What are the best OLED TVs coming in 2017 to the UK? We round up the best OLED televisions from Panasonic, LG, Sony, Samsung and more which launched at CES 2017, which will be on sale later in the year.
One of the best television types on the market right now is OLED, and the excellent picture quality it delivers means you can be sure that OLED TVs will be more popular than ever in 2017. Expect more affordable OLED TVs and screens that really push the limits of what home entertainment can manage.
As ever the tech trade show CES was used to reveal a lot of the new televisions coming in 2017 and some great new OLEDs were revealed from all of the big manufacturers. There’s also the new QLED tech from Samsung and ULED from Hisense, which are essentially those brands’ answer to OLED.
These are the best OLED televisions coming in 2017, which have us craving some serious eye candy.
Best OLED TVs 2017: Panasonic EZ1002 OLED
Panasonic claims that at the time of reveal its new EZ1002 is the world’s first HDR-capable, Ultra-HD OLED TV.
One of the biggest improvements here is brightness. While OLED is great for blacks, it’s the top-end that suffers, which this TV should fix. Panasonic says the EZ1002 is capable of around double the peak brightness of conventional OLED. But blacks are improved too, with enhanced near-black detailing and the eradication of that magenta tone some OLEDs suffer in bright rooms.
The EZ1002 is also HDR-10 and HLG ready, meaning it’ll be compatible when TV broadcasting begins using HLG in 2017; something the BBC has already teased. A 14-speaker system built-in should also mean a complete setup without the need for an extra soundbar.
Best OLED TVs 2017: LG Signature OLED W7
The new LG Signature OLED W7 takes these TVs to the next level. This beauty is just 2.57mm thin and features magnets that allow for super easy wall mounting that makes the TV look almost flush with the wall. It’s even been referred to as a “wallpaper TV”. Despite that it’s also 25 percent brighter than last year’s model.
The 65-inch 4K and HDR capable TV comes packing all the future-proof smarts. It’s got - deep breath - Dolby Vision, HDR-10, Advanced HDR by Technicolour and even HGL which is expected to be used by broadcasters like the BBC later this year.
The TV is also available in a 77-inch model. Both work with a Dolby Atmos 4.2 channel soundbar featuring up-firing speakers and run the latest webOS 3.5 user interface system.
Check out our in-depth guide to LG's W Series TVs for more info.
Best OLED TVs 2017: Samsung QLED Q9
Samsung has not only revealed new TVs, it’s rocked up with an entire new TV tech that it’s called QLED. It’s not quite OLED, sure, but rather progresses the Quantum Dot tech found its its SUHD TVs. So it’s as close as Samsung will get to an OLED TV right now and something worth making this list.
The result is the Q9 series with up to 2,000 nits brightness, near doubling last year’s, with better blacks and enhanced colours. Three TVs are coming with two flat and one curved all featuring the Samsung One Connect Box for easy access to ports. Expect a hefty price tag.
Best OLED TVs 2017: Sony Bravia A1 OLED
Sony’s Bravia A1 Series features a unique sound system that emits from the screen itself. Thanks to OLED not needing a backlight Sony was able to use the screen to emanate sound for a central point of sound and vision. It calls this Acoustic Surface tech and says that’s what’s helped it create this stand-free TV.
The A1 uses a “BRAVIA OLED” panel backed by the company’s X1 Extreme processor. The result, says Sony, is “unprecedented blacks, authentic colour, blur-less image and wide viewing angle”. All that, of course comes in 4K and Dolby Vision HDR in 65-inch or 77-inch models.
Best OLED TVs 2017: Hisense HD10
The Hisense is the latest flagship television from the affordable yet high quality manufacturer. Despite the decent price compared to the competition the HD10 offers it all including a 4K and HDR capable ULED quantum dot display. Yup, again not quite OLED but this brand’s version of the format.
The HD10 will come in 70-inch and 75-inch models starting at $3,500 and is due for release this summer.