As the latest addition to their ongoing point-for-point rivalry, South Korean technology companies LG and Samsung have both this week let the world know of their respective plans to launch ‘105-inch curved 21:9 LED TV sets’ at the Consumer Electronics Show next month.
CES 2014, to be held as ever in Las Vegas (USA), will witness the commercial sets arrive for the first time in the market’s history, with no other companies confirmed as providing similar concepts at the tradeshow.
Which leaves it down to the two current innovators of the smart TV market, with 7 January set to be the date of both competing items being unveiled.
The first to announce their set were LG, who announced the ‘LG 105UB9 105-inch curved 21:9 UHD LED LCD TV’, containing a 5126 x 2160 resolution, ’21:9 CinemaScope aspect ratio’ with curved screen, and the return of ‘LED LCD’ panelling in place of previously-used OLED pixels for screens.
Lee In-kyu, the ‘vice-president and head of TV’ at LG, summarised: “We’re proud to reveal our 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV at the world’s largest technology event. Claiming the world’s first and the world’s largest titles, LG’s 105UB9 employs cutting-edge technology to provide a truly unique viewing experience.”
However, their time in the spotlight was not a long one before it became shared, after Samsung soon after revealed a product of their own with almost identical headlining features, as Samsung’s ‘executive vice-president of visual display business’ H.S. Kim stated: “We are happy to unveil the 105-inch Curved UHD TV, the culmination of Samsung’s advancements, following the world’s first Curved UHD TV at IFA 2013. You will experience a true curved TV optimised for consumer viewing environments at CES 2014.”
Further details of each 105-inch curved set are expected to arrive at their respective CES 2014 events (most likely with high start prices attached), but will whatever is discovered just cause people to think they are copying each other’s notes now?