LG have confirmed that their 15-inch OLED TV will be priced at between $2,500 and $3,000 when it launches in Korea this November. A senior executive from the company has told OLED-Info that, while the flat-panel's final price is yet to be decided, it will be in the same bracket as the existing Sony XEL-1 OLED TV.
After already committing to releasing a 15-inch OLED TV potentially as early as December 2009 in Korea, LG have now revealed their plans to have a 32-inch OLED display on the market in 2012. Suggesting that OLED would provide a new source of revenue, LG Display CEO Kwon Young-soo told press that the company's focus is on larger panels rather than cellphone-sized versions.
This, the executive claimed, is because "the larger the display, the more efficient the OLED technology." It's certainly given the company's HR department a boost: LG Display have apparently taken on 1,700 new staff in research and development this year.
LG have announced their first LED combination TV and monitor, the W2286L, a 22-inch display with whopping 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio. The 20mm-thick widescreen display supports up to 1,680 x 1,050 resolution and has two HDMI inputs.
LG have unveiled two new "full LED" HDTVs, each with 55-inch LCD panels and 240Hz refresh rates. The LG 55LH95 and LG 55LH93 both use 3,360 individual LEDs and boast a contrast ratio of 5,000,000:1; the company's backlighting technology can individually control 240 sections of the display, dimming or brightening as suits the image on-screen.
LG and NComputing have announced a new range of "Network Monitors", LCD displays with integrated thin-clients that can be used as virtual desktops or with cloud computing systems. Unlike most thin-client systems, however, LG's looks straightforward enough for home or SOHO implementation, requiring just an X550 PCI card to be installed into the server PC, the included vSpace virtualization software installed and then up to five N-series monitors hooked up via ethernet cable.
Your dreams of an oversized wrist-mounted computer are one step closer to reality this week, as Universal Display Corp and LG Display demonstrate their curved OLED panel at the SID expo. A 4-inch display running at QVGA resolution, UDC and LG expect the OLED - which requires just 1W of power - to be worn like a watch, hence the rather intimidating rubber cuff.
LG have unveiled a 23-inch LCD monitor which, the company claims, could pave the way for low-cost 3D computing and entertainment. The full-HD 1080p panel uses traditional time-sequential split-image technology to offer individual views of each image for each eye, which the brain combines into a 3D whole. However, by integrating this 3D technology into the panel itself, LG can make the panel brighter and reduce the complexity in the accompanying viewing glasses.
LG Display have announced the world's thinnest 42-inch and 47-inch LCD TV panels, measuring just 5.9mm thick (0.23-inches) and using edge-lit LED backlighting. A proprietary light guide sheet (LGS) was used to spread the backlighting out across the rear surface of the LCD panel; this new technology cut the thickness of a regular LGS by more than half.
LG have reported their financial performance for the first three months of 2009, and while handset sales declined by 7-percent year-on-year, overall operating profit for the company as a whole increased 2.8-percent to $324m. The real success was seen in LG's home entertainment division, with strong LCD demand pushing sales for the period up 18.6-percent to $3.05bn (for a profit of $10m).
LG have confirmed their plans to launch OLED displays onto the commercial market by the end of 2009, together with a range of LED-backlit displays and HDTVs that will see the company's range boosted by 35 models. Consumers will have to dig deeper than usual, however; according to LG the OLED displays may cost more than double a traditional LCD.