LG Signature OLED TV R (65R9) 4K HDR TV review (early verdict): something awesome just rolled into TV Land

Rollable OLED TV display is the screen of sci-fi dreams but you'll need a lot of folding money to buy it

LG Signature OLED TV R
LG Signature OLED TV R

There have already been a lot of great TVs rolled out in 2019, but only one rolls up.

The LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R (65R9), aka LG’s rollable television, was the undoubted star of CES 2019, and here, in one short video clip is all you need to know about it.

The LG Signature Rollable 65R9 OLED TV is unapologetic AV futurism. Cooler than a penguin’s larder, this 4K TV unrolls at the touch of a button, and then retracts from view when not needed. As you can see above, it’s purest poetry in motion.

I’m not sure if there was ever a screen in cult Sixties sci-fi toon The Jetsons that did this, but if there wasn’t, there should have been. Perhaps within 18 months we’ll all be irritatingly blasé about flexible displays, but for now at least, this innovative OLED is the epitome of wow.


  • Screen size 65-inches
  • HDR HDR10, HLG, Technicolor and Dolby Vision
  • HDMI 4
  • USB 3
  • Dimensions TBC


LG has a habit of pushing the design envelope with OLED tech. Its wafer thin W (‘wallpaper’) model from 2017 was the first to effectively deconstruct the traditional flatscreen. This latest wheeze is even more elaborate.

Hinted at for months, and finally revealed in all its glory at CES 2019, the rollable 65R9, aka OLED65R, aka Signature R, heralds the most dramatic change in TV form factor since the shift from 4:3 to 16:9.

It takes advantage of an OLED panel’s inherent flexibility, unspooling with determination at the touch of the remote’s Power button. Only shown (as yet) in 65-inch guise, it makes a meaningful clunk as the hatch opens and the screen rises, but LG’s engineers seem to believe that mechanical longevity isn’t going to be an issue.

Build quality is undoubtedly high. The cabinet has a smart aluminium finish, while the forward facing speaker drivers are hidden behind acoustically transparent Kvadrat cloth. More