It’s the technological race of the decade. Samsung and LG, neighbouring South Korean electronics giants, have been neck-and-neck almost from the beginning. When Samsung turned particular attention to electronics in the early 1990s, LG were eager to keep up with such pioneering ideas as the first 60-inch plasma screen.
Since the boom in the mobile phone and television markets of recent years, both companies have been working their thumbs to the bone to stay afloat in an increasingly demanding industry.
Samsung vs LG: The Numbers
The numbers attributed to each company are insightful. Samsung often boasts of its status as South Korea’s largest conglomerate, with poor little LG trailing in as the fourth. And that’s just in South Korea. Each company’s figures correlate nicely, with LG’s takings being around a quarter of those of Samsung. But fret not – the proof is in the product.
Samsung vs LG: Products on Offer
Here’s an interesting number for you. LG’s website currently has almost 200 television models for sale, and Samsung’s has a mere 50 models. But by avoiding spreading themselves too thin, Samsung’s overall direction is looking dominant.
HD TVs are being pushed to the bottom of the pile as outdated technology. Quantum Dot and UltraHD TVs are the new kids on the scene and are currently blazing ahead of the competition with their shiny new improvements and improved colour. The panoramic curved screens are also being welcomed warmly, with their straight-edged counterparts being overshadowed. And when it comes to TVs, size does matter. The 65-inchers are all the rage, and each popular model of TV is selling its largest designs like hotcakes.
Samsung’s top rated models are the 65” KS9000 9 Series – a curved, QD design – and the whopping 88” JS9500 9 Series – also curved, but featuring Samsung’s own brand of ultra-high-definition, with customers loving the crystal clarity of colour and contrast on the KS9000, and the sheer size of the JS9500. With Samsung’s commitment to the newest and coolest of TV technologies, their bestselling models are those which flaunt their fresh-off-the-line features.
LG’s loyalty currently lies with Ultra-HD, offering no Quantum Dot technology at all. This is a major factor in the race, as the latest and greatest asset is what everybody’s chasing, and LG are somewhat missing out on a vast customer base. Their Ultra-HD TVs are well-received enough, generally in smaller sizes than Samsung’s stonkers, but have been deemed confusing and difficult to use by some.
Samsung vs LG: And The Winner Is…
In a very close race, LG continue to make a good account for themselves, turning out middle-range, moderately-priced technologies for the average household that doesn’t place enormous value on viewing pleasure.
However, for a customer whose gaming or boxsets are a pillar of their existence, the investment of a big, flashy Samsung screen is too good to refuse. Certain to be the basis for the new face of home cinema and gaming, Samsung’s curved Quantum Dot models are among the best TVs on the market, and far superior to those of LG.