Samsung's first QD-OLED TV spotted in U.S. retailer listing

MW
Mike Wheatley

Samsung Electronics could be about to make a first official announcement regarding its rumoured first QD-OLED television.

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While Sony has already announced its first QD-OLED TV, the Sony A95K, Samsung has until now remained conspicuously silent on its own plans, even though the company should theoretically have first dibs on the new technology. Its sister company Samsung Display did, after all, invented the new display.

But even though reports suggested Samsung’s mysterious first QD-OLED TV won an innovation award at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, the company has steadfastly refused to acknowledge the model even exists. To date, the only thing it has said officially is that it will have something to share later in the year.

Well, that “something” could be revealed soon for two new “Samsung 65" & 55" QS95B 4K HDR QD OLED TVs” have now been spotted in the wild, in a listing on a U.S. retailer’s website. The retailer, Value Electronics, is a “Samsung Authorized Reseller” and the page shows that “Samsung’s new 2022 flagship” delivers “unimaginable details in the deepest blacks”.

The listing also adds some other details, including that the QS95B will incorporate a Next gen ATSC 3.0 OTA tuner and four HDMI 2.1 ports.

The listing is the biggest indication of Samsung’s plans so far, though some may have their doubts if only for the overall quality of the website it appears on. The page itself seems to have been slapped together in a hurry as it contains only limited details and also some blatant spelling errors – such as the “Titzen” smart TV operating system that supposedly powers the QS95B. That said, Value Electronics’ other 2022 TV listings also look a bit rough around the edges, though they have at least been spell checked.

Value Electronics doesn’t appear to be taking orders for the Samsung QS95B just yet, but it is inviting interested buyers to email it with questions. It’s also possible to join a “priority wait list” by sending an email to info@valueelectronics.com.

John Archer, who first reported the listing on Forbes following a tip from the Twitter account High Def News, said the fact that a retailer as large as Value Electronics has an official listing up suggests that Samsung will likely make an announcement regarding its QD-OLED TV very soon, perhaps within the next week or two.

If so, it suggests that Samsung has finally managed to solve a multitude of issues thought to be delaying its QD-OLED TV debut, including a disagreement with Samsung Display over the price of the panels, as well as production issues.

For those who don’t want to wait for Samsung, they will probably be able to get their hands on the Sony A95K QD-OLED TV sooner, though we’re still waiting for an official launch date for that model, too. The first ever QD-OLED display of any kind - which U.S. consumers can buy now - is the Dell Alienware 34 Curved QD-OLED Gaming Monitor that launched this week.

Samsung is also expected to announce a number of regular, White OLED TV models that are based on panels supplied by LG Display, at some point this year. The most recent reports suggest a June launch date, though once again, Samsung is yet to make any official statement.