If there was any one product which stole the show at CES 2012 this year in January, it has to be the 55-inch OLED HDTV from LG, the 55EM9600.
Since CES LG have announced the prices and release dates from the majority of their 2012 HDTV lineup, which a vast number of models already shipping out.
But LG held back on the pricing and release date for their flagship OLED HDTV keeping many potential consumers hanging.
Until now that is. What started out as a rumor, and quickly confirmed by a LG spokesperson, saying “LG Electronics decided to arrange the launching event of its 55-inch OLED TV during the Cannes Film Festival period from May 16 to 27. Starting in Europe, the company plans to advance marketing activities of its OLED TVs worldwide”.
The LG 55EM9600 was originally planned to launch before the Summer Olympics in London in July, but has now been moved forward to May to release ahead of their competition under pressure from Samsung.
“In order for LG to take the lead in the OLED TV market, LG should roll out OLED TVs earlier than it planned,” LG Group Chairman Koo Bon-Moo recently requested.
Pricing is said to be nine million won, which currently converts to just under $8,000 at $7,929. Quite often we have seen the true U.S price to be less than the converted price, but we would expect it to be quite close, and wouldn’t be surprised to see a $7,000+ price tag on this 4mm thin beauty.
We also expect to see Samsung’s 55-inch OLED HDTV launch shortly after LG, unless Samsung push the launch to beat LG to the punch.