Samsung, which launched its first 55-inch OLED TV outside of Korea during an event Tuesday in New York, joins rival LG in only releasing curved versions of the new TVs. As CNET reported earlier this month, LG won't be selling a flat-panel version for the foreseeable future, and neither will Samsung, executives confirmed to CNET on Tuesday.
"Up to now, [we have] no plans," B.K. Kang, senior vice president of Samsung's consumer business division, told CNET … Read more
Begun, the curved OLED TV price war has.
Today Samsung announced that its first 55-inch curved OLED TV, model KN55S9C, is shipping now to specialty dealers in the U.S. for $8,999.
That price undercuts arch-nemesis LG, whose own 55-inch curved OLED TV is on sale now for $14,999 exclusively at Best Buy's Magnolia stores.
Samsung's price also goes against word CNET originally received from specialty retailer Value Electronics that the new Samsung OLED TV would sell for $15,000.
The South Korean company is holding its launch event at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT Tuesday at Cipriani's 42nd Street restaurant, near Manhattan's Grand Central Station. CNET's David Katzmaier, Ty Pendlebury, Sarah Tew, and I will bring you all the live news, photos, and commentary about 15 minutes before the event.
Join CNET's liveblog of the Samsung Home Entertainment press conference at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT … Read more
Samsung is spending a few hundred million on a new acquisition to help it meet the growing need for OLED displays.
In a deal announced Friday, Samsung Electronics and its affiliate Cheil Industries will together buy Novaled for 260 million euros ($347 million). Chiel, which makes electronic materials for OLED screens, will purchase a 50 percent chunk of Novaled, while Samsung will acquire 40 percent. The remaining 10 percent is already owned by Samsung's venture capital unit.
Germany-based Novaled develops OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) that are used in the displays of smartphones and increasingly those of TV sets. OLED … Read more
LG is planning to dramatically increase its commitment to OLED screen production, the company has confirmed.
In the second half of 2014, LG will bring online its eighth-generation glass-cutting technology, a company spokesperson told Korea Times in an interview published Friday. With that, the company will be able to start mass-producing OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens for televisions.
According to LG, the facility will be capable of producing 26,000 glass sheets each month. The news comes as Samsung Display, which also has plans to mass-produce OLED TV screens, has yet to reveal plans for when it'll start its … Read more
The Korean electronics giant plans to release only the curved version of its high-end TV in the U.S. That's not going to change in the foreseeable future, LG spokesman Ken Hong told CNET at the company's headquarters in Korea.
Editors' note: This post was updated August 21, 2013, with new information.
As of today, you can buy an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV from LG and Samsung. On the horizon are models from Sony and Panasonic. The long-awaited release of these next-generation televisions is finally starting to happen.
So what's the big deal? In CNET's first in-depth look at an OLED TV, Samsung's KN55S9C, David Katzmaier said it "produces the best picture I've seen on any TV, ever." It's also thin, bendable and oh so futuristic. Just about everybody agrees OLED is heir apparent to plasma and LED LCD for TV display technology supremacy--despite its current problems.
Here's what we know, as of right now.… Read more
LG was the first manufacturer to ship large-screen OLED TV to Korea and Europe, and today the company claims "first" for its U.S. model.
The LG 55EA9800, a 55-inch OLED TV with a curved screen, will be available for preorder today at a price of $14,999. According to James Fishler, senior vice president of marketing, it will ship to the homes of the people who placed orders "within a couple of weeks."
In this country, LG's OLED TV is selling exclusively at select Magnolia stores inside Best Buy. LG made its announcement at … Read more