The TVs at CES are so thin, they’re barely there

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Take a few steps back, and you won’t even notice that bezel .
Image: Lili Sams/ Mashable

LAS VEGAS Where’s TV tech running next? If there’s one place to find out, it’s CES, the yearly Las Vegas show where almost all the electronics manufacturers bring their wares. But for the last couple of years, TV producers have appeared a bit aimless, jumping from one new tech to another, but never quite managing to extend their exuberance about that new tech to consumers.

There is a clear trend, though, one that reached new heights this year: the Tv itself is get out of the way. The TVs we’ve find have gotten so thin, the bezels so small, that it’s possible to turning some TVs into wallpaper an almost-floating image that sits a few millimeters from the wall.

LG’s new OLED, 4K Tvs are thinner than an iPhone at their thinnest phases, and its bezels, while not quite non-existent, are ridiculously small. Other companies, such as Philips and Samsung, have introduced TVs with similarly small footprints and we’re not talking about small television sets, we’re talking 70 -inch( and larger) behemoths, which attains their tiny bezels all the more impressive.

LG’s “wallpaper OLED” TV.

Image: Lili Sams/ Mashable

And LG even went a step further, showing off a concept of a transparent Tv. It might not be very practical after all, you rarely want to see what’s behind the picture but it’s another aspect of the TV being removed. We’re moving towards the future when the TV will indeed simply be an image floating in the air.

It’s like a magic trick, merely it’s real.

Image: Pete Pachal/ Mashable

Of course, most of those devices, with all the tech they’re packing, will cost upwards of $10,000. But Xiaomi has shown an ultra-thin smart TV that costs less than 2,000 bucks, meaning these nearly-invisible, super-thin TVs are becoming available to a lot more people.

Xiaomi’s sub- $2,000, ultra-thin TV.

Image: Karissa Bell/ Mashable

The trend is not new; TVs have been get thinner ever since the first one hit the market. And producers will point out the unbelievable array to new technologies built into these things super high solvings, nano cells, HDR( which is probably the most important point of the lot, as it really builds the viewing experience a lot better) and quantum dots.

But I still feel the most noticeable( and the most welcome) trend is the traditional TV set disappearing, leaving only the picture behind. I’m not very excited about the next three-letter TV tech acronym, but I can’t wait to see the next trick manufacturers pull to make their screens thinner, and bezels smaller.

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