There were rumors floating about the Internet pre-CES concerning a massive 55" OLED Television from LG. Lo and behold, CES is upon us and not only do we have a OLED TV from LG to drool over, but Samsung has also joined the fray with its own TV!
The LG television is 55" of OLED panel. The TV is 4mm thick and weights a mere 16.5 pounds, which is quite impressive compared to comparably sized LCD and Plasma Televisions which can weigh around 80 pounds and are not pleasant carrying up three flights of stairs (that's personal experience talking, folks). According to The Verge, LG claims their image processing technology, "Color Refiner," and WOLED (white organic light emitting diode) panel results in "the most natural colors of any TV set."
Also squarely in the good news pile, the company claims to have wrangled the manufacturing process into a more streamlined solution and are able to offer the panel at much lower price points than previous OLED televisions. The bad news; however, is that "much lower price points" are good but when it's "much lower" from tens of thousands of dollars, it's not all that much lower for most folks.
The LG US Director of Product Development, Tim Alessi, stated that the OLED beauty would be available for purchase towards the end of this year (Q4).
Meanwhile, Samsung is showing off a OLED television of its own. The TV promises accurate colors, "true-to-life" image quality, and extremely minimal motion blur. This is thanks to an OLED panel featuring RGB sub-pixels. In the world of apps and app stores, the Samsung TV includes access to the company's Smart TV apps. Further, the television has a Microsoft Kinect like feature called "Smart Interaction" that allows users to turn the set on and off, search the browser, and start up applications using voice commands.
Samsung will be putting this beauty on "sale" in the second half of the year; however, there is no word yet on pricing (though indications are north of "if you have to ask, you can't afford it" territory). More info on the Samsung can be found here.
While I won't be getting one of these this year, I will definitely be jealous of the early adopters who do. Although the 4K 3D LED backlit LCD TVs are cool and all, OLED colors just look so damn good! Stay tuned for more CES news and drool worthy photos (I just hope we'll be able to pry the guys away from the OLED and 4K TV demos)!
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