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The ‘wallpaper TV’ so thin and light you can hang it on the wall using MAGNETS: Screen is less than 1mm thick and weighs as much as a laptop

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  • LG’s 55-inch screen is less than 1mm thick, and weighs 1.9kg (4lbs)
  • Instead of a cumbersome mount, it is simply placed on wall using magnets
  • Display is a prototype but LG is hoping the technology will become popular

 

Mounting a flat screen TV on the wall can be expensive and time consuming – and makes it very hard to redesign your room.

However, LG believes it has a solution.

The electronics giant has shown off an ultrathin ‘wallpaper TV’ less than 1mm thick, and at 1.9kg (4lbs) is so light it can be attached to the wall using just magnets.

At a press event in Korea on Tuesday, it showed off the system. It uses a magnetic mat that sits behind it on the wall.

The TV can then be stuck to a wall using the pad. To remove the display from the wall, you peel the screen off the mat.

The firm hopes OLED TVs are set to explode in popularity.

They mean TVs that are much slimmer since the screen emits light itself without a backlight unit, unlike the liquid crystal display (LCD).

The head of LG Display’s OLED business unit, Sang-Deog Yeo, said ‘OLED represents a groundbreaking technology’ not only for the company, but also for the industry.’

The unveiling was part of a broader announcement by LG Display to showcase its plans for the future.

The company said its display strategy will center on OLED technology – even though manufacturers have struggled to mass produce the more complex sets.

LG vowed to ramp up OLED production from the third quarter of this year to a substantial level that can meet clients’ demand, according to the Korea Times.

‘We should be able to supply a satisfactory volume to our clients from July or August, which means we’re hoping to buckle down production as well as promotion from the third quarter,’ Sang-Deog Yeo told reporters.

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