LG's OLED TVs could be in trouble: Amazon leaks lower-than-expected prices for the Samsung QD-OLED TV lineup
HDTVTest reports that prices and availability for Samsung’s highly-anticipated QD-OLED TV displays have been leaked by Amazon. While the new QD-OLED product pages do not pop up in Amazon’s search results, they can still be found using direct links. Unfortunately, Amazon removed the pricing and shipping dates in the meantime, but nothing is really lost on the Internet these days. Earlier this year at CES, Samsung seemingly stole the show with the QD-OLEDs that appeared considerably brighter than the LG competition, yet word on the street was that this new technology could cost an arm and a leg at launch. Based on the Amazon leaks, this does not seem to be the case anymore, and the competition on the OLED market is about to heat up this year.
The model number for the Samsung screens leaked on Amazon is S95B. As previously revealed at CES, only 65-inch and 55-inch models will be available (plus the 34-inch ultra-wide screens for desktop monitors). Prices are not displayed anymore, but HDTVTest’s video shows a US$2,197.99 tag for the 55-inch model, while the 65-inch one is supposed to cost US$2,997.99, which is substantially cheaper compared to the estimated prices extrapolated from the Korean market. These two models are expected to ship on April 11, possibly arriving sooner than Sony’s high-end A95K screen.
From what we can see in the product pictures provided by Amazon, the S95B models do not come with an external One Connect Box like on the high-end LED screens, and all the ports are placed on the back of the screen. Speaking of ports, these screens integrate 4x HDMI 2.1 connectors with full 48 Gbps bandwidth and potentially 144 Hz maximum screen refresh rate, so they are better suited for PC and console use compared to the Sony A95K. However, the Samsung models do not come with a special heatsink that can allow higher peak brightness, plus there might not be any Dolby Vision support.
Prices for the Samsung models are estimated to be up to US$1,000 lower compared to Sony’s 2022 high-end screens and US$100 to US$500 lower compared to LG's C2 displays.