Among the selling points manufacturers are touting for their curved TV screens:
– Better depth of field
– Richer 3D video, wider Imax-like viewing angles
– Puts the viewer in the center of the action
– Displays fewer reflections
– Fits a larger screen in a shorter width
– OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display reproduces super-saturated colors and distinct blacks and whites; it also eliminates most motion blur (mobile analog: active matrix organic light-emitting diode)
(Pictured: LG’s new 55EA9800 OLED TV)
lg.com | $10,000 (pre-orders cost $15,000): LG is promoting its first curved 55-inch OLED TV screen, which launched in South Korea and Europe before heading Stateside, as providing an Imax-like viewing experience in the home, filling viewers’ field of vision, and putting them in the center of the action. The impressive set is thin — just 4.3mm — and weighs 38 pounds, far less than other plasma and LED or LCD TVs. It also supports 3D, LG’s Smart TV technology and voice and gesture controls.
Apple’s Next iPhone
apple.com: Apple is said to be joining LG, Samsung and Sony in developing larger screens that curve for its next iPhones. The screens, which will start hitting the market in late 2014, will likely include sensors that detect different levels of pressure, sources say.
store.sony.com | $4,000: This 65-inch HDTV is the first from any hardware-maker that features contrast-enhancing LED backlighting. The set includes a multi-angle surround-sound array of eight speakers, and easily pairs with Android and Apple mobile devices.
LG G Flex
lg.com | $940: LG calls its new G Flex the “world’s first real curved smartphone” (sure to annoy Samsung) and includes nifty features like the ability to move images in response to the 6-inch screen’s
tilt and a self-healing skin that fixes scratches on the back cover within minutes. It’s available only in South Korea so far.
Samsung S9C OLED TV
samsung.com | $9,000: This thin 55-inch OLED TV boasts Samsung’s new Smart TV apps and interface, and enables people to watch two channels (with a special pair of 3D glasses). A sensor measures the intensity of a room’s light, and automatically adjusts the brightness of the image onscreen.
Samsung Galaxy Round
samsung.com | $1,000: The first official smartphone with a curved screen, the handset embraces the same rounding effect of Samsung’s new OLED TVs. Available only in South Korea, the Android-powered Round resembles the Galaxy Note 3, features a 5.7-inch display and a 13 megapixel camera, is 7.9mm thick and weighs 0.34 pounds.