I just returned from my local BestBuy and there on display was the curved LG 55" EA9800 3D OLED HDTV available for pre-order. They were demoing a Bluray movie and also had an LG-produced demo on a thumb drive. Of course it looked spectacular.
They only have it in one store here in Minnesota near the BestBuy headquarters in suburban Minneapolis. I was told BB headquarters also has one but there are no others available yet. Some other BB stores will get them over the coming weeks.
I was told they had a press conference with LG reps and BB execs this morning in the store and they just put it out for display after that. I suspect we'll be reading more about it tomorrow.
I was told they are being sold for $15,000 and are "built to order". No sets are being warehoused by BB. If I put down $1500 (10%) that will trigger an order in BestBuy's system that will in turn trigger something that would start the process of getting it to me. They wouldn't say how long because they really didn't know. But the sales guy mentioned if I put down $1500 today I would be the first person in the US to get one. I'm not ready for that but maybe someone else is? The sales guy said I was free to pass his name out to anyone on the Internet who wanted to buy it. Let me know.
So based on this in my opinion LG has won the race and their set can be ordered here before Samsung's. Admittedly, though, it's a stretch since it's just one store.
Here's from BB's spec sheet:
Introducing the LG EA9800 3D OLED HDTV
OLED stands for Organic Light Emitting Diode. OLED TV pixels light themselves, instead of relying on a lamp or backlight. This makes color and light representations far more accurate than ever before, resulting in the following benefits:
Color: A larger than ever range can now be expressed.
Contrast: The OLED’s contrast is virtually infinite, because the pixels completely turn off when not in use.
Wide Viewing Angle: The exceptionally wide viewing angle means colors won’t fade or images as you move to the side of the screen.
LG uses WRGB OLED technology in the EA9800, which adds a white sub-pixel to the standard red, green and blue. This adds over 2 million sub-pixels compared to standard RGB. With the addition of white, the four-color pixels give every color more realistic and natural shades or tones.
Advanced Design, Paper Slim
The back of the TV is seamlessly constructed with carbon fiber. This premium material is light, but very durable. It is often used in aircraft and supercars. The clear Crystal Stand adds an elegant touch, while providing an immersive viewing experience by making it look like the TV is floating. Forward facing, 40W speakers create better sound than side or rear-facing speakers. The astonishingly thin profile is made possible because the TV doesn’t require any additional backlighting inside the chassis.
Cinema 3D with 2D-to-3D Conversion
Get 3D like you do in the movie theater with lightweight glasses, cool 3D effects and a great picture.LG's Cinema 3D TV brings amazing 3D effects right into your home. Even standard 2D content can be quickly converted to immersive 3D with a press of a button on the remote. LG uses flicker-free, lightweight 3D glasses that don’t require batteries or recharging.
LG Smart TV
A simple-to-use interface gives you an intuitive, easy way to access limitless content, thousands of movies, customizable apps, videos and browse the web. And, when you can just point and choose selections with LG's unique motion-controlled Magic Remote, described below, it's even simpler.
LG’s Magic Remote with Voice allows you to select features on your TV with the wave of your hand. Just point to what you want and the sensors follow right along. You can also use the scroll wheel if you want, and even use your voice to input text.
General specifications EA9800 Series
Panel Curved OLED
OLED Type WRGB
Resolution Full HD 1080p
3D Type Cinema 3D
3D Glasses 2 Alain Miliki, 2 clip on
Sound Output 40 Watts
Sound System 4 Channel Virtual Surround
Remote Magic Remote
Smart TV Compatible Yes
Web Browser Yes
Here are some (poor) photographs just to show it is indeed on display in a US retail store:
Edit: Added spec sheet and model number
Edited by Rich Peterson - 7/23/13 at 9:16am