Chinese tech-giant company, Xiaomi, is all set to become the world’s first manufacturer of mass-produced transparent TVs. Recently, the company had unveiled it’s latest flagship smartphones alongside the Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent edition, as part of the company’s 10th-anniversary celebration. The Mi TV LUX is the world’s first OLED TV that features complete transparency, allowing viewers to literally see-through the screen. The company describes it as a simple glass screen. Xiaomi’s Mi TV LUX OLED transparent edition will be released in China on August 16th, at a starting price of $7, 200 (RMB 49,999).
“When Mi TV LUX OLED Transparent Edition is turned off, it looks like a mere glass display,” a Xiaomi spokesperson said in an interview. “The pictures it displays seem to be floating in the air, merging the virtual and the real to bring an unprecedented visual experience.’
The transparency of the Mi TV LUX was made possible with the help of cutting-edge technology and clever engineering. Transparency is achieved using organic light-emitting diodes (OLED), which unlike LEDs, can emit their own self-illuminating light without the need for a solid back panel. Unlike conventional LCD and LED screens, OLED screens integrate all of the processing units and chips inside the base stand. This includes essential electronic components and stereo sound hardware.
The Mi TV LUX also boasts some impressive specs with a 55-inch OLED panel that has a width of only 5.7 millimeters. The “Ultra-thin” screen can display at 4k resolution with up to 1.07 billion color combinations. The screen is capable of maintaining a solid 120Hz refresh rate. According to Xiaomi, the response time for the Mi TV LUX was measured at an impressive 1 millisecond, although this has yet to be tested.
The Mi TV LUX also includes its own “AI master smart engine” which automatically processes and optimizes images according to the environment and setting. The AI engine offers more than 20 optimization algorithms. The AI master smart engine also offers another unique feature called “Smart Audio”, which basically detects the type of sound being played and automatically configures the best audio mode to compliment the content.
Although Xiaomi is the first company to mass-produce transparent screens for commercial use, they are definitely not the first to create this type of technology. As a matter of fact, transparent displays have been around since at least 2015, when Samsung became the first company to create a prototype transparent OLED display. Since 2015, several companies have tried to create a working transparent display but none have released a product for commercial use.