So this year’s CES — the greatest tech show on the planet even in these pandemic times — is all wrapped up and, despite many major players not showing up due to COVID concerns, it was an interesting one: some new computer processors, a number of experimental products, weird laptops and hybrid devices, concept cars, crazy gadgets of all kinds and… televisions. Lots and lots of televisions. This was, admittedly, true for other past CES shows too, but this year it was different. Special. A whole new TV category, a notable rivalry between four giants for the top image quality crown in the most popular such category, new options at new price points… the list goes on and on. By headline count alone, TVs reigned supreme in Las Vegas.
For a FIFA World Cup year — where television sales historically go through the roof anyway — that’s more than a happy coincidence. 2022 is the Year for a New TV. Let’s break it all down.
QD-OLED TVs: the new kid in town will amaze consumers, hurt wallets
The most important among the latest developments in the TV product category as a whole is, of course, a new kind of display tech consumers will finally have access to in 2022: QD-OLED. Without getting too technical about it, these screens are similar to OLED but superior to those in a few key areas: they are, too, self-emissive (so there are no backlight issues to solve), they offer pixel-level control (so contrast and black levels are literally perfect), but they can also get considerably brighter (so they can work well in more diverse lighting conditions as well as handle modern HDR content in a more impressive manner) while expressing a much wider range of colors thanks to the Quantum Dot layer they employ.
Samsung Display is the only manufacturer providing these screens — and the only two companies bringing QD-OLED TVs to market this year are Samsung Electronics and Sony. The latter…