The electronics giant has shown off an ultrathin ‘wallpaper TV’ less than 1mm thick, and at 1.9kg (4lbs) is so light it can be attached to the wall using just magnets.
LG Display said the OLED TV is at the moment just a concept.
WHAT DOES OLED STAND FOR?
OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. Its panels are made from organic materials that emit light when electricity is applied to them. As a result, OLED panels don’t use a backlight meaning they are thinner than LCD displays. OLEDs additionally have bright colours, brilliant contrasts and a wide-viewing angle.
At a press event in Korea on Tuesday, it showed off the system. It uses a magnetic mat that sits behind it on the wall.
The TV can then be stuck to a wall using the pad. To remove the display from the wall, you peel the screen off the mat.
The firm hopes OLED TVs are set to explode in popularity.
They mean TVs that are much slimmer since the screen emits light itself without a backlight unit, unlike the liquid crystal display (LCD).
The head of LG Display’s OLED business unit, Sang-Deog Yeo, said ‘OLED represents a ground-breaking technology’ not only for the company, but also for the industry.’
The unveiling was part of a broader announcement by LG Display to showcase its plans for the future.
The company said its display strategy will centre on OLED technology – even though manufacturers have struggled to mass produce the more complex sets.
HOW THE TV IS MOUNTED TO WALL
Thanks to a magnetic mat that sits behind it on the wall, the TV can be stuck to a wall. To remove the display from the wall, you peel the screen off the mat.
LG Display used high molecular substance-based polyimide film as the backplane of the flexible panel instead of conventional plastic to achieve the maximum curvature radius.
The polyimide film also helped reduce the thickness of the panel to significantly improve its flexibility.
As for the transparent OLED panel, it boasts 30 percent transmittance, which was achieved by adopting the company’s transparent pixel design technology.
LG vowed to ramp up OLED production from the third quarter of this year to a substantial level that can meet clients’ demand, according to the Korea Times.
‘We should be able to supply a satisfactory volume to our clients from July or August, which means we’re hoping to buckle down production as well as promotion from the third quarter,’ Sang-Deog Yeo told reporters.
OLED is widely believed to be the next frontier.
The technology adds an organic compound layer that allows not only for exceedingly thin screens, but for those displays to be curved. The organic material also emits its own light, eliminating the need for a backlight.
That allows for such thin screens and has made OLED a desirable choice not only for televisions, but for a wide range of wearables and other mobile products.