LG Display will in 2019 introduce an 80” 8K OLED TV panel and in 2020 introduce smaller OLED TV panels in the 40-49” segment. The company also expects to debut rollable OLED in 2020, according to CNET.
OLED TV roadmap
LG Display, the manufacturer of all OLED TV panels on the market, announced its roadmap at the 2017 Europe OLED Day, and CNET France was in attendance. Next year will not be dramatically different from 2016 and 2017, with 55-77” OLED TV sizes, but starting in 2019 the company has some major things planned.
In 2019, LG Display is planning to debut an 80-inch OLED TV panel with 8K resolution, which offers 4x as many pixels as 4K and 16x as many as Full HD. To benefit from such high resolution you need to sit relatively close to a large TV.
The company also revealed that starting in late 2019 or early 2020 it will introduce a smaller size between 40 to 49 inches. The smallest OLED TV today is the 55-inch size.
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Rollable OLED displays
Looking further ahead, LG Display expects to introduce the first rollable OLED panels in 2020. These types of displays will be highly flexible and durable to enable new types of products and installations.
The future also holds transparent and flexible + transparent OLED panels but these are mainly designed for industrial applications.
Many of these innovations will be made possible by LG’s upcoming 10.5-generation OLED factory in Paju, South Korea. Here, LG Display expects to switch to a new type of transistor backplane (oxide-based) allowing them to transition to 8K resolution. DSCC adds some color to the plans, saying that LG Display will possibly also switch from bottom emission to top emission, which – all else being equal – will allow for a 10% improvement in light output, and make possible 65” 8K OLED TVs.
FlatpanelsHD last week reported that LG Display expects to focus more on the wallpaper and ‘crystal sound’ OLED in 2018.
LG Display’s roadmap gives us some further insight into what is planned for OLED TVs in the coming years because the company manufacturers every single panel inside every OLED TV – from LG to Sony to Bang & Olufsen – on the market today. All major TV manufacturers are expected to unveil their 2018 TV line-ups at CES 2018 in January.