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Samsung: 14in, 31in OLED TVs "Production-Ready"


Samsung: 14in, 31in OLED TVs "Production-Ready"

Despite saying that mainstream OLED is years away Samsung has announced both a 14.1in and 31in OLED TV as "production-ready." The displays will be on show at Display Week 2009, and hopefully there will also be details of when that production will start!

Samsung says that the use of Full Metal Mask technology (a type of screen manufacturing process) its OLED TVs can be mass produced. The 31in OLED TV has a Full HD, 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a better than 100 per cent NTSC colour gamut - for those to whom that is important. All that and a thickness of only 8.9mm!

The 14.1in display unsurprisingly has a lower, WXGA, resolution, but like Sony's XEL-1 it would still make an awesome bedroom or kitchen TV. And being cheaper to manufacture than a larger panel, it could help Samsung with refining its production techniques possible accelerating the development of larger, affordable displays.

Roll on production OLED TVs!


Tim Sutton

June 2, 2009, 5:38 pm

Is that 1.073 BILLION colours on the spec sheet for the 14.1 model?? Misprint, surely?

I really want one of these. I'm underwhelmed by the current panels, but what I've seen of OLED is a big step forward.


June 2, 2009, 6:20 pm

Why 31 inch and NOT 32 inch?

What pathetic and silly reason can there be? Can TR please find out.

Tim Sutton

June 2, 2009, 6:34 pm

Hey now, it's only an inch, is it really that important to you?

Huh, just had a bad break-up flashback.


June 2, 2009, 6:49 pm

And Line of the Week has gone to Tim Sutton. (Damn, 'Line of the Week' has just given me an 80s flashback.)


June 2, 2009, 7:25 pm

@Tim Sutton - not a misprint, that's 2^30, i.e. the number of discreet colours available on a panel with 30 bits per pixel (10 bits each for red, green and blue). Whether the technology is precise enough for the least significant couple of bits to actually affect output and be distinguished from the noise floor is moot, given it is generally accepted that the human eye struggles to differentiate beyond about 256 shades (8 bits per channel).

Doug Ellison

June 2, 2009, 8:14 pm

Do we have even a ballpark price for these things. Should I be putting one, or two vital organs onto Ebay to be able to afford one?

Tim Sutton

June 2, 2009, 8:42 pm

@ John

Thanks for that, extremely clear :-) To a large degree my surprise was down to the fact that the 31" panel quotes 'only' 16m colours, suggesting the smaller panel is technically superior.

Does this suggest that the processing hardware is already at the limit handling 30 bpp (bits per pixel) at a size of 14"? Or is my extremely limited technical understanding way off?


June 3, 2009, 3:55 pm

will this mean the end of banding artefacts?


June 3, 2009, 8:47 pm

@Tim: HP makes a 30-bit 1920x1200 screen that can be run off a normal graphics card so it's definitely possible to do, but I don't know how intensive the typical TV processing would be for FHD and 30-bits.

@ilovethemonkeyhead: Banding is a software issue not a hardware one isn't it?


June 3, 2009, 10:09 pm

I can't wait for mainstream OLED hopefully one day all TVs will be 'developed as maximising the ultra-advantages'. Make it happen Samsung!

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