At Simply Electricals, we are keen to bring you all the latest news about new and emerging home entertainment tech and the industry rarely ever stands still.
Whether it’s a brand new soundbar or a sound system that offers the most immersive audio ever – there’s always something in the pipeline.
Two of the biggest new TV technologies that have emerged in the past year are LG’s QNED and Samsung’s Neo QLED.
They’re technologies that sound very similar, but are they? Well, that’s exactly what we look at here and hopefully provide some clarity on the subject.
What is Samsung Neo QLED?
Samsung’s Neo QLED technology uses miniLEDs – this new technology allows for the TV to be brighter and provide a more varied, better quality colour display.
With their AI processor, you can watch what you like in 4K.
What is LG QNED?
The LG QNED combines miniLED with LCD – the backlight is lit using the miniLEDs, these LEDs then light the LCD combination of both quantum dots and nanocell.
Using this new technology, it gives higher levels of brightness and an advanced contrast ratio when compared to other LCD TVs.
With the incorporation of NanoCell tech, the TV will have better viewing angles and colour accuracy.
What are the main differences between LG QNED and Samsung Neo QLED?
Both Samsung and LG are focused on narrowing the gap and also improving the picture on their award winning TVs.
They have done this in a very similar way, employing more minute, denser mini-LED backlighting to offer improved image quality – with a particular enhancement in colour reproduction.
One difference that may exist is in the colour filter layer that each manufacturer uses. As we know, Samsung has already switched to a vertically-aligned LCD (VA).
Nothing official has been said by LG about their QNED TVs, but it’s most probable that they’ll remain using their In-Plane Switching (IPS) displays.
Better Viewing Angles vs Improved HDR Contrast
VA technology is known to offer better contrast than IPS equivalents, however, it does result in reduced viewing angles.
So, in this particular aspect, it would seem to be a straight choice between improved HDR contrast versus smaller viewing angles, which might sway you one way or the other – depending on how you and where you use each TV.
Of course, there are many other ways that QNED and Neo QLED can be separated in terms of hardware and software, but they both attempt to solve the colour and contrast deficit between LCD and OLED in the same way.
So, if you’re comparing the two technologies, they’re almost identical – save for the colour filters that each line of TVs use.
Is QNED or QLED better?
The better panel technology on paper is QLED, and it does beat QNED technology in many ways.
Samsung’s QLED compared to LG’s QNED shows that QLED TV has an increased higher contrast and a much greater black uniformity.
The QLEDs local dimming quality is much better, giving it the ability to provide better visuals in a dark room.
QLED and QNED TVs to look out for in 2023
From LG’s range of QNED TVs, there are quite a few coming out during 2023.
LG QNED99 8K TV
Out of the multitude coming out, the LG QNED99 8K TV is definitely the best of the bunch.
This TV comes in 65, 75 and 86 inch and the price will depend on what size you want. Providing an 8K resolution and using a 120Hz panel enables a full array of local dimming.
LG QNED 95 TV
Another from LG is the LG QNED95. This TV is very similar to the QNED99 as it is 8K, but instead uses a 60Hz panel compared to the 120Hz panel in the QNED99.
LG QNED 90 TV
A third TV from the LG production line is the QNED90. This TV uses 4K resolution instead of the 8K used by QNED99 and 95. The QNED90 does, however, use a 120Hz panel and combines it with an a7 Gen 4 AI processor. The QNED90 ranges from £2,000 to £5,500.
Samsung QN90A TV
The best QLED TV overall is Samsung’s QN90A. This TV has a bright 4K screen which has the ability to produce an array of colours. Coming into the next era of gaming with next gen, this TV can keep up as it uses a 120Hz panel and has inbuilt VRR technology.
It is great for watching sports in a group as it has wide viewing angles. The price for this TV is around £1,200 depending on the size you go for.
Questions we get asked on a regular basis:
What does qned stand for
Quantum nano-emitting diode. QNED is a display technology manufactured by LG. It’s an advanced platform based on blue nanorod light-emitting diodes.
Basically makes the picture look brilliant. Thousands of tiny lights are used to produce a stunning display.