LG charts OLED TV roadmap - 8K in 2019
LG Display hosted the 2017 Europe OLED Day in Munich last week and, in the process, unveiled its plans for OLED TVs and displays for the next few years.
LG sees (quality conscious) Europe as a,"a critical battleground for premium TVs" and stated its intent that "OLED will be at the top of the list of customer considerations for the holidays."
The manufacturer said that it will release its first 8K Ultra HD OLED TVs in 2019 and that it intends to increase sizes to 80-inches and beyond – presumably so you could see the benefits of the resolution hike – but, of course, LG is very conscious that there won’t be much – if any – content to support the resolution of the panels. The lack of format support didn’t really prevent the manufacturers from releasing 4K Ultra HD TVs but at least the prospect of content was there in the foreseeable future, whereas with 8K, there’s almost nothing on the horizon.
LG Disaply also indicated that we would see the first ‘roll-up’ OLED screens as early as 2020 as well as the first dual-screen OLED displays. Sang-Deog Yeo, President of LG Display, also revealed that smaller OLED ‘tiles’ of around forty inches were also incoming but would not be drawn on a potential release schedule.
The event also provided the opportunity for a spot of OLED tub-thumping – and why wouldn’t it – where it was revealed that there are now nine manufacturers selling OLED TV, globally, with a grand total of 96 models currently available versus only nine, just four years ago.
In the entire Premium TV market, which LG sets the bottom floor for pricing at 1300 Euro, OLED TVs now account for twenty five percent of total revenues against 13% in 2016. To refelect these successes, LG Display will increase its ‘slab’ production. The number of slabs produced in 2016 was a cool one million while 2017 doubled that figure and, by 2020, LG expects to be churning out more than 6 million slabs annually.
Source: cnet France
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