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Samsung S95B OLED TV Review

Tested using Methodology v1.6
Reviewed May 13, 2022 at 10:47 am
Samsung S95B OLED Picture
9.1
Mixed Usage
Value for price beaten by
: none
9.4
Movies
Value for price beaten by
: LG BX OLED
8.6
TV Shows
Value for price beaten by
: Samsung QN85A QLED
8.9
Sports
Value for price beaten by
: none
9.4
Video Games
Value for price beaten by
: LG C2 OLED
9.1
HDR Movies
Value for price beaten by
: none
9.3
HDR Gaming
Value for price beaten by
: none
9.2
PC Monitor
Value for price beaten by
: none
Type OLED
Sub-Type
QD-OLED
Resolution 4k

The Samsung S95B OLED is a unique TV in Samsung's lineup. It's different from Samsung's QLED lineup, including the high-end Samsung QN95B, in that this TV uses a new QD-OLED panel. Along with the Sony A95K, this new TV technology uses blue OLED panels with quantum dot color filters and is advertised to deliver much brighter colors than traditional white OLED displays, like the LG G2 OLED. Like other Samsung TVs, it uses Samsung's proprietary Tizen OS smart interface, which offers a large selection of apps and games. Samsung's main focus this year is on extra features, including support for Google Duo, which supports video calls with up to 32 people directly on your TV by connecting a supported webcam. There's also a large focus on gaming features, and it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four ports and is FreeSync Premium certified.

Our Verdict

9.1 Mixed Usage

The Samsung S95B is a fantastic TV overall. Its self-emissive panel technology is superb for watching movies or gaming in a dark room. HDR content looks superb thanks to its high peak brightness and exceptional color gamut. It also has an exceptional viewing angle, so you can enjoy an accurate image from any angle, making it amazing for watching sports or TV shows. Sadly, it uses an extremely uncommon pixel layout that results in noticeable color fringing and blurry text, so it's not well-suited for productivity use as a PC monitor. It's also best suited for completely dark rooms, as it has raised blacks in a room with any ambient lighting, and the screen has a pink tint to it.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Incredibly bright colors.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Raised blacks if it's in a room with any ambient light.
9.4 Movies

The Samsung S95B OLED is remarkable for watching movies in a completely dark room. Thanks to its OLED panel, it has a nearly-perfect contrast ratio, delivering deep inky blacks with no distracting blooming or haloing around bright objects. Movies are completely judder-free from any source, and it upscales older movies on DVD well. Unfortunately, due to the nearly-instantaneous response time, there's a noticeable stutter in panning shots.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Incredibly bright colors.
Cons
  • Doesn't support DTS passthrough or Dolby Vision.
  • Fast response time results in noticeable stutter.
8.6 TV Shows

The Samsung S95B is an excellent TV for watching TV shows in a bright room. It has good peak brightness and incredible reflection handling, so it can easily overcome glare in a bright room. Unfortunately, if you're in a room with any amount of ambient light blacks appear raised, and there's a pink tint to the screen. It has an exceptional viewing angle, which is great for a wide seating area or if you like to move around with the TV, as the image remains accurate. It also upscales lower-resolution content well, and the smart interface has a great selection of streaming apps, so you're sure to find your favorite shows.

Pros
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Exceptionally wide viewing angle.
  • Good peak brightness in SDR.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Raised blacks if it's in a room with any ambient light.
8.9 Sports

The Samsung S95B OLED TV is amazing for watching sports in a bright room. It has good peak brightness and incredible reflection handling, so it can easily overcome glare in a bright room. Unfortunately, if you're in a room with any amount of ambient light blacks appear raised, and there's a pink tint to the screen. It also has an exceptional viewing angle, which is great if you have a wide seating arrangement, as the image remains accurate even from the sides. It has a quick response time, so motion looks clear, and it has excellent gray uniformity, with very little distracting dirty screen effect.

Pros
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Exceptionally wide viewing angle.
  • Good peak brightness in SDR.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Raised blacks if it's in a room with any ambient light.
9.4 Video Games

The Samsung S95B is a superb TV for gaming. It has fantastic low input lag for a responsive gaming experience, and its OLED panel delivers incredibly smooth motion thanks to its nearly-instantaneous response time. It also has a few great gaming features, including variable refresh rate support, and it supports HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four HDMI ports, so you can take full advantage of multiple high bandwidth sources, great if you have both the Xbox Series X and PS5.

Pros
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Low input lag.
  • Good peak brightness in SDR.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four ports.
Cons
  • Raised blacks if it's in a room with any ambient light.
9.1 HDR Movies

The Samsung S95B OLED is superb for watching HDR movies in a dark room. Its nearly-infinite contrast ratio results in deep inky blacks if you're in a pitch-black room, and bright highlights stand out with no blooming or haloing. It has great peak brightness in HDR, so bright areas of the screen stand out the way the content creator intended. It also has amazing color volume and an exceptional color gamut, but some colors appear oversaturated.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Automatically removes 24p judder from any source.
  • Wide color gamut.
  • Incredibly bright colors.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Doesn't support DTS passthrough or Dolby Vision.
  • Fast response time results in noticeable stutter.
9.3 HDR Gaming

The Samsung S95B delivers a fantastic HDR gaming experience. It delivers a superb gaming experience, with low input lag, a nearly-instantaneous response time, and a few additional gaming features, including HDMI 2.1 bandwidth and variable refresh rate support. HDR content looks superb thanks to its high peak brightness, exceptional color gamut, and nearly-perfect contrast ratio. Unfortunately, it's best enjoyed in a perfectly dark room, as the lack of a polarizer results in raised blacks if there's even a bit of ambient light.

Pros
  • Near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks.
  • Low input lag.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four ports.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Doesn't support DTS passthrough or Dolby Vision.
9.2 PC Monitor

The Samsung S95B delivers a fantastic PC gaming experience, but it's not well-suited for productivity, as there are some serious deal-breakers. It has an exceptional viewing angle, so the sides of the screen remain accurate if you're sitting close to it. It also has low input lag and a nearly-instantaneous response time for a responsive, clear desktop experience. Unfortunately, even though it can accept and display a full chroma 4:4:4 signal, text isn't very clear due to the unusual subpixel layout, which can't be corrected with ClearType settings. It's also best enjoyed in a perfectly dark room, as the lack of a polarizer results in raised blacks if there's even a bit of ambient light.

Pros
  • Fantastic reflection handling.
  • Exceptionally wide viewing angle.
  • Low input lag.
  • HDMI 2.1 bandwidth on all four ports.
Cons
  • Aggressive ABL can get distracting with large areas of brightness.
  • Small risk of permanent burn-in.
  • Noticeable color fringing.
  • Raised blacks if it's in a room with any ambient light.
  • 9.1 Mixed Usage
  • 9.4 Movies
  • 8.6 TV Shows
  • 8.9 Sports
  • 9.4 Video Games
  • 9.1 HDR Movies
  • 9.3 HDR Gaming
  • 9.2 PC Monitor
  1. Updated May 13, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated May 10, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Style
Curved No

The Samsung S95B OLED has incredibly thin bezels, helping it to blend into your environment when it's not in use. Like all OLED TVs, the panel portion of the TV is incredibly thin. The overall design looks very similar to the Samsung QN90B QLED. The heavy central stand looks great and takes up very little space.

Design
Stand

The center-mounted stand is relatively small. Due to the large size of the TV relative to the stand, it wobbles a bit, but it settles quickly. The stand lifts the display about three inches above the table, so most soundbars fit in front of it without blocking the screen.

Footprint of the 65 inch stand: 14" x 11.5"

Design
Back
Wall Mount VESA 300x200

The back of the TV is made up of two sections. The central panel that houses the electronics is made of smooth plastic. There are covers included to hide the inputs and to help with cable management. The inputs aren't really easy to access if you wall-mount it with a fixed mount, especially once the covers are in place.

Design
Borders
Borders 0.31" (0.8 cm)
Design
Thickness
Max Thickness 1.61" (4.1 cm)

The main panel portion of the Samsung S95B is incredibly thin, but there's also a very slight curve to it. This slight curve doesn't impact viewing, and it's pretty common with OLED displays, as they're incredibly thin.

9.0
Design
Build Quality

The Samsung S95B OLED is incredibly well-built. The materials used feel premium, and there's very little flex to any of the panels. The stand supports the TV well, but there's a bit of wobble due to its large size. There's a slight bend to the main panel of the display, and just moving it around it flexes a bit, but this is common with OLED displays since they're incredibly thin. Unfortunately, the display shows fingerprints easily, and they can be difficult to remove.

Picture Quality
10
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
Inf : 1
Contrast with local dimming
N/A

Since OLED displays use self-emissive pixels instead of a backlight, the Samsung S95B OLED has a nearly infinite contrast ratio. It allows it to control the brightness of each pixel individually, so it can display bright highlights right next to perfect blacks with no blooming or haloing.

With any display, deep blacks are mainly noticeable if you're in a dark room, but it's even more important with this TV. Since it lacks a polarizing filter, blacks appear raised and the TV has a slight pink tint to it if there's even a bit of light in your room. To enjoy this TV to the fullest, you really need to be in a perfectly dark room.

7.7
Picture Quality
SDR Brightness
Real Scene Peak Brightness
423 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
396 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
491 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
495 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
316 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
208 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
390 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
478 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
478 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
311 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
204 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.053

The Samsung S95B OLED has good peak brightness in SDR. It's bright enough to overcome glare in bright rooms, but sadly, large bright scenes are dimmed considerably by the TV's Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL). This is mainly distracting when watching sports with bright playing surfaces, like hockey. Setting Peak Brightness to 'Off' effectively disables the ABL feature, but also reduces to the peak brightness to about 190 cd/m² in most scenes.

These measurements are in the 'Movie' Picture Mode, with Brightness at 'Max', Peak Brightness on 'High', and the Color Tone set to 'Warm2'.

If you want the brightest image possible, switching to the 'Dynamic' Picture Mode, with Contrast Enhancer at 'High', Contrast at 'Max' and the Color Tone set to 'Standard' results in a brighter image, reaching a peak of 544 cd/m² with a 2% window.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

The Samsung S95B OLED doesn't have a backlight, but thanks to its nearly infinite contrast ratio, it's equivalent to a perfect local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV, though, so you can see how the screen performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

10
Picture Quality
Local Dimming In Game Mode
Local Dimming
No
Backlight
No Backlight

The Samsung S95B OLED doesn't have a backlight, but thanks to its nearly infinite contrast ratio, it's equivalent to a perfect local dimming feature. We still film these videos on the TV, though, so you can see how the screen performs and compare it with a TV that has local dimming.

8.0
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness
Real Scene Highlight
966 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,224 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,026 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
585 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
292 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
212 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
817 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
1,000 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
555 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
280 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
208 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.097

The Samsung S95B OLED has great peak brightness in HDR. Unfortunately, large bright scenes are still significantly dimmer than smaller highlights due to the TV's aggressive Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL). Small highlights get extremely bright, reaching peaks of close to 1500 cd/m² with a 3% or 5% window, but these bright flashes only appear for a very short time. It can't maintain small bright highlights for very long, as they dim over time.

Unfortunately, most scenes aren't displayed at the correct brightness level. This appears to vary depending on the window size used for measuring. Our measurements use an 18% window size, and they match the real--world experience when watching this TV. When sending a 10% window to this TV, the EOTF is much closer to the target:

These measurements are in the 'Movie' HDR Picture Mode with Brightness, Contrast at max, with the Color Tone set to 'Warm2' and all other image processing disabled. By setting Contrast Enhancer to 'High' and increasing ST.2084 to 'Max', moderately-lit scenes are significantly brighter, as shown in this EOTF, but the peak brightness is about the same.

One of the main goals of this TV is to produce brighter colors than traditional White-OLED panels, like the LG C2 OLED. This is shown in our color volume tests, but we also extracted the data from those results so you can see exactly how this TV compares to the LG C2 OLED and the LG G2 OLED. The S95B is significantly brighter than the LG G2 OLED when displaying colors, so they appear more vivid and lifelike. These results are all with a 2% window, with a 10,000 cd/m² signal, measured with a fully saturated signal in the Rec. 2020 color space:

Samsung
S95B
LG
G2 OLED
LG
C2 OLED
Red212 cd/m²90 cd/m²88 cd/m²
Green745 cd/m²322 cd/m²320 cd/m²
Blue54 cd/m²36 cd/m²35 cd/m²
Cyan629 cd/m²351 cd/m²345 cd/m²
Magenta269 cd/m²118 cd/m²114 cd/m²
Yellow861 cd/m²382 cd/m²369 cd/m²

7.8
Picture Quality
HDR Brightness In Game Mode
Real Scene Highlight
836 cd/m²
Peak 2% Window
1,224 cd/m²
Peak 10% Window
1,031 cd/m²
Peak 25% Window
584 cd/m²
Peak 50% Window
332 cd/m²
Peak 100% Window
213 cd/m²
Sustained 2% Window
820 cd/m²
Sustained 10% Window
985 cd/m²
Sustained 25% Window
555 cd/m²
Sustained 50% Window
318 cd/m²
Sustained 100% Window
209 cd/m²
Automatic Brightness Limiting (ABL)
0.092

Overall, the Samsung S95B OLED is about as bright in 'Game' Mode as it is in 'Movie' Mode, but real scenes are slightly dimmer. It doesn't track the PQ EOTF well, though, as most scenes are terribly over-brightened. Setting ST.2084 to '-3' helps a lot, as the EOTF is much closer to the target brightness, but it's still a bit too bright.

These measurements are with the exact same settings as 'Movie' Mode, but in 'Game' Mode.

8.6
Picture Quality
Gray Uniformity
50% Std. Dev.
1.030%
50% DSE
0.125%
5% Std. Dev.
0.556%
5% DSE
0.122%

The Samsung S95B OLED has excellent gray uniformity. There's very little variation in brightness across the screen, and there's almost no distracting dirty screen effect in the center, which is great for sports fans. Like all OLED panels, there are thin vertical lines in near-dark scenes, and they're a bit more noticeable than on similar OLEDs like the LG C2 OLED. There's also a noticeable Venetian blind effect in darker scenes. It's mainly noticeable in 10% and 20% gray slides, but it's generally not noticeable with real content.

10
Picture Quality
Black Uniformity
Native Std. Dev.
0.317%
Std. Dev. w/ L.D.
N/A

Since OLEDs can turn off individual pixels, the Samsung S95B has perfect black uniformity, and there's no blooming or haloing around bright objects.

10
Picture Quality
Viewing Angle
Color Washout
70°
Color Shift
70°
Brightness Loss
70°
Black Level Raise
70°
Gamma Shift
70°

The Samsung S95B OLED has exceptionally wide viewing angles. Although it's close to perfect, the image fades slightly at extremely wide angles. In practice, you can move around the TV and see an accurate image at almost any angle.

9.5
Picture Quality
Reflections
Screen Finish
Glossy
Total Reflections
1.0%
Indirect Reflections
0.7%
Calculated Direct Reflections
0.3%

The Samsung S95B handles direct reflections incredibly well, but there are some flaws. Due to the lack of a polarizer, if you're in a room with any ambient lighting, the TV has a pink tint to it even when it's off. Bright lights are still distracting in a bright room, but it cuts the mirror effect slightly better than the LG G2 OLED. On the other hand, blacks look much better on the G2 when you're in a room with any ambient light. We took a few additional comparison shots so you can see how the Samsung S95B OLED (Right) compares to the LG G2 OLED (Left):

9.0
Picture Quality
Pre Calibration
White Balance dE
1.75
Color dE
1.00
Gamma
2.13
Color Temperature
6,505 K
Picture Mode
Movie
Color Temp Setting
Warm 2
Gamma Setting
2.2

The Samsung S95B OLED has superb accuracy in SDR out of the box. Gamma is close to the 2.2 target for a dark room, but some scenes are a bit too bright. The white balance is excellent and the color accuracy is fantastic, with no noticeable issues. The color temperature is nearly perfect as well.

We also measured 'Filmmaker Mode', since it's very popular for movie lovers looking for an accurate image. It's slightly more accurate overall, but most settings are locked, so we used 'Movie' mode instead, but you can see the Filmmaker results below:

9.5
Picture Quality
Post Calibration
White Balance dE
0.26
Color dE
0.95
Gamma
2.19
Color Temperature
6,564 K
White Balance Calibration
20 point
Color Calibration
Yes

After calibrating the Samsung S95B to a D65 white point, it has fantastic accuracy. Colors, the white balance, and gamma are all nearly perfect, with no noticeable issues in any of them.

Since this TV uses RGB subpixels with an extremely precise spectral power distribution (SPD), we also took measurements with the Judd alternate white point as well. We use a Colorimetry Research CR-250 spectroradiometer as part of our calibration process, creating a profile for each TV that exactly matches the SPD of the TV we're calibrating. Because of this, the results of the alternate white point are extremely similar to the D65 white point we normally use. Visually, there's almost no difference between them, but some people may prefer the Judd white point.

Pre-CalPost-Cal
White Balance dE1.680.23
Color dE1.071.00
Gamma2.152.19
Color Temperature6414K6549K

You can see our recommended settings here.

8.0
Picture Quality
480p Input

The Samsung S95B OLED TV upscales DVDs and other 480p content well, with no noticeable issues.

8.0
Picture Quality
720p Input

The Samsung S95B OLED displays 720p content, including most cable TV channels well, with no noticeable artifacts.

9.0
Picture Quality
1080p Input

1080p content, including Blu-rays and some consoles, is upscaled well and looks almost as good as native 4k content.

10
Picture Quality
4k Input

4k content is displayed nearly perfectly. Due to the unusual subpixel structure, some color fringing is noticeable if you look closely. If the content you're watching has black bars, you can see a thin green line below the bar at the top of the screen, and a red line along the bottom bar. This is a more significant issue when using the TV as a PC monitor.

0
Picture Quality
8k Input

This is a 4k TV that can't accept or display an 8k signal.

Picture Quality
Pixels

The Samsung S95B OLED uses a unique subpixel structure. Instead of having all three subpixels in a row, each pixel forms a triangle, with the larger green subpixel at the top. This isn't really noticeable with most video content, but it's an issue if you're using the TV as a PC monitor. Text has just okay clarity from a PC, as Windows ClearType settings aren't designed for this subpixel structure, and can't correct for it. You can see a few examples below:

9.5
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Wide Color Gamut
Yes
DCI P3 xy
99.95%
DCI P3 uv
99.94%
Rec 2020 xy
86.57%
Rec 2020 uv
91.53%

The Samsung S95B OLED has an exceptionally wide color gamut. It has full coverage of the DCI-P3 color space used by most current HDR content, including most UHD Blu-rays. It also has excellent coverage of the wider Rec. 2020 color space, much better than the LG G2 OLED, but the tone mapping is a bit off with saturated colors, especially green and cyan.

Unfortunately, the 'Auto' Color Space setting is currently broken, as it doesn't switch to the correct color space automatically, so you need to manually change it to 'Native' when you start watching HDR content. This setting results in the widest color gamut the TV can display, but it also clips in some places and many colors appear oversaturated, so it's not very accurate. With the Color Space set to 'Auto', colors in HDR are far more accurate and there's less clipping, but it only covers about 75% over the Rec. 2020 color space.

8.9
Picture Quality
Color Volume
Normalized DCI P3 Coverage ITP
88.8%
10,000 cd/m² DCI P3 Coverage ITP
54.6%
Normalized Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
89.3%
10,000 cd/m² Rec 2020 Coverage ITP
53.5%

The Samsung S95B OLED TV has amazing color volume. Colors are significantly brighter than white OLED panels, like the LG G2 OLED, and they're very close to the same brightness as pure white. The normalized color volume is better than most TVs on the market, but the absolute color volume is still better on many high-end TVs with LED backlights, like the Samsung QN90B QLED, as colors are even brighter.

9.5
Picture Quality
Gradient
Color Depth
10 Bit
Red (Std. Dev.)
0.075
Green (Std. Dev.)
0.056
Blue (Std. Dev.)
0.055
Gray (Std. Dev.)
0.052

The Samsung S95B OLED TV has fantastic gradient handling. There's barely any banding in most colors. There's a Noise Reduction feature designed to reduce banding, but since there's so little anyway it didn't appear to do much with both test patterns and real content.

10
Picture Quality
Temporary Image Retention
IR after 0 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 2 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 4 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 6 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 8 min recovery
0.00%
IR after 10 min recovery
0.00%

There are no signs of temporary image retention. This is different from long-term burn-in that OLEDs can experience.

2.0
Picture Quality
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Permanent Burn-In Risk
Yes

Even though the Samsung S95B OLED is likely less prone to burn-in than older OLED panels, there's still a risk. OLED panel technology has significantly advanced since our real world burn-in test, which used 2017 models, so we don't really know just how likely it is that these TVs will experience burn-in. We'll be starting a new burn-in test shortly to try to determine how effective each of these new panel technologies are at reducing the risk of burn-in, so our estimated burn-in risk score may change.

Motion
9.8
Motion
Response Time
80% Response Time
0.3 ms
100% Response Time
3.8 ms

The Samsung S95B has a nearly-instantaneous pixel response time, so fast motion is incredibly clear, with almost no blur behind fast-moving objects, and no overshoot artifacts like inverse ghosting. Due to the sample-and-hold nature of OLED technology, there's still some noticeable persistence blur.

10
Motion
Flicker-Free
Flicker-Free
No
PWM Dimming Frequency
0 Hz

The Samsung S95B isn't technically flicker-free, as there's a small decrease in brightness that corresponds with the refresh cycle of the display. This is very different from pulse width modulation flicker (PWM) on TVs with LED backlights, and it's not noticeable. This dip isn't even always there, and the display is flicker-free in the following modes:

  • PC Mode: only with the brightness at max
  • Dynamic Mode: brightness above 20
  • Standard Mode: brightness above 48
  • Game Mode: brightness above 25

8.7
Motion
Black Frame Insertion (BFI)
Optional BFI
Yes
Min Flicker For 60 fps
60 Hz
60Hz For 60 fps
Yes
120Hz For 120 fps
No
Min Flicker for 60 fps in Game Mode
60 Hz

The Samsung S95B OLED has an optional black frame insertion feature (BFI) that reduces the appearance of persistence blur caused by the TV's nearly instantaneous pixel response time. Like the other 2022 OLED TVs, including the LG C2 OLED, it can only flicker at 60Hz, even when displaying a 120Hz signal.

Motion
Motion Interpolation
Motion Interpolation (30 fps)
Yes
Motion Interpolation (60 fps)
Yes

The Samsung S95B has an optional motion interpolation feature, and it works well with most real content. There are noticeable motion artifacts in really busy scenes with the Blur Reduction and Judder Reduction sliders both at '10', but it looks good in simpler scenes.

5.3
Motion
Stutter
Frame Hold Time @ 24 fps
37.9 ms
Frame Hold Time @ 60 fps
12.9 ms

Unfortunately, due to the nearly instantaneous pixel response time of the Samsung S95B, there's a noticeable stutter with low frame rate content. It's especially noticeable in panning shots. The black frame insertion feature and the motion interpolation feature can both help reduce the appearance of stutter, but they both have their drawbacks.

10
Motion
24p Judder
Judder-Free 24p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60p
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via 60i
Yes
Judder-Free 24p via Native Apps
Yes

The Samsung S95B can almost always remove judder when watching 24p movies or TV shows, even from sources that can only send a 60Hz signal, like a cable box. Sadly, because the black frame insertion (BFI) feature can only flicker at 60Hz on this TV, movies aren't judder-free when BFI is enabled.

9.4
Motion
Variable Refresh Rate
Native Refresh Rate
120 Hz
Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
HDMI Forum VRR
Yes
FreeSync
Yes
G-SYNC Compatible
Yes
4k VRR Maximum
120 Hz
4k VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1080p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1080p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
1440p VRR Maximum
120 Hz
1440p VRR Minimum
< 20 Hz
VRR Supported Connectors
HDMI

The Samsung S95B supports all current variable refresh rate formats, ensuring a nearly tear-free gaming experience from any source that supports VRR. The VRR feature works across a very wide range of refresh rates. Below about 40Hz low framerate compensation (LFC) is automatically enabled, so even if your framerate drops very low, you still won't see screen tearing.

Although it's not advertised to support it, multiple owners have confirmed that the Samsung S95B can accept and display a forced 144Hz signal as well, but only with an 8-bit signal. Unfortunately, with the latest firmware, it's buggy and doesn't work consistently. The variable refresh rate feature works up to 144Hz, but often flashes constantly, and it's not really useable right now on our TV. Other owners seem to have better luck, as there are some reports of it working properly for some people.

Inputs
9.7
Inputs
Input Lag
1080p @ 60Hz
9.9 ms
1080p @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
78.9 ms
1440p @ 60Hz
9.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz
9.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz + 10-Bit HDR
9.9 ms
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
10.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz Outside Game Mode
60.0 ms
4k @ 60Hz With Interpolation
28.2 ms
8k @ 60Hz
N/A
1080p @ 120Hz
5.3 ms
1440p @ 120Hz
5.3 ms
4k @ 120Hz
5.4 ms
8k with VRR
N/A

The Samsung S95B OLED has fantastic low input lag in 'Game' Mode. This ensures your actions are in-sync with what you see on screen, giving you a responsive gaming experience. If you're a fan of motion interpolation, Samsung's 'Game Motion Plus' feature allows you to interpolate low frame rate games, improving motion clarity while adding much less input lag than other brands. With the 'Game Motion Plus' settings at max, there's 28.2ms of input lag, which is higher than with the setting disabled, but it's still good for casual gamers.

9.6
Inputs
Supported Resolutions
1080p @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
1080p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 60Hz
Yes (native support)
1440p @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
4k @ 60Hz
Yes
4k @ 60Hz @ 4:4:4
Yes
4k @ 120Hz
Yes (native support)
8k @ 30Hz or 24Hz
No
8k @ 60Hz
No

The Samsung S95B supports all common resolutions up to 4k @ 120Hz. Except for 1440p @ 120Hz, all supported formats display chroma 4:4:4 signals properly, which is important for text clarity. Unfortunately, even though it can display chroma 4:4:4 properly, text from a PC isn't clear due to the unusual subpixel structure (see the Pixels section of the review for some examples). 4k @ 120Hz signals are displayed properly, with no resolution-halving or other issues.

Although it's not advertised to support it, multiple owners have confirmed that the Samsung S95B can accept and display a forced 144Hz signal as well, but only with an 8-bit signal. Unfortunately, with the latest firmware, it's buggy on our TV and doesn't work consistently.

Inputs
Advanced Console Compatibility
Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
PS5, 1440p @ 120Hz
PS5 can't do 1440p
PS5, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
PS5, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 4k @ 60Hz + HDR
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1440p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, 1080p @ 120Hz
Yes
Xbox Series X, Variable Refresh Rate
Yes

The Samsung S95B is fully compatible with the PS5 and Xbox Series X. It also works with Sony's variable refresh rate feature on the PS5, and it automatically switches to 'Game' Mode when you start playing a game.

Inputs
Inputs Specifications
HDR10
Yes
HDR10+
Yes
Dolby Vision
No
HLG
Yes
HDMI 2.0 Full Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
HDMI 2.1 Class Bandwidth
Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
CEC Yes
HDCP 2.2 Yes (HDMI 1,2,3,4)
USB 3.0
No
Variable Analog Audio Out Yes
Wi-Fi Support Yes (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz)

The Samsung S95B OLED supports the full 48Gbps bandwidth of HDMI 2.1 on all four HDMI ports. This is great, as it gives you the flexibility to connect multiple high-bandwidth devices, like if you have both the PS5 and Xbox Series X. Unfortunately, Samsung still doesn't support Dolby Vision. However, it supports HDR10+ instead, which is very similar overall but not as widely supported.

Inputs
Input Photos

The Samsung S95's inputs face down and to the sides, and there's a separate cutout for the headphone jack.

Inputs
Total Inputs
HDMI 4
USB 2
Digital Optical Audio Out 1
Analog Audio Out 3.5mm 1
Analog Audio Out RCA 0
Component In 0
Composite In 0
Tuner (Cable/Ant) 1
Ethernet 1
DisplayPort 0
IR In 0
SD/SDHC 0
Inputs
Audio Passthrough
ARC
Yes (HDMI 3)
eARC support
Yes
Dolby Atmos via TrueHD via eARC
Yes
DTS:X via DTS-HD MA via eARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via ARC
Yes
5.1 DTS via ARC
No
5.1 Dolby Digital via Optical
Yes
5.1 DTS via Optical
No

The Samsung S95B supports eARC, allowing it to pass uncompressed high-quality audio from a connected source through to your soundbar or home theater system. Sadly, it doesn't support any DTS formats, which is disappointing, as many UHD Blu-rays use DTS for their lossless audio tracks.

Sound Quality
6.9
Sound Quality
Frequency Response
Low-Frequency Extension
84.76 Hz
Std. Dev. @ 70
2.41 dB
Std. Dev. @ 80
3.57 dB
Std. Dev. @ Max
6.28 dB
Max
91.4 dB SPL
Dynamic Range Compression
6.04 dB

The Samsung S95B has an okay frequency response. The low-frequency extension is high, so like most TVs, it can't produce much bass. It gets loud, but there's significant compression and pumping artifacts at max volume. On the other hand, it has a fairly well-balanced sound profile at lower listening levels, resulting in clear dialogue.

7.7
Sound Quality
Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80
0.078
Weighted THD @ Max
0.335
IMD @ 80
0.99%
IMD @ Max
2.30%

The Samsung S95B OLED has good distortion performance overall. There's very little harmonic distortion even at max volume, and there's very little in the treble range, where it's most noticeable.

Smart Features
8.5
Smart Features
Interface
Smart OS Tizen
Version 2022
Ease of Use
Easy
Smoothness
Very Smooth
Time Taken to Select YouTube
2 s
Time Taken to Change Backlight
5 s
Advanced Options
Many

The Samsung S95B runs the 2022 version of Tizen OS, which is fast and easy to use. The interface now fills the entire screen instead of the bar that appeared on the previous version. It makes it easier to find your favorite content.

0
Smart Features
Ad-Free
Ads
Yes
Opt-out
No
Suggested Content in Home
Yes
Opt-out of Suggested Content
No

Unfortunately, like most TVs on the market, there are ads throughout the interface of the Samsung S95B OLED, and there's no option to disable them completely.

8.5
Smart Features
Apps and Features
App Selection
Great
App Smoothness
Average
Cast Capable
Yes
USB Drive Playback
Yes
USB Drive HDR Playback
Yes
HDR in Netflix
Yes
HDR in YouTube
Yes

The included apps cover most of the common streaming services, and there's a great selection of additional apps available in Samsung's app store. It's also compatible with Google Duo, which supports video calls with up to 32 people by connecting a webcam to the TV.

8.5
Smart Features
Remote
Size
Small
Voice Control
Many Features
CEC Menu Control
Yes
Other Smart Features
Yes
Remote App Samsung SmartThings

The remote is slim and easy to use but has a limited selection of buttons, so you have to change most things through menus on the TV. There are four quick-access buttons for the most popular streaming services; unfortunately, there's no way to remap these to your favorites. You can recharge the remote via a solar panel on the back or with a USB-C cable (sold separately).

The Samsung S95B is compatible with multiple voice assistants, including Bixby, Google Assistant, and Alexa, but you have to use the remote as the TV doesn't have a built-in Mic for hands-free controls. Voice controls work well and allow you to launch apps, change inputs, or adjust certain settings.

Smart Features
TV Controls

The controls are on the bottom bezel of the TV near the center. There's a single button that lets you power the TV on/off and change channels, volume, and inputs.

Smart Features
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Remote control
  • 3.5mm to RCA adapter
  • VESA mount spaces
  • User guide

Smart Features
Misc
Power Consumption 113 W
Power Consumption (Max) 242 W
Firmware 1098

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the 65 inch Samsung S95B OLED (QN65S95B), which also comes in 55 inch size. Note that the last five letters in the model number (AFXZA in this case) vary between retailers and individual regions, but there's no difference in performance.

Size US Model  Short Model Code
55" QN55S95BAFXZA QN55S95B
65" QN65S95BAFXZA QN65S95B

If you come across a different type of panel or your Samsung S95B OLED doesn't correspond to our review, let us know, and we'll update the review.

Our unit was manufactured in March 2022, and you can see the label here.

Compared To Other TVs

The Samsung S95B OLED is an incredible OLED TV with exceptional picture quality. The new quantum dot OLED technology delivers incredible picture quality, with much brighter colors than traditional white OLED panels from LG and Sony. There are a few downsides, though, as it really needs to be in a fully dark room for it to look its best, as blacks appear raised and there's a pink tint to the screen if there's any ambient light. Conventional white OLED panels don't have this issue.

See our recommendations for the best OLED TVs, the best 4k TVs, and the best TVs for watching movies.

LG G2 OLED
55" 65" 77" 83" 97"

The Samsung S95B OLED and the LG G2 OLED are very similar overall, but they each excel in different ways. The Samsung has much better color volume, and colors are significantly brighter than on the LG. Skin tones look better on the Samsung, but some colors look a bit unnatural at times. Conversely, the LG has better black levels in rooms with a bit of natural light, whereas the Samsung is really best enjoyed in a completely dark room. The LG supports Dolby Vision, and it delivers a slightly more accurate HDR experience.

LG C2 OLED
42" 48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The Samsung S95B OLED and the LG C2 OLED deliver a somewhat similar experience, but they each stand out in different ways. Colors are significantly brighter on the Samsung, and it can display a wider color gamut with HDR content. Skin tones look better on the Samsung, but some colors look a bit unnatural at times. On the other hand, the LG has better black levels in rooms with a bit of natural light, whereas the Samsung is really best enjoyed in a completely dark room. The LG supports Dolby Vision, and it delivers a slightly more accurate HDR experience.

LG C1 OLED
48" 55" 65" 77" 83"

The Samsung S95B OLED is a bit better than the LG C1 OLED overall. The Samsung can display a wider HDR color gamut, and colors are significantly brighter, but this also looks unnatural with certain content. On the other hand, the LG has better black levels in rooms with a bit of natural light, whereas the Samsung is really best enjoyed in a completely dark room. The LG supports Dolby Vision, and it delivers a slightly more accurate HDR experience.

Samsung QN90B QLED
43" 50" 55" 65" 75" 85"

The Samsung QN90B QLED and the Samsung S95B OLED use different panel types, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. The QN90B is better suited for a bright room, as it gets a lot brighter and can better overcome glare. The S95B is best-suited for a completely dark room, as the OLED panel delivers perfect inky blacks with no haloing or blooming around bright objects.

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