LG unveils 55-inch OLED TV at Monaco's Salle des Etoiles
By Paul Ridden
May 25, 2012
LG unveiled the world's largest and slimmest 55-inch OLED (organic light-emitting diode) TV at the Salle des Etoiles in Monaco earlier this week. First given a U.S. showing at CES 2012, the OLED TV's four-color pixel technology and Color Refiner work together to offer vibrant, natural and comfortable Full 1080p HD viewing in both 2D and 3D. Cutting edge technology doesn't come cheap though, so be prepared to gasp as the price is revealed after the jump.
LG says that the combined efforts of its WRGB technology – which adds a white sub-pixel to the color output – and enhancements to hues and tones made by a color refiner algorithm result in a distortion-free and consistent visual experience, no matter the ambient light and viewing angle.
Encasing the technology in a carbon fiber reinforced plastic outer shell has allowed LG to slim down the thickness of the TV to just 4 mm, and to get the weight down to 10 kg (22 pounds). Magic remote voice control, 3D depth control, and built-in Wi-Fi capabilities feature thanks to the inclusion of the company's CINEMA 3D technology with Smart TV capabilities. Four HDMI ports cater for simultaneous connection to a satellite or cable box (although Freeview HD is built in), Blu-ray player, home cinema system and games console (for example).
There's a USB 2.0 port, too, to connect devices like digital cameras and portable media players, and the OLED TV also comes with something called Dual Play technology that allows two game players to view individual full-screen action while wearing special glasses.
LG has announced an availability window for the second half of the year, and confirmed a retail price of – it might be an idea to head for the nearest chair and prepare yourself for a shock – approximately €8,000 (US$10,000).