CES is just right around the corner, and we’re beginning to see manufacturers announcing products they’re going to showcase at the world’s most over-covered trade show. Korean pair LG and Samsung have both said that they will be bringing their respective 'world's first' 105-inch, 21:9 curved ultra-HD TV (UHDTV) to Las Vegas. Take a moment to parse this sentence again. Yes, the TVs are 105 inches; they’ve a 21:9 super widescreen aspect ratio; they’re curved; and being UHD, they pack tons of pixels.
For LG, the 105UC9 has a resolution of 5,120 x 2,160 pixels (that’s 11 megapixels!). LG says that there are many challenges in making such a big curved LCD TV, especially the issue of uneven backlighting, but it has overcame that 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’.
For Samsung, we’re also looking at a 5,120 x 2,160-pixel panel. It uses a new Quadmatic Picture Engine to deliver ‘all content in UHD-level picture quality no matter what the source is’. We shall see how this upscaling works in due time.
For those confused, most UHD (4K) TVs we see today have a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, while most 4K projectors also adopt the DCI 4K standard of 4,096 x 2,160. The reason for the unusual resolution of the LG and Samsung’s 105-inch curved UHDTVs is due to their longish 21:9 aspect ratio. For those looking to replicate that IMAX experience at home, here's your chance.