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What's the Difference Between 4K TV & OLED TV?
Washington, D.C. (April 2, 2013)
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Q. I keep reading
about new OLED TVs and new 4K TVs. What's the difference between
the two? Is one better than the other? -- Boris, Cleveland,
OLED, which stands for organic light-emitting diode, is used to
manufacture everything from TVs to computer monitors to even
small mobile devices. The OLED display works without a backlight
which enables an OLED TV's panel to be ultra-thin. In fact, an
early OLED TV from LG is just 0.15 inches thick.
The OLED TV also combines some of the best features of Plasma
and LCD sets, displaying deep blacks and high contrast levels.
The result is that the OLED TV's eye-popping picture and sleek style is a real
The 4K TV, also known as an Ultra HD TV, purports to offers a
display resolution four times greater than today's 1080p HDTVs.
While many display experts say the 4K picture can not be truly
appreciated unless you watch it on a TV 60 inches or larger,
industry officials believe the set has the potential of
replacing the high-def TV.
The biggest drawback for both 4K and the OLED TV right now is
the price. Early 4K TVs can cost up to $40,000 while the first
OLED TVs are going for around $10,000 or more.
The OLED TV also is having manufacturing issues. TV makers are
struggling to mass produce the set's ultra-thin panels.
If you read the mainstream press, you might think the two TV
technologies are in competition with each other. But, actually,
they are not. A 4K TV can be an OLED TV, too. In fact, Sony
56-inch 4K OLED
TV last January at the Consumer
Electronics Show, although it may be awhile before it hits
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