LG outs unique foldable 42-inch OLED Flex TV that curves into a 4K 120Hz gaming monitor at will
After the impressive 97-inch Gallery Edition set announced on the runup to the IFA 2022 expo, LG today revealed another bombshell OLED TV that can curve automatically to become a gaming monitor. That's right, the aptly named LG OLED Flex TV LX3 can go from a regular flat 42-inch OLED screen to a curved gaming monitor in no less than 20 incremental steps of five percents each.
The Flex TV with bendy display is made possible by employing an LG OLED panel technology for larger screens which deposits the light-emitting diodes over a plastic, instead of a glass, substrate, just like on foldable phones like the Galaxy Z Fold 4 you can now get on Amazon. Most of today's high-end phones ship with flexible OLED displays, too, making the screens lighter and more durable when dropped, but using plastic substrates for larger panels is trickier than for those under 7 inches.
This is why the OLED Flex TV sounds like a rather ingenious idea as LG has deciphered how to employ a flexible display for adding tangible improvement to the big-screen experience without resorting to scenarios where it needs to bend all the way in half. Using motorized arms in its stand, the LG OLED Flex TV (model LX3) can go from a flat 42-inch screen all the way to a 4K 120Hz gaming monitor with a deep 900R curve, with eighteen more steps in-between to suit all viewing scenarios.
In addition, the panel can tilt toward the viewer by ten degrees, or away by five, and is height-adjustable along a 5.5-inch (140mm) tall axis for the ultimate in sit or stand ergonomics. The LG OLED Flex LX3 TV’s curvature can be controlled directly from the remote which has a dedicated button with two quick-access presets, or it can be adjusted manually from the settings menu in all the granular 5% curvature increments.
To offset the main complaint about curved gaming monitors (or TVs, for that matter) - mirror reflections - LG has applied an innovative coating that lowers that most annoying type of reflections by 25% compared to its "rigid" 42-inches C2 TV model.
Apart from the bendy display, the LG OLED Flex TV specs seem borrowed from the flat C2 as well:
- 42-inches 4K 120Hz HDR display
- 0.1 millisecond response time
- HDMI 2.1 and USB 3.1 ports
- Dolby Vision certification
- LG Alpha 9 processor
- HGiG, FreeSync Pro, G-Sync, and HDMI Forum VRR support
- 2 x 40W front speakers with Dolby Atmos surround sound
LG also provides an image resize feature than can shrink the content to a 32-inch and even 27-inch area if you are sitting closer, or if you go from a racing game to a shooter or an RPG and need to see the whole playing field at once. The LG Flex TV also allows for a Multi View mode that lets user project content from two sources simultaneously and pick their preferred audio. The Switching Hub option has a physical button on the stand that can conveniently swap between input sources such as a computer or console, and the TV.
Gamers may also be pleased to learn that they have customizable LED illumination integrated in the back of the Flex TV whose five presets can sync with the video or audio content played at the moment. Last but not least, there is an exclusive for the LG OLED Flex TV LX3 model Game app with Twitch and YouTube shortcuts, input displays, and customizable picture and sound options based on the game category.
LG will be exhibiting this unique 42-inches OLED Flex TV at its booth in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin during the IFA 2022 expo that starts September 1, and that's when we might learn the LX3 model's final retail price, too.