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CES 2019 | LG's rollable TVs are here again, but they're close to retail this time

The LG Rollable TV has a product name and model number for its third run at CES. (Source: LG)
The LG Rollable TV has a product name and model number for its third run at CES. (Source: LG)
TVs that can curl up and store themselves in a box are becoming a staple of CES. This technology, introduced by its maker LG in 2017, has yet to appear in stores. However, this year, the company has brought them to the event again - as well as the news that they will go on sale in 2019.

LG has been showing its unique rollable TV off at CES since 2017. However, the Korean company has never committed to its market-readiness at either of the two events in question. Now, however, the flexible OLED product has what could be a workable product name and number this time around. It will be introduced as the LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R (or 65R9) at the electronics showcase this year.

LG has also stated that the 'R' will have a 65-inch form-factor. It rolls up into a brushed aluminum casing that also houses the TV's 4.2-channel, 100W front-firing Dolby Atmos-enabled speakers. This TV will also come equipped with the ThinQ AI, powered by the Alpha 9 Gen 2 Processor. They will act to optimize the picture and quality of the SIGNATURE OLED display, which will apparently have 3 modes: Line View, Full View and Zero View. Full View will obviously have the OLED fully unrolled for use as a TV, whereas Line View leaves a thinner strip of the same visible to act as a clock or an information-display. Zero View is in effect when the TV is fully hidden in its housing, and allows the speakers to keep working as an audio system.

The LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R will also support Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and AirPlay 2. However, there was no mention of the possibility of controlling it using Google Home. In any case, LG has announced that this rollable TV will finally be available for sale in the second half of 2019. However, anyone at CES who would like a rolling-OLED preview can head to LG's exhibition, which is located in booth 11100 in the LVCC's Central Hall. 

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-01- 7 (Update: 2019-01- 7)