LG Shows Off 65-Inch OLED TV That Rolls Up

Trade shows are always an excuse for electronics manufacturers to show off wacky hypothetical products that may take many years to show up in consumer products. A favorite of display manufacturers has long been the flexible OLED panel. LG is one of the world’s leading makers of OLED TVs, and it’s got a TV on display at CES 2018 that’s more than just flexible — it’s rollable.

LG’s concept rollable TV has all the bells and whistles with an 65-inch diagonal bezel-free form factor and 8K resolution. That’s a huge screen that might actually benefit from 8K resolution compared to 4K. It’s 135 pixels per inch whereas a 4K screen would only be 67 pixels per inch at this size. However, maybe you don’t want to have an 65-inch OLED dominating a room of your house. No problem, because that’s where the rollable aspect comes into play.

When not being used, the LG OLED panel rolls up into its base like some sort of high-tech carpet. In the promo images, LG shows the top section of the OLED remaining visible to display helpful information like the weather and news. When you want to watch a TV show or movie again, the display pops up and you get the full 65-inch glory.

An OLED panel comes with several advantages over traditional LCDs. An OLED panel is thinner because there is no backlight (all the light comes from the pixels themselves). The contrast is also perfect because black pixels in an OLED matrix are simply off. That also means the rolled up portion of the new LG panel won’t use any power while the strip at the top is in use.

Despite just getting back into mobile OLED technology on phones, LG is a veteran of OLED TVs. Before 2017, the last phone LG made with an OLED was the G Flex 2 in 2015. That panel was terrible, but LG’s new mobile OLEDs are improved while still falling short of Samsung’s.

LG showed off a smaller version of this rollable TV several years ago, but it was less than 20 inches and not even 1080p resolution. Things have come a long way since then, but don’t get your hopes up that you’ll be able to pick this 8K rollable display any time soon. Even if LG does release this panel in the coming years, it’ll probably cost many thousands of dollars. You might want to start saving up now if you fancy one.

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