Sony Planning to Debut a Pair of Curved 4K TVs Next Month

Sony will soon join LG and Samsung in offering curved 4K LCD television sets. The Japanese company is expected to unveil two models at 65- and 75-inches during next month’s IFA show in Berlin. While Sony has yet to announce pricing and availability, the curved sets will compete with Samsung’s HU9000 line, which includes a 65-inch model priced at $4,300 and 78-inch model at $8,000. Sony currently sells a 65-inch curved 1080p TV for $2,500.

The new curved sets from Sony “feature edge-lit LED backlighting, 4K X-Reality PRO video processing engine, Triluminos Display tech, Motionflow XR 800Hz motion-compensated frame interpolation (MCFI) system, active 3D capabilities (two pairs of glasses included), and its X-tended Dynamic Range to boost contrast,” reports UK reviewer HDTVtest.

“Meanwhile its 4.2 channel Multi-angle Live Speakers use separate drivers for the first time, helping it to direct left, right and surround sounds around the room more accurately.”

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The Sony screens have less of a curvature than models from LG and Samsung.

According to Forbes: “The degree of curvature Sony has settled on was based on research by Japan’s Kyushu University into finding a level of curvature that delivers the extra sense of immersion and focus curved TVs can produce without making straight horizontal lines in images — like the black bars above or below ultra-widescreen content — look as if they’re bending down at the edges. This ‘bending down’ geometry issue is clearly apparent on the more exaggerated bend of LG and Samsung’s curved screens.”