Something to look forward to: It’s generally accepted that flat-screen TVs are the best option for watching shows and movies, while curved displays add a level of immersion to gaming. At CES next week, LG will show off a concept television that combines the best of both worlds, one that can switch from flat to curved automatically.
Called the ‘Bendable CSO (Cinematic Sound OLED) display,’ the 48-inch 4K set’s “paper-thin screen” can bend from flat to curved—with a radius of 1,000mm—at the press of a button.
LG has plenty of experience when it comes to unconventional OLED TVs. The company’s rollable television, the Signature OLED R, went on sale last October. The $87,000 display hides inside its stand when not in use, unfurling into a full-size 4K screen when activated.
LG's rollable Signature OLED R
LG has shown off flat-to-curved TVs in the past, though the most recent 65-inch model was designed for first-class cabins on planes. There was also a similar concept on show at CES 2014.
In addition to its bending abilities, the TV being shown off next week has another trick up its sleeve: the entire screen doubles as a speaker. Vibrations produce sound in the panel itself—created by a 0.6mm-thick film exciter underneath. This also helps keep the screen’s thickness to a minimum.
The Bendable CSO display also has gaming credentials, with a response time of 0.1ms and an adaptive refresh rate that varies from 40Hz up to 120Hz, which should make it an appealing prospect for Xbox Series X and PS5 owners.
The bendable TV is still a concept, and given the price of LG’s rollable OLED, expect any final product to be costly.