LG’s new 65in 4K TV can be rolled up like a poster
If you’re in the unlikely Venn diagram of people who want a giant television screen but don’t want to see it much, then you’re in luck. LG has just unveiled a 65in 4K television set at CES 2018 that rolls up like a poster when it’s not in use.
If you try to roll up your current television set, the best case scenario is a voided warranty, so how is this possible? LG’s secret seems to be the paper-thin OLED (organic light emitting diode) display which is found in top-end smartphones and TVs.
That means – if you hadn’t guessed already – the first rollable television sets are likely to cost a fortune if and when they rattle off the production line. Questions like “when” and “how much” are for another day, however – for now, LG is just content to show that it has the technology, and it seems to work.
LG hints that, in time, the giant TV set might be truly portable, making it a handy alternative to projectors for businesses and the perennially indecisive. For now, though, the TV just rolls down to sit in a soundbar-sized box underneath it.
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The TV is also capable of stopping in certain positions, which means if you want it to only show your music or even the weather you can have it displaying only a quarter of the display. You can also set it to cinema mode, which changes the aspect ratio of the panel and makes it an excellent choice for watching movies.
Those with long memories will recall that LG actually showed off a rollable TV screen at CES 2016, but there was one key difference: at 18in, it was smaller than most computer monitors, and wasn’t ready for prime position in the living room. In the intervening two years, LG certainly seems to have made big strides. Whether those strides are big enough to see it enter mass production and move to store shelves anytime soon is currently a mystery.