While 2023 was more evolution than revolution for TVs, some standout innovations this year set the stage for big competition between TVs in 2024.
In 2022, Samsung Display’s QD-OLED display technology made headlines as the most innovative display technology since OLED was introduced into consumer TVs by LG nearly 10 years earlier. In a remarkably timely effort to answer Samsung, LG Display released the most meaningful update to its OLED display technology in 10 years, and this year, that technology earns our top prize for the most innovative TV technology of 2023.
However, you might be surprised to learn that a TV using that innovative TV technology didn’t earn our Most Innovative TV award for 2023. Instead, it was an entirely different kind of TV, also made by LG. Let’s dive in.
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Winner: LG MLA OLED Panel Technology
When Samsung made waves with QD-OLED technology in its S95B OLED TV, LG quickly responded with MLA OLED technology, making it seem like the technology was set aside for just such an occasion. Whatever the true inside baseball story, we’re glad to see it unfold this year.
Practically speaking, MLA – or, Micro Lens Array – technology makes LG’s OLED panels much brighter than before. This is notable not only because one of the few complaints about OLED TVs and monitors was that they couldn’t get as bright as QLED TVs, but because Samsung Display’s QD-OLED technology was posting some phenomenal brightness numbers.
LG achieved this increase in brightness in a really interesting way. Rather than altering organic compounds, increasing power, or adding clever new heat dissipation technology, LG displays solved their brightness limitations by improving efficiency.
In fact, MLA is a thin sheet of material on which millions of tiny convex lenses have been printed. Those lenses capture light that would normally scatter inside an OLED panel, and focus it on the desired destination: your eyes.
It may seem like a simple solution, but its implementation is a true feat of engineering. The MLA results, along with other brightness-boosting efforts by LG, have seen brightness increases of up to 70% compared to traditional W-RGB OLED TVs. In the end, LG’s Gallery Series G3 OLED proved to be the brightest OLED TV I’ve tested so far.
With OLED brightness now being much lower than before, LG has made it even harder for QLED TV makers to claim that their TVs are better. This, naturally, will provoke the next salvo in the ongoing TV brightness war that has already been going on for several years.
Runner-up: LG M-Series
While MLA OLED panel technology may be the most innovative TV technology of 2023, ironically the LG TV that left it behind didn’t include it. For our money, the LG M-Series Wireless OLED TV strikes us as this year’s most innovative TV.
Since MLA technology is still being expanded, it is not available in the 77-inch screen size that LG Electronics opted to use when creating OLED TVs with wireless signal delivery. While you still have to plug LG’s M3 OLED into the wall for power, that’s the only wire tying it to anything.
With the LG M3 Wireless OLED TV, all cable connections are made to a wireless transmitter box, which LG oddly calls a “zero-connect” box (Samsung has long sold its “one-connect” TVs with a single cable connection). The box is described as its identity (it is a TV innovation). While the Zero-Connect box’s wireless transmission range is limited to about 30 feet and requires a clear line of sight for uninterrupted signal delivery, it’s still a huge leap toward the future of wireless TV typically associated with home entertainment systems. Eliminates rat’s nest of cables. of the past.
Honorable Mention: Samsung The Frame TV
Samsung’s second-generation QD-OLED technology managed to make its way into two of the best TVs we tested this year: the Samsung S95C and the Sony A95K – the latter of which I’ve crowned as the best TV of the year, And in several industry firing incidents. However, it is one of Samsung’s lifestyle TVs that impressed me the most in 2023.
Samsung’s The Frame TV is a QLED TV packaged in a way that already looks more like framed art than a TV, but the 2023 edition of The Frame features a new matte screen finish, with level backlighting and Combined with color management gives good results. An image that is a dead ringer for a piece of art on canvas. The texture is so realistic that when I saw it for the first time I just had to reach out and touch the screen. This illusion is remarkably convincing and creates a TV that can seamlessly match with any decor concept.