Everyone is a winner in IFA’s race for biggest TV

Everyone is a winner in IFA’s race for biggest TV

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Tromping the halls at IFA 2022 has got me two important avenues: I anticipate my next home appliance to fail when Wi-Fi is turned off, and I’ll need a bigger living room for my next TV . There is an arm race between LG, TCL and Samsung to expand their cutting-edge display technologies into the biggest TVs they can possibly brag about. Few have yet passed the 100-inch mark, a feat they’ll undoubtedly pop to champagne next year, but with several 97-inch and 98-inch flagship models on show, you have plenty of options for that luxurious home. There is no shortage. Cinema.

Samsung’s 98-inch Neo QLED was the first model to feature a Neo Quantum Processor Plus processor with 4K resolution, peak brightness of 5,000 nits, and multi-view support. It’s clearly impressively humble. Although it’s not as big as Samsung’s MicroLED-based The Wall, it’s a more “mainstream” quantum dot LCD panel that will cost several thousand rather than tens of thousands of dollars when it eventually arrives in the US and Europe.

Huge Mini-LED TVs are competing choices in the face of expensive OLED and Micro-LED panels.

Until Samsung’s emissive MicroLED technology really comes down to price, the brand’s QLED and local-dimming versions of the Neo QLED (aka Mini-LED), with better HDR and deeper blacks, are still great for high-end TVs. There are recommendations to take that won’t require you to mortgage your home.

TCL 98 Inch Mini LED TV

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TCL kicks off its IFA announcements with the “world’s largest” mini-LED TV – the 98-inch 4K C935 behemoth with 1,920 local dimming zones, 144Hz variable refresh rate, and Google TV onboard. Although “world’s largest” may be a bit generous, given that it’s also a QLED-based panel with local dimming, like Samsung’s equally larger 98-inch model. Such is the reliance on marketing language to keep proclaiming “firsts” for these huge, semi-affordable TVs—they’re often based on very similar underlying technologies.

read more: OLED vs. LCD vs. FALD TVs – What Are They and Which Is Best?

LG’s 97-inch OLED is an exception to this rule, but is also the “smallest” and most expensive of the bunch. Based on OLED, it’s a massive TV with extra contrast, local black levels and better viewing angles that the technology offers over LCD-based QLED. However, you’ll have to pay for the privilege, as it’s expected to cost a thing or two more than the current £6500 LG G2.

While gazing up at the showroom floor is impressive, TVs of this size are impractical for everyone but the wealthiest customers. Still, it tends to show those high-end display technologies that were bleeding edge just a few short years ago are now well and truly mature.

Mini-LED and OLED have matured, but LG’s flexible TV shows that innovation is alive and well.

There are two quite impressive takeaways here. The first is that the big OLED is here to stay; The traditional size advantage of QLED has vanished in just a few short years (an inch of bragging is true). Secondly, mini-LED panels continue to close the gap over OLED. With more local dimming points and better peak brightness, Mini-LED is virtually as good as it is, for less than half the price of the best OLED TVs.

LG OLED Flex Gaming TV Curve Settings

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Still, perhaps the most attractive panel we’ve seen on the show is the LG OLED Flex (pictured above). It may be as small as just 42-inches, but offers the best of both worlds, with the option of a traditional flat viewing cinema experience or 20 different degrees of curvature for a more immersive gaming experience. It’s a truly innovative take that blends the best of LG’s OLED TVs with the curve trend in large gaming monitors. Unfortunately, like most OLED products, it certainly won’t be cheap when it hits store shelves later this year.


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