Today LG announced it would make the first 55-inch OLED TV available to the public next month in South Korea for a cost of around $10,000. Select Korean stores will begin taking preorders tomorrow.
LG said that it would announce availability in additional markets, likely including the U.S., “over the next several weeks.” I’m taking a wild guess that more will be said at the company’s 8 a.m. (PT) CES press conference January 7.
The television, model 55EM9700, is the successor to the 55EM9600 that won CNET’s highest honor at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2012 but never actually shipped. Judging from LG’s press release the two TVs appear basically identical.
Promising revolutionary picture quality in an incredibly slim design, LG’s 55-inch OLED TV might be worth the wait. At only 0.16 inch thick, it’s the thinnest TV we’ve ever heard of, and about half as thick as the OLEDSamsung announced last year. LG integrates carbon fiber-reinforced plastics into the rear of the television, which provides reinforcement and keeps the weight down to a feathery 22 pounds.
Update: LG just gave a price to its entry level 55-inch OLED TV: $12,000. That’s the starting price, mind you.