Missing a 2012 delivery date, LG announced on Tuesday that it will release the first 55-Inch OLED HDTVs in Korea in early February 2013, after a year of delays due to reported production problems, at a price of just over $10,000. LG will discuss the TV's U.S. availability and retail price in the next few weeks.
Over 1,400 Korean store fronts will begin taking orders Jan. 3 for February delivery on the 55EM9700. LG said it is going to ramp-up production to take the lead in a big-screen OLED TV market that, according to research firm DisplaySearch, will likely reach 7.2 million units by 2016.
Today's current LCD and LED LCD TVs rely on light bulbs (whether fluorescent or a few dozen white LED lamps) to illuminate the image. The light from these lamps or bulbs must pass through the LCD panel before reaching the surface of the TV, causing most of the light to be beamed toward viewers sitting closest to the center of the screen. As one moves off-center, the LCD image dims, contrast decreases and colors tend to shift and desaturate.
OLEDs emits light directly from the surface, extending the viewing angle to 180 degrees and providing superb, highly saturated colors without the dimming, color shift or loss of contrast seen on LCDs and LED LCDs
LG Electronics will showcase its digital signage lineup at the upcoming International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 8-11, 2013. The LG selection will include the company's flagship 55-inch 3D video wall, the 84-inch Ultra HD multitouch signage, the EZ Sign TV, Smart Gate Media Pole, Smart Mirror and other commercial display solutions, according to a company announcement.
"LG sees a bright future in the digital signage segment," said Il-geun Kwon, senior vice president and head of the IT business unit of the LG Home Entertainment Company. "We are proud to offer a superb range of products, capable of operating in diverse environments to meet a wide range of client needs. Our combination of IPS panels and Smart Energy Saving Technology offers the dual benefit of providing eye-catching images and significant energy savings."
LG will be featuring at its CES booth its "larger-than-life" 3D Video Wall, an immense display consisting of 122 LG 55-inch WV70MD screens, the company said. And LG's large-scale digital signage solution employs the company's proprietary Smart Energy Saving Technology, allowing it to use approximately 30 percent less electricity than other commercial LED displays, the company said.
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