Everyone who's anyone in the tech industry is gearing up for CES 2012 next week, and LG has rolled out a teaser for their newest 55-inch OLED TV display. Mashable calls the new pictures of the world’s largest OLED TV "gorgeous," as the photography gives a hint of the display's vibrant colors and ultra-thin body. LG's UK Blog claims that the technology behind the display is so advanced, it'll be the next big thing in home theater.
OLED (or organic light-emitting diode) technology may indeed be the future of TV. Anything LEDs can do, OLEDs can do better, like displaying deeper black levels and brighter colors while using less energy. For LG's part, they're taking a step up on current OLED sets by using "4-color pixels" that relay a more accurate picture with red, green, blue, and white colorization, rather than the standard RGB type. Since OLEDs don't use any backlighting, the 4-color pixels should provide a sharper and all-around cleaner image when put side-by-side with other displays. LG also teases that their TV's "color refiner" will also uphold the clarity, hue, and tone of the picture from various angles, so you won't see anything too crazy from the side.
Boasting an infinite contrast ratio, LG’s OLED TV exhibits vivid colors and the smallest details regardless of the overall luminance of the on-screen image. In turn, colors and details throughout an entire image are preserved with utmost clarity and sharpness, even when displaying scenes with dark lighting. Such color capabilities are technically impossible with LED and LCD display panels. And at 1,000 times faster than LED/LCD displays, LG’s OLED TV shows crystal clear motion without any blurring or bleeding.
And if all that isn't ambitious enough, the TV set itself is ultra-thin. As shown previously, it's no thicker than a pen or pencil, measuring in even smaller than reported at a mere 4 millimeters wide and a lightweight 16.5 pounds. It could blend right against the wall of your home, and with the right color scheme, you wouldn't even know it was there.
All that sounds impressive, but the real trick is making it affordable enough to mass-manufacture and sell. As Mashable notes, OLED displays are already used in millions of small devices like smartphones, and the production process for TV displays would theoretically be much cheaper than that of LCD and LED screens. For the curious, LG will be showing it off in Las Vegas next week with all their other displays at CES, where thousands of scrutinizing, trained eyes can judge for themselves.
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