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Wait, is LG secretly bringing back curved TVs?

Outside of 3D, curved TVs are probably one of the industry’s most hated gimmicks. Unless you sat in front of them at a very specific point, they resulted in a distorted image, harsh reflections and a generally unpleasant viewing experience. Seriously, they’re terrible. Curved TVs seem to have come about because of companies could not They make them because they are not should be

It took me a while to realize it, but LG’s new 42-inch OLED Flex, announced this week at IFA and expected to hit the market this fall, effectively marks the return of curved TVs. It could have a monitor-style stand with some gamer-style RGB lighting, and LG may have confused things a little by placing the OLED Flex on top of a desk like monitor in its demo area. But make no mistake, this is TV-ass TV. It has four HDMI 2.1 inputs, runs WebOS and has a built-in TV tuner. It’s TV.

Well, it’s a TV with a very interesting trick – it transforms. At the push of a button a series of motors in the device spin, turning from a traditional flat TV to a curved TV. (You can also control the bending process with the navigation button below the display.) Or a curved TV that looks like a curved monitor. How it can avoid the curse of curved TV; It is not always curved. It’s an interesting approach, which means you don’t have to deal with the problems that a curve creates when you don’t experience its benefits.

Wait is LG secretly bringing back curved TVs

From the back, the TV looks like a gaming monitor.

To show exactly when you want a curved TV, LG has a racing game Forza Horizon 5 People are encouraged to sit three to four feet away from the display to get the most of the vision-enveloping benefits of the curved and curved screen. At maximum, the screen tilts to an impressively curved 900R, but this is adjustable in a percentage slider in 5 percent increments for a total of 20 different curves. It’s hard to tell amid the noise of the IFA show floor, but the whirring sound is definitely noticeable, and you probably wouldn’t want to hear it in the middle of a game.

Outside of its curving mechanism and chunky stand, the LG OLED Flex is effectively the same as LG’s current 42-inch C2 TV. It has the same LG Display OLED Evo panel and supports both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos (it can create virtualized 7.1.2 surround sound). It has 4K resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio and a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. Obviously that means in practice it looks every bit like LG’s popular OLED range.

The LG OLED Flex is unlikely to be cheap. LG representatives were unwilling to confirm how much the TV will cost when it goes on sale later this year, but according to the source, the $1,399 LG C2 and the automatic bending process will involve a series of complex mechanisms to work. , I’m guessing we’re looking at a device that will cost at least $2,000. Is it worth it for a 42-inch display?

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When laid flat, it’s almost indistinguishable from the 42-inch LG C2.

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The TV is at maximum tilt.

One argument could be that the OLED Flex is effectively two products in one. It’s one part traditional flat OLED TV and one part curved gaming monitor. But I’m not sure how a hybrid screen like this would fit into most people’s homes. Are LG customers hoping for a curved monitor set up on their desk that turns into a TV for watching movies? Or set up like a regular TV in a cabinet, but with the option to pull your chair closer and put it in curved mode for some immersive gaming action? I don’t know completely.

Between this and Corsair’s own take on the bendable form-factor — which still has the LG Display OLED panel but with a wider 21:9 aspect ratio and a transition process that asks you to bend it by hand — we feel like we’re in for an entry. A new era of curved displays. Curved TVs didn’t really work, but curved monitors became popular over the years. LG’s OLED Flex seems to be trying to bridge that gap.

Photos by John Porter / The Verge

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