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LG Shows Gorgeous Curved OLED and Ultra HD Touch

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 11 comments

LG's new curved OLED panel may look cool, but it may prove difficult when trying to hang it on a wall.

At CES 2013, LG Electronics didn't have a mere booth; it had its own little entertainment universe packed full of HDTVs, smartphones and more. One of the company's more popular attractions was its curved OLED panel. LG even "enhanced" the curvature of the display's form factor by lining three units side-by-side, thus creating a very wide arc. Clever.

"The unique new EA9800 model features the industry’s very first curved screen ergonomic design with full CINEMA 3D support," LG said on Tuesday. "With a gentle inward flex, the entire screen surface is equidistant from the viewer’s eyes, removing the problem of screen-edge visual distortion and detail loss. Availability and pricing were not announced."

This new curved panel – as well as all of its OLED TVs - features the company's proprietary WRGB technology. This Four-Color Pixel system has a white sub-pixel which works in conjunction with the RGB setup, creating the "perfect" color output. A built-in Color Refiner provides even greater tonal enhancement, the company said.

Also on show was a (world's first) 84-inch Ultra HD multi-touch screen that lets the user interact with media and applications, as seen below. Other HD products included playing smartphone games on a TV using a wireless connection (Shadowgun), and terrestrial Ultra HD broadcasting that was not only super smooth, but super sharp at 4K60P.

 

 

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    JamesSneed , January 9, 2013 2:23 PM
    The 84 inch multi touch screen at 4K60P resolution is just crazy. TV tech is moving fast again, love it. I wonder if we can get something like MS Kinect built into that TV? Would be pretty crazy re-sizing windows on a screen that big with hand gestures.
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    _Cosmin_ , January 9, 2013 2:27 PM
    Well LG has the edge of innovation, but Samsung does it better... i mean their products last longer (even past warranty)
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    Daedalus12 , January 9, 2013 2:38 PM
    As cool as the ability to make curved screens is, I don't see the point to it for the average consumer. Though I could see companies using them in certain advertisement displays I suppose...

    It's exciting to Ultra HD broadcasting is making headroom. That's going to be needed to help drive Ultra HD TV's, and eventually get them down to my price point!
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    amstech , January 9, 2013 3:17 PM
    Eyefinity and 3DS users rejoice!
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    synoptic12 , January 9, 2013 3:17 PM
    For the near future, the bottleneck is better picture quality will remain where it's always been: with the video's gatekeepers, the cable and satellite companies. They won't talk about it, but to squeeze more channels into their available bandwidth, both industries regularly compress their channels to the point where both standard- and high def picture quality often suffer- no matter how good the source material is.
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    amstech , January 9, 2013 3:22 PM
    Cosmin, LG has very durable products, especially HDTV's. While I agree Samsung is very good, LG is not far behind, if at all.
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    hitman400 , January 9, 2013 3:32 PM
    If 4k resolution ever becomes mainstrain, GPU technicians better come up with a new cooling solution quick, or we'll get knocked back to the 80s or 90s running Pong at 4k res.
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    stevo777 , January 9, 2013 5:09 PM
    "The unique new EA9800 model features the industry’s very first curved screen ergonomic design with full CINEMA 3D support," LG said on Tuesday. "With a gentle inward flex, the entire screen surface is equidistant from the viewer’s eyes, removing the problem of screen-edge visual distortion and detail loss"

    Isn't that assuming only one viewer?
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    grumpigeek , January 10, 2013 2:31 AM
    4K terrestrial Ultra HD broadcasting - cool.

    Government agencies that manage radio spectrum are going to have to adapt.
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    eklipz330 , January 10, 2013 2:14 PM
    hitman400If 4k resolution ever becomes mainstrain, GPU technicians better come up with a new cooling solution quick, or we'll get knocked back to the 80s or 90s running Pong at 4k res.

    unfortunetately, as pc gamers, we've been getting the back end of the stick with the shitty monitors that we get. seriously, ips 120hz 2ms 24" ALL I ASK FOR

    instead im getting curved oled 55" and super large 4k touchscreen tvs. we get no attention.
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    nebun , March 2, 2013 1:11 PM
    WHY CURVED