What is the LG OLED evo?
New panel technology is causing a storm in today's OLED TV market, improving manufacturing methods to increase the brightness output possible in an OLED screen.
OLED televisions are, in general, high-end screens, although its brightness capability is relatively low compared to high-end LCD and QLED TVs, it is still a sore point for many.
, especially those who tend to look in larger settings during the day. While an OLED TV may be ideal for a dedicated home theater room, the reality of some homes means that a bright LCD screen can often be more convenient. Everything is about to change with the arrival of OLED evo, this is how LG describes the unique panel used in its flagship LG G1 Gallery series.
But how does OLED evo work and what difference does it really make?
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What is OLED evo?
OLED evo is LG Electronics' way of referring to the brightness-enhanced OLED panel technology used in its 2021 flagship, the LG G1.
LG tells us directly that LG OLED evo is a combination of a new panel and improved processing
, available exclusively on the G1 series. OLED evo technology is the next step in the evolution of LG OLED
, which offers better brightness for higher brightness and stunning images with incredible clarity, detail and realism. The panel itself improves upon LG's classic OLEDs with an additional layer of stronger emissive material that refines the wavelengths of light, therefore increasing efficiency and improving brightness for the same amount of light input. The materials used for the OLED lighting have also been changed to improve and enhance the intensity of the light.
and this is what results brighter, sharper images.
We're also told that the evo OLED panel was designed specifically for "optimized processing within the Alpha 9 Gen 4 processor," meaning you won't necessarily get the same results with the cheaper a7 (Alpha 7) used in the LG B1. . and LG A1.
LG's cheapest Alpha 7 processor won't work with OLED evo anytime soon (Image credit: LG)
What is the actual brightness of the OLED evo?
OLED evo would increase the maximum brightness by 20%, a notable increase given the usual brightness of OLED screens
, which is a far cry from the 1,000 nits used to master HDR (high dynamic range) content. OLED evo currently doesn't have the ability to hit 1000 nits, but it's certainly close. In our review of the LG G1, we recorded a maximum brightness reading of "just over 870 nits" instead of "754 nits from last year's GX range." We noticed that "maximum brightness drops by around 100 nits when switching from Vivid (deprecated) to Standard picture preset", which means these gains aren't fully felt in the most common picture modes. The extent of the G1's brightness improvement over the GX, however, tends to be between 10% and 20% across all picture presets. The difference is not seismic, but the LG G1 is arguably the best friend to high dynamic range imaging than any LG OLED before it.
Will other LG OLED TVs have OLED evo panels?
LG would not be attracted by plans to implement OLED evo in its other TV lines, such as the C-series, the B-series or the A-series.
, telling us that "LG is not in a position to comment on further product development regarding increased brightness in future models." However, we can predict a likely OLED evo rollout based on the size expansion of the 48-inch OLED TVs first released last year. At first, the LG CX was the only OLED TV on the market to offer a 48-inch size
, followed shortly after by the Sony A9S and Philips OLED+ 935. In 2021, it's a bit more common, coming in both the entry-level LG C1 and A1, with options for a higher-end model and a lower-end model. more affordable.
We expect OLED evo to return to the Gallery Series model next year
, probably called 'G2', although it may still come in the C-series, or even the 8K OLED TV (Z-series) for buyers.
Currently, the LG G1 OLED is the only OLED evo model (Image credit: LG)
Do other TV brands use OLED evo?
So far, you'll only get OLED evo with LG Electronics, which makes sense given its close relationship with OLED panel supplier LG Display.
. However, we expect this to change fairly quickly, if only to ensure that LG Display can start producing OLED evo on a larger (and more profitable) scale. We recently reported that researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a new electrode that can 'unleash' more light from self-emitting OLED panels, while increasing power efficiency and improving the lifespan of OLED panels. The battery of portable OLED screens (smartphones and like). The new design replaces a generally transparent module with a 5nm layer of silver (over a copper base) that better directs light and ensures less light is lost during the transition between panel diodes and panel surface. The study authors say they saw a 20% increase in brightness, but predict that a 40% increase would also be possible for manufacturers.
It's that 40% increase that would really help OLED TVs compete with the brightness of QLED screens. And while brightness isn't everything: contrast, black levels, color accuracy, and processing all play a big role in determining image quality. Similarly, it should be noted that Mini LED and Micro LED displays are entering the market.
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