If you buy a new OLED TV, chances are it will use an OLED EX screen instead of a standard OLED panel. That’s because LG Display — manufacturer and supplier of OLED panels to a variety of TV makers, including LG, Hisense, Panasonic and Sony — is now exclusively producing OLED EX displays, reports Flat panelsHD (opens in new tab).
OLED EX displays have higher brightness levels than standard OLED displays – up to 30 percent brighter, according to LG Display. Brightness has long been one of the crevices in OLED’s armor, as TVs using the technology have struggled to match older LCD technology in this area.
OLED EX panels combine deuterium compounds and “personalized algorithms” to improve the stability and efficiency of the OLED and improve image quality. LG Display supplies panels to more than 20 TV brands, including LG, Hisense, Sony, Panasonic, Philips and Vizio. Some of these brands market their TVs as OLED EX, while others use their own branding or simply refer to it as OLED.
But just because LG Display has completed the transition to OLED EX doesn’t mean your next OLED TV will have the technology. Your shiny new TV may have been produced before LG Display completed the switch in the second quarter of this year, or it may have been made more recently but uses an older screen (this is more likely with cheaper OLED TVs).
And some models don’t use LG Display’s panels – Samsung’s S95B and Sony’s A95K both use Samsung’s QD-OLED panel, the only alternative to LG Display’s OLED EX panel.
Still, it should be good news for TV buyers worldwide.
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