You’ve probably noticed how amazingly thin today’s televisions can get, but you’re curious to just know How can a television be thin? Are there TVs that you can hang on the wall like a poster? How thin can a display get before it just stops working?
Fortunately for all of us, the world’s leading TV manufacturers went to great lengths to find out, especially with the advent of OLED screens. These super-thin TVs make a great impression at CES and offer a “wow” factor that brands benefit from, although they can be hard to find in the wild (where mass production – and installing a paper-thin TV in your home – doesn̵
LG OLED “Wallpaper” TV (2.5 mm)
While many brands have delved into making super-thin TVs, LG considers this a specialty. And at CES 2017, a display was shown that no one had ever been able to create – an incredible 2.5 mm prototype “Wallpaper” that was simply the thinnest that a manufacturer has ever been able to produce.
Of course, this particular prototype was mainly used for demonstration. LG promised a more marketable version of the concept with its OLED W7 models that still clocked it at an impressive 3.85mm, another record that no one else could beat.
Of course, as mentioned earlier, these incredible designs have seen changes when the time comes for mass production and shipping, and ultra-thin models are typically only available for a short time before companies focus on models with greater appeal and durability. Because of this, the 3.85mm TV can no longer be found in stores, but it can be approached when you are ready to spend a lot of money. TheModel is available at only 5mm during this is about 20mm: Still very thin, but large enough to be conveniently placed in a traditional entertainment system.
While LG hasn’t gotten thinner in recent years, they haven’t entirely given up their specialty. In fact, at CES 2020 they showed the R9 rollable OLED TV, an ultra-thin TV that actually rolls in and out of the speaker bar, solving the problem of how to handle these types of TVs in the average household. There’s no word yet on how thin these rollable TVs could be (and there’s no sign of a release date), but it’s good to see LG is still going strong in this area. But let’s take a look at some other competitors …
Letv Super 4 Max65 (3.9mm)
We don’t know that much about this model as it was only shown briefly at CES 2016 by the Chinese conglomerate Letv, but we do know that it was only 3.9mm thick, had an additional 3D version, and a 1.8- GHz processor used. and was designed to be accompanied by a Harman Kardon speaker. It also appears to be using some Samsung technology in its display. Reviews are rare and we’re not sure which version of this TV ultimately sold (or if it even made it to the public), but for a brief, gleaming moment it was the slimmest functional TV anyone had ever seen.
Sony Bravia X9000C (4.9mm)
Sony has tried super-thin TVs too, and the best example is the beautiful. Bravia’s X9000C 65-inch “Floating Style” TV that Sony demonstrated in 2015 and sold shortly after, although you won’t find Bravia models that thin in stores anymore. In addition to the 4.9 mm display, the television featured full 4k resolution and Android-based smart functions.
Mi LED Smart TV 4 (4.9 mm)
Indian brand Mi also has a claim to one of the thinnest TVs in the world with their 55-inch Smart TV 4, which measures 4.9mm. The TV has 4K resolution, smart TV capabilities with Android TV compatibility, and a frame-less design that is similar to Sony’s Bravia approach. Unfortunately this TV is not available even though the entire product page is still available. However, since this is a 2018 model, there are likely some used versions left in the Indian region today.
Special mention: Sony XEL-1 (3mm)
We’d also like to reserve some praise for the old Sony XEL-1, which was announced back in 2007 with a screen that was only 3mm thick despite its really weird design. Sony even sold a few the following year, but it was primarily a novelty, almost exclusively used to showcase what was then very new OLED technology. As a result, it struggled to function as a television, too – with only a quarter of the typical 1080p resolution, poor color accuracy, judder issues, and a super small 11-inch screen. Even so, it paved the way for all thin TVs, and after that, it deserves some respect.