On Tuesday at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics showed off a 55-inch TV. So, what's so special about that? Well, it's only 4 millimeters thick -- one-sixth of an inch -- making it the largest of the thinnest TVs in the world, according to Samsung.
The TV uses organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), not the usual plasma or liquid crystals. Watch The Associated Press coverage of the unveiling:
A tech update for TV screens has been a long time coming and here is what some of the expert sites are saying about it:
- Digital Trends described the TV as "pretty impressive" at least from 75 feet away.
- David Katzmaier for CNE T said that it will outperform any other OLED TV on the market, which is an 11-inch one by Sony. At the Time of Sony's 2007 introduction of the less-than-a-foot TV, Katzmaier described it as "delivered the deepest black levels I've seen to this day" but noted there were other color accuracy issues. He states he would need more face time with the Samsung version to confirm those same issues do not exist.
- Trusted Reviews also said the glimpse of the TV was brief, but from what they saw, it "immediately impressed."
- Engadget states it is "pretty darn amazing to behold."
Watch more of Engadget's review from the show:
OLED technology is used in high-end smartphones, but it has been very difficult to make larger screens with consistent results. In 2007, Sony Corp. started selling an 11-inch OLED TV for about $2,500, but it never followed it up with a bigger model. Since then, LG and Samsung have shown prototype OLED TVs at the annual CES show, but hadn't revealed any marketing plans until this week.
While Samsung and LG didn't state a price for the TV that will be available sometime this year, expect the sets to cost more than $5,000 each. It'll take at least a few years for prices to come down enough for most people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.