Samsung Debuts its Curved 55-inch OLED HDTV for $8999

August 13th, 2013 · 4 Comments · 3D HDTV, News, OLED

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Today Samsung released details and showed to the press its new 55-inch HDTV OLED priced at $8999, which is 40% below LG’s 55EA9800 OLED HDTV ($15K) . These slim new televisions will begin arriving at specialty dealers nationwide this week.

All the details and the press release after the break.

The new OLED model KN55S9C features Smart TV, active Full HD 3D with dual viewing (with glasses), and Samsung’s smart remote control.

Unlike the LG which uses white OLED with red, green, blue and clear filters, the Samsung KN55S9C incorporates sub-pixels which emit red, blue or green. Samsung claims their OLED  panel technology eliminates the motion blur we noted in our review of the LG OLED. We are planning a review of this Samsung soon. Stay tuned.

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Below is a copy of today’s Samsung OLED press release.

 Samsung Delivers “Life in Every Pixel” With Its Breathtaking Curved OLED TV

Ushers in the next wave of TV innovation with unparalleled picture quality,
true-to-life color and ultimate contrast

 

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – August 13, 2013 – Demonstrating what is possible when breakthrough technology meets breathtaking design, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the availability of its first-ever Curved OLED TV in the United States. An unprecedented leap forward for picture quality, sharp contrast and a whole new way to experience television, the KN55S9C is also the first TV to feature Multi View capabilities with Full HD and stereo sound.

The Samsung Curved OLED TV is a true technology statement, showcasing the unique possibilities of OLED technology while giving video content a presence not felt on flat screens. The curved KN55S9C creates a captivating and vibrant picture that envelops viewers in spectacular color and beauty.

“As a leader in standout design and television display technology, Samsung’s new Curved OLED TV sets the bar for the next generation of televisions coming to market,” said Joe Stinziano, Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics America. “Customers have come to expect brilliance from Samsung, and our Curved OLED TV is just that. With true-to-life color, ultimate contrast, and superior picture quality, this new TV delivers an astonishing home entertainment experience.”

Unparalleled Picture Quality

Samsung’s Curved OLED TV produces bright, awe-inspiring images, delivering breathtaking picture quality for a cinematic and natural viewing experience. The TV boasts response times that are exponentially faster than conventional TVs, virtually eliminating motion blur and crosstalk. The self-emitting RGB sub-pixels are laid directly on the color display panel, so no color filter is required. Without the need for backlighting, the Samsung Curved OLED TV displays pictures with absolute blacks at a contrast ratio never before seen on conventional TVs. The KN55S9C provides the ultimate in picture quality with rich colors and clear images that are beyond comparison.

The Personal Viewing Experience

The Samsung OLED TV introduces advanced technology and features for a truly personal TV experience. With Samsung’s Multi View feature, it’s like having two TVs in one. For the first time, two people can simultaneously watch completely different full-screen Full-HD content, even in 3D, on the same display, with corresponding audio and controls. The innovative Multi View feature is enabled by Samsung’s 3D Active glasses, which come with built-in personal speakers providing crisp, full stereo sound. Samsung makes it seamless for viewers to switch between the two sources with the touch of a button, without changing glasses.

Samsung’s Curved OLED TV also incorporates the latest Samsung Smart TV features like the new Smart Hub interface, which organizes entertainment and content into five convenient panels: On TV, Movies and TV Shows, Social, Apps as well as Photos, Videos and Music. The built-in S Recommendation feature helps customers discover something new to watch, now or next time. All models will be Evolutionary TVs allowing consumers to easily update hardware and software via an Evolution Kit so that they can stay up-to-date with the latest Samsung innovations.

Artistic Design

The design of Samsung’s new Curved OLED TV draws audiences into the picture. The elegantly crafted design is inspired by a ‘Timeless Arena’ in which the display is placed within a luxurious frame whose curved shape emulates the curvature of an arena. The premium metallic frame adds a touch of style and sophistication to any setting. The ‘Timeless Arena’ design provides a floating canvas for OLED’s true-to-life colors and absolute blacks. A single cable for all connections reduces clutter and completes the minimalistic design with a “Clean Back” finish.

The 55-inch KN55S9C is now shipping to specialty retailers nationwide and will be available for $8,999.99.

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.
Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, NJ, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovation leader in consumer electronics design and technology.  A wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA delivers a broad range of digital consumer electronics, IT and home appliance products. Samsung is the market leader for HDTVs in the U.S and America’s fastest growing home appliance brand. To discover more of the award-winning products you love with Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere. Through relentless innovation and discovery, we are transforming the worlds of televisions, smartphones, personal computers, printers, cameras, home appliances, LTE systems, medical devices, semiconductors and LED solutions. We employ 236,000 people across 79 countries with annual sales of US$187.8 billion.

 

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4 Comments so far ↓

  • Terry Wade

    I have been waiting for many years to have this type of large Cinerama type curved TV in my home. Congrats to Samsung. I’ll wait till the price drops to buy. Will look great on a CinemaScope® movie.

  • shame

    Shame about the curve. If they did indeed do it because they wanted to add speakers, then i think they missed the point.

    I want my tv to have as small a footprint as possible. Make it a quarter inch thick if you can, add a power brick if you must, pack in an external soundbar if you’re worried your audience can’t figure it out, but for the love of god, don’t make it any bigger than you have to.

  • Justin

    From what I’ve heard (not sure if true), it is easier to manufacture curved OLED’s than flat. Don’t ask me why.

    With the prices for OLED’s falling quickly, I’m curious what next year will bring. I think it may be possible to see $5000 55″ OLED’s and $3000 55″ UHD TV’s. I was going to buy the Samsung F8000 but at this rate I might as well wait until next year.

    I used to say, like buying a desktop computer, you can keep waiting for faster and better or decide to jump on the merry go round. The TV industry continues to give into price erosion, making harder and harder for dealers and TV makers to stay in the business.

    The question of price on OLEDs boils down to factory yields. If the companies have improved the yields by next year we expect to see prices to keep dropping. It would also help if more companies get into the act. The Panasonic/Sony venture has gone quiet but who knows.

    HD Guru

  • Dave

    Gary or Anyone,
    I’m puzzled why all the first OLEDs introduced in the USA are to be curved? Is there a technical or optical (better viewing) reason for this? Confusing to us flat-screen folks who may be interested in OLED.

    Our best guess as to why, is because they can. As we wrote in our LG review, it causes an optical distortion. The curve will let it stand out on the sales floor, it solves the issue of where to stick the electronics as it is not nearly as slim as if it was a flat panel. The frame on the Samsung permits speakers to be housed within. Overall from a design point of view, the curve permitted Samsung and LG to package it as an HDTV. If it was flat it would either have a bulge somewhere for speakers/electronics and/or would require an outboard box.

    We do feel the inability to hang it on the wall will limit sales on top of the smallish (by today’s standards) screen and price. You’ve got to start somewhere and we hope OLED technology will advance permitting more affordable larger screen sizes in the future.

    HD Guru

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