LG's rollable OLED TV on sale in US for a whopping $100,000

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CNET 16 July, 2021 - 10:29am 7 views

What is a rollable TV?

Roll over, flat screen. But this isn't your average TV. ... It has a thin, 65-inch rollable OLED screen. It comes with a sound system with Dolby Atmos and Sound Pro, and has Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa built-in for voice control. CNETLG's rollable OLED TV is coming to the US for a whopping $100,000

The LG Rollable OLED TV is too expensive – but you're not missing much if you can't afford it

TechRadar 16 July, 2021 - 06:00pm

The LG Rollable TV is cool, sure, but not much better than a regular LG C1 OLED

The asking price? A cool $100,000 (around £72,000, AU$135,000). I’m not sure what your bank account looks like, but mine certainly doesn’t have that many zeros in it.

The good news here is that, even if you’re not Richard Branson or Elon Musk who can afford these types of lavish purchases, you’re not actually missing much in terms of performance: although the rollable part of the screen is novel and unique, the panel itself is similar to the one we’ve seen on the LG W-Series OLED for the last two years, and this year’s newest Gallery Series OLED – the LG G1 OLED – has an even brighter panel. 

Long story short, even though it certainly won’t raise as many eyebrows at your next dinner party, the plain ol’ LG C1 OLED that came out earlier this year is as competent a 4K TV as the LG Rollable OLED and will deliver the same picture performance.

The benefit of these new OLED panels is that they'll retain the perfect black levels you know and love about OLED – just with a higher peak brightness when it comes to really intense action scenes, explosions and sunlight. 

Another way up the proverbial mountain of picture performance is something called QD-OLED or Quantum Dot Organic Light Emitting Diode screens that take the color saturation provided by a Quantum Dot film over an OLED panel. That's something that Samsung is reportedly hard at work engineering at the moment, but not something we've seen for ourselves.

The last innovation we'll see for OLED moving forward are new form factors like the Rollable OLED TV R. In fact, LG teased a whole bunch at this year's online-only CES like a transparent OLED that sits at the bottom of your bed

We're hoping, however, that when LG eventually does release that bed it won't cost more than our house...

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LG's Fancy Rollable OLED TV Gets A $100,000 Price Tag in the US

Cord Cutters News 16 July, 2021 - 06:00pm

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The TV’s main claim to fame, other than the typically impressive image quality that’s inherent to LG’s OLED models, is undoubtedly its hideaway mechanism. Essentially, when it’s not in use, the LG Signature OLED R curls in on itself and retracts into a base unit to stay out of sight until needed. It was unveiled partly to show off the company’s advances in flexible OLED displays, but it’s now available to order as a consumer product.

As for its other specs, the 4K OLED R boasts onboard ATSC 3.0 support for NextGen TV and all four of its HDMI ports are of the latest 2.1 variety. Both ATSC 3.0 and HDMI 2.1 are still relatively premium features, but you’d likely expect them on a $100K TV. And, as is usually the case with LG’s TVs, you’ll have the webOS smart TV platform on board as well.

Earlier reports mentioned an “Add to Cart” button on the OLED R’s product page, but we haven’t spotted it in our most recent visit to the page. In any case, The Verge is reporting that preorders are expected to start in August, so that gives shoppers some time to gather the necessary funds.

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LG rollable OLED TV goes on sale in the US for $100,000

What Hi-Fi? 16 July, 2021 - 06:00pm

It's never been cheap to buy bleeding-edge tech

Still, this is no ordinary TV. First shown off in 2019, it's a fully rollable model whose screen retracts into its rectangular base. It first went on sale in South Korea last October, but this US launch will bring it to a much bigger market, and its first in the western world.

As well as the undoubted wow factor of having a TV unfurl at your command, it's a handy space-saving device – how many other 65-inch TVs will take up so little room in your lounge?

It has some neat extras, too. You can choose between four colours for the wool speaker cover, and even have your name engraved on the brushed aluminium base, which doubles as a Dolby Atmos soundbar.

While not the most advanced set around in terms of feature sets, it's still better than many, thanks to Dolby Vision, 120Hz 4K gaming, variable refresh rate and auto low latency mode. All the HDMI ports are HDMI 2.1, too. Now, you just have to decide which wing of the house it goes in.

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LG's rollable 4K OLED TV is arriving in the US with a $100,000 price tag

TechSpot 16 July, 2021 - 06:00pm

It was way back in 2018 when the prototype of the rollable set appeared at CES. A real 4K 65-inch version appeared at the show a year later, and the 4K Signature OLED R landed in Korea in 2020 with that $87K price tag.

The Verge writes that the TV is now going on sale in the US for 100 grand. It features several slats on the rear that allow the display to roll around an internal cylinder inside the stand, with the entire rising/retraction process taking around 10 seconds.

The LG Signature OLED R sounds like a compelling piece of hardware for gamers with deep pockets. In addition to supporting HDR10 and HLG, it has a sub-1ms response time, auto low latency mode, 120Hz variable refresh rate, AMD FreeSync Premium support, and four HDMI 2.1 ports. You also get Dolby Vision, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support, an Ethernet port, three USB 2.0 ports, Bluetooth 5.0, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

Additionally, the cabinet contains a front-firing 4.2 channel 100W Dolby Atmos sound system, and there's Line View, which stops the screen at a half-raised point and displays time, mood, music selections, and photos.

The OLED R is rated for 50,000 unfurls, which should offer plenty of years of use, as one would expect for the price. Pre-orders open in August. If you happen to be rich and want LG's rollable for your bedroom, why not consider Samsung's stunning 110-inch microLED TV as your main set. It's only $155,000.

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Are the new LG OLED evo TV displays better than traditional OLED screens? – Which? News

Which? 16 July, 2021 - 06:00pm

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Everything must improve, how else could these brands justify a new line-up of TVs every year?

Sometimes its the processor, or a new HDR format comes on the scene, or upscaling tech boosts lower-resolution content even further. But in 2021 its the screen itself that’s getting an upgrade.

OLED evo is unique to LG TVs for now, so we’re focusing on those right now. We’re using our expert lab tests to compare the £1,999 OLED55G16LA (OLED evo) with the £1,699 OLED55C14LB (just OLED) to see if the new display makes much of a difference.

Before we get into detail about our results, you need to know that OLEDs aren’t backlit. So there’s no layer of bulbs shining through a light-creating layer to produce the picture, which is how LCD and QLED sets work. Instead, each pixel in OLED displays makes their own light, so there’s no need for any extra bulbs.

This has benefits and drawbacks, but mainly benefits. Having such tiny light sources means OLED TVs have more control over which parts of the screen are lit and how brightly. This minimises blooming where bright areas shine into darker ones, like a child going over the lines when they’re colouring in.

The drawback is brightness. Effectively having dozens of torches beaming out of the TV means backlit models have higher peak brightness.

OLED evo is hoping to close that gap by making each of those pixels produce more light. But you don’t have to take LG’s word for it.

Our staggeringly deep TV tests check the peak brightness of the screen in five different scenarios, so we can say for sure whether an OLED evo display is brighter than a traditional OLED one.

Brightness is measured in Nits. The more Nits, the brighter the display.

In this test, we use a small white square on a black background with the TV in SDR mode or standard dynamic range. This means we’re not using any added HDR effects, such as Dolby Vision or HDR10.

This is the same test as the one above, but this time the TV is in HDR mode, or high dynamic range. As you can see, the brightness increases dramatically.

This test uses a much bigger white square on a black background. Because the TV is having to disperse light across more of the screen, we expect to see a drop in peak brightness.

This time we’re putting a small white square over a live scene. This test, and the one below, are the closest representation of the brightness you’ll typically see. The screen is working hard to push light all over the screen, but the white square should be where we see the peak brightness.

If you imagine a scene in a park, some parts could be in the shade under a tree, while others are out in the open. These will look brighter as they aren’t shaded, but the peak brightness will be the sun shining on to the park. This test shows how well a TV is able to amplify brightness where the picture needs it most.

This is the same as the test above, but with a larger white square. Because we’re asking the TV to produce a larger bright area, we’re expecting a drop in peak brightness.

Ahem, so OLED evo is brighter. Slightly brighter. Sometimes.

If we look at the average, though, the all-OLED C1 is the brighter of the two displays. It averaged 586 Nits to the OLED evo G1’s 572.

So what does this mean for OLED evo displays? Well, first, you shouldn’t buy one if you’re hoping to to have your retinas scorched by a plethora of Nits, but there is more to OLED evo tech.

LG said this updated display would improve colour, too.

For our picture quality test results where we look at colour accuracy, vibrancy, contrast balance, detail, motion clarity, sharpness and upscaling at each resolution from SD all the way to 4K HDR, you can read our 55-inch LG OLED55G16LA review and 65-inch LG OLED65G16LA review.

To see how rival OLEDs did in our lab tests, see all of our OLED TV reviews.

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Mega OLED TV deal: Get LG's 2021 TVs for the cheapest they've EVER been – starting from just £990!

T3 16 July, 2021 - 06:00pm

Good news for those looking to buy one of the best OLED TVs: LG makes a bunch of them, and it's currently offering an extra 10% off all of its latest and greatest models, on top of the price cuts many of them have already received!

In order from most to least expensive, that includes the LG G1, LG C1, LG B1 and LG A1. The difference in pricing there is huge – the LG G1 now starts from £1,799 with this discount, while the LG A1 now starts from just £990 – that's pretty much the cheapest that any LG OLED has ever been.

To get the extra 10% off, you need to buy through LG's online store and enter the code OLED10 at checkout. The deal runs until 27th July 2021.

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If you're wondering what the differences are between them, here's your quick breakdown: the LG G1 features a brighter next-gen OLED panel and a unique extra-stylish design, along with LG's current best image processing. The results are incredible, as our LG G1 review says. It comes in 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch sizes.

The LG C1 uses the same processing and is otherwise practically identical for features to the G1, but doesn't include the brighter panel. For its price, it's one of the best-performing TVs on the planet – as our full LG C1 review explains. It comes in 48-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch and 83-inch sizes.

The LG B1 is so new that we haven't reviewed it yet, and yet here's some great money off anyway. The B1 uses slightly less advanced image processing compared to the C1, and its panel isn't quite as bright for HDR. And while it includes four HDMI ports (like the C1), only two of them are HDMI 2.1-enabled, so it's marginally less future-proofed, though is still better than a lot of TVs at this price for it. It comes in 55-inch, 65-inch and 77-inch versions.

The LG A1 is a new model for 2021 – there's never been an equivalent before. Its image quality is largely the same as the LG B1, but it doesn't feature any HDMI 2.1 support, and has a slightly cheaper design. If you don't care about gaming, you might find these to be very agreeable trade-offs for the price drop. You may notice that both the 48-inch and 55-inch models are £990. It's not a mistake – 48-inch OLED sets are newer and harder to make, so the price is the same as the larger 55-inch model in this case.

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