LG’s 4K OLED TV can bend on command
LAS VEGAS — We saw the world’s first “bendable” TVs at last year’s show, but CES 2015 sees them leap to a new level. LG‘s first flexible set combines all the top features of today’s premium TVs — 4K resolution, OLED tech, and a visual smart TV interface — and throws in the ability to curve on demand.
The EG9900 is a 77-inch TV with an OLED panel with some special sauce: LG actually puts in an extra subpixel in addition to the usual red, green and blue. The result is improved color, and since the individual pixels can be switched completely on and off individually (unlike an LCD), contrast is excellent (LG claims “infinite”).
OLEDs happened to be flexible, too, which is why this big guy can bend. Users can select the amount of curve via the remote control; a gentle curve (or simply flat) would be good for big groups while selecting tighter and more immersive is probably better for individualized viewing.
Did I mention 4K? The bendable TV has Ultra HD resolution (3,840 x 2,160). The extra subpixel means this TV actually has 33 million subpixels total (regular 4K TVs have 25 million). The HDMI inputs are compatible with 60p signals as well as H.265-format video.
Also onboard: LG’s webOS-based smart TV platform, which gets a big upgrade this year. Like other smart-TV UIs, webOS 2.0 is very visual, and LG says it enables users to switch between services (live TV to Netflix, for example) easier than ever before.
There’s no release date or price for LG’s bendy TV yet, but our money is on “late in the year” and “high.” Still, it’s got a model number, so the set is a real product and not just a technology demo.