What do TV model numbers mean

TV names: This is how you decipher the model number of a television

The first good news: Even a cryptic TV name naturally follows a logic. And once understood, it is easy to see through. The second good news: This logic doesn't differ that much from manufacturer to manufacturer. If you know one, you also expose the others. We'll help you decipher it!

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Decipher Samsung TV name

Regardless of whether it is from Samsung or other manufacturers: It is important to break down the model number into its individual parts. As an example, the Samsung UE55MU8009:

U: The first letter describes the television's display technology. Because "L" was assigned to older LCD televisions, Samsung chose the letter "U" for LED televisions. QLED televisions have the letter Q on the front.
E.: Means that the TV was manufactured for the European market. For other regions of the world you can also find letters like "A" for Asia or "N" for North America.
55 stands for the display diagonal in inches, i.e. the size of the television
M. stands for the year of publication. The years have been numbered consecutively at Samsung since 2008. H was 2014, J 2015, K 2016. I and L were left out, M stands for 2017, N should then stand for 2018 and so on.
U indicates that it is a television with Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160px). This letter is missing at lower resolutions. If there is an “S” instead of “U”, this means an SUHD television.
8009 The first digit of the usually four-digit number at the end stands for the series, in this case the 8 series. There is also, for example, a series of 9, 6 or 4 series (and a few more). The second digit stands for the model number within the series, the last two digits for the optional equipment.

Samsung writes to us: "The higher the number, the better the series and features."

In 2017, Samsung introduced QLED TVs and a slightly different name for the TV models of this type. For example: Samsung QE55Q6F. But this can be partly derived from the example above:

QE stands for QLED television for the European market - in contrast to a "conventional" UE television.
55 also means here the screen diagonal in inches.
Q6 is the model. The same applies here: the higher the number, the better. QLED televisions always have the designation Q and a number after it.
F. after all, stands for flat screen. The alternative would be C - also flat, but also concave ("curved").

Samsung provides additional information on the model numbers of its own TV sets on a help page.

It's a shame that Samsung uses two slightly different metrics here. But if you know how, both are transparent. By the way, the numbers of the others don't read that much differently as you can see below.

Find out the LG TV name

LG TVs with an LED panel have numbers similar to Samsung, for example LG 55UJ634V. The number can be broken down in a very similar way:

55 names the display diagonal in inches
U stands for a "simple" Ultra HD television. If there is an "S" here, it means the SUHD variant which is even better equipped. “L” stands for full HD.
J means, as with Samsung, the model year, but unfortunately not the same ... With LG, H is 2016, J 2017, K is 2018. I was also left out with LG, whether it will continue with L or M in 2019, you will then see ...
634: LG uses either a three or four digit code for the exact type designation. The most important thing here is the first digit that describes the series. This is comparable to Samsung or other manufacturers: the bigger, the better. The other digits indicate additional equipment features. Exactly which one is unclear.
V: According to LG, any ending letters are country-specific variants. In Germany, D and V are common.

Like Samsung, LG has been using a different device name for televisions with OLED technology since 2017, for example LG OLED65C7D.

OLED stands here, of course, for an OLED panel. All LG OLED televisions come with Ultra HD by default. That is why the letter for the resolution is omitted on LG OLED TVs.
65 also means here the display diagonal in inches.
C. in this case is the model series. According to LG “rising from B as an entry-level model to W as a top high-end model”.
7 stands for the model year, in this case 2017. So for 2018 there is an 8.
D. means here, as with the LED televisions, a regional variant. V would also be possible.

Break down the Philips TV name

Philips uses a very similar nomenclature as Samsung or LG, but in our example, Philips 65PUS7502, provides a little more information under:

65 means the screen diagonal in inches
P. stands for Philips (who would have thought that!)
U means the UHD resolution, F would be Full HD, O means older OLED UHDs.
S. stands for the built-in complete tuner with DVB-T2 HD, DVB S2, DVB-C and analog. The alternative would be K: without a satellite tuner.
7 means a TV set of the 7 series. Here it is similar to LG or Samsung: the larger the number, the better.
50 Sub-category (deviations in equipment and / and appearance)
2 finally stands for the model year, here 2017. 2016 wears the 1, 2018 wears the 3.

And Philips will also use a different naming system for OLED televisions in the future, but only starting with the new 2018 models. Old OLED televisions are still marked with an "O" according to the old keyboard (see below). The following applies to the example of Philips 65OLED973:

65 also measures the screen diagonal in inches here.
OLED stands for screen technology.
9 bears the number of the series analogous to the LED televisions, which largely refers to the design and equipment.
7 is the sub-category and is probably part of the Philips ‘7 series.
3 after all, this also means the model year 2018; In 2019 it is expected to be a 4.

Decipher the TV name: That's how it works

Despite the differences from manufacturer to manufacturer, the model numbers have a few things in common: The number that appears first is actually always the display diagonal in inches. Either directly in front of or behind it there are more precise terms for display technology such as OLED or Ultra HD.

The first digit of the three or four-digit number at the end stands for the series, which usually ranges from 1 (entry-level) to 9 (high-end) and leaves out a few numbers in between. Any designation - sometimes a letter, sometimes a number - also stands for the year of the market launch.

Unfortunately, this cannot be generalized more precisely. Above all, little can be read from the three or four-digit type designation at the end. The manufacturers seem to want it so cryptically.

By the way, you can do a similar thing with the TV names of the other major manufacturers Sony, Grundig and Panasonic procedures that unfortunately did not respond to our request to explain their product names.

Positive examples from Loewe and Metz: It would also be easy

Finally, two more examples of how it could be done easily. Since the restart a few years ago, Loewe has started to find quite simple names for its TV sets and also to keep the range pleasantly slim.

Loewe televisions now only have names such as picture 5.55 or picture 7.65. The first number means the series (also from 1 to 9 at Loewe), the second number defines the display diagonal. And done!

Some devices still have the suffix "dr +". This means a built-in digital video recorder. Each display size is only available once within a series. And should an improved model come out in one category? Then the new takes the place of the old and has the same name. Loewe then removes the old device from the market.

I'm a blogger and that's why I'm allowed to have an opinion. And - completely independent of the other quality of the television: I find Loewes type designation beautifully transparent and therefore exemplary!

Not bad either: Metz

Incidentally, the second major German manufacturer, Metz, is making it as transparent as Loewe. There are five types of TV: Novum (with OLED), Topas, Planea, Micos (each UHD in different configurations) and Cosmo (Full HD). For each type there is exactly one TV set in one display size, which is also reflected in the name. For example Topaz 49 or Planea 55. Finished.

Conclusion

For the manufacturer, it may be perfectly logical which number stands for what. The little man on the street who wants to treat himself to a new television every few years, maybe before a new soccer World Cup, feels like the ox in front of the mountain. He doesn't just have to look at the type designation one Think about the manufacturer, he usually compares several.

Sure, a good on-site salesperson in your nearest Euronics branch will not leave you out in the rain. But it can be clearly stated that it could be done better and more transparently for customers. Loewe and Metz show how.

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