LG announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show it would ship a 65-inch Ultra High Definition 4K OLED (organic light emitting diode) TV this year. Thanks to leaked information we now know it will carry a retail price of $8,999 but sells for $6,999 (UPP).
Learn the availability, features and more after the break.
Designated the 65EC9700, it is the first large screen OLED TV with UHD 4K resolution, which provides four times the “regular” 1080p HDTV resolution, at 3840 x 2160.
To date all UHD 4K TVs have been LED LCD TVs. While they can produce a great picture, they have a number of limitations. LED LCDs have a limited viewing angle, so if you step out of the main viewing cone, the image contrast drops off as whites get darker and blacks get lighter. OLEDs are self-emissive displays, like plasmas and the old CRT TVs, so they can produce a much wider viewing angle without a significant loss of contrast.
OLEDs also produce the blackest blacks, with light output control down to the pixel level. LCDs with a feature called local dimming can shut off the illumination from the LED backlight in zones i.e. the 65-inch Sony XBR65X950B. This can help apparent contrast, but it also can produce halos around bright objects. This does not occur with OLED displays.
The LG 65EC9700 will ship at the end of September. It has a curved screen like the Samsung’s UN65HU9000. Features include LGs Smart TV streaming, Tru-Ultra HD Engine for upconversion, Passive 3D (glasses included), Built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity, web browser, 4 HDMI inputs, 3 USB inputs, HDMI 2.0, HDCP 2.2, Miracast and MHL connectivity, LG’s Magic Remote with motion control and a 40-watt 4 channel speaker system.
LG 2014 UHD 4K TV also includes its proprietary Color Refiner, for consistent color reproduction across the screen, and its High Dynamic Range algorithm to achieve a higher contrast ratio (according to the LG OLED CES press release).
As for OLED lifespan, during a UHD 4K panel at last month’s CES week in NYC, LG’s Director of New Product Development Tim Alessi told the audience LG’s OLED lifespan is the same as plasma which puts it between 50,000 and 100,000 hours. According to a 2012 AC Nielsen survey, Americans over the age of 2 years old, spend 34 hours a week watching television. Using the 50,000 hour figure this LG OLED UHD 4K TV’s panel lifespan is over 28 years.
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