Posted Wed Jan 4, 2012 at 07:00 AM PST by Dick Ward
The company will be tripling its OLED production in the second half of 2012, right around the estimated 55" OLED launch.
When we first heard the news about the nearly bezel free 55EM9600 OLED set, we were pretty excited. LG boasted lower costs with a still pristine picture and it seemed like a great proof of concept for future sets. Now imagine our excitement when we found out the 55EM9600 isn't a prototype after all - it's actually going to be sold.
A 55" model is a huge step up from the miniscule offerings of the past and it could go a long way to show whether or not the demand for OLED is there. It's a capable set too, offering a ridiculous contrast ratio of 100,000,000:1 - we're expecting some pretty deep blacks out of this one. It's 3D capable too, which should please 3D fans. OLED sets have impressed us greatly at CES in terms of 3D.
LG's new set comes in at 4mm thick. That's less than half a millimeter larger than the bezel on Samsungs D8000 series - crazy thin. It weighs in at just 16.5 pounds and allows for a nearly flush wall mounting.
One thing we haven't seen yet is the price, but with an expected launch of mid-2012 you can bet we'll find out soon. We wouldn't be surprised to see the set in the $10,000 - $15,000 range.
Source: Yahoo! Finance
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