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  (Source: OLED Lab)
The set does not have 4K display technology

A curved TV is not for everyone, but two top South Korean electronics conglomerates are betting some customers will shell out a whole lot of cash for a glorified tech demo of the potential of OLED (organic light emitting diodes).

I. Samsung Strikes Back

You may recall that in OLED's infancy, one key selling point bandied about was the ability to make flexible displays.  But most early OLED panels were rigid traditional form factors -- either acting as device displays or as small television sets.

Both Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930) and LG Electronics, Inc. (KSC:066570)  -- the first and second place display sellers worldwide, according to Display Search's March 2013 numbers -- are racing to ramp up production of large OLED TVs and they're offering up early product in a unique curved form factor.

Samsung's unit (the KN55S9C) was late to the game, finally shipping this week.  Customers can order the set from, which is advisable as some resellers are reportedly tacking on thousands to the price.
Samsung curved OLED
Samsung's curved OLED is finally shipping, at a competitive price point.

However, compared to LG's entrant -- which began shipping in limited quantities in May -- the Samsung set is a "bargain".  A 55-inch OLED panel retails for $8,999.99 USD.  By contrast the 55-inch LG set (EA9800) was priced at $14,999.99 USD when it finally hit U.S. retailers such as Best Buy Comp., Inc. (BBYin July, having first shipped in limited quantities in South Korea.

“Better than expected yields" allowed Samsung to undercut LG.  But is there more to the $6,000 USD price disparity?

II. LG Set is Pricier, but Technologically Superior

There is indeed.  The LG set is thinner -- 4.3 mm compared to a "bulky" 12.5 mm for the Samsung set.  It's also lighter.  Samsung's set weighs 32.8 kg (72.3 lb) versus 17.2 kg (37.9 lb) for the LG set.  The LG set's thin and light form factors comes thanks to carbon-fiber body design, but that technology also bumps the unit's price.  

LG's set is thinner, lighter, uses less power, and has less parts.

The disparity doesn't stop there. The LG set also boasts a lower TDP (265 watts vs. 295 watts for the Samsung).  The LG set also is reportedly a much more optimized design [source] with only about a third as many parts, which could spell trouble for Samsung given its past issues with component failures.  About the only win for Samsung is that its display is slightly more sharply curved (4,500R compared to 5,000R). 

However, the Samsung set does boast "SmartTV" technology, including a quad-core ARM processor and eye-aware interaction.

Both OLED panels promise vivid colors and brightness, on top of the unique gimmick of the curved shape.  A major letdown, though, is the lack of 4K display technology in both units -- the latest in high resolution video/content, which roughly quadruples the screen resolution of the 1920x1080 pixel resolution found in the curved units.

U.S. customers are finally getting their first taste of big-screen OLED and curved display technology, which is also expected to hit the smartphone market as early as this holiday season.  The only thing that remains to be seen is whether customers pay substantially (67%) more for the better set (the LG EA9800) or go with the cheaper, but less endowed options (the KN55S9C).

A final note is that the LG unit's prices have trickled down to $13,500 USD in South Korea, and may soon dip to those levels in the U.S. as well.  That's just one more factor to consider if you're contemplating this very pricey purchase.

Source: The Verge

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RE: 4K is stupid in a TV
By gevorg on 8/13/2013 4:16:19 PM , Rating: 1
Many of those movies are upsampled from pre-4K and even pre-HD days. If the movie was not shot in 4K or HD, there nothing much you can do about it, even if you upsample it to 8K. Case in point: Ghostbusters (1984) in 4K, LOL.

RE: 4K is stupid in a TV
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 8/13/2013 4:39:24 PM , Rating: 2
That's almost true, and likely true in many cases, but certain film formats (wide screen and 70mm) have >4k resolution, and would benefit from a new 4k or greater transfer. In fact, formats like Todd-AO are closer to 7k and 70mm widescreen is more than 9k. So in theory we'd want a 12k format to completely replace all film formats in the home.

Wake me when that happens!

RE: 4K is stupid in a TV
By tecknurd on 8/13/13, Rating: 0
RE: 4K is stupid in a TV
By Darkefire on 8/13/2013 4:45:40 PM , Rating: 5
They didn't upsample from anything, they just rescanned the 35mm film at 4K resolutions. How exactly do you think they've been releasing HD versions of films and television series from 40+ years ago? Magic?

RE: 4K is stupid in a TV
By Mitch101 on 8/13/2013 4:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
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RE: 4K is stupid in a TV
By MikeDiction on 8/13/2013 5:26:52 PM , Rating: 2
Case in point: Ghostbusters (1984) in 4K, LOL.

LOL totally owned that guy! But wait, what digital resolution was Ghostbusters filmed at?

RE: 4K is stupid in a TV
By BRB29 on 8/14/2013 9:05:10 AM , Rating: 1
it was filmed in It can be converted to 4k easily. They've been doing this for 1080p of old movies for years.

RE: 4K is stupid in a TV
By Reclaimer77 on 8/13/2013 6:07:59 PM , Rating: 2
Many of those movies are upsampled from pre-4K and even pre-HD days. If the movie was not shot in 4K or HD, there nothing much you can do about it, even if you upsample it to 8K. Case in point: Ghostbusters (1984) in 4K, LOL.

Wow I'm kinda embarrassed for you that you posted this. 35mm film can resolve about 4K of horizontal resolution, in most cases. Even movies made decades long ago can have astonishing transfers to today's standards of HD.

Pre HD? Movies have been shot in "HD" before HD was even a consumer thing.

RE: 4K is stupid in a TV
By Calin on 8/14/2013 3:26:16 AM , Rating: 2
I think original Star Wars movies were digitized from film at some of 4,000 by 6,000 pixels, in preparation for launch of Episodes 4, 5 and 6. While that might have been overkill, I'd say film (as in film) has enough resolution to be digitized to 4K resolution (roughly 8 MPixels).

RE: 4K is stupid in a TV
By therealnickdanger on 8/15/2013 8:56:14 AM , Rating: 2
Film elements of Star Wars, Empire, and Jedi were scanned and then digitally restored (contrast, color, scratch removal, grain reduction, etc.) with new effects added as part of the Special Editions of the late 90s. New masters were created from this and have served as the backbone of all changes and releases since. But the truth is that there have been SO MANY changes since the theatrical releases (1977-1983) of all three movies that who knows if or when we'll EVER get the original, uncut theatrical versions.

I'm hoping that now that Disney is in control - and not Lucas - we'll finally get the originals released.

RE: 4K is stupid in a TV
By Reclaimer77 on 8/15/2013 3:29:33 PM , Rating: 2
I, as well as others, would pay untold amounts for the original uncut theatrical versions of the original trilogy. I hope Disney knows that, and acts accordingly.

I don't know what compelled Lucas to lie and cheat millions of fans out of the original versions. I don't understand! What is wrong with him?

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