Last month we joined the Samsung team and attended the Los Angeles World Premier of Jurassic World. It was a fantastic evening and one of the things that stood out OTHER than Chris Pratt singing “Margaritaville” onstage with Jimmy Buffett during the after party, were Samsung’s new SUHD curved TVs that were everywhere. The stunning clarity is beyond impressive. We asked a guest writer to give us some more info on this MUST-HAVE tech.
During the CES event early this year, Samsung unveiled their newest addition to their list of premium televisions, entitled the SUHD TV 4K. The abbreviation UHD is an industry accepted term for Ultra High Definition, which is the also similar to the 4K technology used by other tech companies on their televisions. However, the S on the SUHD TV was not explained thoroughly by the company during the event, whether it’s S for Super or S for Samsung, we’ll just have to wait for further details as we get closer to its release.
Underneath the hood:
Unlike what most consumers thought, the SUHD technology is not a separate display from the plasma or OLED. It is the company’s new way of presenting an LCD TV with 4K or UHD resolution and a new set of features that is not apparent on most OLED televisions today. At the core of the device, the SUHD television still utilizes LCD technology with a LED-backlit display and clearer images via the 4K resolution that produces stunning contrast and sticking brightness. Most of these TVs have curved screen. But, apart from curved televisions, the company has long been producing mobile devices with flexible displays too.
Currently, one of Samsung’s latest smartphones came with a powerful OLED screen. The Galaxy S6 Edge, which O2 featured on its website, is made from a metal design with curved touchscreen display. The 5.1-inch bended screen offers users more space to work on the display, with better viewing from its Quad HD Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic light-emitting diode) technology. Similarly, the curved display on the company’s new TV is expected to take the viewing experience to the next level – a glimpse of the future of television, if you like.
Before committing to purchasing a product such as this, the smartest way is to fully understand the pros and cons of owning a curved TV set. Let’s firstly look at the best part of owning a curved television:
1. Immersed viewing – The curved display of the SUHD TV imitates the rounded nature of the eyeballs that creates peripheral vision, with extended viewing to your sides. It replicates the viewing experience in the real world, making you more immersed in what you are watching.
2. Pictures have more depth – It is similar to 3D viewing. The OLED technology creates with multiple-depth on images, making it pop off the screen rather than looking flat.
3. Sharp images – The curved panel creates sharper pictures compared to flat ones, with a wider viewing angle and richer contract performance than flat TVs.
However, the curved display is not perfect and may require more adjustments than owning a flat screen television. Here are some of the cons of curved TV:
1. Requires a specific viewing angle – In order to appreciate its curve and image clarity; you must be seated directly opposite and closer to the display. It may not be practical for those who watch the television with a large amount of people at once.
2. Must have more space – Unlike with the flat TVs, you will have to consider where you will place the TV. These TVs are usually big with a 48-inch screen. The curved structure also requires more space and would look awkward hanging on a wall with one side protruding outwards.
3. More onscreen reflection – Any bright light source creates more onscreen reflections on the curved display. In fact, it distorts the reflection in the larger portion of the screen, making it more disrupting to the viewer.
If you are planning to get one of Samsung’s curved televisions soon, you may want to budget ahead. Last April, leaked information regarding the pricing of the TVs were revealed by CNET where they said they could cost as much as $3,499 up to $9,999 depending on the size. A 88-inch model (JS9500) is said to be priced at approximately $23,000.
Aside from Samsung, another tech giant is also readying their own set of curved TVs. LG, also known for releasing curved smartphones, has released their 65-inch 4K bended OLED TV which will cost $9,000. Their latest concept design for television envisions the world’s thinnest TV, which is less than a millimeter thick.
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