The world’s first 55-inch curved OLED TVs released by LG Electronics in April and Samsung Electronics in June have some significant differences in quality.
Market research firm UBI Research compared LG’s 55EA9800 model with the Samsung Electronics KN55S9 announced their findings on August 5. The firm said that LG’s model was characterized by its compact components and systematic design, whereas Samsung’s model was too complex in design to be mass produced.
Specifically, the curved OLED TV of LG Electronics has 952 components in total, using 121 screws of 10 different types for assembly along with 24 subsidiary materials. Meanwhile, Samsung’s model employs no less than 3,382 components with 226 screws of 17 types and 51 subsidiary materials. “The larger the number of components, the less optimized the design is,” said UBI Research.
Both companies’ products also showed clear distinction in terms of thickness, weight, bezel width, power consumption and so on. The LG 55EA9800 is 17.2kg and 4.3mm at the thinnest point, but Samsung’s KN55S9 is 32.8kg and 12.5mm, heavier than existing LED TVs. The former’s bezel has a width of 11mm on both sides and 13mm in the upper and lower portions while the figures are 13mm and 17mm for the latter.
LG’s product has received Energy Efficiency Grade 3, one notch above Samsung’s. When it comes to rated power, the score is 265W Vs. 295W.
The curvature of the screen is 5,000R for the LG model but measures at 4,500R for Samsung’s. The inclination of the TV set is approximately two and 3.5 degrees, respectively.