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LG Launches Large 55 Inch Screen OLED TVin Television Tech
At last year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, LG showcased its first large screen OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) TV. It was so widely acclaimed that the 55” TV won the best TV prize 2012 at the show.
Today, LG have officially launched the TV, but with a hefty price tag. If you want to snap up one, it’s going to set you back around £6,300 (or $10,300USD). The TV is a mere 4mm thick, and weighs around 7.5 Kilos.
The cost of manufacturing OLED screens is expected to become cheaper, and more affordable OLED TV’s are expected to hit the market in 2015/2016.
Whilst both Samsung and LG announced 55” versions of OLED TV’s, LG has managed to be the first to officially launch the product. This, in turn, has helped push LG’s shares up by 5.4% today.
OLED screens are likely to be the replacement for the more common LCD screens as they are not only more cost effective to run, but better lend themselves to the bigger screen sizes, as well as offering better quality displays. Additionally, OLED screens can also be made thinner and lighter than their LCD counterparts.
OLED technology however is not new. If you have a Samsung phone, or a PlayStation Vita console, you already own an OLED screen. OLED screens are more expensive to produce in larger formats, hence the reason why it’s taken a little longer to get them to the price point, albeit still expensive, to be produced for the larger screen formats.
A new technology for larger screen sizes called “4K” is also beginning to attract attention in the TV arena. 4K, also known as “Ultra-HD” gives a resolution four times higher than current HD. In layman’s terms, this means 4K offers resolutions of 2840 x 2160 (8.3 mega-pixels) as opposed to HD which has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (approx. 2.1 mega-pixels). OLED displays will be best suited for these higher resolutions as screens for 4K will typically be 110” or higher. However, until the cost OLED displays reduce significantly, 4K displays in OLED are unlikely to become mainstream in the home until at least 2017 or later. A number of 4K TV’s are expected to be shown at this year’s CES show.