TV makers will be showing some very pretty (and pricey!) eye candy at CES 2012. LG Electronics reportedly plans to show an 84" 3D-capable ultra-high-definition (3,840 x 2,160 pixels, or 4K2K) LCD television.
LG has also confirmed that it will show a 55" OLED (organic light-emitting diode) television. It's under a quarter of an inch deep, and weighs 16.5 pounds. The Wall Street Journal says Samsung is also expected to show a 55" OLED.
Neither company has commented on pricing, but the WSJ quotes NPD DisplaySearch as predicting that the ultra-slim 55-inchers will arrive in the third quarter, and carry tags in the $8,000 range. Prices will fall by half by the end of 2013, NPD DisplaySearch predicts.
Besides being super-thin, OLED displays have another advantage: super-deep blacks. OLED displays have electro-luminescent pixels that emit light only when they're turned on. When they're off - saying for a black night sky - they emit no light at all.