LG Display showcased an 88-inch, 8K (7680×4320) resolution OLED display at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this month. This marks the world’s largest 8K OLED display. LG is the leader in large-format OLED displays and is the world’s only manufacturer of large-format OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels. OLED displays have been gaining popularity due to their rich visuals and improving prices. OLED technology allows for each pixel to be illuminated individually and therefore provides a trifecta of high contrast ratio, precise images with perfect color and luminance combined with a slim design as no backlight units are needed.
While no availability date, price point or further specifications were provided for this new model, a comparison can be made to LG’s previously largest OLED display, a 77-inch model with 4K resolution. That model (OLED77G6P) is currently available on the retail market.
At CES two years ago, LG showcased another large format 8K display – a massive 98-inch model (98UH9800), but that one wasn’t OLED, nor did it make its way to the marketplace. Aside from still photography, native content in 8K is the missing piece, but there are some instances for 8K content being planned for the future. For example, the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is scheduled to be broadcast in 8K, pointing to the current (and likely future) scarcity of 8K content. Instead, lower resolution content can be viewed full-screen by upscaling. However, the optimum viewing distance for viewing 8K resolution on an 88-inch screen is less than six feet away, viewing distances any further than that and the increased resolution would probably be imperceptible.
PMA Research, the premier analyst firm dedicated to the large-format display industry, recently reported a significant uptick in sales for OLED models during the fourth quarter, where OLED sales surpassed those of the previous three quarters combined.