Samsung's 105-inch curved 4K TV now available for pre-order... for $129,000

When it comes to buying new gadgets, many of us like to push the envelope just a little further than we know we probably should, perhaps spending a little more than we planned, upgrading to the newer model, or maybe just going for something a bit more shiny than we originally intended, just because

Even so, no matter how easily you might give in to that temptation to keep looking at the 'next model up', the chances are your money will run out long before you can afford Samsung's latest - and quite possibly greatest - new TV. As Engadget reports, the UN105S9W was first unveiled back at CES in January, but the company is now accepting pre-orders. 

Let's not beat about the bush any further though: it costs $129,000, but it's not just any TV. It's a 105-inch display, but it's also ultra-wide with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 4K resolution (5120x2160px). It's not just big either; it's also curved. And if all that wasn't enough, you can even split the screen view into four sectors, allowing you to view multiple channels, web pages or built-in apps at once. 

For that money, of course, you could buy a pretty nice car, put down a sizeable deposit on a house, treat everyone you know to the most amazing party ever, or set off an epic adventure to explore the world. Nah... screw it - just get the TV. 

Source: Engadget | image via Engadget

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I was gonna say "Tax payer dollars being spent to purchase these", except 100% of tax payer dollars go to the Federal Reserve and nowhere else. :p How about..

"Federal Budget allotment being spent to purchase these"

My gosh, its just TV. The fact that I never had a problem with my 20 inch 3 years ago, doesn't mean I should have a problem with it this year or 5 years from now. We had a 10 inch in 80s and we watched all our cartoons, TV shows on it and never complained. Of course, we never knew better. But just like smartphones and tablets, TVs have gotten good enough too. Whoever wants it and can afford it, fine, but if you are not in the income bracket, don't go take out a loan for it and you end up bankrupt.

Mr. Dee said,
My gosh, its just TV. The fact that I never had a problem with my 20 inch 3 years ago, doesn't mean I should have a problem with it this year or 5 years from now. We had a 10 inch in 80s and we watched all our cartoons, TV shows on it and never complained. Of course, we never knew better. But just like smartphones and tablets, TVs have gotten good enough too. Whoever wants it and can afford it, fine, but if you are not in the income bracket, don't go take out a loan for it and you end up bankrupt.

around 45-50" is the comfortable range for most large living rooms.
20" will only be comfortable from smaller distance. i would not be able to sit 3 meter away and enjoy much. my kitchen LCD is this size and only enjoyable from 1.5 meters.

Reverend Spam said,
Imagine how much dust this thing would collect in a DAY!

why would it? my tv only gets dusty after months. why would a tv 4 times bigger collect dust in a DAY?

A few years ago I convinced one of my uncles to spend $2000 on a 1080p projector. With his current setup, we measured the diagonal at 144 inches, and the image looks fantastic.

So for 64x that amount of money, you can only get a significantly smaller 4K TV. Given the room for it, I think I'd rather get the lowly 1080p projector.

_dandy_ said,
A few years ago I convinced one of my uncles to spend $2000 on a 1080p projector. With his current setup, we measured the diagonal at 144 inches, and the image looks fantastic.

So for 64x that amount of money, you can only get a significantly smaller 4K TV. Given the room for it, I think I'd rather get the lowly 1080p projector.


what does it project on? is the screen part of the fixture or separate? it is is one unit, how big and heavy is it?

panacea said,
what does it project on? is the screen part of the fixture or separate? it is is one unit, how big and heavy is it?

Nothing that fancy.

Believe it or not, he's projecting directly on his basement wall, painted with some bright white (but matte) paint.

_dandy_ said,

Nothing that fancy.

Believe it or not, he's projecting directly on his basement wall, painted with some bright white (but matte) paint.


Well, I think it is great for the basement. I doubt it would work in my living room with floor to ceiling glass windows, and only shades that block some of the light as not to spoil the view. or would it?

my plasma is not bright enough (it is top of the range samsung model from 3-4 years ago) - i can only enjoy tv when the sun is almost down, or on cloudy days.

if it is sunny, the screen looks washed out.

though i might try it, and return if it does not work, as i am looking for a replacement to that plasma.

other option would be a brightest LED i can find, as AMOLEDs are waaaay to expensive.

panacea said,


Well, I think it is great for the basement. I doubt it would work in my living room with floor to ceiling glass windows, and only shades that block some of the light as not to spoil the view. or would it?

my plasma is not bright enough (it is top of the range samsung model from 3-4 years ago) - i can only enjoy tv when the sun is almost down, or on cloudy days.

if it is sunny, the screen looks washed out.

though i might try it, and return if it does not work, as i am looking for a replacement to that plasma.

other option would be a brightest LED i can find, as AMOLEDs are waaaay to expensive.

You mostly watch TV and movies during the daytime?

panacea said,

Well, I think it is great for the basement. I doubt it would work in my living room with floor to ceiling glass windows, and only shades that block some of the light as not to spoil the view. or would it?

my plasma is not bright enough (it is top of the range samsung model from 3-4 years ago) - i can only enjoy tv when the sun is almost down, or on cloudy days.

if it is sunny, the screen looks washed out.

though i might try it, and return if it does not work, as i am looking for a replacement to that plasma.

other option would be a brightest LED i can find, as AMOLEDs are waaaay to expensive.

I thought the brightness level of a plasma set tended to drop after a few years? If that's the case, then I would imagine that running it constantly at full intensity would only accelerate that.

As for my projector, I never even bother turning it on until after sundown. During summer, that pretty much kills my ability to binge through series.

That's nice I guess if you just want to play video games on it but some people buy TVs to watch TV shows and movies though. There's practically no 4k stuff out there and probably won't be for a long time. Broadcasters aren't even close to being ready to being able to deliver it, Blu-Ray is only 1080p, at most you might find a few Youtube videos to watch.

morpheus6969 said,
With a 1yr Limited warranty. ;)

What if there is a dead pixel after 1 year? What would be the repair costs to change the entire panel? Or they will inject a liquid crystal in the dead spot? :D

macoman said,
If you have a salary of half a million dollars a year... you can buy it.... other than that. I am happy with my 48-inch TV.

I know people who make 500k after tax. they would still think it is retarded to spend this much on TV

a fifth of your YEARLY salary on tv?

would a person making 50K buy a 10K television. NOT LIKELY.

this is most likely going into the lobbies of luxury hotels and coprorations.

i would think only people making 10s of millions a year will consider such tv for private homes.

Finance 6 months no interest equal payments, 129,000= 138457.64CAD, add the sales tax of 20768.65 for a grand total of 159226.29, which rounds to 159226.30 in Canada, divide by 6 months, $26,537.71 a month. If we move that decimal two places to the left I probably can do that...

panacea said,

would a person making 50K buy a 10K television. NOT LIKELY.

It's a bit different looking at someone with 500K after taxes vs. a 50K salary. The person on the 50K salary needs to spend a lot on necessities like rent, food, etc. so they don't have much disposable income. When you've got 500K a year, you can cover the basic costs of living and splurge on a lot of dumb things or you can invest it.

Enron said,

It's a bit different looking at someone with 500K after taxes vs. a 50K salary. The person on the 50K salary needs to spend a lot on necessities like rent, food, etc. so they don't have much disposable income. When you've got 500K a year, you can cover the basic costs of living and splurge on a lot of dumb things or you can invest it.

Life expenses tend to scale up as income does. A person making $500K net likely also has a mortgage orders of a magnitude higher than a person making $50K with the same for cars and etc...

LogicalApex said,

Life expenses tend to scale up as income does. A person making $500K net likely also has a mortgage orders of a magnitude higher than a person making $50K with the same for cars and etc...

Well that all depends on priorities. As my income increased, I spent more on things like GTX Titans and home renovations. However, I didn't ever buy a more expensive vehicle.