You’ve in all probability observed how amazingly skinny in the present day’s TVs can get, however are you curious to know simply how skinny a TV could be? Are there TVs you possibly can placed on up the wall like a poster? How skinny can a show get earlier than it’s simply not useful?
Fortuitously for all of us, the highest TV producers on the planet have made nice efforts to seek out out, particularly with the daybreak of OLED screens. These super-thin TVs make a fantastic impression at CES and add some “wow” issue that manufacturers capitalize on, though they are often tough to seek out within the wild (the place mass manufacturing – and putting in a paper-thin TV in your house – aren’t precisely straightforward). However that doesn’t make them any much less cool! So let’s check out the slimmest of all of them, beginning with the king of this explicit area – LG.
LG OLED “Wallpaper” TVs (2.5mm)
Whereas many manufacturers have dabbled in making super-thin TVs, LG considers it a specialty. And at CES 2017 it confirmed off a show that nobody had been capable of create so far – an unbelievable 2.5mm “Wallpaper” prototype that was merely the thinnest any producer has been capable of produce thus far.
After all, this explicit prototype was largely for displaying off. LG did promise a extra marketable model of the idea with its OLED W7 fashions, which clocked it at a still-very-impressive three.85mm, one other document that nobody else has been capable of beat.
After all, as we talked about, these unbelievable designs are likely to undergo modifications when the time comes for mass manufacturing and transport, and ultra-thin fashions are usually out there for under quick intervals earlier than firms give attention to fashions with broader attraction and extra sturdiness. That’s why you possibly can’t discover the three.85mm TV in shops anymore, however you will get shut in the event you’re keen to spend so much. Themannequin is offered at round solely 5mm, whereas this is about 20mm: Nonetheless very skinny, however massive sufficient to comfortably arrange in a standard leisure system.
Whereas LG hasn’t gone thinner in recent times, they haven’t given up their specialty solely. At CES 2020, in truth, they confirmed off the rollable OLED TV R9, an ultra-thin TV that truly rolls out and in of its speaker bar, thus fixing the issue of tips on how to cope with some of these TVs within the common residence. There’s no phrase but on precisely how skinny these rollable TVs could also be (and no signal of a launch date), however it’s good to see LG remains to be going sturdy on this space. However let’s check out another contenders…
Letv Tremendous four Max65 (three.9mm)
We don’t know as a lot about this mannequin, because it was solely briefly proven at CES 2016 by the Chinese language conglomerate Letv, however we do know that it was solely three.9mm thick, had a further 3D model, used a 1.8GHz processor, and was designed to be accompanied by a Harman Kardon speaker. It additionally seems to make use of some Samsung know-how in its show. Opinions are scarce and we aren’t positive what model of this TV was ultimately offered (or if reached the general public in any respect), however for one temporary, shining second it was the slimmest useful TV that anybody had seen.
Sony Bravia X9000C (four.9mm)
Sony has additionally dabbled in creating super-thin TVs, and the very best instance is the gorgeous. 65-inch Bravia X9000C “Floating Fashion” TV that Sony confirmed off in 2015, and briefly offered afterward, though you gained’t discover Bravia fashions this skinny in shops any longer. Along with the four.9mm show, the TV was notable for nonetheless offering full 4k decision and Android-based good options.
Mi LED Good TV four (four.9mm)
India’s Mi model additionally has a declare for one of many thinnest TVs on the planet with its 55-inch Good TV four, which clocks in at four.9mm. The TV included 4K decision, good TV options with Android TV compatibility, and a bezel-less design that’s just like Sony’s Bravia method. Sadly, whereas the complete product web page remains to be up, this TV can also be unavailable to buy — though because it’s a 2018 mannequin, there are in all probability nonetheless some used variations floating across the Indian area in the present day.
Particular point out: Sony XEL-1 (3mm)
We additionally wish to reserve some reward for the traditional Sony XEL-1 which was introduced all the way in which again in 2007 with a display that was, regardless of the really unusual design, a mere 3mm thick. Sony even offered just a few the next 12 months, however it was primarily a novelty merchandise designed nearly solely to showcase what was, on the time, very new OLED know-how. Because of this, it struggled to perform as, effectively, a TV – with solely 1 / 4 of the standard 1080p decision, poor shade accuracy, juddering issues, and a brilliant small 11-inch display. Nonetheless, it paved the way in which for all the skinny TVs to come back after, and in consequence it does deserve some respect.