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The main difference between QLED and crystal UHD is the picture quality. As the name suggests, crystal UHD focuses on aiding picture quality, allowing users to achieve a better user experience. On the contrary, QLED is inferior to crystal UHD in terms of picture quality. 

QLED and crystal UHD are totally different things, but the TV manufacturers market them to appear similar. As a result, users end up in a lot of confusion. In reality, QLED is just a type of panel. Just like users will find LED and LCD panels in the market, QLED serves as another type of panel in the TV industry.

So, in a nutshell, QLED is a technology, while crystal UHD is a feature that’s available in a given technology. Crystal UHD may sometimes also be understood as simply UHD, which is again wrong since there’s a massive difference between the both.

What Is QLED?

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A Samsung Monitor using QLED technology

QLED is short for Quantum Dot Display. In the case of LED panels, small light-emitting diodes are embedded in a matrix format to create a display panel. Instead of LEDs, QLEDs utilize quantum dots embedded in a matrix to display pictures. These quantum dots illuminate, which shows up pictures to the users. A protection coating is sealed on the top so as to protect the quantum dots from physical abuse.

Quantum dots illuminate red, blue, and green, often shortened to RGB. The combination of these colors makes up a crystal clear picture on a TV or a monitor.

What Is Crystal UHD?

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A Samsung Monitor using Crystal UHD feature

As the name suggests, crystal UHD is short for crystal Ultra High Definition. Crystal UHD is advertised by Samsung to promote their LCD and LED TV sets. Over time, more brands have started promoting their products just like Samsung does. The concept of crystal UHD was coined by Samsung, which promised delivery of crystal clear picture quality and better color output.

The reason why an LED or LCD display is termed crystal UHD is that these display panels utilize heavily embedded LCD or LED on a panel. An increased number of LEDs result in an increased resolution. Since each LED makes up one pixel, putting each LED as close as possible would result in increased pixels on the same panel size. This means increased resolution, which allows better picture quality.

The quality is so better that it’s marketed as crystal clear since the viewer can’t view each LED with the naked eyes upon a close view. If taking a close look at a low-quality LED panel, the viewer could recognize each LED pixel independently.

Differences Between QLED & Crystal UHD


QLED panels are powered by quantum processors, which allow 4K or up to 8K image resolution. Most crystal UHD panels often lack a processor, but some TVs use a crystal processor to create an image resolution up to 4K or even more.


The output quality is breathtaking in the case of crystal UHD. As the name suggests, crystal UHD is designed for quality output and hence, remains unbeaten by QLED TVs in terms of output quality. Nevertheless, QLED will never surpass the quality of crystal UHD.

Gaming Experience Enhancer

Gamers often notice lacking quality in QLED monitors during gaming. Since games are fast-paced and demand quick refresh rates, games often lag on QLED monitors. Advanced gamers go for a crystal UHD to perceive sharper images, which are very beneficial when playing shooting games that demand high precision shooting.


As hinted previously, QLED is a display panel technology that is superior to LCD and LED panels. Pixels are created through quantum dots, which is an advanced technology. Crystal UHD is merely a feature that might be present in any LCD, LED, or perhaps QLED display.

In other words, embedding pixels really close so as to increase the resolution would help achieve a crystal UHD display. Since the end-users are not really concerned about the technology and engineering, the makers often advertise both QLED and crystal UHD as the same.

Comparison Chart: QLED Vs Crystal UHD

AreasQLEDCrystal UHD
BrightnessSupports increased brightnessLimited brightness
Color outputInferior color outputImproved color output for better viewing experience
DurabilityTVs and monitors using QLED panels last longerFail to last longer than most QLED devices in most cases
AffordabilityExpensiveMore affordable


Both QLED and crystal UHD were introduced by Samsung and are majorly found in Samsung products. However, some brands have established a market, claiming to use the same features and technologies in their products. Both the features and technologies are used in monitors and TVs.

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the power consumption of QLED and crystal UHD?

The quantum dots in QLEDs consume less power, which results in reduced power consumption. Since crystal UHD panels use LEDs or LCDs, they’ll consume more power. If it’s an LCD panel, the power consumption will further be more.

How does illumination affect QLED TVs?

QLED panels are backlit, which means they need some light source to brighten up. Probably a light source such as bulbs (not those household ones) is used. As a result, a QLED TV would be thicker than any crystal UHD TV. The added thickness is to accommodate the light source at the back of the QLED panel in a TV. However, being brightened up by a separate light source also allows increased brightness, which serves as an ideal feature if the ambient receives sufficient light.

Does viewing angle hold any importance in QLED and crystal UHD TVs?

Yes, the viewing angle would be troublesome in QLED panels since the contrast diminishes if viewing from the sides. The picture would appear darker. Therefore, the best viewing angle would be sitting right in front of the QLED TV.

On the other hand, crystal UHD TVs don’t carry such issues. If using a LED crystal UHD TV, the viewing angle won’t cause diminishing contrast issues.


By the end of this article, it’s safe to conclude that a crystal UHD TV would be far better than a QLED TV since there’s no viewing angle issue, and the users can save on their electricity bills. Moreover, the feature comes in both LCD and LED panels, allowing a wide range of products to suit different user requirements.

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About the Author: Nicolas Seignette

Nicolas Seignette, who holds a scientific baccalaureate, began his studies in mathematics and computer science applied to human and social sciences (MIASHS). He then continued his university studies with a DEUST WMI (Webmaster and Internet professions) at the University of Limoges before finishing his course with a professional license specialized in the IT professions. On 10Differences, he is in charge of the research and the writing of the articles concerning technology, sciences and mathematics.
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