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I just saw the future of OLED from LG Display – including foldable ones that don’t wrinkle.

LG Display is constantly trying to go beyond the capabilities of OLED displays – remember the world’s first rollable TV? — and CES 2023 is no exception. I had the opportunity to visit both companies that supply OLED panels not only to LG Electronics, but to other brands as well, to get an idea of ​​what’s next with this technology.

Some of the most interesting concepts featured include an 8-inch foldable 360-degree OLED panel that could be used in future phones, and a 17-inch foldable laptop that doesn’t have any visible creases when fully opened. Well, it’s almost imperceptible. There was even a 0.4-inch OLED panel that would likely find its way into VR or mixed reality headsets.

And of course, LG Display is making big improvements to OLED TVs. Here is everything I saw and my brief impressions.

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17″ foldable OLED screen

LG Display 17

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Look, no wrinkles! This is the main feature of the 17-inch foldable LG Display OLED. This panel offers a brightness of 400 nits and a resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels. It supports finger and pen input and covers an impressive 99.5% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

But the coolest thing about this panel is that LG Display says there are no noticeable wrinkles. On close inspection, it was quite difficult to see the seam with the panel fully open, which is quite impressive.

If you fold a folding screen laptop in half, that size will give you a 12.5-inch panel on top, which might be plenty for productivity, although I’m not sure if people are ready to type on a large touchscreen.

8 inch foldable OLED screen with 360 degree viewing angle

LG Display 8-inch 360-degree swivel OLED screen

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The bad news is that LG Display’s 8-inch foldable 360-degree OLED OLED wasn’t in good enough condition for us to play with at the CES 2023 demo.

The bottom line is that this 8-inch panel can be folded to either side, giving users more flexibility in terms of how they use their mobile device. The structure of the module is strong enough to withstand more than 200,000 folds. LG Display claims that the folding mechanism minimizes the appearance of wrinkles at the folding points.

LG has shown what the interface might look like on a foldable phone with this type of panel, with a calendar and widgets on the left and a Spotify music player on the right. And in the middle of the screen is a quick launch bar for your favorite apps.

OLED glow

LG OLED glow

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This file under strange but intriguing. The OLED Glow is a 27-inch OLED concept that is both height and tilt adjustable and comes with touch technology. During a quick demo, Glow displayed a view of a live fireplace, and then the panel rose and flipped to the right (almost like a flag), revealing a collection of e-books that could be scrolled through with a finger.

LG Display OLED TV with Meta Technology

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Let’s not forget about conventional OLED TVs. At CES 2023, LG unveiled its third-generation OLED TV panel, which promises up to 60% more brightness than previous EX panels and 30% wider viewing angles.

LG Display’s new Meta technology uses a set of micro-lenses that maximize light emission from the OLED panel and the Meta Booster brightness enhancement algorithm. The result is a rated brightness of 2100 nits, the highest brightness in the industry.

This meta-technology is suitable for 55-, 65-, and 77-inch 4K OLED panels and 77- and 88-inch 8K OLED TVs.

LG display: OLED look

LG Display OLED TV concept with movable speakers

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I’ve seen a lot of other cool stuff from LG Display, including a 45-inch 800R curved OLED gaming monitor for a truly immersive gaming experience. This technology is already used in LG Electronics, Asus and Corsair products.

I also got a closer look at the ultra-small 0.42-inch OLED display that will appear in VR and mixed reality headsets, and saw the strange concept of OLED with speakers that move behind and in front of a 42-inch TV.

All in all, it’s an exciting look at the displays of tomorrow. I’m especially excited to see if smartphone manufacturers will adopt this 360-degree OLED screen.

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