You’ve probably noticed how incredibly thin today’s TVs can be, but are you curious to just know how thin a TV can be? Are there TVs that you can put up on the wall as a poster? How thin can a screen get before it just doesn’t work?
Fortunately for all of us, the best TV manufacturers in the world have made great efforts to find out, especially with the advent of OLED screens. These super-thin TVs make a big impression on CES and add a “wow” factor that brands take advantage of, although they can be hard to find in nature (where mass production – and installing a paper-thin TV in your home – is not exactly easy). But that does not make them any less cool! So let̵7;s take a look at the thinnest of them all, starting with the king in this very area – LG.
LG OLED TV wallpaper (2.5 mm)
While many brands have taken to making super-thin TVs, LG considers it a specialty. And at CES 2017, it showed a screen that no one had been able to create so far – an incredible 2.5 mm “Wallpaper” prototype that was simply the thinnest that any manufacturer has been able to produce so far.
Of course, this particular prototype was mostly to show off. LG promised a more marketable version of the concept with its OLED W7 models, which clocked it at a still very impressive 3.85 mm, another record that no one else has been able to beat.
Of course, as we mentioned, these incredible designs tend to go through changes when the time comes for mass production and shipping, and ultra-thin models tend to be available for only short periods before companies focus on models with wider appeal and more durability. Therefore, you will not find 3.85 mm TV in stores anymore, but you can get close if you are willing to spend a lot. Thethe model is available at only 5 mm, while this is about 20 mm: Still very thin, but large enough to be conveniently installed in a traditional entertainment system.
Although LG has not become thinner in recent years, they have not given up their specialty completely. At CES 2020, they actually showed the rollable OLED TV R9, an ultra-thin TV that actually rolls in and out of the speaker field, which solves the problem of how to handle these types of TVs in the average home. There’s no word yet on exactly how thin these rollable TVs may be (and no sign of a release date), but it’s good to see that LG is still going strong in this area. But let’s take a look at some other challengers …
Letv Super 4 Max65 (3.9 mm)
We do not know much about this model, as it was only shown briefly at CES 2016 by the Chinese conglomerate Letv, but we know that it was only 3.9 mm thick, had an additional 3D version, used a 1.8 GHz processor, and was designed to be accompanied by a Harman Kardon speaker. It also seems to use some Samsung technology in the display. The reviews are scarce and we are not sure which version of this TV was eventually sold (or if it reached the public at all), but for a brief, brilliant moment, it was the thinnest functional TV anyone had ever seen.
Sony Bravia X9000C (4.9 mm)
Sony has also worked on creating super-thin TVs, and the best example is the beautiful. 65-inch Bravia X9000C “Floating Style” TV that Sony showed off in 2015 and sold shortly thereafter, even if you can not find Bravia models so thin in stores anymore. In addition to the 4.9mm screen, the TV was remarkable for still providing full 4k resolution and Android-based smart features.
My LED Smart TV 4 (4.9 mm)
India’s Mi brand also claims one of the thinnest TVs in the world with its 55-inch Smart TV 4, which clocks in at 4.9 mm. The TV featured 4K resolution, smart TV features with Android TV compatibility and a frameless design similar to Sony’s Bravia strategy. Unfortunately, while the entire product page is still up, this TV is not available for purchase – but since it is a 2018 model, there are probably still some used versions floating around the Indian region today.
Special mention: Sony XEL-1 (3mm)
We also want to reserve some praise for the old Sony XEL-1 which was announced all the way back in 2007 with a screen that despite the really strange design was only 3 mm thick. Sony even sold a few the following year, but it was mainly a novelty that was almost entirely designed to showcase what was then very new OLED technology. As a result, it struggled to function as, well, a TV – with only a quarter of the typical 1080p resolution, poor color accuracy, judgment problems, and a super-small 11-inch screen. Still, it paved the way for all the thin TVs to catch up, and as a result, it deserves some respect.