Skyworth's transformable OLED W82 TV lands CES 2022 Innovation Award

Mike Wheatley

Chinese TV brand Skyworth is celebrating after landing a CES 2022 Innovation Award for its upcoming Skyworth W82 television, which is claimed to be the world’s “first mass-produced transformable OLED TV”.


The TV is fitted with a flexible OLED display panel, which means it can be adjusted from a flat screen to curved.

The annual Innovation Award competition is held by the Consumer Technollogy Association, which runs the Consumer Electronics Show, each year. The awards are meant to honour the most outstanding design and engineering feats in new consumer products that are to be showcased at the event.

Skyworth said the W82 TV is equipped with a flexible OLED panel built by LG Display that’s combined with its own proprietary OLED Basic Module Transform Technology that allows it to transform from a flat screen to a curved TV at the click of a button. The company boasts a curvature of up to 1000R.

The TV is a pretty high-end model aside from that bit of wizardry, with a 4K 120Hz panel and HDMI 2.1 slots making it ideal for next-generation games consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10, and is powered by Skyworth’s AI Picture Quality Engine and Audio Drum technology that no doubt help provide a boost to its visual and audio capabilities.

While Skyworth is probably correct in its assertion that this is the world’s first transformable OLED TV, the purpose of it remains unclear. Previously, it has been said that a curved display might make the TV more appealing to gamers, but many people are unconvinced of the benefits. Curved TVs were a minor fad in the previous decade that quickly disappeared.

Still, perhaps by being transformable, more people might be willing to reconsider the idea of having a temporarily curved TV display, at least.

Skyworth has a bit of history with regards to OLED innovation. Last year the company announced a 65-inch W81 Pro Wallpaper TV that featured an “artistic split-screen design” and a secondary 21-inch display that supported AOD Dual technology. The company also demonstrated a rotating, 88-inch 8K vertical OLED TV that’s similar to Samsung Electronics’ Sero model that’s designed for mirroring smartphone content.

In any case, whatever readers might think of the concept, Skyworth TV Chairman Tony Wang said the company was “honoured” to be named as one of the best in two separate categories at the CES 2022 Innovation Awards.

“We are extremely proud of the Skyworth W82 and our product design and engineering teams for their explorative spirit, perseverance, and pursuit of excellence to create this technologically advanced product,” he said.

CES 2022 is due to be held as an in-person event from January 5 to January 8 in Las Vegas.