Sony just unveiled the world’s first 4K QD-OLED TV at CES 2022 – Robb Report
Two of the world’s best-known electronics brands team up and the result is a world first: a QD-OLED TV screen.
Sony’s new Bravia XR A95K 4K TV panel is made by none other than Samsung Display. The display is unique in that it uses three layers of blue OLED material for each pixel, which the brand claims offers a longer lifespan than traditional sets. Sony also claims that the TV’s quantum dot technology “increases color brightness by up to 200% compared to conventional televisions.”
The partnership is an intriguing twist for Sony, in particular. After all, the brand’s current OLED sets use panels from Samsung’s rival LG Display. LG panels typically use blue and yellow OLED compounds to create pixels of white light that pass through color filters to produce red, green, and blue sub-pixels. In contrast, QD-OLED technology emits blue light through quantum dots to convert some of the blue pixels to red and green without the need for a color filter. Thanks to this, the Bravia XR A95K, which will be available in 55 and 65 inches, should be able to emit greater light energy efficiency.
It was rumored that Samsung Electronics would announce a 4K QD-OLED TV at this year’s CES event, but that has yet to happen, leaving Sony in the spotlight. However, QD display panels were first announced in 2019 by Samsung Display. The technology is considered to be a combination of standard OLED and MicroLED displays sold exclusively by the manufacturer. Fortunately for Sony, the panels could be sold not only to Samsung but to other brands.
Notably, Sony will continue to use LG Display panels for a few of its other 2022 OLEDs. Two new versions to be manufactured by the company include Sony’s A90K and A80K screens. All future Sony OLEDs will support 4K 120Hz gaming, HDR auto tone mapping when connected to a PS5, and auto low latency mode.
Sony’s 2022 televisions from LG Display and Samsung Display are expected to start shipping to customers this spring. Check the website for more information.