Not a surprise to those who follow us at TFTCentral, but the panel manufacturer LG.Display announced today that it has successfully completed the development of its 27″ 480Hz 1440p WOLED panel and prepared an official showcase for CES 2024, opening a new era of OLEDs featuring ultra-high refresh rates. This is the highest refresh rate of any OLED panel produced so far, and surpasses recent 360Hz QD-OLED panels from Samsung from their 2024 line-up. LG.Display also officially unveiled their extended panel range, with sizes of 27″, 31.5″, 34″, 39″ and 45″ mentioned in the press release.
We had reported on the development of these panels last year in March and August, but most recently in our roadmap video here:
27″ 1440p 480Hz Panel
The press release goes on to say: “LG Display’s latest Gaming OLED display leverages the company’s unique OLED technology, which allows each pixel to emit light independently without a backlight unit, to deliver an unprecedented 480Hz refresh rate, immersive QHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution, and the fastest response time (0.03ms) of any panel on the market today, combining to realize the optimal gaming experience for avid gamers.
The display’s 480Hz refresh rate represents its ability to generate 480 images per second. A higher refresh rate is considered a crucial element in gaming monitors as it makes gameplay smoother and clearer, even during rapid screen transitions.”
“LG Display is set to launch the 27-inch 480Hz QHD Gaming OLED panel during the first half of the year” they said in the press release, which aligns with the timings we reported on in our video embedded above, with an expected mass production date for the panel around May/June 2024. We would not expect to see any monitors released to market featuring this new panel though until around 4 months later, so around Sept/October 2024 at the moment.
META Panel with MLA
LG Display’s Gaming OLED displays offer enhanced image quality through the company’s cutting-edge ‘META Technology,’ which crucially incorporates a ‘Micro Lens Array (MLA)’ to maximize the emission of organic light from the OLED panel and minimize external light reflections during darker scenes. Not mentioned in the new press release but we know the new generation of WOLED panels are expected to reach 1300 nits peak brightness, improving from the current 1000 nits offered today.
Hardware Low Blue Light
The company’s Gaming OLEDs emit the lowest level of blue light in the industry and approximately half the amount emitted by premium LCDs. This reduction in blue light not only minimizes eye fatigue but also eliminates flickers, providing gamers with more comfortable and enjoyable gaming sessions.
A wide panel line-up
“Meanwhile, the company will unveil its full lineup of Gaming OLED displays in sizes 27, 31.5, 34, 39, and 45 inches at CES 2024 as it announces its entry into the high-end gaming display market” the press release says. We believe at this time that the 27″ and 45″ panels referenced are the existing 27″ 1440p @ 240Hz and 45″ 3440 x 1440 @ 240Hz panels that are being widely used in the monitor market. We know that LG.Display are planning updates to the 27″ panel and some new 45″ ultrawide options too, which are both covered in our roadmap video.
This is because the press release goes on to promote the 34″ and 39″ ultrawide panels specifically which are new, and should be in mass production now as of December 2023. We will be reviewing the Asus ROG Swift PG34WCDM in the near future which is the first to be released to market with the new 34″ ultrawide panel. The 34″ and 39″ panels feature a 3440 x 1440 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate. Expect to see news from CES about other new monitors being released using these panels, alongside those from LG Electronics that have already been teased.
“To strengthen our leadership in the high-end gaming display market, we will continue to harness the power of OLED’s distinctive qualities such as ultra-high refresh rates, fast response times, and perfect black for next-level viewing experiences,” said Won-seok Kang, Vice President and Head of the Large Display Product Planning Division at LG Display.
For more information on panel development plans and timescales, check out our roadmap video on WOLED.
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