The Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition, the world’s first mass-produced transparent OLED TV, was announced by Xiaomi yesterday along with two Ultra phones.
The TV uses OLED panels which are transparent and almost see-through. When turned off and on, this makes the product appear like a transparent window, creating an image as if they are floating.
The Transparent edition of the Mi TV LUX OLED features a 55-inch consistent OLED display. It has a estimated 150,000: 1 static contrast ratio, 10-bit color and 93 per cent DCI-P3 coverage. The display is refreshable at 120Hz, and offers an interpolation of MEMC 120Hz motion. Xiaomi has also claimed an impressive response time of 1ms pixels.
The Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition features a custom MediaTek 9650 chipset with Xiaomi’s AI Master Smart Engine image processor, offering more than 20 dedicated optimization and optimization algorithms for 5 key scenarios of use.
Even the Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition has a function called AI Master for Audio which detects the type of content being played and selects the audio mode automatically. There is support for Dolby Atmos, too.
The design of the TV is composed of a 5.7 mm thick frame mounted on a circular stand. Obviously, this TV can not be mounted on a wall and the stand included is the only way to put it down.
Mi TV LUX Transparent edition runs on a MIUI version specially built for TVs. We tweaked the user interface to take advantage of a transparent screen. There is also an Always On display mode where images and text are shown while the TV is not in use.
The development of transparent screens is not new. Chances are, they might have been caught on a public monitor. The technology already exists on both OLED and LCD panels, although due to the need for a backlit and thicker glass the LCD does not look as impressive.
LG introduced last year a transparent TV with promise to make it a commercial TV in the future. The company has yet to do so, however, which is why the Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition is the first such mass-produced TV. Chances are Xiaomi uses a transparent LG panel, as they have been researching for some time.
Naturally this type of monitor is not for people who take the quality of the image seriously. The image on the screen can be affected to a different degree depending on the lighting in the room, and is probably not the best idea to leave the image in front of a window or in a very bright room. This kind of TV is more aesthetically appealing to home or video lovers than practical use.
However, Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition price is 49,999 yuan. According to reports the TV will go on sale in China from August 16.