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TVs: Philips is considering using Samsung's QD-OLED panels


Philips is taking a closer look at Samsung's QD-OLED technology using prototypes and then wants to decide whether future Philips televisions will be equipped with it. This was confirmed by a senior employee in an interview.

In an interview with the YouTube channel HDTVTest, Danny Tack, Senior Director of Product Strategy & Planning of the Philips TV division, the question of whether Samsung Display had already approached Philips about the sale of QD-OLED panels, with a clear “yes”. In the following video, the topic comes up from minute 8.

After Philips has been using the WOLED panels (most recently OLED.EX) from LG Display for several years, the company is now also testing the new competing technology QD OLED from Samsung. Corresponding prototypes are already in the Philips Innovation Center in Ghent (Belgium) and are now being tested for their strengths and weaknesses in comparison with LG's OLED panels, according to Danny Tack.

Only later will the decision be made as to which panels Philips will ultimately use in its own televisions. So far, only Samsung and Sony have offered televisions with QD-OLED technology.

Philips monitor with QD-OLED already confirmed

When it comes to monitors, the decision has already been made: With the Evnia 34M2C8600 announced a month ago, Philips will be offering a gaming monitor with a QD OLED panel from Samsung. This delivers the UWQHD resolution in 21:9 format with a 34-inch diagonal. The key data also mentioned, such as 0.1 ms response time, 175 Hz and DisplayHDR 400 True Black read unsurprisingly like those of the Alienware AW3423DW (test), which first offered the same panel. Another customer is MSI with the upcoming MEG 342C and Samsung itself will use the QD-OLED panel of its display subsidiary in the Odyssey OLED G8.

QD-OLED briefly explained

QD-OLED technology combines organic light-emitting diodes (OLED) and quantum dots (QD). Blue OLEDs serve as a light source (backlight). A matrix of quantum dots is excited by this, emits other wavelengths of light and thus ensures that the sub-pixels also display red and green (RGB) in addition to blue. Compared to panels with white OLEDs (WOLED), this offers advantages in terms of brightness, color range and viewing angle stability. However, the special sub-pixel structure also has a catch: In some cases, color fringes can be seen on edges with high contrast, at least this is the case with the aforementioned Alienware monitor with QD-OLED. However, in the TV sector with a larger distance between the seats and often moving content, this should be less noticeable.