Wednesday, August 12th 2020

Xiaomi Now an OLED Manufacturer, Announces the 55" Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition

Xiaomi today unveiled what it considers to be the third defining piece of technology for its 10th anniversary - the 55" Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition. As the name implies, and as Xiaomi will pridefully tell you, this is the world's first fully edge-to-edge transparent OLED display - the images are displayed on its transparent screen and thus appear to be "floating in the air" - taking a cue from most science fiction settings. Xiaomi has also taken this opportunity to announce that they've become the first China-based company in the world to produce transparent OLED TVs, as well as China's number one OLED Basic Module (OBM) manufacturer.
The 55" Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition features a 10-bit, 120 Hz OLED panel in 4K resolution, with a static contrast ratio of 150,000:1 (dynamically, Xiaomi says it's infinite, as do other OLED manufacturers regarding that particular technology. The panel supports 93% of the DCI-P3 color spectrum. The transparency has been achieved by moving all hardware to the base of the television, in a way never before seen in this consumer category. A MediaTek 9650 custom-made TV chip is in charge of image processing, and is paired with Dolby Atmos for an all-encompassing experience in the visual and audio fields. The TV features an always-on feature, allowing users to use the set as an art showcase. The TV will be available starting from 10 am August 16th for RMB 49,999 (over 6000 USD/EUR).
Sources: Hardware Info, via Guru3D
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30 Comments on Xiaomi Now an OLED Manufacturer, Announces the 55" Mi TV LUX Transparent Edition

#1
bug
Looking good, but why would I want to give up OLED's blacks in exchange for looking at the wall behind my TV?
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#2
Xex360
bug
Looking good, but why would I want to give up OLED's blacks in exchange for looking at the wall behind my TV?
L
Weird indeed, LG showed transparent OLEDs but were aimed at professionals.
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#3
InVasMani
Transparent display would be great for augmented reality glasses.
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#4
Lomskij
Imagine replacing your windows with displays like this :-)
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#5
bonehead123
Transparent displays, to hide all the even more hidden/transparent backdoors/spywares etc, what a perfect combination :D.






n/O/t...
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#6
JAKra
I don't get how this TV is functioning at all.

Like how do you get the color black radiate black light on a transparent surface?
I mean Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED), you have light emitting Red, Green, Blue and sometimes White diodes in a matrix pattern.
LG and others have true black that means these diodes are turned off, no light emission.

Turning off diodes on a transparent surface gives you... transparency. :)
So basically this TV converts black into alpha transparency?
That would look terrible on anything except content made specially for this TV, like those seen in the images.
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#7
stimpy88
How exactly do they achieve black? Surely black would be transparent?
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#8
bug
Same as printers maybe? CMY(K) LEDs?
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#10
PowerPC
Transparent TVs are meant for hippy new age offices or trade shows at best... But the technology would be good in smart glasses, smart windows and things like that. Oh, and also Minority Report.
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#11
medi01
Why would anyone buy transparent TV for home use?
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#12
Solaris17
Dainty Moderator
I think this is pretty cool
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#13
$ReaPeR$
I have been waiting for this to become mainstream.
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#14
Th3pwn3r
medi01
Why would anyone buy transparent TV for home use?
The same reason people buy collectibles. To stare at them and the bragging rights. I think it looks cool but I probably wouldn't ever buy one.
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#15
PowerPC
medi01
Why would anyone buy transparent TV for home use?
Nowhere does it say it's for home use. I have seen these at trade shows because they look cool, I guess. It's definitely something that drives people to your booth, especially if you have some kind of interaction with them. SAP had these TVs at their presentation and you could stand in front of one of these TVs (they had like 5 of these 2 years ago) and you could point with just your eyes at stuff on the screen by looking at them and create some kind of process for your logistics or something. It was kinda like Minority Report with eye-tracking. Can't say it blew me away because of lag and such, but it does have potential. But I guess yea, just for tradeshows because it looks futuristic and cool. Wouldn't ever want this in my home as a TV, but if you don't think about it as just a traditional TV, it's not a bad investment.
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#16
AnarchoPrimitiv
Lomskij
Imagine replacing your windows with displays like this :)
Yeah, then you'd never have to acknowledge the existence of nature separate from a screen you already cannot pry your face away from.
PowerPC
Transparent TVs are meant for hippy new age offices or trade shows at best... But the technology would be good in smart glasses, smart windows and things like that. Oh, and also Minority Report.
Out of curiosity, does the word "hippy" or anything it connotates ever bring to mind a corporate office setting?
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#17
PowerPC
AnarchoPrimitiv
Out of curiosity, does the word "hippy" or anything it connotates ever bring to mind a corporate office setting?

This is from wework but still, I know people who rent full time offices at wework. There are also many companies that are copying this right now. Kinda makes people want to work there
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#18
bug
medi01
Why would anyone buy transparent TV for home use?
The Chinese probably stole something (again) and didn't know what to do with it?
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#19
Toothless
Tech, Games, and TPU!
Could always have a black background behind it. Get one of those super black paints and a board, go to town, and place tv in front of it.
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#20
Tardian
This old news ... Amazon Studios released Transparent TV series back in 2014.
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#21
PowerPC
Toothless
Could always have a black background behind it. Get one of those super black paints and a board, go to town, and place tv in front of it.
If that worked like that, companies should just include an attachable backplate so you can use it as a ragular TV. Take it off and it's a showpiece for art of whatever.
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#22
Hotobu
It seems to me that the end goal for this (on a large scale) isn't TV technology. They're just demonstrating it in a format that people are used to. A small percentage of people with a lot of disposable income could use it to decorate their homes (dynamic wall decoration, casual viewing), but the biggest uses for these will probably be some augmented reality type application. If picture quality is the goal a TV with a transparent background isn't the way to go.
Toothless
Could always have a black background behind it. Get one of those super black paints and a board, go to town, and place tv in front of it.
Wouldn't that completely defeat the purpose and give worse blacks than a standard OLED?
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#23
svan71
Does it come with a microphone?
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#24
Toothless
Tech, Games, and TPU!
Hotobu
It seems to me that the end goal for this (on a large scale) isn't TV technology. They're just demonstrating it in a format that people are used to. A small percentage of people with a lot of disposable income could use it to decorate their homes (dynamic wall decoration, casual viewing), but the biggest uses for these will probably be some augmented reality type application. If picture quality is the goal a TV with a transparent background isn't the way to go.




Wouldn't that completely defeat the purpose and give worse blacks than a standard OLED?
I'd think it would be worse but (I'm assuming) the contrast would look really nice. I don't know maaan I'm too poor for OLED stuff.
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#25
xman2007
Toothless
Could always have a black background behind it. Get one of those super black paints and a board, go to town, and place tv in front of it.
wouldnt that be a regular LCD TV then?
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