Samsung unveils 55-inch Super OLED TV to be released later this year


January 10, 2012

Samsung's 55-inch Super OLED TV is set to be released worldwide later this year

Samsung's 55-inch Super OLED TV is set to be released worldwide later this year

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Larger screen OLED TVs have had us salivating at various electronics trade shows over the last couple of years and CES 2012 doesn't look like being any different. LG already announced it's intention to show a 55-inch OLED display in the lead up to the world's biggest consumer electronics show and now rival Samsung has unveiled its offering that has set our salivary glands into overdrive. Featuring the same 55-inch screen size as LG's unit, Samsung's Super OLED TV boasts the same eye-popping picture quality, super fast response times and ultra-thin form factor that is the hallmark of OLED technology.

With each OLED pixel made up of self-emitting RGB sub-pixels laid directly on the display panel, there's no need for a backlight or a color filter resulting in improved contrast, wide viewing angles, and superior black and white levels when compared to LCD displays. Samsung claims the Super OLED display's response time also virtually eliminates motion blur and should improve the unit's 3D performance.

The TV is produced from a single pane of glass and powered by a dual-core chipset that allows users to run multiple apps simultaneously and open multiple pages on the tabbed web browser. In addition to the traditional remote control, the TV can also be controlled via voice controls thanks to two unidirectional microphones and background noise cancellation technology that allows the user to activate selected apps, activate the search function in the web browser and tell the TV what to search for. There's also a built-in camera enabling a face recognition feature and motion control.

Expect to pay a premium price when Samsung releases the 55-inch Super OLED worldwide in the second half of 2012.

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Will the fast refresh times have any benefit when receiving signal over the air, via cable, DVD players, computers, or satellite feeds. If it makes no difference with these devices, the the more rapid refresh rates are of little value.


Refresh rate is a different value to response time. The problem with LCD is that the crystals hold light for a few moments after they are deactivated, which is what results in \'ghosting\'. OLED emits its own light, and deactivates much faster than LCD, thus addressing the real issue. Higher refresh rates in LCD screens only help if there is something bright to replace it with. To answer the question more directly, OLED will work way better than LCD no matter what source it is from.

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