LAS VEGAS -- This town is apparently big enough for two 105-inch curved 4K (UHD) LED LCD TVs.
Perennial insane duelists Samsung and LG have traded "biggest" blows this week at CES in January, announcing at-first-blush-nearly identical mammoth TVs.
The LG 105UC9 was announced first, and Samsung's counterstrike is the 105U9500. Samsung says it will ship the TV this year.
Curved TV screens first appeared this year on LG and Samsung OLED TVs, but like the smaller curved sets Samsung recently announced at CES, the 105U9500 uses standard LED LCD, not OLED, technology. The only other curved LED LCD on currently the market is the 65-inch Sony KDL-65S990A, and it has standard 1080p resolution.
The titanic Samsung has a screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, a closer match to ultra-wide-screen movies than to standard 16:9 HDTV shows. The 58-inch Vizio XVT3D580CM from 2012 is the only other 21:9 TV to hit the US market.
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.
Like LG, Samsung hasn't revealed a price. Pipsqueak 84- and 85-inch 4K sets range from $16K to $40K, so I'm guessing the monumental Samsung will cost at least $80,000.
Updated January 8 with official model number and shipping information.