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An Eyeful of Samsung's 55-inch Stunning Curved OLED TV

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 21 comments

Feast your eyes on this.

CES is filled with wonderful products. Walking the show floor, it's very easy to get desensitized. You're seeing everything from cars, to PCs, to tablets. It's a complete overload at times. Still, there's always something to pull you out of your funk. Those stand out products that you just cannot ignore. Among them was Samsung's curved OLED TV. Aside from the fact that Samsung's booth is completely unmissable thanks to its size (Samsung County feels roughly like the size of Rhode Island), there were a ton of people at the booth. Many of them were there to gawk at Samsung's 55-inch OLED curved TV.

We fought our way through the crowds to get a look at this beautiful TV. The idea behind the curved design is to improve viewing angles as well as the general viewing experience by offering a panoramic effect. The fact that it's an OLED display, with deep blacks and bright, vivid colors, also doesn't hurt. Samsung had the TV safely stowed behind some ropes, refusing to let us look with our hands as well as our eyes. Still, we did get some pictures. Check them out below but try not to get too attached. Samsung didn't mention a release date or a price (heck, the company didn't actually talk about the exact size in any official capacity, either, but 55 inches is the number doing the rounds in the press room). Suffice to say, it will probably cost a boatload as well as your first born.

 

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    IndignantSkeptic , January 10, 2013 1:12 PM
    I don't see the need for it to be curved. It's an OLED screen not an LCD screen so it's not going to go all apeshit-looking when you try to look at it from anywhere else besides directly in front from far away. This is hardly curved enough to provide surround vision either.
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    rebel1280 , January 10, 2013 1:16 PM
    $$$$ *Throws money at screen
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    TheBigTroll , January 10, 2013 1:38 PM
    nice tv. but the price is a eyeful
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    nukemaster , January 10, 2013 1:44 PM
    They(a good OLED tv) can't get this out soon enough. The LCD thin at any cost(poor blacks/low contrast/no local dimming) thing is getting old.
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    robthatguyx , January 10, 2013 1:58 PM
    Im throwing my money at the screen but nothing is happening, i just yesterday commented on the 21.9 monitor saying they should make it curved with where oled is technology at.While we may not have a resolution for this it is certainly a walk in the right direction, Samsung has earned a thumbs up from me this year.
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    eklipz330 , January 10, 2013 2:01 PM
    i remember seeing a curved display in 2006 by alienware. this is nothing new, but the fact that it's OLED will probably help sell units
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    rosen380 , January 10, 2013 2:11 PM
    "The idea behind the curved design is to improve viewing angles as well as the general viewing experience by offering a panoramic effect."

    Wouldn't that only be true for people somewhat directly in front of it? If you are looking more from the side, the nearest side will be somewhat obscured by the curve, no?

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    iknowhowtofixit , January 10, 2013 2:30 PM
    I wonder how a curved TV will affect the viewing angle for people sitting in a room to actually see everything on the screen without distortion because of the curve. Not the theoretical max viewing angle of the screen, but the max "Hey I'm going to sit here to watch the football game" angle.
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    TeraMedia , January 10, 2013 2:31 PM
    So these new curved displays are able to reflect sunlight and other light sources at you no matter what angle you view from. Yay.

    If a video frame is captured from what is essentially a flat, rectangular image collector (typically the CCD?), then shouldn't that image be rendered on a flat, rectangular device to avoid distortion?

    Not a fan of curved displays. No thank you.
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    Daedalus12 , January 10, 2013 3:03 PM
    At first I didn't see the point of the curved screens. Now though all I can imagine is a curved, bezel-less, 5760x1080 monitor. That would be glorious.
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    alfaalex101 , January 10, 2013 3:53 PM
    (Raises arm up in the air) "So, I can see how this would benefit a singular viewer but if there were more people viewing the screen, wouldn't that cram people together more as opposed to a more open and flat screen?"

    Samsung Rep: "I uhh...uhh...err....SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 WAOOH!!!"
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    Anonymous , January 10, 2013 3:59 PM
    Does anyone know if OLED gets rid of the low-light ghosting effects that I get on my edge-lit model? It's not too bad, but noticeable.
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    FeelLicks , January 10, 2013 4:20 PM
    @sammyjenkis
    OLED doesn't use backlighting(such as edge-lit or full array) so in short, it won't have ghosting effects.
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    hixbot , January 10, 2013 4:52 PM
    Unless the content is specially recorded and mastered for a curved display, then I see this as a problem. Regular (flat) content will be warped on a curved display. Take photograph and curve it, does it look right to you?
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    vittau , January 10, 2013 5:00 PM
    iknowhowtofixitI wonder how a curved TV will affect the viewing angle for people sitting in a room to actually see everything on the screen without distortion because of the curve. Not the theoretical max viewing angle of the screen, but the max "Hey I'm going to sit here to watch the football game" angle.

    I'm fairly sure a curved screen is better than a flat screen as long as you're still inside the frustum created by the edges of the screen (the ideal viewing spot is the middle of the line where the planes meet).
    That's probably why they made the curvature so small (so you have a wide frustum).
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    a1b2c3 , January 10, 2013 5:05 PM
    Samsung puts a highly reflective glass on their LCD Tvs. Wonder if they'll do the same for their OLEDs. (I hate seeing reflections when I watch Tv.)
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    mikewong , January 10, 2013 6:28 PM
    Curved display is only good when you are close to the screen, like a monitor. What about a screen that have a customizable curvature?
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    ram1009 , January 10, 2013 6:41 PM
    It's curved the wrong way to increase peripheral viewing angle.
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    groundrat , January 10, 2013 6:57 PM
    I'll get one of these after the price comes down... in five years or so.
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    robochump , January 10, 2013 7:58 PM
    I actually prefer the screen to be curved outward rather than inward as shown. Helps see screen from most frontal angles.
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