There are a couple of interesting things happening in the land of display technology these days. One is the push for Ultra High Definition (UHD) 4K TVs
, which might be happening quicker than you think. The other is the uprising of curved displays, something which we've seen on smartphones and, in this case, ginormous TV sets by both Samsung
Let's start with Samsung. The company just announced what it claims is the world's first and most curvy 105-inch Curved UHD TV, which it will demo at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. It uses a new proprietary picture quality algorithm that delivers optimized color and a greater feeling of depth, Samsung says. The TV set also boasts 11 million pixels (5120x2160) with a 21:9 aspect ratio.
"We are happy to unveil the 105-inch Curved UHD TV, the culmination of Samsung’s advancements, following the world’s first Curved UHD TV at IFA 2013," said HS Kim, executive vice president of Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics. "You will experience a true curved TV optimized for consumer viewing environments at CES 2014."
Not to be outdone, another South Korean electronics maker -- LG Electronics -- announced that it too will be unveiling the world's first 21:9 aspect ratio Curved UHD TV (model 105UB9) at CES. Like Samsung's model, the LG display will feature 11 million pixels spread across 105 delicious inches (measured diagonally) of curvaceous real estate. According to LG, the curved design solves a number of issues, such as maintaining structural integrity and delivering uniform color and brightness across a large panel.
While both Samsung and LG are yelling "First!," neither one is quick to offer up pricing details. If we had to venture a guess, however, we'd estimate each set will cost an arm, a leg, and perhaps a first born.