The best televisions deliver a picture that is as good as looking through a window into another world. But – and stay with me – what if your next television was like a window into what's behind your television? This is what Xiaomi's new transparent OLED television promises to be worth $ 7,000. The transparent edition of Mi TV LUX OLED is a new product announced as part of Xiaomi's 10th anniversary. According to press photos, everything revolves around the representation of individual objects floating in space.
This TV can be transparent, partly due to the fact that Xiaomi tucked all of its guts into its circular base instead of behind the display. However, the more magical part of actually making a clear OLED screen is using transparent OLED (TOLED) technology. As mentioned on Universal Display Corporation's website which lists all of the technical specifications, TOLED screens use transparent components on the entire stack of the screen with no backlighting required (each diode emits its own light, hence the acronym) . images can appear to be floating. Most other OLED screens use a reflective cathode layer that prevents you from looking through them even if their back has been removed.
The only TV you still shout "down front" on! if someone is behind it.
The result is a transparent 55-inch television that "looks like a glass display" when switched off. When switched on, it has a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a response time of 1 ms, a contrast ratio of 150,000: 1 and 93 percent of the DCI-P3 color profile. In terms of the ad, it seems great, but I have some concerns that Xiaomi's press release isn't really responding.
For example, I can probably see or play anything on this TV, but what kind of content works best on it? The press shows animals that only chill in the void. Xiaomi talks about its AI Master Smart Engine and the bespoke MediaTek 9650 chip to intelligently optimize the display of the image. However, there is no mention of how to isolate objects from a background as the pictures show – if it is at all, something it can do. Maybe just showing some high resolution PNG files and for everything else I could expect them to be just a slightly transparent quality which I can't say what I ever wanted. And even when you're viewing content optimized for that screen, chances are that the dormant parts of the screen aren't as crystal clear as you'd hope they will be. LG showed something similar in 2019, built for signage purposes, and the frame has a dark hue. Xiaomi's press photos actually show that the panel may be a bit darker, so this may suit personal appearance.
This TV will only be available in China for 49,999 RMB (about $ 7,200) and is available to order on August 16. Honestly, I'd love to see it in action. All we have in the west are those crappy OLEDs that I can't see through.