LG flexes 4K muscle with 105-inch curved TV

/ Updated: February 20, 2014 11:35 AM PST
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There are a few big things to know about the LG 105UC9 TV.

Its screen measures a vast 105 inches on the diagonal. It's curved. It has 4K resolution , also known as Ultra-High Definition. And it's the first TV ever with that combination of attributes. Update: Welp, it looks like Samsung has one too , so "first" is up for debate.

What LG hasn't revealed yet is how much it will cost. Pipsqueak 84- and 85-inch 4K sets range from $16K to $40K , so I'm guessing the gigantic 105UC9 will cost at least $80,000.

Curved TV screens first appeared this year on LG and Samsung OLED TVs, but the massive 105UC9 uses standard LED LCD, not OLED , technology. The only other curved LED LCD on the market is the 65-inch Sony KDL-65S990A , and it has standard 1080p resolution.

The gargantuan 105UC9 has a screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, a closer match to ultra-wide-screen movies than to standard 16:9 HDTV shows. Like the 58-inch Vizio XVT3D580CM, an earlier 21:9 TV, LG also touts another advantage of the extended screen width: "it enables users to access viewing information on the side of the screen without blocking any of the ongoing action."

As a result of its wider shape, the screen also has a higher native resolution than most 4K/UHD TVs: 5,120x2,160. That's 11 million pixels and change.

LG will debut the Brobdingnagian 105UC9 at the Consumer Electronics Show, which begins this January 7.

[Updated 1/4/2014: LG has changed the name from the earlier 105UB9 to the 105UC9]


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