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LG's Beautiful 55-inch OLED TV Hitting the UK This Summer

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A beautiful TV with a scary price.

Cast your mind back to January and you might remember that LG kicked off pre-orders for its new 55-inch OLED TV in Korea at the beginning of the year. If you're in the UK and were drooling at the thought of such a device, we have good news: LG is launching that same device in the UK this coming summer.

 

While many people have 55-inch panels in the home, the expense associated with producing large OLED panels is much higher. As such, the TVs themselves are fairly costly. However, because OLED layers are flexible and lighter, OLED displays don't require backlighting and the colours are more vivid and the blacks are very deep.

First announced at CES 2012 and originally scheduled for launch some time last year, the TV boasts passive 3D and a Full HD resolution. It weighs around 16 pounds and boasts a thickness of less than 4-mm. LG said last year that it was based on its Oxide TFT (which replaces Amorphous Silicon with a cheaper Oxide) White-OLED (WOLED) panel with color filters (RGBW). It started shipping to Korea in February and will ship to the UK in July. Pricing is said to be £10,000, which is significantly more than the $8,000 USD price tag that was floating around in January.

Still no word on a U.S. launch but we'll keep you posted.

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    nevertell , March 12, 2013 3:05 AM
    Well, if it's that high a price to start with, couldn't they raise it even more but in turn push out qHD ?
    OLED+high-res would be a killer combo.
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    Matthew Kauffman , March 12, 2013 3:14 AM
    "However, because OLED layers are flexible and lighter, OLED displays don't require backlighting and the colours are more vivid and the blacks are very deep."

    No - OLED displays don't require backlighting due to being emissive rather than transmissive.
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    blackened144 , March 12, 2013 8:31 AM
    nevertellWell, if it's that high a price to start with, couldn't they raise it even more but in turn push out qHD ?OLED+high-res would be a killer combo.


    It wouldnt just 'raise it even more'.. I think an OLED qHD display of this size would run near $80,000 instead of the $8,000 they are asking for this unit.
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    tarzan2001 , March 12, 2013 10:48 AM
    nevertellWell, if it's that high a price to start with, couldn't they raise it even more but in turn push out qHD ?OLED+high-res would be a killer combo.

    blackened144It wouldnt just 'raise it even more'.. I think an OLED qHD display of this size would run near $80,000 instead of the $8,000 they are asking for this unit.

    I believe what you guys meant is "QHD", which mean "quad HD" and is a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels. "qHD" means "quarter of full HD", which is only 960x540 pixels. ;) 

    But yeah, a TV with that resolution and technology would be insanely awesome, yet insanely expensive too!
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    wiyosaya , March 12, 2013 11:16 AM
    Panasonic showed a 56" printed 4K OLED at CES this year. Panasonic and Sony are collaborating to mass produce these sets with a speculated market date of 2014 or 2015. Prices, of course, are not yet available, but we are not far off from seeing such sets in the mainstream market.
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    spat55 , March 12, 2013 11:17 AM
    Waste of money.
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    halcyon , March 12, 2013 1:01 PM
    I must be old fashioned but I'm quite satisfied with my little 60" Samsung 3D that was < $2K. It has a good enough picture for my purposes.
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    bollwerk , March 12, 2013 1:13 PM
    16 pounds for a 55" TV? wow, that's insane.
    You could hang it like a picture.
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    LukeCWM , March 12, 2013 3:22 PM
    spat55Waste of money.


    Should you or I buy this TV? Absolutely not. But I'm thrilled that some companies are paying the absurd price to create the technology and infrastructure to build these, and I'm even more thrilled that there are some rich people willing to buy these.

    Somebody needs to complete the spendy projects, and somebody needs to buy the spendy products. This is all part of the cycle of how the price will drop to where you and I can afford it. And I can't wait! :)