Originally Posted by fafrd
The most important question is when LG will be introducing top-emission.
The Blue-TADF rumor that initiated this thread has now been confirmed to be a 2018-development and 2019-launch (in the best case), so no way we see blue TADF in 2018.
The move from bottom emission to top emission should boost brightness at equivalent current density by ~100% and still may be something LG has been working on this year for introduction in 2018.
At CEDIA next month we should see LG demonstrating and announcing the WOLED panel specs for their 2018 TVs, so we should know more soon...
I'm inclined to agree this would be a big deal. I have no idea whether it's coming in 2018, but if it did I'd personally feel more excited about my "buy a TV every 6 years" rule.
But I'm also now of the mindset that playing the waiting game for the sake of some "improvement" is no longer essential.
1) We're past the early adopter phase of the technology.
2) This isn't the Sony SXRD or some other oddball tech offshoot that is going to be orphaned overnight.
3) There is no apparent showstopper making it too risky to buy.
4) LG's foolish attempt to re-establishing a higher price level on intro of the 2017 models has failed miserably. If for some incomprehensible reason it is repeated, only a fool would buy any of them in the first 90 days.
5) LG's pricing is now not only out of the early-adopter stratosphere, it's where high-end plasma was 6-7 years ago. While inflation has been tame over that period, I'd argue a modern, waif-like 4K OLED is a sufficient upgrade over a 2011 plasma that it is "worth more" but it, in fact, now can routinely cost less. The tax phase is, therefore, mostly offer.
6) A 2018, 2019, 2020 model may offer (a) more brightness (b) more lifespan (c) better processing (d) less "vignetting", et al. but it's not clear that even 90% of OLED buyers are seeing the current models as falling short here. Improvements to come will be talked about breathlessly...
7) ... but in any given year, those improvements will very likely be incremental. Yes, there will be years of note (thanks, Panasonic, for timing an excellent plasma to a good year for me) where the uptick is larger than others....
8) ... but the idea of tick-tock, a la Intel, as some predictor of improvements to LG OLED's has no real basis in reality. Even if the company goes for major year, minor year in terms of technology, the manifestation of that to consumers could easily be minor, e.g. if lifespan doubles, most people won't ever care.
The upshot of this? Buy when you're ready, just don't overpay by buying too early after new ones are released -- that's the fastest kind of buyer's remorse.
If there's something you are truly waiting for and you're happy with your current display by all means wait. I can totally see the appeal of a product that's completely flat but isn't W-Series priced, personally, even if it's much thicker (1/2 inch? 3/4?). Your feature may be something else.