LG Unveils The World's Biggest OLED Screen

Proof that OLED really is now here in force

LG OLED Display
One of the two enormous LG OLED displays at Incheon Airport in South Korea.

So there I was last week walking through the departures hall of South Korea’s Incheon airport minding my own business when suddenly, looming down towards me from the airport’s ceiling, was a sight the like of which I’ve never seen before in 20 years of working in the world of AV. 

One minute I was staring up at the Aurora Borealis looking as beautiful as if I was in Iceland starting at the real deal. The next minute I was watching a firework display that seemed as vivid with its mix of vibrant colors and inky black night skies as if I was back at midnight on January 1st seeing the new year in once more. 

The Whole World in a Screen

Next, I was transported to various cities around the world, all looking larger than life and every bit as beautiful as if I was wandering their streets in real life. The only clue that I was actually staring at a huge screen rather than being transported magically around the globe was the appearance of dozens of ‘seams’ in the picture where 140 - yes, 140 - 55-inch LG OLED TVs had been ‘stitched together’ to create the single colossal screen that had so grabbed my attention.

The resulting image from joining up so many OLED screens comes in at a mind-blowing 13 meters by eight meters, giving you a grand OLED screen area of 104 square meters. Not surprisingly this makes the new LG installation at Incheon by far the biggest OLED screen the world has seen to date. And just to ram the point home, LG has actually installed a separate, equally large OLED display elsewhere in another of Incheon’s many walkways.

Flexible Friends

As if their sheer scale wasn’t impressive enough, LG’s OLED screen installations actually curve down towards you from the roof, proving that as well as having the peerless contrast and colour prowess to deliver the sort of ultra-realistic pictures I described earlier, OLED technology is exceptionally flexible: Light enough to make it possible to hang 140 of them from a ceiling; malleable enough to support almost any sort of screen curvature; and able to deliver pictures from screens that have a bare minimum of visible frame, making it possible to stitch them together as has happened here without the image looking too divided up.

LG’s decision to put together such a monster OLED display makes the point, too, that LG is now finally able to produce OLED screens in sufficient numbers that it can afford to use 280 of them in creating the Incheon exhibits.

Not Just About Breaking Records

LG is doubtless all too happy to lay claim to the ‘biggest OLED display in the world’ record. Yet Ro Se-Yong, LG’s senior vice president and head of business-to-business solutions, says there’s a much more serious point to his company’s OLED ‘showing off’ at Incheon: “While the world’s largest OLED sign is certainly something to be proud of,” he says, “we are more excited about the opportunity to introduce travellers from across the world to the magic of OLED. The benefits of OLED technology can only be viewed, they cannot be described with mere words.”

From what I’ve seen of OLED TVs in more ‘domestic’ situations, I have to say Mr. Se-Yong has a point. The contrast and viewing angle advantages created by the way each pixel in an OLED screen produces its own light and color (versus LCD, where many pixels have to share the light from an external source) really are a sight to behold. 

Check out my review of the LG 55EG9600 and keep an eye out for my upcoming reviews of the LG 65EF9500 (a flat rather than curved OLED TV) and Panasonic 65CZ950 TVs for more details on why OLED is such an exciting new TV technology.