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LG 15in OLED Launching in December


LG 15in OLED Launching in December

If you're preparing for a holiday in Korea this December, then you might want "take out a loan" on your to-do list ready for the launch of LG's 15in OLED TV.

Speaking to OLED-Info LG's Vice Presideont of OLED Sales and Marketing, Won Kim, said that its 15in OLED, which went into production in the summer, will be hitting retail "during the period of Dec 2009-Jan 2010." A global roll-out is set to follow thereafter, but there's no timescale given as yet.

LG's 15in OLED bests the only other commercially available OLED TV, the Sony XEL-1, in a couple of areas. First, it's 4in bigger - 15in versus 11in - and second it has a higher resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, assuming production specs match those of the prototype, which means it can display HD content, albeit at 720p or 1080i only. A million-to-one contrast ratio and 30,000 hour operating lifespan will likely remain unchanged from the prototype OLED TV, too.

Pricing isn't mentioned, but given the horrendous cost of the XEL-1, LG's 15in offering is likely to be even further into the territory of "if you have to ask, you really can't afford it." Not that I want one any less as a result, of course. For a - crazily expensive - bedroom or kitchen it should be just about perfect.



Brian ONeill

June 17, 2009, 9:35 pm

Is this the same type of thing as the led screen on my dell xps laptop? If so whats the big deal with using it for TV? What am i missing?

Geoff Richards

June 17, 2009, 9:59 pm

@Brian - the "LED screen" on your Dell XPS laptop is really "LED backlit LCD". It's a standard LCD panel, but instead of CCFL tubes providing the backlight that allows you to view the screen, it has bright, white LEDs instead. These are lower power and smaller, with obvious benefits to packaging and performance.

OLED stands for Organic LED, which is somewhat different. The most obvious area is that it is an emissive screen technology ie it emits light. Regular LCD is transmissive, in that you shine light through it. Have a read of the OLED Wikipedia entry if you're interested in learning more.

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