IFA 2012: LG goes head-to-head with Samsung in TV tech war

Samsung is not the only company here at IFA calling the shots in the TV tech war: LG too is gearing up for battle with a raft of technology highlights.

It too has what it decribes as "the world's largest and slimmest 55in OLED TV – Samsung might argue about that – and is also showing off its 84in Ultra Definition (UD) 3D TV, shown below.

We know Samsung already plans to bring the "most advanced commercial OLED TV" to market in the second half of this year for €9000 (£7200).

The LG 55EM960 is just 4mm thick and weighs 10kg. It uses both LG's 4-Color Pixels – adding white to the usual array of red, green and blue – and the company's Color Refiner, which is said to improve colour rendition when the set is viewed off-axis.

It also comes equipped with Cinema 3D and smart TV capabilities, as you'd expect.

As if to emphasise the point, visitors to the LG stand at IFA are greeted by a dedicated OLED zone where they can experience the technology for themselves.

That's not all. You can also see the Korean firm's 84in UD 3D TV which delivers 8 million pixels and four times the resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) of existing Full HD panels, thanks to LG's advanced Triple XD engine and the Resolution Upscaler Plus.

A 2.2 speaker system delivers "rich and deep sound", adds LG.

And don't forget Sony has its own take on all this too, with the launch yesterday of its €25,000 Bravia KD-84X9005 4K TV, due out this December

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.