We were able to see a bunch of new technological advancements unveiled during CES 2017 starting from VR headsets to TV panels. Regarding TVs, a new display technology has been showcased during CES. Samsung and LG were the ones to come out with a new lineup of OLED and QLED TV sets during the Las Vegas tech event. Today we’re going to closely inspect the TV displays provided by both companies and see what sets them apart.
Before jumping into the details, we need to let everyone know that even though Samsung’s QLED sounds very similar to OLED, it isn’t the same thing. This is the first time we hear this term and no other tech manufacturer has even mentioned this acronym until now. Taking in consideration that OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode we can see that QLED has nothing to do with it. In fact, QLED basically means that this Samsung panel is basically a more advanced LED/LCD TV display.
Instead of going for an OLED display, Samsung opted for a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) instead. What makes this display so special is the fact that it’s equipped with pixels both inside it and behind. This gives the display the ability to light up different regions of the screen to accommodate the played media content.
The new QLED technology has been designed especially to enhance the display’s colors. Samsung’s QLED TV sets will now be able to create even richer and warmer colors while still keeping the same picture quality. Additionally, the brightness is quite impressive reaching up to 2000 nits of peak brightness.
As previously mentioned, OLED technology uses organic light. The way this is done is by adding tiny carbon diodes to every pixel. The pixels then light up whenever electric power is applied on them. Using this technology, displays are able to emit light in every individual pixel. This means that whenever the pixels have to show the color black, they will be basically turned off. This is the biggest feature that using an OLED display brings. Also worth mentioning is that OLED display have the fastest response time because they are so thin.
LG’s New W-Series 4K OLED TVs Are Thinner Than Your Mirror
In case you were wondering just how slim our TVs can get, we have a feeling LG just nailed the answer. At least, it’s hard to imagine TVs getting all that much thinner than the LG W-Series 4K OLED TVs, which look a whole lot slimmer than every mirror in our building. Seriously.
Measuring just 2.6mm thick all around, the darn thing is over two times slimmer than the iPhone 7. That’s insane. So much so that LG didn’t bother figuring out a way to put it on a stand – you’re going to have to mount it up a wall if you’re bringing one of these in your home.
The LG W-Series 4K OLED TV comes in two sizes: 65 inches and 77 inches. Both come with the same ridiculously slim frame, with weights of 17 pounds and 27 pounds, respectively. Both require a perfectly flat wall for mounting, as they’re designed to be attached flush, although we’re not sure with what type of mounting hardware (we vote Super Glue… or something nastier).
Since a 2.6mm frame isn’t likely to accommodate ports, the TVs are designed to work with a companion soundbar (it’s hooked up to the TV using a single cable), which contains four HDMI ports, three USB slots, and an optical audio connection. Features include an active HDR system, Dolby Vision support, webOS 3.5, and a 4.2-channel system with Dolby Atmos support.
No pricing has been announced, but the LG W-Series is expected to hit stores later in the year.
Sony unveils 'speakerless' OLED 4K TV
Sony has officially stepped into the world of OLED, with its newly revealed 4K Bravia OLED TVs.
The slim design, demonstrated at CES in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, leaves no room for speakers – instead, it uses Sony’s Acoustic Surface technology to emit sound from the screen itself.
President and CEO Kazuo Hirai also showed off a number of other products, including a camera that can capture 960 frames per second, and a 4K HDR home theatre projector.
Hirai revealed the latest in Sony’s HDR products at the press conference in Las Vegas ahead of CES’s official opening.
The stunning new A1E Bravia series demonstrated during the event is equipped with support for Dolby Vision, and relies on X1-Extreme processing technology to ‘render every detail of an image regardless of ambient darkess in the scene.’
This allows the screen to reproduce even deep black hues in a dark screen, and according to Hirai, it means ‘you’ll see more than you ever thought possible in a display.’
The Acoustic Surface technology eliminates the speakers – there are no speakers even on the side or the bottom of the TV.
Instead, the technology ‘vibrates the display’ to create the sound from behind the screen.
‘The result is an ingenious speakerless and standless design,’ Hirai said.
Sony also revealed its latest 4K HDR projector.
It’s a ‘minimally intrusive’ design, and can be set up close to the wall thanks to its ultra-short lens to project a display of over 100 inches.
And, according to Hirai, you’ll be able to stream 4K HDR content from Amazon and Netflix.
Being so close to the wall, this means there would be more floor space between the viewers and the projector, and eliminates the shadows caused by people walking in front.