CES is never short on giant, flashy HDTVs, and this year's show certainly keeps up that trend. Every HDTV manufacturer here in Las Vegas is armed with its biggest, brightest, and most advanced sets that incorporate the next major advances in display technology. These big, beautiful, and often very expensive aspirational HDTVs represent the eventual future of living room entertainment.
Just like last year, Ultra HD (UHD) is the biggest technology on display. 4K UHD TVs feature resolutions of 3,840 x 2,160, which is four times the number of pixels in a 1080p screen. Every electronics company has at least one 4K model on the show floor, with some screens measuring as large as 120in.
Curved displays are also big this year, with LG, Panasonic, Samsung, and even newcomers to the US market, Hisense and TCL, forgoing the standard flat display in some sets. One of the most surprising curved screens comes from Samsung – it’s a bendable HDTV that can shift between flat and curved with the press of a button.
Organic Light Emitting Diode, or OLED, technology has been a promising potential future of HDTVs for several years now, but only recently appeared in big-screen consumer products. Several HDTV manufacturers are including OLED HDTVs in their 2014 line-ups, including some 4K OLED models.
Samsung and LG even offer a couple of “hat trick” HDTVs using all three technologies: Curved, 4K, and OLED. One thing you rarely see at CES are actual prices, but rest assured when these sets are released, they won't be cheap; that's what we mean by aspirational. Many also don't have model names yet.
LG Curved 4K OLED HDTV
LG is one of two companies showing off the full "hat trick" of future HDTV technology with a 77in curved OLED UHD set (pictured at the top of this article).
Samsung Curved 4K OLED HDTV
Samsung also stands out as one of the few companies to incorporate curved, 4K, and OLED technology into one 77in HDTV.
Sony UHD TV
Sony was one of the first manufacturers to release a 4K HDTV, and they're sticking with it – the company isn't showing curved or OLED designs at CES this year. The bright and beautiful 4K set on display features Sony's "wedge" design.
Samsung 105in Curved UHD Television
Samsung's curved 4K OLED screens top out at 77in, but the company is offering a curved 4K UHD TV with a sprawling 105in screen.
Sharp 8K HDTV
While 4K is quickly shaping up to be the next standard in high definition, companies like Sharp are looking much further into the future, specifically to 8K resolution, which packs 16x more pixels than 1080p.
Panasonic 85in 60fps UHD TV
Most 4K content shown we're seeing at CES has been restricted to 30 frames per second, but Panasonic is offering a preview of 60 fps UHD video, which will be possible with HDMI 2.0.
Samsung Bendable LCD
While many manufacturers are showcasing various flat and curved HDTVs, Samsung has one screen that can switch between flat and curved with the touch of a button.
Vizio 120in Reference Series UHD TV
Vizio isn't just introducing its first 4K HDTVs at CES, the 120in Reference Series is the largest consumer 4K screen ever.
Hisense Glasses-Free 3D HDTV
Glasses-free 3D is the trick offered by this television set from Hisense, which is bound to go down well with 3D fans who wish they could ditch those clunky specs.
TCL Ultimate HDTV
TCL's Ultimate TV takes a 110in UHD display and adds Wi-Fi stylus support, turning the screen into a canvas on which to paint. Digitally, of course.