LG Wins Prize for OLED TV

LG Display’s booth featured the LG Electronics 77″ UltraHD TV, using its panel on the front of the booth, and it was catching everyone’s eye. It has great contrast and pretty good HDR performance, but reports as we went to press suggested that the TVs using the panel would be priced at $38,000, so we have to assume that LG’s ability to deliver the technology is still very restricted.

LG 77 inch oledLG’s 77 inch OLED HDR TV attracted everyone, but might cost $38,000

We saw the LG very curved concave 65″ display at CES and told us that it is aiming the products at those that want a really immersive experience, such as gamers. The radius is a very tight 500mm. The company also showed the transparent panel that it had in Las Vegas in January. There seems to be some confusion about when this will be in production, but it won’t be until next year at the earliest (and we heard before that it would be much later)

The next product we looked at was a 31.5″ 8K panel that the company plans to produce in 2017. It uses an oxide backplane and has 280ppi. Brightness is currently expected to be 400 cd/m² and contrast at 1,300:1. Colour coverage is said to be 100% of AdobeRGB and 98% of DCI P3, but the panel is claimed to be a true 10 bit design.

LG calls its in-cell touch technology ‘AIT’ and there was a 23″ FullHD panel featuring that technology.

For notebooks, LG hopes that UltraHD will become more important and it had a 14″ version (315 ppi), using an oxide backplane, and with brightness of 300 cd/m², contrast of 1,500:1 and due to ship in Q3 2016. Colour performance is 72% of NTSC.

Also on display was a 15.6″ FullHD notebook panel which is 2.3mm thick (max) and has contrast of 800:1 and 60% colour gamut. The key point about the panel is that it is very light, at 225gms, against a typical weight that is around 335 gms.

LG Clear Black automotiveLG’s Clear Black automotive displays have a darker black background

Turning to automotive displays, LG was showing its Clear Black direct local dimming technology which boosts contrast on the 12.3″ display from 1,000 to 2,000:1 contrast. The company was also showing convex and concave flexible OLEDs for autmotive applications with 1920 x 720 resolution. These are built using LTPS plastic substrates and use RGB OLED material, rather than the white OLED used on LGD’s TV panels. They are said to have 100,000:1 contrast and ‘100%’ colour – but it wasn’t clear what the 100% represented. Brightness was 600 cd/m².

LG Display flexible OLED

Another auto display was a 12.3″ 2560 x 1080 resolution (which LGD called WQXGA+ – eek!) and that uses LGD’s M+ RGBW configuration and which is in mass production already. Finally we looked at 10.25″ (FullHD) and 9.2″ (HD) panels using in-cell touch.