Television manufacturer LG says that by 2016, its organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, televisions will cost the same as an LCD TV. In the second half of 2012, the company will take its first step toward that goal with the 55-inch 55EM9600. CNET Asia's Philip Wong takes an in-depth look.
The LG 55EM9600 is a forthcoming OLED that promises amazing picture quality, but it will be priced for serious enthusiasts only.
The 55EM9600 is, possibly, the thinnest 55-inch TV in the world. It features a new Paper Slim design that combines an attractive 4mm-thin chassis with a 1mm-wide bezel. Just how thin is this panel? Here's a quick comparison with a pen.
The LG OLED TV features a minimalistic design with a brushed-metal frame and illuminated LG logo. A thick translucent chunk of plastic sandwiched between the panel and table-top stand creates a unique floating effect, too.
Notice the carbon fiber texture? According to LG, this is the first time carbon fiber-reinforced plastics (CFRP) have been used for a TV. This is a material that is more commonly used in the aircraft and car manufacturing industries. CFPR not only strengthens the panel, but also reduces its weight to just 10kg, or half the weight of an LED TV of the same size.
The TV tuners, A/V inputs and other auxiliary electronics have been offloaded to an external media hub housed in the base of the table-top and floor stands. A compact settop box equivalent is also available to cater for wall-mounted sets.
Four HDMI inputs, three USB ports, an Ethernet jack and onboard Wi-Fi are available on the panel. Also included is Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi) for users to wirelessly stream A/V signals from selected Intel laptops to the panel. Note that the layout of these sockets hasn't been finalized and the commercial unit may differ from the above photo.
The media hub is connected to the panel utilizing a new slim and transparent optical cable. The wire transmits both audio and video signals and is quite inconspicuous from afar. Note that only one cable is required when the 55EM9600 hits the market.
Three installation options are available. There is the typical fixed table-top stand, a floor-standing version with additional swivel and height-adjustment functions, as well as a wall mounting option.