By 2016, ultra-high-definition TVs, more commonly known as 4k TVs, had become pretty ubiquitous. An increase in high definition content both on conventional TV channels, streaming, and home video, meant that HD became the standard for most new TV models. In an effort to maintain an edge on the competition, Samsung launched a lineup of SUHD TVs, (per Forbes).
At launch, it was unclear what the S in SUHD stood for. In fact, Samsung was pretty cagey about it. They have since revealed that it stands for “super” (per Samsung). Adding “super” as a modifier to picture definition which is already ultra-high, might seem superfluous, but what are you going to do?
While the basic technology behind SUHD is familiar, relying on LED-backlit LCD displays, they came with Samsung’s version of “quantum dots,” which is a fancy name for nanoparticles that expand the breadth of color your TV is capable of spitting out.
The nanoparticles range in size from 2 to 10 nanometers and emit a different wavelength of light depending on their size, (per Insights). The nanoparticles are embedded in a film sandwiched in the display. It offers a more robust color palette, higher definition, and won’t age in the same way as OLED. Plus, quantum dots and nanoparticles just sound cool.