Answered Why are there no 49" OLED TVs on the market?

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    1. Adamski72

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      Hi there guys,

      Do you know why no 49" TVs on the market? I guess this is a manufacturing restriction from LG? I am keen to get the best quality TV I can but only have a space that can accommodate a 49" set.

      Does anybody know the answer to this one?

      Thanks.
       
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      Probably because they don't think they could currently produce a 49 inch cheap enough to sell for the price they'd want, and because they just don't see there being a big market for premium priced smaller TVs.
       
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      Because 49" is a complete waste of time unless you'r planning to sit 1 or 2 feet away.
       
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      If you read the link sizes from 40" are potentially possible in the future.
       
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      I did, hence the use of the word 'currently' in my reply...
       
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      Simple economy of scale and technological feasibility. More margin and less wastage on big sizes, think luxury cars and you go down segment to hoover for volume more than margin...
      They are leaders now but wait until competition heats up...
      You will see 49 oled from next year probably to increase market share further.
       
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      Not all OLED's are 4K, LG sell 55" HD OLED sets, can't see any reason why sub 55" can't be HD.
       
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      They used to years ago but as far as I know they've all been 4k for a few generations now
       
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      Not at all. There is a HD 55" OLED 55EG9A7V in the 2017 range not sold in the UK but sold in Europe and maybe other regions.
       
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      Sorry, the last thing I want is UHD reviews coming out of 49" TVs.
       
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      I'm in the UK so wasn't aware of 1080p oled screens tbh I don't see the point especially when 4k Netflix is easily available to most people. They'd have to be half the price and even then I wouldn't be tempted.
       
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      Now that sounds like a good idea, a TV which can write UHD reviews itself...;)

      Personally, I think all reviews of UHDs should be limited to how they look on these beauties: https://gizmodo.com/5273201/the-seven-imax-wonders-of-the-world
      After all, if I understand you correctly, bigger is better...;)
       
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      Forget 40" i'm upgrading from 55" to 65" or 77". Bigger the better for UHD content. 55" is not large enough IMHO and you'll get use to it quickly.
       
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      Not sure if anyone saw the OP mention that his physical space restricts him to a 49” TV?

      I’m sure everyone loves to have a much bigger protuberance than that, but it doesn’t really help him does it?
       
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      Strictly speaking nothing will really help him as LG doesn't make 49 inch Oleds and hasn't announced any for 2018. The best he could hope for currently is something like the Sony XE9005. USA equivalent model review. Sony X900E Review (XBR49X900E, XBR55X900E, XBR65X900E, XBR75X900E)

      Sony KD-49XE9005 review

      £869.97 at Currys SONY BRAVIA KD49XE9005 49" Smart 4K Ultra HD HDR LED TV
       
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      I suspect smaller than 55" OLED is possible, but at a cost that is not actually cheaper due to a more precise process needed with perhaps lower yield that offsets a reduced materials cost and thus they do not think it is a cost vs size ratio that is financially viable.
       
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      People paying premium prices want a large TV. LG have limited capacity, so it makes sense to focus that on what will make the most money. We will see smaller sizes when the costs come down and LG expand their capacity. Hopefully that is getting nearer.
       
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      Probably not until 2019/20 or even later when inkjet printing is in use. This will drive down production costs but it seems it will be used more to allow even larger panel sizes to be produced than to make smaller ones. [Herald Interview] ‘OLED inkjet printing may shift display paradigm’
       
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      Well as Fred Smith has pointed out, the LG roadmap indicates smaller OLED sizes are coming at some point. Quite when, only LG can say. I have a 55B7, but I'd welcome a smaller OLED in the bedroom.
       
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      If you were happy with a smaller than 55" set for 1080p only I believe it would be technically possible (just commercially undesireable these days). I reckon the issue is getting 32 million self illuminating pixels into a small screen area; the yields would make the smaller sets much more expensive than the larger ones.
       
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      It was said in an interview with someone from LG at the Europe OLED Day back in October that an OLED panel in the 40-49" would likely be produced in 2019 (specifically targeted at Europe) and hit the market in 2020. But indeed they didn't expect it would cost much less than the 55" ...
       
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      I’d be happy with that. The cost of 55” OLED will still keep coming down so although we would probably have to pay a premium for a 49” OLED compared to a 55” it might be a reasonable price by then.
       
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      Sony produce several small OLED monitors for studio use, but I would suspect the prices of these are beyond the range that domestic users would pay.

      OLED Monitors
       
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      Yes, £28k for the 30” and then the next size still jumps to 55”. I’ll wait for a 49” LG oled!
       
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      I don't think there's any argument that bigger is better for UHD.

      I secured a fantastic deal on a 55" B7 but once it was set it up it was just too big for the alcove where it was going to go and just dominated the room. I ended up opting for a 49" XE9005.

      I had my heart set on an OLED and was devastated it had to go back. Having said that the XE9005 fits the space perfectly and the difference between HD and UHD content is still apparent, especially on bluray format, even when sitting 2 meters away from the screen.

      Not everyone can accommodate (or may want) a monster tv. If i had a large living room where I felt a bigger tv would be proportionate, I'd get a bigger tv. If i had a dedicated cinema room I'd get a projector and a proportionate screen.

      I for one will be definitely interested in a 49" or 50" OLED.
       
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      Thanks for all of the input on this one guys. Looking like I may go for a 49" XE9005.

      Cheers.
       
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      I'm in a similar situation and would certainly prefer a 49 or 50 inch OLED TV, cost permitting. Since my phone has a 5.2 inch 2K Amoled screen I really don't think there is any technical challenge, just that 49 inch is considered too small for a premium TV.
       
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      I'd like to see them go as low as 40-43". Its not just the 4k people are thinking about with oled. For me i would like it because it should produce better blacks, local dimming and I'd hope better motion handling than my 37" Samsung D6530 for example. It seems to be very hard to find a suitable upgrade path for tv's in these sizes that are truly worthwile in led/lcd format as in these sizes no one will produce FALD screens with native 100hz etc other thaan getting the extra pixels from 4k, yet there does seem to be a market for it. Maybe not as much as 55"+ but it is clearly there. The last time anyone did a FALD screen in this sort of size that i can remember was Philips in 2010 when 40" was considered a more premium size and 50 was still considered massive.
       

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