Via The Register comes some disturbing news for those of us who’ve been championing OLED TVs. Apparently, LG and Samsung are losing confidence in the technology for several reasons: firstly, most of the prototypes we’ve seen of working OLED tech have been 55-inch models set to hit the market for around $10,000, which kinda flies in the face of market trends toward ultra-large, ultra-cheap sets. Secondly, manufacturing has been tricky, with apparently as little as ten percent of manufactured OLED panels being workable, and with the glass soldering process used to make the displays resulting in some fragility.
Apparently, timing is also bad, with 4K “Ultra HD” TVs set to be the big thing on the market next year.
So it looks like marketable OLED TVs may be at least another year away in any appreciable numbers, which sucks, because OLED stands to improve picture quality for the vast majority of viewers way more than an increase in resolution ever will, as my buddy Geoff pointed out in a story for CNET earlier this year.
Don’t give up hope just yet, true believers, but if this turns out to be true, it’s definitely disheartening.
Via: [The Register]