So you’re shopping for a new TV and narrowed down your choices to two models: Crystal UHD and QLED. Which one is better? Today I’ll be comparing Crystal UHD to QLED and I’ll explain which one is better in the long run.
Choosing the right TV can be tough because there are so many features, panels types, marketing gimmicks, technologies, and specifications to consider. Not to mention budget.
Understanding the differences between Crystal UHD and QLED can save you from making an expensive mistake. These two terms are designed by Samsung and found on most Samsung TVs, other TV manufacturers have their own marketing terms for similar features and technologies.
First things first, while Crystal UHD and QLED are often advertised as specific features, they’re actually very different. One is a feature while the other is technology. It can be confusing because manufacturers will advertise these terms (often with other equally confusing labels) as standalone features.
The end result is a lot of confusion, which I will do my best to clear up in this article. Which one is a marketing gimmick? Which one is a real feature?
Continue reading to find out...
Let’s start with Crystal UHD, then QLED, and finally explain which one is better.
What is Crystal UHD?
Crystal UHD stands for Ultra-High Definition, also referred to as “Ultra HD” or simply “UHD”. In other words, Crystal UHD TVs are standard LCD displays but at 4K or higher resolutions. What that means is the screen has 3840×2160 pixels. Crystal UHD is more of a description of the resolution capabilities than a standalone feature. Basically, it means the TV is 4K compatible.
Samsung often markets their Crystal UHD TVs as having a “Crystal” 4K image processor that beautifully upscales all media to 4K. Most Crystal UHDs have no such processor, except for the TU8000 series, but most smart TVs already have processors that can upscale media to 4K. In other words, you shouldn’t worry about whether or not your TV has a 4K-Crystal processor as it doesn’t make that much of a difference.
To clarify, the term Crystal UHD is a TV that’s capable of Ultra High Definition and may or may not use a 4K-Crystal processor to upscale media to 4K. You can think of Crystal UHD TVs as improved LCD TVs with support for higher resolutions. It’s the same as HD (720P) or FHD (1080P).
Remember, Crystal UHD is not a panel technology. Crystal UHD TVs use LCD technology with LED backlights. In my opinion, you shouldn’t worry too much about the whole “Crystal UHD” gimmick and focus on more important features.
Don’t get the wrong idea. UHD TVs are by no means bad. Almost any display that supports 4K will look good. The problem is UHD is not a special feature, panel, or technology, it simply means the TV is 4K compatible. On that note, UHD TVs are cheaper too.
What is QLED?
QLED is different because it is a type of display panel. QLED stands for Quantum-Dot Light-Emitting Diode, essentially a display that uses the Quantum dot technology. The exact technology is very complicated but you can take a look at the Quantum Dot Wikipedia page for more information.
An easy way to visualise the tech is the Quantum Dot technology adds an additional colour filter to the display which increases brightness and contrast levels. Normally, a TV uses an LED for backlight and to shine on the LCD panel which creates the colours.
QLED TVs are based on the same design, the quantum dot filter is added between the LCD panel and the LED backlight. The filter improves the range of colours too, although it’s not very noticeable in day to day use. As for picture quality, QLED offers great visuals with very vivid colours, especially at 4K.
A couple of points worth talking about here. For one, QLED is often confused with OLED because the terms look similar on paper. What you need to know is QLED and OLED are very different technologies.
I won’t be comparing the two in detail here, but the short version is QLED acts as an enhanced LCD TV. On OLED TVs, the panel lights up individual pixels based on the scene, and it doesn’t have a backlight, so the contrast levels and blacks are extremely deep. OLED is always preferred over QLED because the colours are much more immersive.
Most modern QLED TVs can support 4K. Combine the high resolution with the enhanced colour and brightness and QLED TVs offer great visuals.
- Extra Brightness, Good for Daytime Use
- Good Colour Coverage
- Long Lifespan, No Burn-in
Samsung Crystal UHD and QLED TVs: differences
The first thing to note is that these models are unique to Samsung. Samsung released the first QLED TVs with the Quantum Dot technology in 2019, which increases brightness (it’s a variation of the LED LCD with quantum dots). Throughout 2021, Samsung divided some of its televisions into Crystal UHD classifications based on conventional technologies that do not include Quantum Dot.
This means that QLED TVs are a step above Crystal UHD TV models in the Samsung range, which will have better color contrasts and lighting levels thanks to Quantum Dots technology.
What processor are these TVs equipped with?
The Samsung QLED televisions are designed with more powerful processors: the Quantum Processor 4K and 8K, which improve clarity, brightness, and sound while viewing material. In contrast, those with Samsung Crystal UHD technology include a Crystal 4K processor that is optimized for color during playback.
The Samsung Crystal UHDs are characterized by Ultra Hi-Definition (UHD) technology, which offers (typically) 4K viewing. The number of pixels varies depending on the screen size, providing either more or less clarity.
Meanwhile, QLED TVs offer more accurate colors and some even play 8K content. They are able to activate each pixel separately, resulting in a perfect color reproduction. The control of the light that enters each pixel allows us to adjust the saturation and brightness. The intensity is higher (they reach up to 4000 nits). This high level of brightness is especially noticeable when watching television in broad daylight.
Some Samsung QLEDs feature Direct Full Array HDR1500 (back panel lighting), which increases brightness and adjusts the color gamut from light to dark tones.
Both QLED prototypes and Crystal UHD models include the HDR (High Dynamic Range) system to calibrate black and white tones. Samsung Crystal UHDs usually contain the HDR10+ version, while QLEDs, in addition to the HDR 10+, also include Q HDR.
What about audio?
Both Crystal UHD and QLED TVs from Samsung use the Q Series speakers and sound bars to produce surround sound utilizing Q Symphony technology. It also has an active voice amplifier that controls the volume so that music may be heard clearly even when there is background noise.
Both Samsung’s QLED and Crystal UHD models have Adaptive Sound technology. The sound is optimzed for the TV, which takes into account the environment in which you’re watching television and adjusts the audio to match it, in order to provide the finest possible sound quality.
QLED tvs, on the other hand, include Adaptive Sound+, an upgrade to Adaptive Sound technology that improves sound quality and Audio Spatial Intelligence, which adapts sound output to the room and installation locations for optimum audio quality regardless of where you’re viewing.
So, in sound terms, QLED is a winner.
Samsung’s QLEDs are a fantastic partner to play with if you’re a video game enthusiast. Many of them include Game Enhancer+ and FreeSync technology, in addition to improved picture and sound quality. Samsung’s Crystal UHD , on the other hand, includes less up-to-date versions of Game Enhancer, but does guarantee fluid game play.
Let’s talk about the price
The Samsung Crystal UHD are significantly less expensive, while the Samsung QLED have more advanced features and hence cost a lot more.
It all depends on the picture quality you require, so keep your priorities in mind at all times. The goal of this essay is to provide you with helpful information so that you can explain your concerns and select the model that best suits your requirements.
Some common points
Because of current market requirements, the two televisions’ formats are quite similar since they stand out due to their thin screens and practically no TV bezel.
With a remote control, most of these TVs are accessible. The ability to connect more devices to the TV allows you to enhance the experience. Many of them also have Multi View technology, which lets you to view content on your Smartphone via your voice assistant of choice. However, many different versions are compatible with various voice assistants, such as Google Home and Alexa.
Because they feature full connections that are based on HDMI 2.0 or 2.1 ports, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, they don’t provide major distinctions in terms of connectivity.
They also include the Universal Guide mode, which ensures that creating a list with your favorite channels is both simple and convenient. They also include the Disney + app, which lets you watch your movies or keep the little ones occupied.
Ambience Mode, which is available on many Crystal UHD and QLED TVs, allows you to choose pictures to create ambience in your living room or bedroom rather than displaying the screen in black.
The Tizen operating system, created by Samsung, runs on both types of TVs.
Crystal UHD vs QLED Which is Better?
If you had to choose between Crystal UHD or QLED 4K, I would choose QLED 4K because it will be much brighter and have better colour coverage than plain UHD. The only exception would be if the UHD TV has other special features that are not available on QLED models. Most people who buy QLED 4K are happy with their purchase.
Samsung’s QLED televisions are designed using cutting-edge technologies that aim to enhance picture resolution and sound quality. However, it must be kept in mind that the price is more expensive.
Crystal LED TVs, on the other hand, have some characteristics in common with QLEDs. They are not as extensive, however they do share certain characteristics. However, you’ll discover top-of-the-line models incorporating this technology that deliver high performance at a more reasonable cost. You’ve got yourself a fantastic TV with this, whether it’s your choice or not.