Samsung has announced plans to launch their 55″ OLED TV in South Korea. No word yet on when it will be available in North America or Europe.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday that it is aiming to launch flat-panel TVs using new screen technology called OLED during the second half of this year in the domestic market.

Samsung said the 55-inch TV using the ultra-thin display will be retailed at over 10 million won, or more than $9,000.

That is at least more than twice as expensive as the high-end 55-inch TVs available in the market.

Samsung’s head of TV business said it will take another two to three years for the new screen technology to go mainstream.

Samsung and its hometown rival LG Electronics Inc. are expected to be the first to start mass production of OLED TVs, which may gradually replace LCD and plasma.

 

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According to smarthouse.com.au, both LG and Samsung plan to introduce 55″ OLED TVs in time for the Summer Olympics in London next year.

LG had originally planned to release their 55″ LG OLED TV later in 2012 but with the potential introduction of the Samsung 55″ OLED TV LG has moved their planned date ahead to compete with Samsung.

There was a previous LG OLED TV available in a 15″ screen size, but low production numbers and a high price made it a scarce item, rather like the first Sony OLED TV. However, LG has said that the 55″ model will be available in limited numbers and industry watchers expect a fairly high price for these first decent sized OLED televisions.

Samsung has so far not produced any consumer model OLED TVs and it’s interesting to see a 55″ screen size as potentially their first model released to the public. More details from both manufacturers are expected at CES 2012 in Las Vegas in January.

 

Oct 262011
 

AUO has announced that they will display a full HD 32″ OLED TV prototype at FPD International 2011 at the Pacifico in Yokohama starting today until Friday October 28.  No other specs or information on possible production dates are available.

“AUO will spotlight on 3D displays including high resolution patterned retarder 3D LCD for TV and glasses-free 3D LCD featuring and face tracking. For public information display, super narrow bezel LCD and large-sized transparent LCD displays will be showcased. At the multi-touch section AUO will bring the One Glass Solution (OGS) touch panels for tablet & monitor applications. The company will also show its latest technologies in flexible E-paper display, flexible AMOLED and transparent AMOLED. ”

The AUO OLED TV is only 3mm thick and uses a metal oxide TFT as a backplane. Thanks to oled-info.com

 

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Here’s a great video clip of the new 31″ LG 3D OLED TV. Rumors have it that this set will be released in the UK in March 2011 for around the equivalent of about $9,000.

 

LG is displaying both its 15 and 31 inch OLED TVs at IFA2010 in Berlin. Here are some photos from the show courtesy of http://www.oled-display.net

LG 31" OLED TV

LG OLED TV display at IFA 2010 Berlin

3D OLED TV by LG

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