QLED vs. OLED: What’s the difference between these types of TV?

Samsung makes QLED televisions and LG makes OLED televisions, but the differences don’t end there. Here’s what you need to know.

As we head into the fall and winter of 2021, the high-end TV landscape is just as confusing to new buyers as ever. The best TVs arrive with a raft of technical-sounding features — HDRUltra HD 4K120Hz and HDMI 2.1 — floated by a stable of familiar brands competing for your dollar. Two of the biggest, Samsung and LG, use similar-sounding terms to describe their more-expensive models, but Samsung’s QLED and LG’s OLED are as different as day and night.

For the last few years, Samsung, the most popular TV-maker in the world, has been branding its TVs “QLED.” Its 2021 QLED lineup is massive, with Neo QLED models in 4K and 8K resolution, The Frame art TVSerif and the Sero rotating TV all bearing the ubiquitous Q. Meanwhile, LG’s 2021 OLED TVs include six series, from the relatively affordable A1 to a model that rolls up like a poster and costs $100,000.

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