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LG Bringing Largest OLED TV to UK This Month

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LG Bringing Largest OLED TV to UK This Month

In a week that has seen the UK government sell out its public with the Digital Economy Bill and Apple finally enable iPhone multi-tasking it seems just about anything can happen, including this...

OLED TVs are finally coming to the UK in a larger size. That size may be just 15 inches, but it's still a significant step up from the sole 11in Sony XEL-1 currently on the market. LG is the company doing this with the 'OLED TV' (yep, literal naming taken to a whole new level) which will also be known as the '15EL9500'. Furthermore, specifications for this wiz bang screen tech are predictably off the charts.

Key specs:

  • Just 3.2mm thick

  • TruMotion 100Hz

  • HD ready 720p (1366 x 768 resolution)

  • Digital Freeview built in

  • USB 2.0 connectivity capable of displaying jpg, mp3 and DivX HD

  • 10,000,000 : 1 contrast ratio

  • 100Hz motion tracking

  • Response time of under 0.1ms

  • 40W power consumption
The truly scary part, price, hasn't yet been revealed so your dreams needn't die now. The LG OLED TV has already been out in the US since December, so we're playing catch up here - but at least it will hit the shelves this month, so dream while you can.

Interestingly 15in OLED sets are seen as a stepping stone to 32in panels, so perhaps this time next year it might be time to start getting a little bit excited...

Update: We've just had official word from LG that it has given a guide price to retailers of £1,500 to £2,000. Most will therefore likely place it around the £1,750 mark. Yes, that's hugely expensive - but compared to the £3,500 the 11in Sony XEL-1 still sells for it does show OLED prices are starting to come down, fast.

Link:

Press Release

jopey

April 9, 2010, 10:38 am

Expensive way to watch the breakfast news in the kitchen. I wonder how long it will be before the 10 inch screens are cheap enough for netbooks/ipad clones? 18 months?

Chocoa

April 9, 2010, 4:48 pm

OLED seems to be the fusion power of the consumer world....always ten years away from mass use....

Enigma

April 9, 2010, 11:22 pm

The cheek of it!!





Before the "Update:" I had posted in the comment that perhaps the article should have noted the US$Price which 'normally' means £price=US$price.





Furthermore I had put in a link for the price of £1746.50: http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-Ele...





BUT for some reason it was not posted on TR comments!!

Enigma

April 9, 2010, 11:57 pm

Never mind OLED tvs when more than 6 million Britons mistakenly think they are watching high definition television just because they have a HD-Ready tv even though they aren't connected up to HD sources, the figures from the British Video Association (BVA) suggest.

crobie

April 10, 2010, 12:53 am

£1500 sounds quite good really for a slice of history. I bought Panasonic TX-22LT2 22 TV from JL at £2500 when they first came out 8 years ago. 854 x 480 pixels - Contrast Ratio: 450:1. nice. Bought another one in fact and then a smaller 15inch model. £5000 of kit now worth about £50. But in 20 years time perhaps a museum will want all of them. Then I will name my price. MMWWWHHHHAHAHHH

Gordon394

April 10, 2010, 1:03 am

@Enigma, that was my fault - accidentally clicked delete in comments moderation (as by publishing your follow-up shows!).





We actually had the request for pricing in with LG since last night and had the information in this afternoon, swear!





@crobie it's a cunning plan.

Enigma

April 10, 2010, 1:25 am

I forgive you so long as you don't desert us like Riyad Emeran?!

Ala Miah

April 10, 2010, 2:12 am

If LED Backlit TV's look that good, I can't imagine what OLED Tv's will look like.





Seriously that is the future of TVs and I, for one, can't wait till they produce 32inch and above models!

Xiphias

April 10, 2010, 2:36 am

40W for a 15" screen? I hope that's improved on pretty quickly.





And using LCD specifications for a different screen technology is understandable this early but how about some details on the actual weaknesses of the screen? Does the HDMI input accept 100hz or is it internal only? How good are those troublesome blue pixels? Does the USB2.0 (not 3.0?) input really only accept jpeg, mp3 and DivX?

Carl Abudephane

April 10, 2010, 10:20 am

Is it true that OLED colours are that much more vivid because they're generated by enslaved microbes forced to frantically pedal away on nano-technologised exercise bikes, a microbe for every pixel? And that that's partly why they don't last as long as normal screens?


If so, I can see why they're so expensive, but I have to say that I'm not entirely comfortable with it.

aliko

May 20, 2010, 8:49 pm

Just give me 40 inch OLED at a reasonable price... and that will be it for my TV needs. :)

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