Something OLED can do, QD-OLED can do… higher?

Samsung’s return to the OLED fold in 2022, after greater than a decade of flying the premium LED TV flag, turned out to be way more than a clumsy acceptance of OLED’s prowess within the trade. Samsung’s new tackle OLED, with added Quantum Dots, broke genuinely new floor that immediately posed a menace to all of the extra established TV applied sciences – and conventional OLED specifically.

Now Samsung’s QD-OLED sequel is right here, with the S95C at its helm – examined right here because the QN65S95C/QE65S95C. However can Samsung actually enhance its OLED expertise sufficient, at simply the second time of asking, to maintain up with the Micro Lens Array expertise taking the common OLED world by storm this 12 months? This is our full overview.

Samsung S95C

Samsung S95C

Editor’s Alternative

The sequel to Samsung’s debut QD-OLED TV is all we might have hoped for and extra, delivering a stage of enchancment in image and sound high quality past something we’ve got the correct to see within the house of only a 12 months. Anybody who thought QD-OLED was a flash within the TV tech pan must assume once more, quick.


  • Spectacularly shiny OLED footage
  • Stunningly pure major colors
  • Lovely native distinction

  • No Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR assist
  • Messy out-of-the-box movement processing


  • 4 x HDMI inputs, all with HDMI 2.1 options
  • Exterior connections field
  • Infinity One design

The 65-inch S95C appears to be like fairly completely different to its Samsung S95B predecessor, switching the 2022 mannequin’s extremely skinny edges however chunky mid-section profile for a monolithic look with a rear that is as flat because the display screen. The entire thing is barely a centimetre deep, so actually delivers on OLED’s trademark slenderness.

The slim rear of the S95C’s ‘Infinity One’ design is joined by an exceptionally trim body across the display screen, too, because the TV does all the things it might to minimise its {hardware}’s footprint.

Samsung S95C OneConnect TopDown

Even cable spaghetti is consigned to the bin, courtesy of the S95C inserting virtually all of its connections into its One Join field – a separate exterior field that pipes all the things, together with sound, footage, sensible options and even energy, by means of to the display screen through a single lengthy, silvery cable.

This makes it a improbable wall-hanging possibility (although be aware that you do not get a wall mount included within the field), however in the event you want to do as most patrons will and place the TV on a stand, the one supplied with the 65S95C is centrally mounted, making it straightforward to suit on even slim bits of furnishings, and robustly constituted of a sheet of heavy obligation darkish metallic.

Connectivity on the One Join field is excellent, due to the best way all 4 of its HDMI inputs show able to dealing with nearly all the things at the moment’s video and gaming worlds need to throw at them.


This contains 4K/120Hz recreation alerts, variable refresh charges, automated low latency switching with appropriate multi-purpose sources, and three HDR codecs: HDR10, HLG and the premium HDR10+ system, with its further scene-by-scene image info.

The one gap within the 65S95C’s connectivity is a scarcity of assist for the Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR format which, like HDR10+, supplies further scene-by-scene picture information to assist appropriate shows ship extra exact pictures. It is a extra readily used format within the on-line streaming world, so it stays a disgrace to not have it right here.

The distant is Samsung’s normal fare – slim and easy with a stripped-down button rely, however greater than sufficient for what you want. Additionally it is photo voltaic powered, so you will not have to hold it topped up with batteries – it might even take energy out of your router’s Wi-Fi sign, so these in much less sunnier climes needn’t fear.


  • Second-gen 4K Quantum Dot OLED panel
  • Neural Quantum Processor 4K
  • Dolby Atmos and Object Monitoring Sound audio assist
  • In depth gaming assist throughout all HDMIs

The Quantum Dot OLED expertise utilized by the 65S95C differs from conventional, WOLED/WRGB OLED expertise utilized by the likes of LG and Panasonic in two key methods.

First, there is not any white component in its color replica – the display screen’s natural component produces a blue gentle as a substitute that is handed by means of crimson and inexperienced layers for a pure RGB consequence. Second, as its title suggests, the QD-OLED panel’s crimson and inexperienced layers use movies of Quantum Dots – a expertise beforehand related to the LCD world, and Samsung’s personal QLED TVs.

This distinctive strategy guarantees, on paper no less than, each extra brightness and better color volumes than conventional OLED can obtain.


Naturally QD-OLED nonetheless retains the important thing self-emissive good thing about all OLED display screen applied sciences the place each single pixel within the picture produces its personal gentle, that means the brightest pixel in a picture can sit proper subsequent to the darkest with out both having to compromise its look. The consequence, primarily based on earlier OLED expertise (together with Samsung’s S95B), must be gorgeously deep black colors and peerless localised distinction.

The second era of QD-OLED panels have apparently benefitted from a trio of key enhancements. First, enhancements to the panel’s electron transport layer have enabled a claimed brightness increase of round 20-30 per cent – a strikingly substantial advance in only a 12 months, in comparison with the early days of conventional OLED.

The 65S95C additionally incorporates a new pixel-level picture evaluation and administration algorithm that is claimed to double the panel’s long-term reliability, whereas a brand new display screen filter does a a lot better job than the one within the S95B of stopping ambient gentle from infiltrating darkish scenes.

The most recent model of Samsung’s Neo Quantum Processor 4K, in the meantime, has elevated the variety of Neural Networks it bases its picture processing on to twenty, yielding hopefully simpler real-time image high quality outcomes with any kind of content material.

Upscaling of sub-4K content material, improved noise dealing with, a better sense of depth and extra correct and refined color mapping are claimed to be 4 of the largest beneficiaries of Samsung’s newest processing upgrades.


Enhancements are promised, too, for the 65S95C’s audio system. This has a really respectable 70W of complete energy at its disposal, fed right into a 4.2.2-channel speaker system created by a hanging financial institution of eight important mid/bass drivers working proper throughout the TV’s rear, plus smaller drivers positioned at a number of factors across the TV’s rear edges.

Spreading the audio system out like this helps Samsung’s so-called Object Monitoring Sound (OTS) system ship each a wider soundstage and make sound results seem like coming from the correct place on the display screen.

Samsung now backs its OTS system up with Dolby Atmos decoding too, leaving us hopeful that it’s going to have the facility, dynamic vary and projection that the S95B – which frequently sounded cramped, and generally distorted – didn’t.

Thoughts you, if it seems the 65S95C’s audio system do need assistance, Samsung has additionally improved its Q Symphony system for sharing the TV’s audio system with these of a appropriate Samsung soundbar. All of the audio system within the TV and soundbar are actually allowed to play together with one another, whereas the soundbar can draw on the TV’s superior processing energy when determining greatest deal with completely different audio sorts.


Lastly, the 65S95C’s sensible options are excellent. Virtually each video streaming app you’ll be able to consider is current and proper, there’s an enormous assortment of more and more helpful (and thoroughly curated) streaming channels courtesy of Samsung’s TVPlus system, and there is a formidable Sport Hub display screen that gives direct entry to a number of cloud gaming providers in addition to exhibiting hyperlinks to any HDMI inputs you’ve obtained gaming gadgets related to.

The one vital absentee is Freeview Play. All of the catch up apps for the principle UK terrestrial broadcasters can be found individually, however you’ll be able to’t entry them by means of the Freeview Play umbrella portal.

The interface Samsung supplies for coping with the massive quantity of content material choices the 65S95C carries stays a bit clunky in its presentation and navigational decisions – although it’s an enchancment on the unique 2022 redesign. Plus with a little bit of apply you’ll be able to usually skip the menus roughly solely due to Samsung’s glorious voice management options.

Image efficiency

  • Sensational OLED brightness
  • Unprecedentedly pure colors
  • Pixel-perfect distinction

The 65S95C takes all of the QD-OLED strengths we obtained a grand glimpse of with 2022’s S95B QD-OLED debut and cranks them up by means of what seems like an entire new set of gears.

Brightness, specifically, is on an entire new stage from final 12 months. It reaches 1400 nits of brightness on a ten per cent white HDR window, up from a most of round 1000 nits on the S95B. This might rely as an enormous improve on any display screen, but it surely turns into a genuinely eye-popping game-changer when mixed with the type of black ranges and light-weight management the 65S95C’s QD-OLED panel can ship.

Excessive dynamic vary sources that flood the entire display screen with brightness look lighter and punchier than I’ve ever seen them look on any OLED TV, bar the LG G3.

The LG G3 really will get a contact brighter in its most aggressive Vivid mode than the 65S95C can, however there’s valuable little in it in the case of the type of balanced, constant and correct image settings most viewers will want to make use of. And maybe, the 65S95C’s brightness feels a bit extra constant proper throughout the total width of the display screen.


Whereas the 65S95C’s further brightness with shiny photographs transforms what you’ll be able to anticipate from OLED expertise – making it a way more partaking shiny room expertise within the course of – it is really with blended brightness content material that this new brightness most makes its mark. The depth with which shiny highlights stand out in opposition to darkish environment is not like something I’ve seen earlier than besides, once more, on LG’s G3 OLED TV.

Samsung’s new Mini LED TVs, just like the QN95C, can nonetheless ship but extra peak brightness of their boldest picture settings (whereas remaining resistant to the everlasting picture retention points which are nonetheless – on paper – one thing it’s good to be cautious about when utilizing an OLED TV), particularly with full-screen shiny content material.

There isn’t any query, although, that the 65S95C’s brightness leap drastically reduces LED’s conventional peak brightness/shiny room benefit, whereas concurrently getting much more worth from OLED’s potential to pristinely put shiny and darkish picture content material only a pixel aside.

The 65S95C’s potential to punch out a lot further brightness with out compromising its basically immaculate black ranges feeds into two different areas of palpable enchancment over the S95B, too. First, shadow detailing is a lot better throughout each preset. You hardly really feel now as in the event you may be lacking some refined shade, color or element within the darkest elements of the image.


This low-level element is dealt with with considerably much less accompanying noise than we frequently see with OLED expertise, too, exhibiting how effectively Samsung is already mastering the tough job of coping with OLED pixels as they transition from black (basically off) to barely on for a really darkish image component.

The additional brightness additionally unlocks much more fiercely QD-OLED’s obvious pure RGB color power. For whereas LG has additionally managed to unlock a lot richer, but in addition extra pure and nuanced colors from the G3 than it did the G2, in areas of comparatively pure color, no less than – a yellow bus, a crimson balloon, a stunning blue sky – the 65S95C achieves ranges of richness and purity that we have by no means seen earlier than.

On the identical time, although, Samsung has additionally clearly improved its management over QD-OLED’s large color potential. The often flared out or exaggerated tone that generally appeared, particularly when gaming, on the S95B are basically eliminated. At the least outdoors of the marginally optimistic Dynamic image preset.

Samsung’s improved processing appears to seek out extra refined shading inside the 65S95C’s vibrant palette, too, guaranteeing that residence cinema followers have loads of finesse to go together with the spectacle.

It’s that spectacle, although, that contributes to the 65S95C producing arguably the all-round most eye-catching and satisfying online game pictures I’ve seen on a big-screen TV. The purity of its colors with the additional brightness behind them, along with the outstanding potential to select the tiniest shiny element and spotlight, serves up gaming worlds of hitherto unimagined magnificence and immersiveness. It provides you a brand new appreciation for the gorgeous graphics we’re now having fun with from the newest consoles and PCs.

Whereas we’re with regards to gaming, it is value including excessive and variable body charges (together with these delivered by AMD’s Freesync Premium system) are dealt with superbly. That enter lag is as little as 9.8ms within the display screen’s quickest Sport setting, and new gaming options, together with a digital intention level and mini map magnifier, show nice additions.

They be a part of earlier gaming-friendly choices resembling the power to lift the brightness of darkish areas with out impacting the remainder of the image, the choice to commerce a bit of enter lag for some delicate movement processing, and a devoted game-related onscreen menu.

The 65S95C’s improved noise and color mix dealing with helps it ship among the cleanest, most detailed pictures we have seen on a 4K TV, too. Whereas the additional brightness and nice color quantity would possibly seize your consideration initially, the additional refinement and polish evident within the 65S95C’s pictures throughout all sources – together with upscaled HD ones – change into probably the greatest issues about this TV.

It reveals greater than another single issue simply how a lot better Samsung has change into within the house of the previous 12 months at making use of its processing to the actual capabilities of its new QD-OLED infants.

The 65S95C wraps up a persistently jaw-dropping efficiency by shedding basically nothing from its footage in any respect if you end up having to look at the display screen from even a extreme angle.

In reality, it is severely arduous to seek out any fault in any respect with the 65S95C’s footage except you rely the shortage of Dolby Imaginative and prescient assist talked about earlier.

At a push, I might say the Dynamic Tone Mapping possibility can go a contact too far within the in any other case gorgeous-looking Normal preset mode, inflicting colors to lose a bit of of their ordinary vividness. Movement appears to be like messy, too, in the event you keep on with the TV’s default Auto Image Readability setting. This may be a lot improved by establishing a Customized Image Readability configuration with judder and blur discount choices set beneath half energy.

The LG G3 appears to be like unexpectedly brighter in its really barely over-aggressive Vivid mode than the 65S95C does in its equal Dynamic mode, and LG’s set additionally presents extra granular controls over the best way its video footage look. Although however, the 65S95C carries a Sensible Calibration characteristic that permits you to obtain a surprisingly correct, room-compensated image calibration utilizing simply your cell phone.


Turning to the 65S95C’s sound, it proves mercifully freed from the overwhelming majority of the jarring bass distortions and weedy sounding trebles that proved such an unworthy accompaniment to the photographs of 2022’s S95B. Bass now sounds clear and vigorous, and whereas it would not actually plunge as deep into the decrease frequencies as I might like, its extra sensible, contained strategy is much preferable to a repeat of the S95B’s phutting and distortions.

Vocals, in the meantime, sound clear and persistently like they’re rising from the mouths of the onscreen audio system, fairly than from some indifferent place beneath or behind the display screen. In reality, the newest OTS system’s potential to accurately place and concurrently monitor a number of particular person objects works beautifully, creating an immersive and dense sound expertise that pulls you into the motion regardless of the sound probably not having any ahead propulsion.

The sound does broaden past the TV’s facet and high edges although, that means you no less than take pleasure in a selection of sound to go together with the spectacular onscreen detailing.


The Samsung QE65S95C is one other unbelievable 2023 TV, and pushes QD-OLED tech on additional than we’d have anticipated potential.

In another 12 months, the Micro Lens Array expertise of LG’s G3 sequence would have seen it romp residence, as far and away the best OLED TV of the 12 months. Nonetheless, the 65S95C’s Quantum Dot strategy to OLED retains tempo with its MLA-powered rival each step of the best way – even, arguably, stealing LG’s crown as probably the most thrilling gaming show on the town.

In an ideal world Samsung would lastly have moved previous its Dolby Imaginative and prescient blind spot and would offer a greater out of the field movement expertise with its in any other case attractive Normal preset.

When that is all of the negativity we are able to discover about solely the second outing of a brand new show expertise, although, it is honest to say that the 65S95C has proved not solely that QD-OLED is greater than a contender in 2023’s already ridiculously good TV world, however that its potential for the long run is nearly horrifying.