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Samsung fires back at LG with its own 105in curved UHD TV as CES 2014 showdown looms

Just after LG announced its 105in curved Ultra HD (or 4K) TV, Samsung has revealed that it too will have a massive curved TV on display at January's CES. This is starting to look like a trend.

Samsung will demonstrate its 105in Curved UHD TV (the tentative official name of the screen) in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show, the company said in a blog post. The screen will go beyond the relatively standard 3,840 x 2,160 resolution found on most 4K HDTVs to a 5,120 x 2,160 resolution. This gives the screen a 21:9 aspect ratio compared to the typical 16:9 aspect ratios found on 1080p and most 4K HDTVs, and increases the number of pixels from 8 million to 11 million.

Boldly, considering LG's earlier announcement, Samsung is calling the 105in Curved UHD TV the first, largest, and most curved UHD TV. "Most curved" is a difficult claim to contest, but first and largest are outright questionable since it will be facing down LG's 105UB9 4K HDTV at the very same show.

LG's 105UB9 is also a 105in screen with a 5,120 x 2,160 resolution and 21:9 aspect ratio, and since both are effectively proofs of concept for LG and Samsung, it will be hard to declare either screen a winner over the other.

If you want to buy a 105in curved 4K HDTV next year, you're probably going to be out of luck. Neither LG or Samsung have announced whether the screens will be available commercially.

Even if they will be, you can expect a price tag of at least $20,000 (£12,000, but of course it won’t be nearly that cheap in the UK) for either model. For now, both big, curved screens will be just showpieces at CES – unless either company announces availability at the show.