Updated on October 1, 2022

Which TV technology is more valuable, 4K or OLED?

If you’re wondering whether 4K or OLED is the more cutting-edge technology at the moment, you’re not alone.

Anyone shopping for a new television will be bombarded with new television buzzwords, and perhaps the two most critical to understand are OLED and 4K.

Which will it be, OLED or 4K? Indeed, you may have both. However, you are not required to. There are OLED TVs that do not support 4K (instead opting for the much more expensive 8K resolution), and plenty of 4K TVs do.

However, because most of the best 4K TVs are OLED TVs, it’s worth going over how the two technologies interact, which specific models are available, and why you should consider investing in either OLED or 4K – if not both.

What is the difference between OLED and 4K displays?

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It is not a case of OLED vs. 4K. The former refers to display technology, while the latter refers to the resolution of most new televisions.

While OLED TVs with 4K resolution are available, many 4K TVs use display technologies such as LCD, LED, Micro LED, and QLED, none of which are comparable to OLED.

Do you require 4K? Yes, most likely. To opt for a lower-resolution television would be to overlook one of the most ubiquitous television features.

That is not the case with OLED, a high-end step-up TV display technology that requires a significant additional investment.

While OLED TVs are becoming more affordable each year, you should make an active decision to purchase one only after thoroughly understanding why they are the best available AV technology.

Therefore, let’s begin by examining the benefits – and drawbacks – of OLED and 4K to assist you in making an informed decision when purchasing a new television.

What is OLED?

Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) is a display technology that has been used in consumer televisions for over a decade.

It consists of a carbon-based film sandwiched between two conductors that emit light when an electric current is passed through it.

Pixels are self-illuminating and individually programmable.

This enables two pixels adjacent to one another to produce both deep black and bright white simultaneously.

As a result of such pixel-level control, the contrast and color are incredible, and there is no judder or motion blur. Once you’ve seen an OLED television, it’s tough to go back.

On the downside, OLED televisions appear slightly darker than LED or QLED televisions, though new light sensors and innovations planned for 2021 will improve OLED televisions’ performance in bright environments.

LG Display manufactures OLED TV panels exclusively in South Korea, though the panels are used in LG, Sony, Panasonic, and Philips televisions.

What is 4K?

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4K resolution – also known as Ultra HD – is a shorthand for 3840×2160 pixels, which is a magnitude sharper than previous ‘Full HD’ televisions.

That’s an 8-megapixel image, compared to the 2-megapixel pictures produced by a Full HD set, which results in significantly more detail in your pictures.

With a growing number of television channels offering 4K feeds and Netflix and Amazon Prime streaming 4K content, now is an excellent time to invest in a 4K television.

Pricing for 4K vs. OLED displays: How much do they cost?

The price point is where OLED and 4K compete. You can easily purchase a 4K television – indeed, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to avoid doing so unless you opt for a tiny screen – but an OLED television will cost you.

The majority of OLED televisions are flagship models from notable television brands or close to it.

That has changed slightly in the last couple of years, with the most expensive OLED sets available from LG, Sony, Panasonic, and Philips boasting an 8K resolution.

8K OLED TVs are out of reach for almost everyone and, for the time being, are loss-leader brand extension products that we all wish we had but don’t.

That is most definitely not the case with 4K OLED. Here’s everything you need to know about the 4K OLED TVs that major brands are currently offering.

What are 4K OLED televisions available?

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LG’s OLED 4K televisions

When it comes to finding an affordable 4K OLED TV, the manufacturer of the OLED display panels is always the essential brand to watch.

LG has introduced a slew of 4K OLED TVs for 2021, ranging from the affordable A1 4K OLED Series (48, 55, 65, and 77-inch) and LG B1 4K OLED (55, 65, and 77-inch) to the LG C1 OLED TV (48, 55, 65, 77, and an all-new 83-inch) and the flagship LG G1 4K OLED’ Gallery Series’ (55, 65,

Sony’s OLED 4K televisions

The famous Japanese company’s Bravia-branded 4K OLED TVs for 2021 include the A90J Series (83, 65, and 55-inch) – which the company claims is the world’s brightest OLED TV – and the A80J Series (83, 65, and 55-inch) (55, 65 and 77-inch).

Panasonic’s OLED 4K televisions

Panasonic’s new 4K OLED TVs for 2021 include the JZ980 (48, 55, and 65-inch), the JZ1000 (48, 55, and 65-inch) with Dolby Atmos audio, and the JZ1500 (48, 55, and 65-inch) with Panasonic’s custom-built ‘Master HDR OLED’ panel.

The flagship JZ2000 Series (55 and 65-inch) features increased peak brightness and HDR color, in addition to 125W speakers with side-firing and upward-firing audio.

Vizio’s OLED 4K televisions

Due to the massive Vizio brand, north American buyers have the best chance of finding a 4K OLED TV at a lower price than in Europe.

Vizio will begin selling the 55-inch OLED55-H1 and 65-inch OLED65-H1 televisions in 2021.

They’re the most affordable OLED TVs on the market, with our review indicating that the drawbacks are limited brightness and poor upscaling.

Philips’ OLED 4K televisions

The Dutch brand will release plenty of 4K OLED televisions in 2021. The OLED 806 is available in sizes 48, 55, 65, and 77 inches and comes equipped with a 50W 2.1 sound system.

Its step-up OLED 856 Series comes with a T-bar stand in 55- and 65-inch sizes.

OLED and 4K technologies’ future

While both OLED and 4K are mature television technologies, they continue to improve and become more affordable – together.

LG Display – the manufacturer of OLED Panels – continues to innovate, and in 2021 it introduced its new ‘OLED evo’ brightness-boosting technology on LG’s G1 Gallery Series.

LG’s Signature OLED R – a 65-inch 4K rollable display that disappears into a base – is also now available, though for $99,999 (approximately ₱5,072,699).

OLED televisions are also on the verge of mainstream adoption.

Until recently, OLED televisions were prohibitively expensive due to their limited availability in large screen sizes; 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch, and 88-inch, to be precise.

In the last year or so, a new 48-inch OLED TV has gained popularity, helping to lower the price of this once-exclusively high-end display technology.

As production ramps up in 2021, anticipate some enticing deals on 48-inch 4K OLED TVs.

A wallet-busting 83-inch size has also been added for 2021, allowing for the introduction of 42-inch 4K OLED TVs (you can cut an 83-inch panel into four 42-inch panels, after all).

As a result, expect to see even smaller, more affordable 4K OLED TVs in the future.

Which should I purchase?

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If you purchase an OLED television, it will have a 4K resolution.

However, you must buy an OLED tv, as there are numerous other television display technologies available.

Therefore, go check out an OLED TV in a store and compare it to the LED and QLED TVs nearby.

You’ll notice that while OLED TVs are not as bright as some other displays, they look the best in terms of 3D-like fluidity, contrast, deep blacks, and lack of judder or motion blur.

4K OLED TVs are the TV technology mash-up of choice for anyone looking for the best picture quality, and they’re only going to get better and more affordable in the coming years.

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