No big surprise: Leaks show that the upcoming 2015 4K OLED TVs from LG will be expensive
Stephan Jukic – February 23, 2015
Despite the fact that official price releases on the 2015 OLED 4K TV line from LG haven’t come out yet, two different sellers have already revealed identical online prices for the highly anticipated line of 2015 LG OLED TVs. As expected, the 2015 models with the Organic Light Emitting Diode technology in them cost a fortune.
But then, we can’t imagine who would have expected anything less. The 2014 line of OLED 4K TVs, sold only by LG, represented the most expensive models on the market by far and this was the case even as the price structure of the overall 4K TV landscape was (and still is) steadily moving downwards.
The leaks about the 2015 models of these extremely advanced ultra HD TVs came from two New York area vendors, B&H and Adorama, who both listed a range of LGs 2015 OED TVs on their websites ahead of the manufacturers own official price release.
So, unless the information turns out to be incorrect (doubtful), we now know that the smallest of the new 4Ks, the 55 inch flat screen model, also called the 55EF9500, is going to be retailing for the low, low price of $4,999!
The curved version with the same screen size costs $500 more at $5,499 and the very largest model, the 77EG9700, which comes with a 77 inch screen will be going on sale for a credit card blowing $24,999.
According to B&H, the TVs should be available as of March 9th, so the same also likely applies for other retails across the country.
In addition to the 77 inch and 55 inch models whose prices we noted above, LG’s 2015 OLED line includes a 65 inch set called the 65EF9800 whose two flat screen versions come with or without a sound bar. The model with the sound bar retails for $9,999 while the sound bar free version is selling for $7,999.
Oddly however, there is as yet no mention of the curved version of the 65EF9800 OLED. Though the TV is also expected to emerge for sale to consumers within 3 to 4 weeks, according to spokespeople for Aldorama who recently spoke with tech news website CNET.com.
It should be stressed that both of these price lists, while identical and most likely real, could still suddenly end up changing if LG releases its official price list with upward or downward changes. Furthermore, given the price range of the 2014 OLED 4K TVs, the costs of the 2015 line are pretty “reasonable” by comparison. A 65 inch 2014 4K OLED model is still selling for $9,999.
Since LG is still the only manufacturer of OLED 4K TVs anywhere, don’t expect any serious price drops over the course of 2015. The company might chip a few hundred dollars off the cost of its ultra HD OLED TVs in the name of “affordability” but until a serious competitor like Samsung comes out with its own versions of the same, really notable price drops aren’t likely.
Despite their extreme cost, the OLED 4K TVs are likely to be popular with those who can afford them without problems. Even by the standards of high-end 4K TVs, they offer a picture quality that is absolutely unrivaled by anything else on sale now.
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