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LG Flexible and Samsung Bendable OLED TVs - CES 2014

Undoubtedly, TVs were the big news at the 2014 CES. With that in mind, the first several pages of this report show some of the TV technology and products that were on display. It is also interesting to note that the 4K Ultra HD moniker has been abbreviated by several manufacturers to UHD - which I will use in this report.

One of major TV innovations emphasized at the 2014 CES was the Curved Screen concept, which was shown in both LED/LCD and OLED TV displays, mostly from LG and Samsung, but what was unexpected is that both companies also showed off OLED TVs with "bendable" or "flexible" screens.

Yes, you got that right, these TVs, at the touch of a button on their remote controls, can actually morph their traditional flat screen viewing surface into a slightly curved viewing surface.

LG's "flexible" set featured a 77-inch OLED screen (photo on left), while Samsung's "bendable" version were shown in 55-inch OLED (photo on right) and 85-inch LED/LCD (not shown) versions. All the sets incorporate 4K UHD resolution panels.

No model numbers, prices, or availability information was available, but both companies indicated that these were real products intended for the consumer market - perhaps becoming available later in 2014 or 2015.

For more on the "flexible" or "bendable" TV concept, refer to the Official Announcements issued by LG and Samsung.

I also wanted to point out, in addition to "flexible" and "bendable" OLED TVs, there were a large number of both curved and flat OLED TVs shown on the convention floor that may be coming to market later this year from Haier, Hisense, LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Skyworth, and TCL.

Of course, OLED wasn't the only thing that garnered the TV spotlight at the 2014 CES. What was even bigger (physically that is) were the two 105-inch 21x9 Aspect Ratio Curved Screen LED/LCD 5K UHD TVs shown by LG and Samsung that I previewed in one of my pre-CES reports.

Shown above is how they actually looked on display and running at CES. The photo on top is is the LG 105UB9, which not only features that wide screen, but also incorporates full-array LED backlighting with local dimming, and a built-in 7.2 channel virtual surround sound Harman Kardon audio system. The Samsung U9500 (bottom photo), reportedly features LED edge-lighting, but I was not able to confirm this.

Both TVs are expected to be available for sale either later in 2014 or early 2015...However, you are going to need a really big piggy bank for all those pennies you will need to save.

It turns out that Samsung was not only hand with one 105-inch 21x9 curved LED/LCD TV, but two! On the section of this page is a photo of Samsung's prototype "Panorama" TV,  in which the screen is housed within a lean-back frame that tilts the screen up slightly (which means the set needs to sit slightly below eye level for the best viewing angle). The set looked great, but no additional information was provided on whether this is actually a product destined for eventual availability or just a product design show piece.

Also, in a similar vein, Toshiba (bottom photo) showed off its own 105-inch 21x9 5K UHD prototype (once again no additional info), but the big difference here is that it was the only such TV shown that featured a flat, rather than curved screen surface.

( Updated: 2014-05-17 )
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