. This ensures that the difference in quality has so far only failed.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that the new QD-OLED technology of normal OLEDs is in principle superior and that Samsung LG has overtaken image quality this year, albeit very tight. And Samsung shouldn’t remain the only manufacturer. Sony also relies on the QD-OLED technology in his top model Sony A95K in mid-June:

Sony QD-OLED A95K 4K TV at MediaMarkt

And what about the gaming features?

QD-OLED vs OLED TV | Samsung S95B vs LG C2 evo Comparison
For the gaming, the Samsung OLED S95B offers everything your heart desires. He supports HDMI 2.1 on all four ports. Gaming in 4K at up to 120 fps is possible with the PS5 or Xbox Series X without any problems if the game in question supports this. In fact, the S95B can even create 144 Hz. However, this only works with restrictions and not without any problems. rings.com writes: “It’s buggy on our tv and doesn’t work consistently”. However, this is hardly relevant for the consoles.

It is more important that both VRR (variable refresh rate) and allm (auto low latency mode) are supported and the input was very low: it is only around 5 ms at 120 Hz and around 10 ms at 60 Hz. However
Favorable new Samsung 4K TVs from 2022 such as the Samsung Qn85b and Samsung Qn90B at gaming.
Samsung OLED S95B 4K TV at Amazon*
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