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SAMSUNG LAUNCHES CURVED OLED TV FOR $13,000

SAMSUNG LAUNCHES CURVED OLED TV FOR $13,000
Samsung launched its first curved OLED TV in South Korea yesterday just a week after announcing availability of its flatscreen OLED, the KN55F9500. But the curve will cost you with a price of US$13,000 or US$4000 more than the flat version. The television will ship from July, and according to Reuters the company plans to release the curved version in other territories as well, though Samsung has yet to confirm if this includes the United States. The 55-inch curved display comes with a curved panel and is finished with a “Timeless Arena” design. The TV will include many of the company’s high-end features including multi-view function for two programs at once using dedicated glasses as well as support for the Smart Evolution Kit. On a related note, LG is retailing its curved OLED TV for US$13,500 in South Korea with no announcement as yet of local availability. The curve in these televisions is designed to give an IMAX-like picture with all points of the screen equidistant from the viewer, but as Geoffrey Morrison found curved OLEDs are not designed to be watched by more than one person