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LG Announces Pre-Orders for OLED TVs

By January 2, 2013

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In the latest chapter of the on and off saga of the elusive OLED TV, LG has announced that it will actually start taking pre-orders for the new cutting-edge $10,000 55-inch TVs in the South Korean market starting on January 3rd, 2013, for hope-for delivery starting in February - at least that is the plan.

Pre-orders are one thing, but actual delivery is another - so if LG pulls this off, it will mean that the promise of the availability of large screen OLED TVs will actually be fulfilled. This also means that they will have beaten Samsung to the punch (both LG and Samsung showed off their OLED TV pre-production models at CES 2012).

Initially, LG's OLED TV availability will be confined to South Korea. However, LG has indicated that additional availability announcements will be made in the coming weeks. Hopefully, this will include the U.S.. With the annual International CES being held this next week in Las Vegas, perhaps the press, dealers, and retailer will get some good news. For all the details known so far, read the Official LG OLED TV Release Announcement and the 55EM9700 Product Page (in Korean). Photo provided by LG Global.

If you have been following my coverage of the OLED story, I have been skeptical after several years of seeing excellent looking prototypes, but continued delays in delivering an actual product to the consumer market. However, if they finally show up on store shelves, the question for early adopters in 2013 might be 4K UltraHD LED/LCD TV or 1080p OLED TV.

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