Here’s a quick rundown of a couple of the latest OLED TV models available in September 2014.

LG Electronics 55EC9300 55-Inch 1080p 3D OLED TV

Samsung UN55H8000 Curved 55-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED TV

 

The 55″ LG OLED TV was unveiled to over 400 dealers, journalists and special guests in Monaco yesterday.

F1 Champion Sebastian Vettel, film director Jean-Jacques Annaud and model Gemma Sanderson.

It appears that LG is going full speed ahead with OLED television. LG officials vowed to develop the most advanced commercial OLED TV in the market and to be the first company to bring these TVs to European consumers in the second half of the year. 8,000 euros could be the price you’ll pay when these TVs are on store shelves in the second half of this year.

“In the history of television, there have been very few innovations as impactful as the coming of OLED TV,” said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “We say THE ULTIMATE DISPLAY because LG OLED TV is truly above all expectations and beyond everyone’s imagination with uncompromising picture quality and beautiful design. This year, we plan to make OLED synonymous with LG.”
The OLED TV’s WRGB technology is the culmination of years of research and development at LG, the company behind the world’s first commercialized 15-inch OLED TV in 2009. LG’s 4 Color Pixel technology relies on a white sub-pixel to perfect the color output. A Color Refiner enhances the image, resulting in pictures that are the most vibrant, natural and comfortable to the human eye. The screen also delivers a perfect viewing experience without distortion or loss of contrast regardless of ambient brightness or viewing angle.
And unlike LCD or LED displays which require backlights, OLED TVs generate their own light, eliminating the need for backlighting. Furthermore, by utilizing carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for the exterior, LG engineers were able to create a final product with a thickness of only 4mm and weighed only 10kg. Thus the Paper Slim design philosophy was born. What’s more, LG’s OLED TV combines the company’s industry-leading CINEMA 3D technology with Smart TV capabilities, creating the most immersive and comprehensive home entertainment experience on the market today.
According to Stanley Cho, head of LG Europe, “With OLED TV leading our premium product line-up in Europe, we have a very strong case to become the number one TV brand in this region. Until that day, we will continue to develop the products that have made us the most innovative home entertainment company in the industry.”

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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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Very interesting move from Sony. They were the first to market with a consumer OLED TV and the first to leave the consumer market. However, with competition heating up from LG and Samsung to produce OLED televisions, Sony must have felt that it might miss out on the post-LCD TV market altogether.

Here’s what Reuters had to say:

“Japan’s Sony Corp is in talks with Taiwan’s AU Optronics Corp to jointly produce next-generation OLED televisions, the Yomiuri Shimbun reported, positioning itself for the post-liquid crystal display (LCD) TV market.”

AU Optronics also purchased all of the FED TV assests from Field Emission Technologies a few years ago. Since FED TV seems to be taking a back seat to OLED TV, it looks like AU has placed its bets on OLED technology.

“Both Sony and AU Optronics declined to comment on the report, which comes after Sony’s new CEO, Kazuo Hirai, last week suggested he was open to cooperation in new TV technologies as he outlined a turnaround strategy for his loss-making company.

An industry source told Reuters earlier this month that there was talk Sony was considering a tie-up with AU Optronics.

“We know that Sony will have to form some kind of alliance with a third party since it would be difficult for it to capture more share in the OLED TV area alone. It’s not a surprise if it is considering a tie-up (with AU),” Nobuo Kurahashi, an analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities, said on Wednesday.

“For Taiwan and Japan, their interests coincide. If they don’t do anything, there will always be a gap in market share,” he added, pointing to competition from South Korea.

Both Samsung and LG in January displayed prototype 55-inch OLED (organic light emitting diode) screens – which boast sharper images and do not need backlighting – at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas.

Sony, which pioneered the technology with the world’s first OLED TV in 2007 halted production of the $2,000 screens for consumers in 2010 amid a global downturn, focusing instead on 3D. Sony still makes OLED screens costing as much as $26,000 for high-end business customers.”

Sony will still be playing catch-up to LG and Samsung so we shouldn’t expect any Sony OLED TVs this year.

 

 

Samsung has announced that it will launch the new 55″ Super OLED TV at IFA 2012. For those able to attend, IFA 2012 takes place from August 31 to September 5 in Berlin.

A consumer release is promised sometime in 2012 with a premium price, probably similar to LG’s estimate of $8,000 U.S. for their 55″ OLED TV.

It will be interesting to compare the 2 models side by side. The picture on each will no doubt be stunning and the main comparisons will have to be made on the other features and pricing. We’ll have a review of each OLED TV model as they are released.

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