Samsung is releasing its first OLED 4K TVs this year – this is for sure. The Samsung S95B is now available for purchase in many countries, but this model has never seen the next-generation QD-OLED panel, which naturally means it comes at a higher price, even for OLED.
But there has been a rumor for a few months that Samsung is planning to launch OLED TVs with a more standard W-OLED panel, which you can find in all the best OLED TVs out there right now. These other TVs are much cheaper than the S95B, but they have not been officially announced yet.
Latest report from The Elek Sheds light on why: Samsung and LG Display (which is the sole manufacturer of W-OLED panels for TVs) are locked in a war over the price of panels and if they can’t reach an agreement, The Elek sources say that by the end of May, Samsung’s cheaper OLED TV models are unlikely to arrive in 2022.
Samsung is expected to make a few more mainstream OLED TVs available in 2022, and The Elec said they will arrive before the World Cup 2022, a year late. (Samsung is kind to corporate interests, not really to the rest of us.)
Opinion: Maybe next year will be better anyway
Here in Tekrador, we’re really looking forward to what Samsung’s image processing can do when combined with OLED panels, but there does not seem to be a shortage of OLED models on our list of the best TVs.
But we have another reason to be happy that Samsung has stopped launching even more OLED TVs: Dolby Vision.
Samsung has categorically refused to support this HDR standard and it is basically a hold-out only among the big TV companies. But one of the big advantages of Dolby Vision is that it makes good use of HDR images on screens with the limited brightness of W-OLED TVs. Samsung’s S95B and its QD-OLED panel promise high brightness, so stay away from Dolby Vision – but any TV that uses a regular W-OLED screen without Dolby Vision will struggle to stay behind one arm.
There are good signs that Samsung Dolby Resistance is melting: in 2022, the new Samsung TVs will have Dolby Atmos sound for the first time. In 2023, it will not be impossible to finally include Dolby Vision in the Samsung TV processing platform.
We hope that any TVs launched in 2022 will use the same processors as other 2022 Samsung TVs – so good things will come to those who wait. It’s not like the lack of amazing sets in the best Samsung TVs available right now.