Samsung shows off world's first curved OLED TV

CES is the time for all things gadgetry to be revealed. The world’s tech press are there in force, salivating over the latest tech that promises so much on the day. Now Samsung have gone and revealed something that I’m sure a lot of us will want – a 55”, curved OLED TV. Yes, curved!

With Samsung reps at their booth boasting “IMAX-like” experiences from the TV and Samsung’s press release promising a “panorama effect, which is currently not available with conventional flat-panel TVs,” the TV is pushing the boundaries of home entertainment. Whether you’re watching nature scenery or vast landscape scenes, the display should make you feel like you’re surrounded by the environment.

HS Kim, Executive VP of Samsung Electronics Visual Display Business has said:

Samsung is dedicated to developing innovation television solutions, beyond what consumers could ever expect, or could even imagine. We will continue our tradition of developing Samsung TV innovations by steadily introducing new TV technology that helps enhance the lives of users, even beyond the World’s First Curved OLED TV.

Just how close you need to sit to be able to feel immersed in the on screen environment is yet to be seen, but when viewing from in front of the TV, it’s obvious that there is a curve to the screen. When looking at it from the side, well, see for yourself!

With OLED TVs starting to hit the market, their cost is still more of a premium than regular LCD and LED TVs, but time will change that. Although it’s yet to be seen how much a curved OLED display will cost, considering LG’s 55” OLED TV, the 55EM960V, debuted at around the £7,000 mark in July 2012.

There has been no word on pricing or availability for Samsung’s latest and greatest, but we expect high and later this year!

So, who wants one? Although all those people that have TV mounted to the wall might be a little frustrated that they will now have more of it protruding out.

Source: Samsung | Images courtesy of Tech Radar

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Breaking Bad is the best show on TV...except for maybe the wire.
I must have a 4K TV

Thank you Family Guy, we are ridiculous.

If it is above 100" and is 4k, and Warner Bros. releases a 4k Blu ray collection of the Dark Knight trilogy (which is still below the 8k IMAX scenes)... I'll buy.

spacer said,
What benefit does a concave screen give us consumers? To me, it looks like a useless "feature".

Better viewing angle. Go try it.

Cool looking and wonder if it would cut down on glare a little. I am more interested in their flexible displays for the phones. Hopefully they will start releasing those.

Hm... Interesting. Not sure that I would have an interest in this personally, but the technical achievement is very interesting. Samsung's display business continues to distance itself from other competing brands...

It will be. I believe manufacturers cannot get people to buy new TVs because once we get an LCD we are satisfied with the TV and never upgrade. Then the manufacturers release TVs with a new features at a time on purpose so that we are enticed to buy a new TV. I feel that there is no reason why they can't offer several of the features all at one time. I will lest some of these features.

720P
1080P
60HZ
120HZ
240HZ
LED
Side lit
Back lit
No border
Thinner
Wireless connections
Smart TV
Apps (They realease a TV with a set of apps and later only add new apps to the new TVs and will not update the firmware for an older TV even though it is still capable of running the app. i.e. Netflix, Hulu, etc)
3D
Larger size
4K
OLED
Curved

What is next? A TV with a built in popcorn machine. lol

holographic projection. tv's that display incredibly large and detailed graphics into thin air without taking up much space.

oh oh oh. and i always wanted a feature to pull food objects out of the television.

While I haven't actually seen one I have a feeling the curve would really annoy me. Just going from a flat screen to an old boob tube type CRT drives me crazy now because of the fish bowl effect. Having scenery and even people's faces curved sounds terrible. I agree about mounting it on a wall being a problem also. Just because they can curve the screen doesn't mean they should.

imax works as its so huge that it fills your whole vision and gives you that immersion feeling.

You could achieve this I suppose with this tv but you would have to sit so close it would make it difficult for several people to watch at the same time.

Also if it is curved it would look stupid attached to a wall

Teebor said,
imax works as its so huge that it fills your whole vision and gives you that immersion feeling.

You could achieve this I suppose with this tv but you would have to sit so close it would make it difficult for several people to watch at the same time.

Also if it is curved it would look stupid attached to a wall


Agreed. Though I could see this being pretty cool for gaming. LOL

M_Lyons10 said,

Agreed. Though I could see this being pretty cool for gaming. LOL

I don't think it's good for anything. You get a distorted bent image. Old CRT TV's were curved but in the opposite direction, so in a way, this is nothing new. This is probably even worse than the 3D gimmick. The only thing actually worth while with upcoming TV's is 4K.

Of course this makes it special. It's the first of it's kind to market. It doesn't matter if the tech has always been capable of doing it, until now, no one did anything with it.