Every year at CES, LG gives us a look at its craziest ideas for the future of display technology. At a press conference earlier yesterday, the company showed off its refreshed OLED televisions, regarded by many as the best on the market. In a private briefing at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Gizmodo was shown LG's bold concepts for the future of displays, which are (unbelievably) getting thinner and brighter. They are among the most lifelike displays I've ever seen.
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At 2.57mm thick, LG's new OLED W7 television might be the thinnest giant television ever made. I don't want to say that. It feels like hyperbole, and over the next few days I have no doubt that a lot of other televisions are going to use similar tech for similar results, but look at that image above. Note how that 65-inch display is actually thinner than that woman's finger. Now come back and tell me that isn't incredible.
When you say your debut OLED TVs are the best thing ever — and when we happen to agree — you sell quite a few of them. But how do you then convince people that your newer OLEDs are better? LG's got a few upgrades underneath the hood that it thinks are a significant enough improvement to tempt new buyers.
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If you're buying a TV this year — and it's a good year to buy a TV — then you have only a few choices to make before you've picked out a great screen. As well as working out whether you want 4K or HDR, and what screen size you're after in the first place, and what inbuilt smart features you want, your main choice is what TV backlighting technology you want your new big-screen telly to use. We're here to tell you the difference between edge-lit and back-lit LED, LCD and OLED, quantum dot and local dimming, and more.
LG's last couple of OLED TVs have been pretty damn amazing — we've thought so, at least. There's an even better and more visually arresting TV about to hit electronics stores shelves, though; the new G6T Signature is a $10,999 OLED monster supporting the latest and greatest Dolby Vision and HDR codecs, with a built-in soundbar for serious audio.
In Formula 1, each constructors' cars feature incredibly advanced technology that slowly trickles down into road cars over the next decade. In the world of technology, things move much faster, and that's why Hisense's surprisingly affordable ULED TVs have the same quantum dot colour gamut widening tech that we've seen on top-tier LG and Samsung screens at a fraction of the price.