LED is a fairly old technology which is advanced dramatically through recent years. It uses a LED backlighting technology which shines through a crystal display to give you your red, greens and blues. The pixel accuracy from one LED can be one to sixteen.
OLED– is a new technology which stands for organic light-emitting diode. This uses a LED backlighting which has a much higher pixel accuracy giving your one-to-one ratio which means better response times and color definition. With this technology, they are able to make the screens much thinner and even flexible.
The most significant differences between LED and a OLED is the color accuracy. Also, the contrast levels. OLED has the ability to shut off individual pixels, which means you get completely black sections of the screen.
OLEDs are considerably more expensive and only come in a limited range of sizes. LEDs have become much more affordable in recent years and is still improving.
This is a significant difference that I have seen. First hand, LED does not seem to handle motion as well as some of the top-end LEDs the colors tend to bleed out a little bit and it looks a little bit blurry. This may be something that will be fixed in the future.
How long is the lifecycle of an OLED panel?
It has been said that certain colors may fade and die out over time. This is yet to be field tested as the technology is so new. We will find out in the future.
LEDs currently still have an ace-in-the-hole with their 4k ultra-high definition. This means that these panels have the ability to show four times the amount of pixels.
Currently, there are no OLED TV on the market. High-end LEDs with local dimming have a better ability of reaching darker blacks. But, never quite as dark as the OLED. But, with their 4k resolution, they are definitely a good match for the O LED panels.
Both types of panel have their ups and their downs. LEDs being very affordable, available in large sizes with the 4k resolution and a longer lifespan, where as OLED has a better contrast range, redder colors, thinner panels but a potentially shorter lifespan at a high cost .
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