LG wowed CES attendees this past January with its 55-inch curved OLED TV, but it wasn’t clear whether or not the uniquely-shaped set would become anything more than a prototype made for show. It was a surprise, then, when reports surfaced last week that said that LG plans on releasing not only the 55-inch set, but multiple curved OLED TVs by the end of the year.lg-oled-incurve

The 55EA9800, as it’s called, brings what LG calls an “IMAX-like” experience of the home, with the entire screen surface being equidistant from the viewer’s eyes. We haven’t thoroughly tested a curved OLED screen yet, so we can’t vouch that this entire curved screen business makes the viewing experience better, but it sure looks good, as you can see in the picture above.sc001

The TV is 4.3 millimeters (0.17 inches) thin, weighs 17 kilograms (37.48 pounds), and features LG’s WRGB and Color Refiner technologies, which should result in great color and vibrant, natural images.

The LG 55EA9800 is available in South Korea for pre-order in more than 1,400 LG retail stores, for the price of 15 million KRW ($13,500).

The device’s availability and pricing in other markets will be announced “in the months ahead.”LG1

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