LG’s ‘Rollable’ OLED TVs Are Almost Ready For Primetime

LG’s ‘Rollable’ OLED TVs Are Almost Ready For Primetime
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LG is launching a new type of TV technology that has the potential to transform the industry: rollable OLED panels. Similar in concept to an electric garage door, this will allow users to ‘roll up’ their TV when not in use. More excitingly, it could lead to much larger screens. Here are the details!

With the exceptions of 4K and HDR, there haven’t really been any exciting developments in the world of smart TVs. (Anyone who suggests 3D really needs to take stock of their life.)

This could all be set to change in 2019 however, with LG set to unveil an all-new form factor: rollable TVs. According to a person “familiar with the matter” who spoke to Bloomberg, LG will start selling the panels sometime next year. (A ‘proof of concept’ prototype has already been shown off at LG’s research centre in Seoul earlier in the year.)

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From the report:

The envisioned 65-inch TVs will retract automatically at the touch of a button…They will sport organic light-emitting diode or OLED screens, which produce crisper images and fold more easily than traditional LCD or liquid-crystal display panels.

Apparently, LG is betting big on the success of this new form factor as it looks to reverse rapidly declining TV sales.

While it certainly looks impressive, we’re not convinced the average consumer will want to pay a premium to essentially hide their television. Indeed, a big-screen TV is the accepted centrepiece of modern lounge rooms.

With that said, we’re intrigued by the other possibilities offered by this technology: namely, bigger screens. The logistical problem of storing and transporting large TVs are effectively eliminated here, both on the retail side and in the home.

With any luck, this will result in truly mammoth panels for the sports fans and movie buffs among us. In other words, owning your own private cinema may no longer require a mansion.

[Via Bloomberg]


    • If you click through to the Bloomberg link, it kinda does that for you, just in a different way. There are three modes, one of which is to just use a quarter of the screen for news and similar feeds.

      Another mode squirts out a 21:9 display for theatre use, which would be the cinema widescreen format you’re after. Third mode being the standard 16:9 ratio we mostly use.

      • Ah yeah that’s kind of cool.

        It might sound like splitting hairs but I’d rather it extend in width than shrink in height. I always feel cheated watching a movie at home in 21:9, as the watchable screen area is smaller than a regular tv show would be!

        • I get what you mean. Was just pointing out that it sorta does what you wanted, just kinda in reverse. Personally I’d just leave it fully extended myself, I couldn’t see the point in having it hidden away, even partially.

          See my comment below – I’d love a modular system myself, Would also let you add a stack of panels to get that 21:9 ratio as needed, so not really ‘waste’ the real estate.

          • Yeah that would be really interesting and probably could get high resolution if each one was even just HD ready. You could have a 30″ TV in each living room and bedroom then when people come over to watch stuff turn them into one giant tv! Or have back to the future type multiscreen!

  • I don’t want this, I want a modular type product where I can build the screen size I want. If someone came out with a setup of bezel-less 10″ screens (or even 5″) you could plug into each other, I could build a bigger screen over time.

    The concept is out there, just not at a consumer level. But the first company that lets that sort of adaptation happen at that level could make a fortune.

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