Samsung’s Transparent OLED Display Will be on Show at IFA 2015
We’re expecting to see several new OLED displays and TVs at this week’s IFA consumer electronics expo in Berlin. But one that is likely to stand out among them all, is Samsung’s big OLED screen that’s transparent.
Yes, you heard it right. The South Korean electronics giant has developed a transparent OLED screen that measures 55 inches across. The screen is intended for use in shops and not on consumer TVs. It will be showcased alongside a second version that features a mirrored back and is aimed for retail use.
An OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screen offers bright, richer colors thanks to a reaction of organic material within each pixel. Unlike the liquid crystal display (LCD), it works without a backlight, and it’s the lack of this backlight that has enabled Samsung to make the transparent and mirrored screens.
OLED screens are now being seen as a replacement for LCD panels in televisions. Not only that OLED displays offer vibrant colors, they can achieve a higher contrast ratio in low ambient light conditions than an LCD as well.
Though OLEDs undoubtedly deliver a superior picture over LCDs, they are way too costly. But given the rapid progress in the field of organic semiconductors, the cost is likely to drop in the near future.
In addition to transparent OLED displays, LG Electronics will unveil a wide range of OLED televisions at this year’s IFA. These include 65- and 55-inch models with 4K resolution, along with a curved 55-inch OLED TV.