The best TVs provide a picture that is stunning, like looking through a window into another world. But – and stay with me – what if your next TV is like a window into, well, whatever is behind your TV? That’s what Xiaomi promised with its new $ 7,000 transparent OLED TV. The Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition is a new product announced as part of Xiaomi’s 10th anniversary celebration which, according to press images, is about showcasing the only things floating in space.
This TV may be clearly partial due to the fact that Xiaomi has placed all the testicles in its circular base instead of the back of the display. But the more mysterious part of how it actually makes a see-through OLED screen comes down to using transparent OLED technology (TOLED). As noted on the Universal Display Corporation site that overturned all measures, TOLED screens use transparent components in every way through the clamp that forms the screen, and there is no need for backlighting (the each diode emits its own light, hence the acronym), the images may look floating. Most other OLED screens use a reflective cathode layer, which prevents you from going through it, even if its back is removed.
The result is a 55-inch transparent TV that “looks like just a mirror on the display” when it is turned off. Powered, it has a refresh rate of 120Hz, a response time of 1ms, 150,000: 1 contrast ratio, and it has a 93 percent DCI-P3 color profile. In terms of presentation, it looks great, but I have some concerns that Xiaomi’s press release is not really answering.
For example, maybe I am can watch or play anything on this TV, but what kind of content will work best on it? Press properties show animals shivering only in the void. Xiaomi talks about the AI Master Smart Engine and the custom made MediaTek 9650 chip for the ability to smartly optimize how the image appears, but it does not mention how it can separate objects from a background such as display images – if at least something it can do. Perhaps, it only shows some very high resolution .png files, and for everyone, I can expect to have only a slightly transparent quality here, which I can not say is something I want. And even if you watch the content optimized for this screen, it is possible that the dazzling parts of the screen will not be as crystal clear as you might expect. LG unveiled a similar 2019 built for signage purposes, and the frame has a dark color to it. Xiaomi’s touch images actually reflect that the panel may be darker, so this may be true of how it looks in person.
This TV is only set to be released in China for RMB 49,999 (around $ 7,200), and it will be available to order on August 16. Honestly, I want to see it in action. What we have in the West are these fun OLEDs no Look.