The Future Has Curves – Samsung Unveils Its First Curved UHD TVs

Samsung looks to be betting big on ultra high-definition (UHD) TVs this year. After introducing its first UHD panel in early 2013, the company today announced its expanded lineup at the pre-CES press conference in Las Vegas, including its first curved UHD TVs and a massive 110-inch UHD panel.

While there is still a lack of 4K content in the market, Samsung strongly believes that the combination of a curved screen and UHD resolution can create a more immersive viewing experience. It plans to roll out three series of UHD TVs this year. The S9, first introduced last year, will be offered in a 110-inch screen option, while the U8550 UHD series, which is touted to sport a thin bezel and slim profile, will be available in screen sizes from 50- to 75-inch. The U9000 curved UHD range will come in 55-, 65- and 78-inch panel sizes.

The star product at the launch, however, is the 105-inch curved UHD TV. Announced late last month just after LG’s announcement of an almost similar panel, the new 105-inch offering (which still doesn’t have a model number) is the biggest curved UHD screen from Samsung so far. Combined with an ultra-wide 21:9 movie-theater aspect ratio, this is probably the ultimate TV for home entertainment this year.

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Samsung will also be introducing several proprietary technologies which it claims will improve the picture quality in its latest TVs. For instance, the Auto Depth Enhancer in the 105-inch curved UHD TV analyzes the image and adjusts the contrast to create a more “3D effect without glasses”, while the UHD dimming feature promises deeper blacks and better contrasts. New enhancements have also been added to the smart TV interface including Multi-Link which lets users view/manage related content while watching movie.

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