Along with 4K, OLED is the other new buzzword in TV technology. Currently there are only two OLED TVs on sale in the US, the Samsung KN55S9C ($8,999) and the LG 55EA9800 (
$14,999 $9,999), and both have 55-inch curved (concave) screens rather than the flat screens used on typical plasma and LED/LCD TVs.
LG's "Gallery" OLED TV, model 55EA8800, interests us not because the company's marketing likens it to a painting, but because unlike those two, its screen is actually flat.
Why do we prefer non-curved TVs at these small screen sizes? In CNET's extensive hands-on with Samsung's TV, the curvature was a major detriment, skewing the geometry of onscreen objects. It was item No. 2, after price, on our list of seven problems with current OLED televisions.
Aside from its flatness and fancy frame, the 55ES8800 is very similar to the 55EA9800, complete with a 55-inch size, 1080p (not 4K) resolution, and LG's RGBW subpixel technology.
Pricing and avalilability are still unofficial, but LG said at IFA that it would be coming to the US after its European debut in September.
October 2, 2013 11:43 AM PDT
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| Caption by: David Katzmaier
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