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OLED TVs explained

OLED TVs explained

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Resolution is the new revolution in cameras, TVs, and mobile devices.

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Are you ready for the revolution?

Switch on your TV, and miraculous things happen. Electrons jump, crystals untwist and pixels spark to life. Whether you’re watching the news, the game or another ambitious-yet-awful singer, you and your family should enjoy a perfect picture.

TV picture quality is one area where TV manufacturers constantly compete, and one of the newest innovations to hit the market is OLED TV (organic light emitting diode).

Kaleidoscope colors

Compared with LCD TVs, OLEDs produce richer, more accurate and more realistic colors. The vibrant green of the baseball diamond, the glowing orange lava from a volcano — all of it pops like never before.

Black — like midnight in New Orleans

OLED gives viewers a dramatic increase in the depth and richness of black and low-light scenes as it works without backlight. LCD technology doesn’t come close.

How does it work?

OLED TVs create images by electrifying organic compounds in the screen. Do you really want to get into this?

OLED TV: What we love


  • OLED screens are very thin. One new release has a screen just 1.7mm thick.
  • Thin screens can be on mobile phones, laptops, ultrabooks, etc., to really lighten the load.
  • Eventually, they’ll be very cheap to produce … but not yet.
  • Possible huge improvement in refresh rate of screens — may top 100,000 Hz.
  • Compared with LCD sets, most OLED-produced images require less power to display.
  • Black and low-light images are much richer than that of LCD TVs.
  • OLED screens maintain consistent colors and picture quality even at an angle.

OLED’s: Work to be done


  • Water can infiltrate those thin screens — damaging your investment
  • Displaying bright whites can require up to 3X more power than a similar LCD TV set.
  • The blue-producing compounds can break down in just 14,000 hours. In comparison, typical LCD screens can last from 25,000 to 40,000 hours.
  • OLEDs are still quite expensive. One new 55" OLED TV is priced at $8,000. Another product weighed in at $650 (it’s only 11 inches across).

The bottom line

For the time being, it still looks like an LCD TV will provide your family with the most enjoyment for the money. The technology is well-refined. The screens last a long time. The sets come in a variety of sizes and prices. But keep an eye out for OLED TV. Before you can say “diode,” you’ll be watching the next big game and seeing your kids play outside, through the same window.

– Shawn Cornwell, Contributing Writer, Walmart.com.
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