CES - Samsung to show 14, 31-inch OLEDs, quad-HD prototype TV

Samsung will unveil 14-inch and 31-inch OLED TV prototypes and an LCD TV with four times the resolution of today's TV sets at CES.

Samsung Electronics unveiled Sunday two ultra-thin TVs and a prototype LCD (liquid crystal display) TV with four times the definition of today's most advanced high-definition sets.

The ultra-thin TVs are based on OLED (organic light emitting diode) technology and boast 14-inch and 31-inch screen sizes, the company said in a statement distributed in South Korea.

OLED technology is being fiercely developed by many TV makers because it offers a brighter, more vivid picture than today's LCD (liquid crystal display) panels. And because OLED pixels emit their own light, a backlight isn't required, meaning OLED TVs use less power and are also much thinner.

That thinness was a big contributor to the success of the world's first consumer OLED TV, Sony's XEL-1 set that went on sale in Japan in December and promptly sold-out despite a relatively expensive YEN 200,000 (AU$2,112) price tag. The Sony set is just 3 millimeters thick, which is less than a tenth that of current LCD TVs.

Samsung previously demonstrated its 14-inch OLED prototype last year but the 31-inch is new. It's also the largest OLED TV panel yet shown by a TV maker so promises to be a star of the International Consumer Electronics Show.

At the show Samsung will also unveil a prototype LCD TV that boasts a resolution of 3,840 pixels by 2,160 pixels -- that's double the vertical and horizontal resolution of a current "Full HD" TV set.

The display is therefore expected to offer a crisper, clearer picture than is possible with today's TVs but could take a while to be commercialized because no broadcasters have concrete plans to launch higher resolution services.

Japan's public broadcaster, NHK, is one of a number of organizations researching next-generation HDTV and has demonstrated many times a "Super Hi-Vision" service that offers an even higher resolution than the Samsung prototype TV. The service has 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels and isn't expected to launch commercially until sometime in the next decade.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?