LG has just announced the upcoming debut of a curved ultra-high definition TV, the 105UB9. It's a 105-inch titan. This comes on the heels of several UHD TVs announced mid-year in 2013, and with growing industry support it will likely be joined by many more at CES next month. The technology is growing more popular than ever, thanks to resolution that is four times that of regular HD.
LG's curved 4K colossus will march through CES in January. The company plans to outfit the 105UB9 with 11 million pixels (5120 x 2160), a curved form factor, and a 21:9 "CinemaScope" aspect ratio. Ultra-wide TVs and monitors have trickled in, here and there, over the last few years. Yet the approach has failed to make an impact for lack of ultra-wide media. Combine that with the current lack of UHD programs, and you've got a really awesome TV, but without the perfect content to match. LG hasn't yet released pricing or availability for the 105UB9.
The heightened resolution of UHD makes content sharper than ever before, but that's only one mark of a good display. Consumers and reviewers alike look forward to learning whether manufacturers will shrink the Paul-Bunyan-sized price tags. Nevertheless, LG's release is a rather clear indicator that 4K TVs will continue to grow in popularity in 2014.
Read the full press release:
LG TO UNVEIL WORLD’S FIRST 105-INCH CURVED ULTRA HD TV AT CES 2014
LG’s First CURVED ULTRA HD TV Offers an Immersive 21:9 Aspect Ratio and Astounding Picture Quality
SEOUL, Dec. 19, 2013 — LG Electronics (LG) today announced it will be unveiling the world’s first 21:9 aspect ratio CURVED ULTRA HD TV (Model 105UB9) at the 2014 International CES® in Las Vegas. LG’s newest premium TV is also the company’s very first CURVED ULTRA HD model. The groundbreaking 105-inch (105-inches measured diagonally) 105UB9 is officially the largest curved TV ever made.
This awe-inspiring TV offers magnificent picture quality and a wide viewing angle with the ability to render the minutest detail in breathtaking clarity to create an unprecedented level of viewer immersion. The 105UB9’s cinematically proportioned 21:9 CinemaScope screen is ideal for enjoying movies as they were meant to be enjoyed. Another advantage of the extra-wide screen is that it enables users to access viewing information on the side of the screen without blocking any of the ongoing action.
Boasting an 11 million pixel (5120 x 2160) screen resolution, the 105UB9 represents the successful collaboration between LG Electronics and LG Display. In order to realize the TV’s curvature, new technology was introduced to maintain structural integrity and deliver uniform color and brightness across such a large screen. Until now, OLED panels were preferred for curved displays due to their ability to generate their own light. LG Display overcame the challenge of uneven backlighting by refining its Thin Film Transistor (TFT) pixel circuit technology to prevent color leakage and to ensure a superior viewing experience from virtually any angle.
“LG Display has kept its dominant position in the display market with innovative and differentiated technologies,” said Yong-kee Hwang, Senior Vice President and head of LG Display’s TV Business Unit. “With a resolution of 11 million pixels, the 105-inch curved LCD panel is proof of our continued leadership in the next generation display market, offering exceptional world-class value to our customers.”
Visitors to LG’s booth at CES 2014 (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall #8204) from Tuesday, January 7 through Friday, January 10 will have the opportunity to see this unique product for themselves.
“We’re proud to reveal our 105-inch CURVED ULTRA HD TV at the world’s largest technology event,” said In-kyu Lee, Vice President and head of the Home Entertainment Company’s TV division at LG Electronics. “Claiming the world’s first and the world’s largest titles, LG’s 105UB9 employs cutting-edge technology to provide a truly unique viewing experience. We will continue to drive the next generation TV market and demonstrate that with LG, it’s all possible.”
About LG Electronics, Inc.
LG Electronics, Inc. (KSE: 066570.KS) is a global leader and technology innovator in consumer electronics, mobile communications and home appliances, employing 87,000 people working in 113 locations around the world. With 2012 global sales of USD 45.22 billion (KRW 50.96 trillion), LG comprises five business units — Home Entertainment, Mobile Communications, Home Appliance, Air Conditioning & Energy Solution and Vehicle Components — and is one of the world’s leading producers of flat panel TVs, mobile devices, air conditioners, washing machines and refrigerators. LG Electronics is a 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. For more news and information on LG Electronics, please visit www.LGnewsroom.com.
About LG Display, Ltd.
LG Display Co., Ltd. [NYSE: LPL, KRX: 034220] is a leading manufacturer and supplier of thin-film transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels, OLEDs and flexible displays. The company provides TFT-LCD panels in a wide range of sizes and specifications for use in TVs, monitors, notebook PCs, mobile products and other various applications. LG Display currently operates nine fabrication facilities and seven back-end assembly facilities in Korea, China, Poland, and Mexico. The company has a total of 56,000 employees operating worldwide. For more news and information about LG Display, please visit www.LGDnewsroom.com.
About LG Electronics USA
LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $45 billion global force and technology leader in consumer electronics, home appliances and mobile communications. LG Electronics, a proud 2013 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, sells a range of stylish and innovative home entertainment products, mobile phones, home appliances, commercial displays, air conditioning systems and solar energy solutions in the United States, all under LG’s “Life's Good” marketing theme. www.lg.com