LAS VEGAS — Electronics company LG will release new television sets including an ultra-slim model that’s less than 4 millimeters (0.15 inch) thick, a representative announced Thursday at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas.
The company is achieving this by moving many of the bulky components – such as graphic cards – into a separate box connected to the screen with just a cord. The speakers are also separated; the TV has two round, retractable speakers on top.
The new TV will also have better audio, using Dolby Atmos technology, along with high-end OLED screen technology. OLED – which stands for organic light-emitting diode – can produce better pictures because each pixel produces light individually. Traditional TVs are backlit and use filters to block out light – but not well enough to produce pure black. OLED is rare in TVs and is currently found mostly in smartphones.
LG will have non-OLED models, too, and promises new technology to make colors more vibrant. LG also says an LG Technicolor mode will be added to TVs in 2017 to add to color accuracy.
Samsung, LG, Sony and others are unveiling new offerings at CES that highlight higher-resolution pictures, thinner displays and brighter colors. The moves come as high-definition and 4K TVs are becoming cheaper and more mainstream, so top TV makers are competing for the higher end of the market.
LG says it will release prices in February and start selling them in March.