LG, Samsung vie to unveil the first 105-inch curved TV

Both claim they've developed the world's first 105-inch curved-display TV. Who's right? We'll find out more at CES 2014.

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LG's new 105-inch curved UHD TV.
LG's new 105-inch curved UHD TV. LG Electronics

Want to see a 105-inch curved TV? LG and Samsung will each unveil their own respective models next month.

The two electronics rivals both annnounced on Thursday that they will show off a 105-inch curved TV at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in January. Both TVs will display 11 million pixels at a resolution of 5,120x2,160 and an aspect ratio of 21:9.

In this corner is LG with its new really big-screen TV -- model number 105UC9. LG said that it was was able to curve the display by refining its TFT (thin film transistor) LCD technology rather than trying to use OLED panels, which would be prohibitively expensive at that size.

The company further explained that its fine-tuning will keep colors from leaking and ensure that the view looks good from all angles. The wider screen also lets viewers see information on the side without obstructing the action on the screen, according to LG.

"We're proud to reveal our 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV at the world's largest technology event," In-kyu Lee, vice president and head of LG Electronics' Home Entertainment Company's TV division, said in a statement. "Claiming the world's first and the world's largest titles, LG's 105UC9 employs cutting-edge technology to provide a truly unique viewing experience."

In the other corner is Samsung with its own 105-inch curved UHD TV, which it also claims is the world's first such product. The company said that it improved the curved display since it showed off its first UHD TV at the IFA trade show in September.

The 105-inch TV uses a new proprietary technology that enhances both the color and the depth of the picture, according to Samsung. The company boasted that the images are twice as vivid as those of earlier UHD models. And a feature called the "Quadmatic Picture Engine" promises that all content achieves UHD-level quality.

"We are happy to unveil the 105-inch curved UHD TV, the culmination of Samsung's advancements, following the world's first Curved UHD TV at IFA 2013," HS Kim, executive vice president of Samsung's Visual Display Business, said in a statement. "You will experience a true curved TV optimized for consumer viewing environments at CES 2014."

Neither company revealed possible release dates or prices in their press releases. But the TVs certainly won't come cheap, as UHD models are quite a bit more expensive than their standard LCD counterparts.