LG's 55-inch OLED HDTV will cost $8,000 when introduced in May

Summary:The 55EM9600 will be rolled out during the Cannes Film Festival in May, with a price tag that equals the glitz of that event.

Details have emerged about LG's forthcoming launch of the 55-inch OLED HDTV it introduced at CES in January. It appears that the set will be rolled out during the Cannes Film Festival in May, with a price tag that equals the glitz of that event.

LG is apparently pricing the 55EM9600 at 9 million Korean Won, or around $8,000. While that is far more than the average buyer would pay for a new set, it wouldn't have surprised people if the LG was priced at $10,000 at launch. It's also a better "deal" (if you can call it that) than the first consumer OLED TV, an 11-inch model that Sony sold for $2,500.

The launch will set off a small arms war with Samsung, which is also rolling out its own Super OLED TV later this year. LG says it will determine in July whether it will invest more resources in OLED TV production, presumably based on initial consumer demand for the 55EM9600.

Do you have any interest in buying the 55-inch OLED when (and if) it makes it to the U.S. at its launch price?

[OLED-Info.com via The Verge]

Topics: Mobility, Hardware

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