BERLIN – I remember very well being seduced by LG’s rollable OLED display(Opens in a new window) prototype at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, but the company’s latest TV innovation might just top that.
At IFA 2022, LG introduced the 42-inch OLED Flex (Model LX3) gaming TV, which can switch from a flat screen to a curved screen and back again at the push of a button. At LG’s stand, which takes up an entire wing at Berlin’s Messegelände fairgrounds, LG has set up a real arcade, where visitors can try out OLED Flex with games like Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, and more Again.
The TV has already made headlines for its unique morphing abilities, so I was eager to check it out for myself. Watch the video below to see it in action.
You can adjust the TV curve, up to 900R(Opens in a new window), with a remote control or by using a 5-way button under the screen. The LG OLED Flex has three main curvature modes: Standard (flat, 0% curve), Curvature Mode 1 (50% curve), and Curvature Mode 2 (100% curve). You can also fine-tune the curvature, dialing it up or down in 5% increments, meaning it offers a total of 20 different levels of curvature.
A 5-way button below the screen lets you adjust the TV’s curvature. (Angela Moscaritolo)
I had a hard time figuring out how to use the TV’s D-pad to adjust curvature while testing it here at IFA, but I think with a little practice it wouldn’t be a problem. An LG spokesperson at the booth told me it’s much easier to adjust the curvature with the remote, but they didn’t have one handy for me to try.
(Credit: Angela Moscaritolo)
Either way, I spent about 15 minutes testing the LG OLED Flex, repeatedly switching it between the three curvature modes, and making fine adjustments. This feature worked perfectly: the TV always responded quickly and had no problem transforming between levels of curvature. It was absolutely trippy to see the TV flex from a flat screen to a curved screen right before my eyes.
LG has yet to announce pricing or availability details for the OLED Flex, but we can only imagine it won’t come cheap. Whether his unique morphing abilities are actually useful to players, rather than just a fun gimmick, is debatable.
PCMag home entertainment expert Will Greenwald tells me that the OLED Flex’s morphing capabilities might appeal to those who like to switch between racing games (which can feel more immersive with a curved screen) and strategy titles (which you might prefer flatscreen for), but that’s a pretty specific demographic.
“Players using a [curved] screen as a desktop monitor may find them more immersive, especially ultrawide displays for games that support it, and flat screens may be better for general work outside of gaming, but basically , it’s always a gimmick to switch between them when you’re going to get used to one or the other,” Greenwald said.
(Credit: Angela Moscaritolo)
Most visitors to LG’s arcade seemed more interested in gaming than screen curvature. Everyone I’ve seen playing Forza Horizon 5 and Halo Infinite had the OLED Flex set to some degree of curvature, which undoubtedly provides a more immersive gaming experience than the standard flat mode. If you prefer a curved screen for gaming, you can probably save some money by buying one that doesn’t change curvature at the press of a button, but we’ll reserve final judgment on the LG OLED Flex until we get to that. let’s hear the price details.
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