In the television space innovation was really only coming in three forms, thinnner, bigger and smarter. Now, with those three conquered companies seemed to need new ways to sell their TVs and curving them seemed to be the ticket. Though it seems like an odd gimmick more than anything these sets actual have a practical use, at least according to LG.
LG’s EA9800 is one of the first OLED, curved, 3D TV sets which uses their proprietary WRGB technology to make the display look even more impressive, as it incorporates a white sub-pixel. The reason for this unique form factor is not just for aesthetics but it will also allow a much wider viewing angle for all which is most beneficial when watching 3D content, which requires passive glasses.
Aside from the whole curved thing, this OLED will feature all the same capabilities as their “flat” panel TVs, such as great picture quality thanks to their “Color-Refiner” and contrast ratio that might as well be infinite as it is indeterminable, not unlike most OLED displays.In addition to this, buyers will also receive LGs new Smart Touch Remote which has a touch panel for easier menu navigation. Also, because OLEDs generate their own light there is no need to make extra space for any sort of back-lighting technology allowing for the display to be incredibly thin and light.
Though there is no word on shipping date or price it has been announced that this model will also ship with a wall-mounting bracket right in the box, to save you having to find some specially designed mount for the curved back. I suspect this will likely not reach the consumer market until at least October of this year as I would imagine it would be a lengthy manufacturing process. Also, don’t expect these to be affordable.