Samsung LED TV is not an entirely new category of TV

I’ve been hearing and seeing a lot about these new LED TV models from Samsung. They are advertising them as entirely new type of TV that changes everything. After some checking round what is this new technology is I found out that it is nothing spectacular new in it. Samsung’s so-called “LED TV” is pretty much like a normal LCD TV. The only difference is that the backlights technology has been changed from CCFL to LED.

Samsung is trying to promote this LED backlighting technology as an entirely new category of TV, which is a little misleading I think. It is true that LED backlight technology has some benefits (potential to consume less electricity) and potential for future enhancements (local dimming can give really nice contrast and black levels if used on some future models). And the idea to use LED for LCD technology display backlight is nothing new and it has been used earlier by many companies on many other types of LCD displays.

More material on this topic can be found at the articles
How is Samsung LED TV Different From LCD HDTV?, CCFL Characteristics and LCD Backlighting for LCD Displays.

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39 Comments

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      The really new LED based TV technology is expected to be OLED.
      In this technology the whole display consists of tiny LEDs that generate the light for each pixel (no backlight needed like in LCD).
      The OLED technology has already come into use on cellular phone and digital camera displays, but there has been some problems in reliably manufacturing large OLED display panels.
      Sony has already some TVs using this technology. According to news LG and Samsung are trying to get their OLED TVs to shops before Christmas.
      The benefits of OLED displays include low power consumption, very good contrast and very thin display panel.

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  2. HDTV Guy says:

    Good synopsis but one correction: back-lit LED TVs with local dimming are already available from Samsung, Sony and LG with models coming soon from VIZIO and Toshiba. The performance of these approach plasmas in black level reproduction but are still pretty expensive.

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    • tomi says:

      Thank you for your update that back-lit LED TVs with local dimming are already available from several manufacturers.
      Technology is advancing all the time.

      I am still waiting to see when the large OLED TVs become available and is OLED technology as good as claimed.

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    Interesting tactic by Samsung. What they’re claiming isn’t actually incorrect, just a little misleading. Either way, it’s managed to generate a lot of publicity surrounding their new TV range. That’s good marketing for you I guess.

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