LG Electronics announced today that it is now accepting pre-orders for the world's first curved OLED TV, the 55EA9800, in Korea. This premium TV costs KW 15 million (about $13,500) and LG will start shipping it in May. They will also bring it to other markets soon.

The 55EA9800 was unveiled in CES 2013, but we didn't think LG will actually launch it as a commercial product any time soon (even though an LG official did suggest so only a couple of weeks ago). It's still not clear whether people will actually want such a design - which perhaps enables a cinema-like experience, but probably limits the viewing area and number of people watching.

LG's EA9800 features an Oxide-TFT WRGB Full-HD OLED panel (like LG's 55EM9700 OLED TV). The TV features "infinite" contrast ratio, passive 3D, Smart Touch Controls and a "paper-slim" design (it's only 4.3 mm thick and weighs just 17Kg). It is made from Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP).

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