Originally Posted by slimoli
Let's say the price argument is not compelling, don't you think Samsung would be promoting the 85" as a FALD on any press release ? They are not stupid, they know how important this is for the potential buyers of a set like this.
All this was discussed in detail further back in this topic and another one. I wasn't trying to reignite the debate, just to pass on the latest information.
I personally have never taken a position that it is FALD or not. I personally evaluated the set twice with several other people and none of us could say definitive even after running some tests using the Spears & Munsil discs. The panel we saw have none of the absolutely obvious give-aways like clear light bleed from the edge. The panel was very uniform. But black levels were not as good as the edge-lit HU9000 let alone the X950B FALD set. There was a very subtle amount of lightening in the bottom left corner when viewing the grey/white checkerboard test slide and the fast scrolling logo against the black screen created a lighter band from edge-to-edge along. All possible signs of edge-lit but if so, very good edge-lit. On the other hand, it could just be mediocre FALD, with relatively few local dimming zones, relatively few individual LCD's or not Samsung's best software for managing motion and dimming. FALD doesn't automatically equal better. But it had the kind of uniformity that is hard to find with edge-lit. Not to mention the physical panel is twice as thick as all the smaller sizes in that model line including the 75".
There are plenty of reasons Samsung may not have promoted this, including but not limited to:
1) They don't want it to undermine the S9. They may have had practical reasons they chose a direct-lit panel based on the available supply of 85" 4K panels but had not intended to push it as a competitor to their existing S9.
2) Right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing. It is common at Samsung that the marketing department gets things wrong. Since the rest of the 8550 panel line is definitely edge-lit, there may be confusion or delay internally from the marketing department that's undermining pushing this feature.
3) It may not be something they want to promote because of the compromises in the way they did it. If they slapped a limited zone direct-lit panel with the same software as the rest of the line they may not want people judging it on the basis of it's FALD status. Better to have people say it's an awesome edge-lit than a so-so FALD, especially when you want people to believe that you are uncompromising with your S9 FALD implementation.
4) Avoiding confusion. Again, if they had technical or practical reasons they put a FALD panel in the 85" as opposed to marketing reasons, they may not want to confuse the market by promoting a differentiated feature of the model line. If they were going to promote it as FALD, they might have called is the S7 (made that up) or something else.
5) Who knows…