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Samsung S95B vs LG G2 OLED TV Review (OLED55G2 vs QN55S95B, OLED65G2 vs QN65S95B)

by on July 15, 2022
 



LG G2 vs Samsung S95B Review

Samsung S95B is a brand-new in the Samsung’s TV lineup. It is the first OLED TV released by Samsung. But unlike in previous years where all OLED TVs use white-OLED panel by LG, the S95B uses QD-OLED, a new OLED panel technology. It is claimed can deliver brighter colors than white-OLED. On the other hand, the LG G2 OLED is the high-end model of LG’s 2022 OLED TV lineup as well as the successor of the LG G1. Just like the predecessor, the LG G2 carries an-improved white-OLED panel called evo-OLED. This technology is claimed has brighter peak brightness than standard white-OLED panel and it has been proven on the predecessor LG G1.

With the launch of the Samsung S95B, practically, a war between two OLED technology is just started. And we will bring you on the one of the most anticipated in this year: the comparison of the Samsung S95B and LG G2. The S95B represents QD-OLED technology that insert quantum dot technology on the OLED panel while the LG G2 represents an improved white-OLED by LG. This will be an interesting thing since both are premium TV from each of manufacturer. As we have known, in previous years, there is no real competition in OLED TV since all OLED TVs use the OLED panel by LG.

As a brand-new, there are not many options in screen sizes. It comes in 2 screen sizes variants only, which are 55 inches (QN55S95BAFXZA) and 65 Inches (QN65S95BAFXZA). On the other hand, as an old player, the LG G2 has many screen sizes variants including 55 inches (OLED55G2PUA), 65 inches (OLED65G2PUA), 77 inches (OLED77G2PUA), 83 inches (OLED83G2PUA), and 97 inches (OLED97G2PUA). Meanwhile, with the same screen size (OLED55G2PUA vs QN55S95BAFXZA, OLED65G2PUA vs QN65S95BAFXZA), they have almost the same price. But of course, their price can still change at any time. So, which premium TV is better?

Check the Latest Price
Samsung S95B LG G2 (OLED G2)
55 Inches QN55S95B on Amazon OLED55G2PUA on Amazon
65 Inches QN65S95B on Amazon OLED65G2PUA on Amazon
77 inches OLED77G2PUA on Amazon
83 Inches OLED83G2PUA on Amazon

LG G2 vs Samsung S95B Side by Side Comparison

Samsung S95B vs LG G2 Specification

Specs LG G2 OLED Samsung S95B
Screen Sizes Available 55” (OLED55G2PUA), 65” (OLED65G2PUA), 77” (OLED77G2PUA), 83” (OLED83G2PUA), 97” (OLED97G2PUA) 55” (QN55S95BAFXZA), 65” (QN65S95BAFXZA
Resolution 4K (3840 x 2160) 4K (3840 x 2160)
Panel Technology Evo OLED Panel QD-OLED Panel
Backlight Technology No Backlight No Backlight
Local Dimming Technology Pixel Dimming Level Pixel Dimming Level
Processor Alpha 9 Gen 5 AI Processor 4K Neural Quantum Processor 4K
HDR Supports HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision HDR10, HLG, HDR10+
Native Refresh rate 120 Hz 120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate Yes (FreeSync, GSync, HDMI Forum) Yes (FreeSync, GSync, HDMI Forum)
Smart TV Platform WebOS22 Tizen 2022
Smart Apps LG ThinQ AI, Google Home, Amazon Alexa Samsung Bixby, Google Assistant, Alexa
Remote LG Magic Remote 2022 Samsung Remote 2022
Audio Setup 4.2 channel 5.1 channel
Audio Power Output 20 watts 60 watts
HDMI Ports 4 4
USB Ports 3 2
Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Bluetooth, Wi-Fi

Design

One of the flagships of the LG G2 is about its design. Just like the predecessor, it comes with a unique design called “Gallery” design. Using a dedicated slim wall mount, it is meant to sit flush against the wall. Its border is only about 0.6 cm and its thickness is only about 2.5 cm and when it is mounted on the wall, there is almost no gap between the TV and the wall. And when you enable “Gallery” mode, it can show artwork or picture when it is in stand-by, making it is like a painting that hangs on your wall.

And since it is specially design to be wall-mounted, it doesn’t come with stand in package. However, you can buy separately its stand if you want put it on the table. But keep in mind, this TV has extra cost because its design. So, I think buying this tv just to put it on the table is a waste of money because you can go to the LG C2 that has much cheaper price but performs almost the same to the LG G2.

Just like the LG G2, the Samsung S95b also has premium design. Thanks to its very thin bezel, it is like to blend into the environment when it is not in use. This TV actually is also very thin. However, there is a slight thickening in the lower third where all of its electronic parts are housed. Additionally, its border is also very thin, only about 2 mm wider than the LG G2, which means its border is only about 0.8 mm. However, unlike the LG G2 that specially designed to be wall-mounted, the S95B is not specifically designed to be wall-mounted or put on the table. If you want to put on the table, it comes with small center-mounted stand. So, you don’t need wide table to put it. However, due to the large size of the TV relative to the stand, it wobbles a bit, but it settles quickly. And if you want to be wall-mounted, you must buy a wall mount separately. But of course, it cannot sit flush against the wall like the LG G2 OLED.

Winner: LG G2

Dark Scene Performance

So far, there is no LED TVs that can match performance of OLED TVs including the Samsung S95B and LG G2 OLED of showing dark scenes

Both of the Samsung S95B and LG G2 performs incredibly when showing dark scene, even if they are set in a pitch-dark room. As we have known, OLED panel doesn’t have backlight and their light source is from their pixels that can emit its own light. And each of pixel can switch on/off or dim individually. So, when they are displaying black, the pixels in black area are off. So, there is no light at all that emitted from black area. The result, wherever black area is shown, black produced is nearly perfect. This certainly makes their black uniformity is also nearly perfect. That is not only that, since they don’t use backlight, they don’t have local dimming like on LED TV. However, their individual self-emissive pixels make they have pixel dimming level. It is similar to FALD on LED TV with the number of dimming zones is equivalent to the number of pixels.

And the result is dark scene on their screen look incredible. Their nearly perfect black makes dark colors can be shown very accurately. Additionally, shadow has a lot of details and looks incredibly without “crushed black”. Additionally, small highlight in a dark scene can also be shown without blooming or haloing effect at all.

Winner: Draw

Bright Scene Performance

Although not as bright as premium LED TV, The LG G2 and Samsung S95B are including the brightest OLED TV that ever

Peak brightness of the Samsung S95B and LG G2 OLED may be not as bright as premium LED TVs like Samsung QN90B or Sony X95K, but for OLED TVs, they are including the brightest. With SDR content, the LG G2 can get brighter than 450 nits, while the Samsung S95B gets a bit lower, which is around 425 nits. However, this actually is great, making them easily to combat the glare in most bright rooms. But as typical of OLED TVS, they have aggressive ABL. This makes larger bright scenes are dimmed considerably. Even when they are displaying the entire screen Is bright, their peak brightness drops to below 200 nits. Fortunately, this rarely happens in normal content, so this should not be a serious issue.

Additionally, they can also perform great job of handling direct reflections thanks to their glossy screen finish.  And combination of their good SDR peak brightness and incredible reflection handling makes both can overcome the glare easily in most bright rooms. So, even though you put them in a room with ambient light like lobby room, the images looks fairly bright and remain obvious without distracted by the glare.

Winner: LG G2

Picture Clarity

Overall, both of the Samsung S95B and LG G2 have excellent picture quality. Both have AI-based 4K Up-scaling engine and deep learning machine that can perform a good job of up-scaling lower resolution content to 4K. So, whether the source have low resolution like DVD movies, the 4K image produced looks very details with a lot of small details are still preserved well. And the higher resolution of the source, the 4K images resulted will look more details. In addition to have excellent 4K upscaling engine, both also have excellent gray uniformity. The impact is particularly when they are playing a large area with uniform colors like a field in sports where it can be displayed without a lot of dirty screen effect.

As we have known, previously, LG OLED TV have outstanding viewing angle coverage. And this also applies to the LG G2. It can maintain black level and brightness level up to extremely side angle, which is around 70 degrees off center. Sadly, it cannot maintain color accuracy at extremely wide angle. Color of images displayed on its screen will shift started at around 25 degrees off center. Fortunately, there is no noticeable washout color, even if watched from extremely wide angle. On the other hand, with QD-OLED panel technology, the Samsung S95B can do a better job of maintaining color accuracy. Not only brightness level and black level, it can also maintain color accuracy at extremely wide angle. This means, when viewed from wide angle, the images displayed on its screen will look as accurate as when viewed from the center and front.

Winner: Samsung S95B

Color Reproduction

The combination of Quantum Dot technology and OLED panel on the QD-OLED panel makes the Samsung S95B has exceptional color gamut. Even it is better than the LG OLED TV including G2 OLED that has the best color gamut so far. In DCI P3 color space, their color coverage may be similar where their color coverage is equally nearly perfect. In both DCI P3 xy and uv, both can cover more than 99% of color space, which is exceptional.  However, in Rec.2020 color space where next-gen HDR content are mastered, coverage of the Samsung S95B is better than the LG G2. If in Rec.2020 xy and uv, the LG G2 can cover about 73% and 77%, the Samsung S95B is able to cover around 86% and 91%. So, for longer term where HDR content mastered in Rec.2020 will released more, the Samsung S95B certainly is better than the LG G2.

In addition to have wider color gamut in Rec.2020, the Samsung S95B also have better color volume than the LG G2, especially in reproducing very bright colors. As we have known, the LG OLED TV including G2 OLED uses white-OLED that means it uses additional white subpixel besides RGB subpixels. This may be able to boost its brightness level and make it can produce pure-white. But on the other hand, this will de-saturate bright colors, making LG G2 cannot produce bright saturated colors. On the other hand, the Samsung S95B can produce bright colors as bright pure white. However, except bright saturated colors, basically, both can produce their wide color gamut at their entire brightness level, which is great.

That is not on color gamut and volume, the Samsung S95B also have better color gradient than the LG G2. On the screen of the LG G2, there is some noticeable banding in daker shades of greens. Meanwhile, on the screen of the Samsung S95B, color gradient looks very smooth with almost no banding in any colors. However, although not as good as the S95B, color gradient of the LG G2 actually is great overall. Both of them actually also have a feature that for reducing banding. On the Samsung S95B, there is Noise Reduction while on the LGH G2, there is Smooth Gradation. However, it only works well with low quality content. Meanwhile, with high quality content, this precisely can cause some loss of fine details.

Winner: Samsung S95B

HDR Performance

Both of the LG G2 and Samsung S95B supports more than one HDR formats. In addition to HDR10, where most of current HDR content are mastered, both also supports HLG, allowing you to watch TV Shows in HDR. Meanwhile, the difference is about dynamic HDR formats supported by them where the Samsung S95B supports HDR10+ while the LG G2 supports Dolby Vision.

Discussing about their HDR performance, both have great HDR performance, especially in showing shadow details of HDR images. Dark scene of HDR images looks excellent with a lot of details and without “crushed black” thanks to their infinite contrast ratio, perfect black uniformity, and pixel dimming level. Until here, their performance is almost same.

However, in term of color reproduction, the Samsung S95B is better than LG G2. As we have discussed a lot above, the Samsung S95B has better color coverage, especially in Rec.2020. The other advantage is that the S95B can produce saturated bright colors while the LG C2 cannot. So, in certain color, especially in showing bright colors, the S95b can show it more accurately than the LG G2. Additionally, since it has better color coverage in Rec.2020 where HDR content that mastered in this color space is started to produce a lot, this makes the S95B is more future-proof than the LG G2. That is not only that, the Samsung S95B also has better gradient handling than the LG G2, makes color gradient of HDR images displayed on its screen looks more smooth than on the screen of the G2. OLED. Nevertheless, color reproduction of the LG G2 actually is also great, though, not as good as the Samsung S95B.

While color reproduction of the S95B is better, the LG G2 can show highlight of HHDR images brighter. It even can be said the brightest OLED TVs that ever. Small highlight of HDR images can be shown at around 1150 nits, bright enough to make small highlight standout. On the other hand, although not as bright as the LG G2, Samsung S95B also can show small highlight at around 1000 nits, is also bright enough to makes small highlight pop the way they should in HDR. But as we have discussed above, both have very aggressive ABL, so the larger area of bright scene, their HDR peak brightness will be more dropped. Even when they are showing the entire screen is bright, they show them at around 200 nits only.

Winner: LG G2 can show brighter highlights, the S95B has better color reproduction

Motion Handling

Both of the LG G2 and Samsung S95B can perform a great job of handling motion. Thanks to their nearly instantaneous pixel response time, fast motion images looks very smooth on their screen with almost no motion blur following fast moving objects. Their near instantaneous pixel response time may make them can handle motion incredibly, but on the other hand, this causes low frame rate content appears to stutter. This due each frame is hold on longer. Additionally, since OLED technology has sample-and-hold nature, there may be still some noticeable persistence blur. Fortunately, these issues can be solved by enabling their BFI (Black Frame Insertion) mode, so this should not be a serious problem.

You need to know, both of them have an optional BFI mode that can improve their motion appearance by reducing persistence blur. Basically, their screen is almost flicker-free since OLED panel doesn’t use PWM system to dim their screen. Nevertheless, enabling their BFI mode will make their screen flicker at frequency that match to the frame rate of the content, usually is 60 Hz or 120 Hz. Sadly, both can only flicker at 60 Hz and cannot flicker at 120 Hz. So, their BFI mode is only effective to reduce persistence blur with 60 fps content but with 120 Hz content, this precisely can cause some duplications.

Besides both have native 120 Hz refresh rate panel, both also already supports VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) panel. And their variable refresh rate range is fairly wide, which is between 20 Hz – 120 Hz, regardless the resolution. And the great point is that their VRR supports most popular gaming features like GSync, FreeSync, and HDMI Forum VRR. You need to know, VRR feature can improve their gaming experience by reducing screen tearing effect.

Winner: Draw

Inputs

As their main connectivity, both of the LG G2 and Samsung S95B are equipped with 4 HDMI ports and their HDMI have the same ability. All of their HDMI ports supports HDMI 2.0 Full bandwidth, CEC, HDCP 2.2 and ALLM. One of their HDMI ports also can act as HDMI ARC that also supports eARC, allowing them can passthrough high quality audio. Additionally, all of their HDMI ports also already support full 48 Gbps HDMI 2.1. It is great, as it gives you the flexibility to connect other devices that supports high quality content like Xbox X Series or PS5.

While the number of their HDMI ports are same, the LG G2 have one more number of USB ports, which is 3 ports while the Samsung S95B only has 2 ports. However, none of their USB ports is USB 3.0. Additionally, both also have 1 Tuner In that already supports ATSC 3.0, the next-gen of TV broadcasting.  There are also 1 Ethernet Port and Digital Audio Out (optical) on both. And to connect other device wirelessly, both have built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Meanwhile, discussing about their input lags in Game Mode, both have great input lags. No matter resolution, with 60 fps games, their input lags are almost the same, which is 10 ms. While with 120 fps games, their input lags are even lower, which is about 5 ms. Of course, their input lags is low enough to make them very responsive when used for playing games. So, even if you playing fast paced games that require fast reflexes, your act in game pad will still in-sync with what you see on the screen.

Winner: Draw

Check the Latest Price
Samsung S95B LG G2 (OLED G2)
55 Inches QN55S95B on Amazon OLED55G2PUA on Amazon
65 Inches QN65S95B on Amazon OLED65G2PUA on Amazon
77 inches OLED77G2PUA on Amazon
83 Inches OLED83G2PUA on Amazon

LG G2 vs Samsung S95B Performance

Movies

Both are great TVs for watching movies in a dark room. Thanks to their infinite contrast ratio, nearly perfect black uniformity, and pixel dimming level, their dark room performance is great. But not just these aspects that makes their performance is great. Both also have great 4K Up-scaling engine that allows you to watch lower resolution content like DVD movies or Blu-Ray movies with the quality close to native 4K content. Additionally, fast action movies also looks very smooth on their screen thanks to their great motion handling and BFI mode. As we have mentioned, since movies usually have low frame rate, it may appear to stutter. However, interpolate them to higher frame rate like 60 fps or 120 fps or enabling their BFI mode can help to reduce images stuttering, so this not be a serious issue.

Meanwhile, since the Samsung S95B has better color coverage in Rec.2020 and better color gradient, for NextGen movies that formatted in Dolby Vision or HDR10+, the Samsung S95B may be better. In addition to it can deliver brighter colors, in certain colors, the S95B can also show them more accurately than the LG G2.

Winner: Samsung S95B

Sports

Both also can perform greatly when used for watching sports. In addition to both have great picture quality, they also have excellent motion handling that makes fast sports appears clearly on their screen. Additionally, both also have good gray uniformity, so sports that has large field like hockey or baseball looks excellent on their screen without a lot of dirty screen effect. Thanks to their wide viewing angle coverage, all of you will get the same viewing quality when watch a big game with a group of your friend or family, even for you who sit on the side. Additionally, if you place them in a lobby with a lot of windows or a room with a lot of lamps, both can also still perform well thanks to their SDR peak brightness that is bright enough to combat the glare in most bright rooms.

Meanwhile, a bit advantage of the S95B is that it has a bit better side viewing angle than the LG G2, especially in maintaining color accuracy. So, when you watch sports from extremely side angle, color of images displayed on its screen may looks more consistent than on the screen of LG G2.

Winner: Samsung S95B

Video Games

For video games, their performance is also equally great. Besides they have great performance in a dark room and bright room and also great motion handling, both also have excellent input lags. So, whether you are playing 60 fps games or 120 fps games, your act on your game pad will be in-sync with what you see on the screen.

That is not only basic performance that is great, both also have advanced features that will improve your experience in playing games. Their HDMI 2.1 allows you to play high quality games supported by PS5 or Xbox X Series. Both also have VRR technology that’s compatible with some gaming features like FreeSync, GSync, And HDMI Forum VRR. This allows you to play games without screen tearing effect. All of their HDMI ports also support ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), allowing them automatically switch to Game mode when you connect game console to their HDMI ports.

Winner: Draw

Conclusion

Both of the LG G2 and Samsung S95B are great TVs for any usage overall. So, whether they are used for watching movies, sports or playing video games, their performance is really great. Nevertheless, compare between them, the Samsung S95B is a bit better than the LG G2 thanks to its QD-OLED panel. As we have discussed a lot above, the S95B with QD-OLED can deliver brighter colors, wider color gamut, especially in Rec.2020 coverage, and also has better viewing angle, especially in maintain color accuracy. So, if in previously years, the LG OLED TV is the best in these aspects, in this year, it has beaten by the S95B. Nevertheless, in other aspects, the LG G2 is still a bit superior like on HDR and SDR peak brightness.

So, which is a better choice between these premium OLED TVs? If their price hasn’t changed, with the same price, they have almost the same price. So, the decision certainly comes back to your own preferences and your need. If you are more concerned about aesthetics, the LG G2 may be better for you since it has a unique design called “Gallery” design. Although its performance may be not as good as the S95B, but it is not much different and still great. On the other hand, if you just focus on picture quality, the Samsung S95B may be better for you.

Check the Latest Price
Samsung S95B LG G2 (OLED G2)
55 Inches QN55S95B on Amazon OLED55G2PUA on Amazon
65 Inches QN65S95B on Amazon OLED65G2PUA on Amazon
77 inches OLED77G2PUA on Amazon
83 Inches OLED83G2PUA on Amazon

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