Originally Posted by Citivas
I did read your post clearly the first time which is why in my response I acknowledged your reference to the Hi-FRC process. I had previously stated the Samsung 8-bit panel can process 10-bits so your were just elaborating on what I wrote. But that doesn't make them 10-bits and it still makes the dealer dead wrong to say they are 10-bit panels. That constitutes false advertising. They are 8-bit panels and only 8-bit panels. It would be fair to say, as I did, that the Samsungs can process 10-bit content. It's similar in concept to Sharp's Q+ series this year that simulates 4K (at least horizontally) and can process a full 4K signal. In both cases they are better than not having the ability to process the more detailed content. But that doest make the Sharp Q+ a 4K panel or the Samsung an 10-bit panel. And some of Samsung's competition are using true native 10-bit panels. LG's 9800 series for example.
When I ask someone "is this a 10 or 8 bit panel", I am interested in knowing whether it can reproduce 10-bit color or 8-bit. I don't care about the implementation detail, nor should anyone. Some implement it by a more expensive way of adding 2 more bits, some might try smarter engineering route to reduce costs. This is not much different than lossless compression.
Take a look at the panel link I've provided. Dealer was not dead wrong either, as panel itself is advertised as 10-bits right on top. No implementation detail is given in the headline obviously - unless of course you read the specs further down.
All I am saying is, I don't believe the dealer was being malicious or giving wrong information necessarily. We don't even know if the word "native" was used in the conversation, and conversation was about the implementation detail of how panel reproduces colors. Dealer was correct that panel can reproduce 10-bit color (2^10)^3 = 1B and that's all a customer should care about.
When people here insist that it is an 8-bit panel, it creates an incorrect assumption that it can only reproduce 8-bit colors, which is completely incorrect. I am finishing off with what I said in the original post, word by word:
These are all native 8-bit panels. However, they are also 10-bit because they do 8bit + Hi-FRC. From what I understand, Hi-FRC is a very standard/cheaper way of implementing 10-bit on a native 8-bit panel (or 12-bit on a native 10-bit panel), and your naked eye cannot tell the difference.