In September 2022, LG and Samsung showed off 100-inch versions of their flagship 4K TVs. LG unveiled its first 97-inch OLED TV as part of the LG G2 lineup at IFA 2022. Meanwhile, Samsung also quietly unveiled a new 98-inch model in its Neo QLED lineup, called the Samsung QN100B.
At the CEDIA 2022 tech show in late September, both models were priced for the first time, and while they are very expensive, the OLED option unexpectedly has the price advantage.
The 97-inch LG G2 will launch with an MSRP of $25,000 according to FlatpanelsHD (opens in new tab)while the Samsung QN100B is priced at 45,000,000 South Korean won according to what Hi-Fi? (opens in new tab)which translates to just over $31,000 at the time of writing.
Typically, the best OLED TVs are priced higher compared to LCD-based rivals, but Samsung is really pushing things with the QN100B – especially when it comes to HDR brightness.
Samsung is saying the QN100B can hit 5,000 nits of brightness at peak HDR, which would make it the brightest consumer TV yet. The high-end Samsung QN900B 8K TV is rated for 4,000 nits, we’re talking a 25% jump over Samsung’s best brightness yet… in theory.
In the real world, the QN900B offers just over 2,000 nits of brightness, which is surprisingly brilliant, to be fair. If the QN100B manages 2,500 nits or more, it will still deliver some of the most surprisingly vibrant images ever delivered by a pixel pack.
The QN100B also features Samsung’s most elaborate sound system to date, with a 6.4.4 setting, compared to 6.2.2 on the QN900B, meaning more overall power, more bass, and more upfiring drivers for Dolby Atmos height.
Compared to all that, the 97-inch LG G2 is effectively the same as a regular LG G2 – there may be slight differences that a full review would reveal, but nothing big like the Samsung.
Elite 98 inches for less
By the way, you can get a 98-inch 4K image for less than that now – and without needing the best 4K projectors.
The Samsung QN90A is still around, at the time of writing it was available for just £7,999 on Amazon UK (opens in new tab)and $14,999 on Amazon US (opens in new tab). Obviously, that’s a big pile of cash in either case, but compared to over $30,000 for the QN100B… great screen.
Check out our guides to the best 75-inch TVs and the best 85-inch TVs if you want more huge-screen thrills that are a little more reasonable in size and price.