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Samsung announced a new 98-inch model of its S9 line of Ultra HD TVs at the IFA electronics show on Thursday

Pushing to make the industry dream of 4K TVs a market reality, Samsung unveiled a mammoth new 98-inch S9 model on Thursday at the IFA electronics show and, perhaps more notably, an OLED prototype with the higher screen resolution.

TV makers, eager to find a new selling point for TVs now that flat panels are no longer a novelty, are hoping that quadrupling the number of pixels to the 4K range — 4,096×2,160 is one option — called Ultra HD or UHD. That’s a notable change, as long as you’re sitting close enough to your TV, but the OLED (organic light-emitting diode) shift is potentially bigger since it uses a higher-contrast technology with much deeper blacks than today’s LCD panels.

OLED has proved hard to bring to market, though, which is why it’s significant that Samsung showed the OLED UHD TV. It’s only a proof of concept, not a real product, but it indicates that the company is getting a grasp on manufacturing. It “demonstrates our technology leadership,” said Michael Zoeller, Samsung’s European marketing director for TV and audiovisual products.

The company said the technology “represents an unprecedented leap forward for picture quality and sharp contrast with its self-emitting pixels and natural motion,” but the real proof of its merits will come when somebody can buy it, and buy it in a large enough size that the 4K resolution isn’t just pixel overkill.

Closer to store shelves is the 55-inch Curved OLED, a TV with a conventional HD resolution of 1080p but an unconventional bowed shape. It’s already on sale in South Korea, but it costs more than $13,000.

“Ladies and gentlemen, the future is not flat,” Zoeller said. “Its curve makes the perceived size of the image larger,” and the OLED technology means “there is life in every pixel.”

In the 4K flat-panel realm, Samsung debuted its new 98-inch UHD screen. It’s a relative of the gargantuan 110-inch S9 TV unveiled at CES in January, but the 98-incher will presumably have a price between that top-end model and the smaller 85-inch alternative, the UN85S9.

Samsung also announced European pricing for two smaller UHD models, the 55-inch and 65-inch F9000 TVs, that cost 4,000 and 6,000 euros, respectively (that’s about $5,270 and $7,912 in U.S. currency). They’re now on sale.

Updated TVs are nice, but the news pales in comparison to Wednesday’s headline news from Samsung’s first press conference, the $300 Samsung Galaxy Gear, a smart watch that pairs with Samsung phones and comes with several apps.Also prominent was the announcement of the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Note 10.1, a stylus-equipped phablet and tablet, respectively.

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The Philips 9000 Series is Philips’ first foray into Ultra High Definition television, unveiled at technology show IFA 2013 in Berlin.

There are two UHD TVs in the 9000 range: a 65-inch model and 84-inch model, both displaying 3,840 x 2,160 pixels of eye-popping detail.

Both TVs are LED-backlit and have three-sided Ambilight, which projects light from three sides of the TV to complement the colours on the screen. The 65-inch model boasts a 15W speaker and two 6W speakers, while the 84-inch version pumps out sound from two 25W speakers and two 20W speakers.

4K is still very much in its infancy, so there’s very little actual 4K stuff to watch in eye-frazzling detail. So the 9000 TVs attempt to improve on the detail of high definition films and TV by upscaling Blu-ray, DVD or HD TV channels.

One way you can see the eye-popping detail of which the TV is capable is with photographs. Photographs taken by even today’s average compact cameras and camera phones pack in way more detail than HD video, so you can view photos of 8-megapixels or more in stunningly crisp detail.

Which means you’ve just paid five grand for a photo frame.

You can also connect to the Web and access apps and online services such as Netflix, YouTube and Skype alongside Philips’ usual smart TV features, as well as Miracast and SimplyShare to connect to your phone and tablet.

And the 4K TVs also do 3D, because nobody demanded it. Like most high-end TVs today, the Philips 4K models can convert regular two-dimensional films and TV to 3D.And the price? The new Philips models are more expensive than Sony and Samsung models already on the market: the 65-inch 65PFL9708 costs 4,999 euros, and the 84-inch 84PFL9708 will set you back 14,999 euros.