Samsung Takes 4K TV to New Extremes: Flexible TV Screens
by Stephan Jukic – August 8th, 2014
Some of the more headline grabbing concept TVs at the 2014 CES in Las Vegas earlier this year were flexible or bendable 4K TV screens. With this concept, the manufacturer who garnered the most attention with its already built concept TV was UHD display pioneer Samsung.
Now their fascinating TV concept is set to go on sale. So, if you’re not sure whether a flat screen or curved 4K TV is the right choice for you (and several of the major manufacturers make both) then you can now go for something that gives you either format!
Originally set to go on sale in Korea on the 1st of August of this year, the 78” inch UN78S9B model TV is not only enormous and built to give you full blown native 4K resolution, it also reportedly was going to cost a very hefty $30,000 USD.
As for how Samsung’s TV works, the screen features a small but powerful electrical motor on its back end which is designed to push the flexible edges of the screen into a forward curvature or completely flat at the touch of a control on the remote that comes with the set.
Although the 79 inch screen size is plenty big enough, the company is also selling an 85” version at an even higher price tag; this one is the same as the model the company had demoed at CES 2014. Also, according to Samsung, the curvature of their screen is in fact the optimal viewing design for big screen TVs and offers a more immersive experience. In this case, the bend offered by Samsung’s offering is equivalent to the curve on a circle with a radius of 4.2 meters.
The TV also features UHD dimming technology and a Crystal black panel to improve contrast and clarity. In addition to these major features, the UN78S9B also comes with the usual host of Samsung 4K TV features such as a full smart TV package, an external and upgradable connectivity box, Full HDMI 2.0 support, Active 3D TV and some of the best 4K screen design technology on the market today.
Additionally, like all recent model Samsung 4K TVs, the UNS9B has full support for decoding the HEVC video compression standard used by Netflix and other creators of streamed 4K content. It also supports MHL 3.0 and HDCP2.2, making it fully future ready according to Samsung.
What’s great about the 78S9B is that, unlike conventional 4K TVs with either a fixed flat or curved screen, this beast can be adjusted to fit a more diverse range of viewing positions and angles.
As is usually the case with high end technologies, Samsung is already seeing some competition emerge for this novel new TV screen design. In this case, the edge is coming from competing manufacturer of 4K displays LG, who are also displaying their own recently unveiled flexible TV screens.
One of these was a model that they also unveiled at CES which offers similar flexibility features as the Samsung version but comes in a 77 inch size and features an OLED 4K display technology.
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