An OLED, or organic light emitting diode, is a material that emits light when an electric current passes through it. OLED TVs do not require back lighting, and thus are thinner than other flat screen TV technologies like LCD and plasma.
The WRGB OLED TV Model 55EM9700 (yes, even the flashiest new TVs carry the dullest old nomenclature) measures all of 0.16 inches (4 millimeters) thin, and weighs 22 pounds (10 kilograms).
THIN ON THE GROUND TOO
LG introduced it at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas a year ago. Samsung has also shown a 55-inch OLED TV. Until now no company has actually taken orders. Manufacturers make and sell much smaller OLED TVs (LG offers a 15-inch model), cellphones and tablets, but they have had difficulty making them in larger sizes. LG is now changing that.
"We believe that OLED will usher in a whole new era of home entertainment," Havis Kwon, CEO of LG's Home Entertainment Company, said in the press release. "Not since color TV was first introduced 60 years ago has there been a more transformational moment. When high definition TV was first introduced 15 years ago, the public's reaction was 'wow!' but when customers see our razor-thin OLED TV for the first time, they're left speechless."
They're also left a lot lighter in the wallet, as LG set the price at 11 million South Korean won, or $10,334 at the time of this writing.
LG says that OLED technology delivers more vivid and vibrant colors.
Curiously, the press release did not mention anything about energy savings, which is a much trumpeted attribute of "conventional" non-organic light emitting diodes - semiconductors that emit light and that increasingly are appearing in energy-efficient light bulbs.