Samsung and LG Have Got a Couple of Spectacular 105 inch Curved UHD TVs That Go Beyond 4K
by Stephan Jukic – August 19th, 2014
In the wake of both Samsung and LG both revealing their contenders for title of World’s largest curved UHD 4K TV sets at CES in January of 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the race between the two Korean electronics industry leaders is continuing apace.
Just a few weeks ago, Samsung announced that it was taking pre-orders for its own curved 105 inch model and LG followed up with the same offer for its own version of the same sixed and shaped 5K TV shortly afterwards.
These are by no means lower priced TVs and even by the somewhat more expensive standards of pricing for 4K TV sets, they both cost a near fortune but they also represent the absolute pinnacle of home entertainment technology for each of the two name brands.
Both 105 inch TVs offer support for full 5K resolution, that’s right, not “conventional” 4K at 3,840 x 2,160 pixels but full blown 5K at 5,120 x 2,160 pixels. This means that both models outdo normal 4K by roughly 3 million pixels in the resolution they will give to their owners.
Furthermore, given the still existent scarcity of native 4K content on any network or content providers’ offerings, both TV sets also offer upscaling technology that will not only upscale conventional Full HD 1080p content in the way that a normal 4K TV does but which will also upscale native 4K content so that it looks clearer and more crisp on their 5K UHD screen resolutions.
Additionally, both Samsung’s and LGs TVs offer full Active 3D viewing support, include the necessary accessories and come with full Smart TV features in each respective brand’s native interface and control systems.
Given that these are going to be curved TVs, they will come in the curvature friendly aspect ratio of 21:9 (as can be seen by their resolution format, which is heavy on horizontal pixel width and light on vertical pixels). What this means is that they should provide an overall more immersive experience for audiences at least if the content being viewed is compatible with the home entertainment CinemaScope screen coverage format that takes advantage of extreme wide screens.
Normal content will still work exquisitely fine on both Samsung’s and LG’s TVs but with open space at the margins on each side. However, this space won’t be wasted and will include useful visuals such as programming information and additional content info (in the case of LG’s model) or, in the case of the Samsung 105 inch TV, the margin space will be filled with the company’s quad screen Multi-link control feature that allows a user to split their screen into as many as four different displays. With the Samsung model, these four separate internal screens are built to stream live TV, or for streaming 4K and possibly 5K video from the web simultaneously.
The Smasung 105 inch TV is called the UN105S9W and the LG version, with its absolutely beautiful support stand that features speakers and internal hardware, goes by the model name 105UC9.
LG’s unit also incorporates an enormously powerful 7.2 channel 150W surround sound system that has been tailor made by Harmon Kardon and the TVs Smart TV features are powered by the LG webOS platform.
In the case of the Samsung TV, future proofing is included in the form of an external One-Connect box that contains all of the connectivity ports such as DisplayPort, HDMI 2.0, Ethernet and USB ports among other sockets for connecting to multiple devices.
Samsung’s UN15S9W models is built to order at a cost of $119,999.99 with U.S customers already able to place orders and the LG curved 105 inch 105UC9, while already available to South Korean customers, will come onto the wider market as of the end of 2014 with no concrete pricing information yet available for it, though it should cost roughly as much as the Samsung model.
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