LG's New 4K OLED TVs Are Just Four Credit Cards Thick

LG's New 4K OLED TVs Are Just Four Credit Cards Thick

That silly sci-fi dream of invisible screens that magically display graphics is inching towards reality. Thanks to LG, the world can now lust after a television that looks like it's nothing more than a pane of translucent glass — and a very thin pane of glass at that. LG's new OLED 4K TVs are just 2.57mm thick to be exact. The company just announced its G6 and E6 series which come in both flat and curved form factors. The so-called Picture-on-Glass design is exactly what it sounds like: a brilliant Ultra HD Premium image with HDR Pro.

LG's New 4K OLED TVs Are Just Four Credit Cards Thick

LG says the new OLED TVs are as thin as just four credit cards

If the Premium and Pro designations are throwing you off a bit, that's OK. The newly announced Ultra HD Premium standard comes straight from the UHD Alliance and are assigned to products "that comply with performance metrics for resolution, high dynamic range (HDR), peak luminance, black levels and wide colour gamut among others." So they're supposed to be the very best in an objective sense. HDR Pro is a bit of marketing from LG in an attempt to express how the new TV lineup is better than the old ones which featured regular old HDR. Then again, this is where TV companies tend to be pretty subjective in labelling features since there aren't exacting standards.

All that said, the G6 and E6 televisions look amazing. Featuring DolbyVision and something called "Color Prime® Pro technology", the OLED picture quality is cutting edge. And since a 2mm thick pane of glass can't exactly hold speakers, the new TVs come with a built-in harman/kardon sound bar. On top of the hardware, you'll also get the latest version of webOS 3.0 with the ability to access your favourite streaming and broadcast apps. Both the G6 and the E6 come in 65- and 55-inch sizes and will hit the market in 2016.

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    LG's New 4K OLED TVs Are Just Four Credit Cards Thick

    And you need 10 such stacks of credit card to pay for it, :-P

    And we are truly fortunate that, 5 years ago, our federal government had the foresight to build the infrastructure that will allow 4K and 8K content to be available to all. Oh wait, they did and then there was a change in government and they stopped building a fibre based system for one that is meant to run on the (rapidly degrading) existing copper network.

      From what I've heard streaming 4K through netflix is still not as good as 1080p bluray for image quality, and you still don't get HD audio. So really if you want to enjoy 4K in all its glory with exceptional audio physical media is still the way to go.

    You sir just won the internets.

    I will be looking at the 55 model as a possible monitor as they announced these were 10bit screens!!! I am super excited.
    Current 55 model is $5500 though :(

    I don't see the point when there is a thick box at the bottom back for the power, circuitry and interfaces. It isn't like it will be flat against a wall. It looks more fragile though.

      You cant hide all that?

      Edit: whoops i see it now, ur right

      Last edited 06/01/16 9:48 pm

    As much as I love all things OLED, I can't see the point in a TV being less than 1cm thick, especially if it has a section on the back much thicker anyway. Mounting on a wall or retracting away it would help (although, 1cm is surely thin enough), but like I said, when I has a 3-5cm thick section at the lower back these applications do not benefit from the slimness of one part of the TV anyway. I'm sure they build them well, but moving the thing must be very nerve racking.

    All that aside, my next TV will be OLED and I love LG's webOS as a smart TV OS (although android TV would be fine too). About the only thing they need to improve over my current Sony TV is in regards to latency. With OLED being inherently low latency I wish they would focus on the rest of the system, or at least make a good game mode that reduces it. I currently use my TV's game mode for everything outside of the smartTV functions... since it's only available from external inputs... so I just stopped using the smartTV functions... hooray for smartTV's :p

      It seems they design them to look good on a stand in the shop but not so much thought goes in to wall mounting, which anyone not renting will probably want to do. But then if you mount it to the wall thickness is not really an issue, my ST50 panasonic plasma is about 3cm thick but unless you stand against the wall and stare at it sideways you'd never know.

    LG’s new OLED 4K TVs are just 2.57mm thick to be exact
    Really? Two and a half millimetres thick?

    Thin is nice, but it needs to be strong as well. Eventually, the technology will cross over to laptops, phones and tablets (where screen and battery battle for space).

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