10 of the biggest TVs for sale in South Africa

Giant TVs have become more accessible to consumers in recent years. Image generated in Midjourney

When it comes to a cinematic experience, a bigger screen is always better.

Advancements in display technology have not only made it possible for larger screens to become relatively affordable for ordinary consumers. Manufacturers have also improved the quality of the display and sound outputs to bring an enthralling cinema experience into the living room.

Once-revolutionary liquid crystal display (LCD) screens have made way for more modern organic light emitting diode (OLED) and quantum dot LED (QLED) technologies.

QLED TVs tend to be cheaper than their OLED counterparts – for now. QLEDs generally have higher brightness and offer a longer lifespan. OLED TVs, on the other hand, have deeper blacks, better contrast and faster pixel response times. QLED’s are therefore better suited to brighter rooms with more glare, while OLEDs are better for darker environments.

Of the 10 largest TVs available in South Africa, some use ultra-LED (ULED), quantum nano emitting diodes (QNED) and NanoCell display technologies, which are proprietary variations of OLED and/or QLED owned by the various manufacturers. All have a 4K display resolution, also known as ultra-high definition (UHD), with a screen resolution of 3 840×2 160 pixels.

Also common among all the TVs listed below is a 120Hz refresh rate, meaning they are super-responsive to changes in the input signal, smoothy rendering fast-paced action movies or dynamic gaming sequences without any jarring effects being perceptible to the user.


Laser TVs, which are essentially projectors, have been excluded from the list. Also, items that are only available on import have been excluded. All pricing is based on recommended retail prices quoted by the suppliers.

Name Size (inches) Screen type Price
1. Skyworth 100SUF9858F 100 QLED R69 999
2. Samsung QN90A 98 Neo QLED R199 999
3. Samsung Q80C 98 QLED R199 999
4. Hisense 98U7H 98 QLED R69 999
5. TCL 98P745 98 LCD R69 999
6. LG M3 Wireless 97 OLED R1.2-million
7. LG QNED MiniLED 86 QNED R68 199
8. LG 86Nano796 86 NanoCell R31 999
9. Skyworth 86SUE9550 86 LCD R24 999
10. Hisense 85U7H 85 ULED R37 999

Standing out from a pricing perspective is the LG M3 Wireless, which retails for a whopping R1.2-million. Only available by special order, the M3 features a “zero connect box” that houses all the processing capabilities that would otherwise be housed in the circuitry behind the screen, as well as the ports that connect external devices such as gaming consoles and satellite decoders.

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The zero connect box allows the M3 to take no wired input into the actual TV, thus minimising clutter, and transmits 4K quality visuals (and high-quality sound) to the screen as long as it has direct line of sight, allowing it to be placed anywhere in the room away from foot traffic.

The hardware that goes into television sets is often the most touted aspect of the devices. But software is just as important in delivering a quality viewing experience.

Skyworth’s 100-inch monster is the largest TV available in South Africa that doesn’t have to be specially imported

The most obvious piece of software observable to users is the interface to the TV itself. Although often proprietary, some manufacturers, like Skyworth, have integrated Google TV software into their sets, allowing viewers to aggregate their various streaming apps, and other inputs like decoders, into a single interface.

Software also plays a crucial role in how visual data is processed to produce the clearest picture possible. The Sony Bravia X75K, for example, can enhance 2K input using its Processor X1 to output images in 4K quality. This upward stepping of lower-quality inputs is common across the industry, especially in higher-end TVs.

Samsung’s 98-inch Q80C

At CES 2024 in Las Vegas, Samsung, LG and Hisense unveiled AI processing capabilities that take 4K input and dynamically fill pixels do display images in native quality on 8K TVs.

AI is also being used to enhance sound quality by reducing noise and image quality by identifying objects of interest and enhancing their contrast in relation to other objects in the scene.

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8K resolution and AI processing seem to be the next logical evolution in the performance capabilities of TVs. On the aesthetics side of things, transparent TVs sets are also just over the horizon as designers seek to integrate larger and larger screens more seamlessly into increasingly minimalist living spaces.  – © 2024 NewsCentral Media

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