Think the 75-inch TV you bought recently offers an impressive home cinema experience? LG wants you to think again with its introduction of the world’s largest OLED TV, the massive 97-inch LG OLED evo Gallery Edition 97G2. With OLED technology being notoriously hard to produce at larger sizes – thanks to uniquely high failure rates during production – the launch of this monster panel is an ambitious move from LG, which recently elevated its game with the LG G2 55-Inch evo Gallery Edition. It also causes us to wonder whether the “limited availability” promised by the South Korean tech giant is due to a low level of anticipated demand or because it’s simply too hard to manufacture these panels in larger quantities.
OLED TVs have a number of advantages over competing technologies in that they’re not backlit and their organic, self-lit pixels are able to turn off completely, offering perfect blacks, highly natural colours and high levels of contrast. On the other hand, they tend to struggle with brightness levels compared with inorganic technologies and can struggle to cut through if viewed in a well lit-space.
Whatever the technology deployed to make them, larger TVs are certainly the trend as we look ahead. It was only a few short years ago that 55-inch panels were the most popular size in Australia. That baton has now passed to the 65-inch range and we wouldn’t be surprised if 70+ inches become the norm before we know it. Now, a market research report from Omdia has claimed that global shipments of TVs 70 inches and up will reach approximately 14.9 million units this year, increasing to nearly 17.1 million units for 2023, which is an almost 15 per cent rise. However you slice it, that’s a lot of plus-sized panels going into people’s homes.
Pricing for the 97G2 has yet to be announced, but we wouldn’t be surprised to learn that it costs about as much as a small car. And if 97 inches doesn’t sound big enough for you, perhaps the monstrous LG 136-inch 4K Micro LED will be more your cup of tea, or follow the link below to explore LG’s current range.