The latest OLED TVs from LG and Panasonic at CES 2016



 

We spoke about the new OLED TVs from LG and Panasonic in our coverage of their press conferences yesterday. Today, we managed to get up close and personal with these new TVs. What we saw blew us away.

What is OLED?

OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. An OLED TV is made up of thousands of these tiny, flat diodes. Each one creates its own light so, unlike LCD or LED Backlit TVs, no backlight is needed. This means that OLED TVs can be incredibly thin. Because they don’t have a backlight, they also tend to use less power and can be much lighter than other TVs.

Key benefits of OLED:

  • Bright image
  • Good contrast ratio
  • Thin screen size
  • Light weight
  • Wide viewing angle
  • Uses less power than some other TVs
  • Fast refresh rates

LG’s OLED TVs

LG are clearly committed to the OLED format, as much of their enormous stand was dedicated to showcasing their latest sets. From demonstrations of the superior dynamic range to videos displaying the quality of colour and contrast, these televisions could only impress.

These OLED TVs, from the new Signature 4K UHD Premium OLED TV range, are impressive for more than just picture quality. LG says these are the thinnest TVs in the world, at just 2.57mm thick. It’s hardly thicker than a window pane, which is one of the reasons LG are calling this “Picture on Glass” technology.

Despite the thinness of the televisions, there’s absolutely no compromise on viewing angle. You could still see the full range of colours even if you were stood right at the edge of the TV.

We got to see first-hand a comparison between these new OLED TVs and standard LED Backlit models. The difference in contrast and colour was obvious. These OLEDs are capable of extremely rich blacks and vibrant whites without any loss of detail.

Colour reproduction is superb. One clever way of displaying the colour range of these sets was by showing a range of coloured pencils across the colour spectrum. Even subtle differences were clearly defined, with shades being rich and vibrant while still appearing natural.

Of course, televisions this thin are ideal for wall mounting. Several of these new Premium OLED TVs were displayed in this way, and we witnessed many CES attendees pressing their heads against the wall so they could confirm for themselves the TVs were as thin as they appeared.

However, the real show-stopper was LG’s amazingly immersive wall of OLEDs. These televisions formed an image so large it took up your entire field of vision. The effect was quite remarkable, almost appearing 3D at times. It’s the nearest thing to OLED IMAX we’ll ever experience.

 

Panasonic’s OLED TVs

Panasonic’s enormous stand was clearly designed to put maximum focus on their Smart Home innovations, especially their Ôra platform, but we did get to see their new Ultra HD Premium DX900 set close up.

This is the first television in the world to achieve the UHD Alliance’s new Ultra HD Premium TV certification. This means that the body who work to develop and improve the UHD format recognise this set as having the highest possible standards of image and audio quality. The Ultra HD Premium TV standard takes into consideration everything from colour range to contrast and brightness.

Panasonic showed us the television connected to their forthcoming UHD Blu-ray player, giving them a chance to show off a couple of movies due to be released in the format when it launches. Both Lego Movie and Mad Max: Fury Road looked the best we’ve ever seen them.

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