LG shows off OLED, Google TV, Ultra Definition TVs at CES

55in OLED, 84in UD TV and Cinema 3D Google TV the stars of LG’s CES booth

In a comparatively low-key announcement — none of the glitz and glamour and space-themed music of Samsung’s OLED announcement — LG told the world that its OLED TV and Ultra Definition TV panels, in 55in and 84in sizes respectively, would be available before the year is through. A much-anticipated Google TV will also debut, using an updated Magic Motion remote control with integrated QWERTY keyboard. Australian availability for any of these models is uncertain, as is pricing.

Update: LG has provided us with more concrete details on release dates for its TVs. We're surprised that the 84in UDTV will be coming to Australia, albeit in the fourth quarter and "towards the end of 2012". The OLED TV will be here "in time for Christmas", similarly in the fourth quarter of the year. All other LG Smart TVs will be released in April, along with the Magic Motion QWERTY remote. The Google TV will not be coming to Australia: it's US-only for the forseeable future.

LG 55in OLED TV

Information is light on the ground about LG’s OLED TV, but we do know that the 55in screen will use four pixels per set rather than the traditional three, adding a white OLED pixel — presumably using the white pixel to display white light rather than lighting the red, green and blue pixels simultaneously — with LG claiming reduced power consumption and brighter images due to this setup. Wide viewing angles are claimed to be especially broad due to an LG proprietary algorithm that the company is calling its ‘Colour Refiner’.

What’s new for TVs in 2012: OLED, video on demand, and the Apple TV

LG says its OLED TV will have an ‘infinite’ contrast ratio, supposedly allowing the TV to display perfectly black blacks and bright whites. TV companies have previously made this claim for less-advanced LED TVs and it has turned out to be far from the truth, so we’re cautious to accept it at face value. LG does tout the motion response rate of its 55in OLED TV, saying it is around 1,000 times faster than an LED or LCD screen, with clean and blur-free video the result. LG’s OLED TV uses the company’s Cinema 3D technology, which uses polarised light to allow for smooth 3D playback and lighter, cheaper 3D glasses.

Also set to be shown off at CES 2012 is LG’s approach to Google TV: an integrated Google TV model with an Android interface, controlled by a Wii-style Magic Motion remote that also has a QWERTY keyboard built-in.

LG 84in Ultra Definition UD TV

An 84in Ultra Definition TV from LG is also on the CES show floor, with its screen boasting 8,000,000 pixels: that’s a 3840x2160pixel resolution that’s four times as high as Full HD. Predictably, LG says that its UD TV is the best 3D viewing experience this side of a cinema.

LG has also said that the majority of its 2012 high-end TVs will feature a ‘Cinema Screen’ bezel: only one millimetre thick around the sides and top of the display.

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