Ever wish display tech had longer acronyms? LG Display’s here to help. Today, it introduced LG OLED EX, a proprietary OLED technology that’s supposed to be brighter than standard OLED.
As you may know already, OLED stands for organic light emitting diode. The EX part of OLED EX, according to the announcement, combines “‘Evolution’ and ‘eXperience.'” No, it doesn’t make much sense, but it does give the brand a way to make you feel like any other OLED is somehow inferior.
LG Display really is trying to give current OLED owners a reason to upgrade.
In simplest terms, the primary benefit of OLED is that each individual pixel can be shut off independently, enabling deep, inky blacks and contrast too high to measure by standard means. But OLED displays are generally less bright than their LED counterparts.
LG’s OLED EX claims to boost brightness “up to 30 percent compared to conventional OLED displays.” LG Display also said OLED EX improves accuracy by enhancing colors and fine details, like the veins in a leaf.
How OLED EX works
OLED EX follows LG Display’s announcement of its OLED Shelf concept, which use two transparent OLED panels, and continues its exploration of OLED tech that started about 10 years ago.
The difference between standard OLED and OLED EX is the latter’s use of deuterium compounds in place of plain old hydrogen. The company makes deuterium compounds by extracting it from water and uses them in the diodes. Once stabilized and combined with LG’s machine learning algorithms, the diodes are supposed to be brighter and more efficient.
The algorithms work with OLED TVs up to 8K resolution and learn “individual viewing patterns” in order to control the screen’s “energy input to more accurately express the details and colors of the video content being played,” LG Display explained.
You can also expect thinner bezels from TVs leveraging LG OLED EX. LG Display said it was able to cut bezel size from 6 mm on 65-inch displays to 4 mm.
As of Q2 2022, OLED EX will be used in all OLED TVs made at LG Display’s OLED production plants in Paju, South Korea and Guangzhou, China.