OLED displays have long been associated with the likes of myth and illusion. Okay, we’re exaggerating, but hopefully you’re picking up what we’re laying down. Said another way, OLED tech has long been relegated to the small screen, such as smartphones and monitors, which are anything but practical for home theater viewing. However, that is about to change thanks to LG.
Today, the company announced the world’s largest OLED TV. The 55EM9600 measures 55-inches from corner to corner and boasts a 100,000,000:1, contrast ratio. That’s 50 times greater than the next best LED TV on the market today. It’s actually a pretty silly number in real world terms, but it does provide some perspective to just how powerful this set is. Images are said to be beyond life like and it doesn’t hurt that it’s 3D capable as well, though you’ll still need to sport a pair of glasses to take advantage of the extra dimension.
LG has opted for White OLED (WOLED) as a light source and Oxide TFT is the panel text, which replaces Amorphous Silicon with Oxide, which is cheaper. This is all packed into a 4mm, yes 4 millimeter thick body.
LG hasn’t announced a price or launch date, but hopefully we’ll see a production model emerge by the end of 2012. It’s complete conjecture, but we expect the price to be well north of $10,000.