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What Is OLED TV?

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. This new technology uses a completely different screen that allows for a superior picture over any existing HDTVs. In addition, it’s possible to make flexible curved screens and future designs may allow large screens to be rolled up and easily transported.

Benefits to this technology for consumers include a thinner, lighter TV with a brighter screen and deep rich black levels. The high contrast of bright whites and deep blacks creates a more dynamic picture that really pops. In addition, OLED displays are more energy efficient which saves on electricity usage and makes these sets very eco-friendly.

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OLED vs LED TV Quick Compare

Picture Quality

OLED televisions overcome many of the challenges LCD/LED TVs cannot improve on. Regarding picture quality, OLED is vastly superior with black levels, brightness uniformity and contrast. In addition, viewing angles are dramatically better with OLED.


Because there are fewer layers on an OLED HDTV, the entire set is much thinner and lighter as well. Flexible materials allow manufacturers to design panels that have curved screens and can be rolled or bended without damaging the screen.

Where LCD/LED Is Still Better (For Now . . .)

LCD/LED is still a winner with overall brightness. LED panels can really get bright if that’s what you’re looking for. Unfortunately, the black levels and contrast suffer so brightness isn’t everything you should consider. LCD/LED televisions also cost quite a bit less than OLED and their lifespan is about twice as long. The current numbers show OLED lasts about 40,000 hours while LED sets average around 80,000 hours. This may seem like a dramatic difference, but if you watch 5 hours of TV per day, an OLED HDTV will still last about 22 years (and who keeps a TV that long anyway)?

In-Depth Comparison

Now that we've taken a brief look at some key differences in how each of the technologies, how does each flat–panel TV platforms function? In which performance areas do OLED TVs plant a victory flag? Which areas are left with LED solely in the winner's circle? Are there any areas in which both TV Technologies stand as equals? Exploring a short list of important image quality, power consumption and longevity issues can help decide which television will be better for your particular needs. Let us begin.

Lighting Uniformity
Local Dimming & Contrast
Expanded Color Gamut
Viewing Angles
Energy Consumption
Refresh Rate / Motion Blur

In Conclusion


There’s little doubt that OLED is the future of HDTV. The picture quality is head-and-shoulders above the best LED sets and getting better every year. The only factor separating it from widespread acceptance right now is price and that barrier will soon be gone. LED will likely continue to be a top seller for years to come, but seriously consider a new OLED TV next time you pull the trigger on a flat panel TV.