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CES 2013 preview: Ultra HDTVs, bendy screens and more

All the announcements you should expect in Las Vegas next week

Next week the consumer electronics industry's answer to E3, CES 2013, will kick off in Las Vegas.

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Running from January 8 to 11, the Nevada show will present the latest in television, tablet and mobile phone innovation - and some less predictable announcements involving crazy bending screens.

Below is a preview of what you should expect from 2013's show. For more on the less gaming-relevant announcements, head over to our colleagues at Tech Radar.


Ultra High-Definition televisions debut

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These days televisions seemingly become obsolete the moment you shimmy them out the front door of Currys, and now's the turn of flatscreen HD TV's to look a bit old fashioned thanks to the emergence of Ultra High-Definition.

Previously known as 4k high-definition TVs (only Sony's still sticking with this moniker), the Consumer Electronics Association has settled on the new name 'Ultra HD'.

Ultra means at least 8 million pixels, with a minimum resolution of 3840 x 2160. These ridiculously pretty displays should spark another mini-revolution for home movie viewing, but despite PlayStation 4 rumours games consoles are not likely to possess this kind of power for a long, long time to come.

You're also unlikely to be able afford one for a while, with launch prices sitting around the £15,000 ($25,000) mark.

There's debate between engineers as to whether anyone can tell the difference between UHD and regular HD on a display that's less than 100-inches, and both Samsung and Westinghouse look set to debut gigantic 100-inch sets next week.


Bendy screens

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In the near future your phone, tablet or even HDTV will be even more flexible - litterally.

Samsung plans to show off flexible display technology at CES 2013 which could soon reinvent how electronic devices are made. According to reports attendees will be shown a 5.5-inch flexible display running at 1280 x 720 HD resolution with a pixel density of 267 ppi.

The CES prototypes will bend without breaking but are reportedly not yet made to curl up into a roll.

The technology is also currently missing a touch screen lens, so there's a way to go before it can be seriously considering for modern portable devices.


NFC televisions

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Unlike most manufacturers, LG has already released pictures and details on its new range of TV sets, ahead of CES 2013.

One interesting addition to its 2013 sets is the introduction of NFC technology to its plasma and LED TV line-up. The "Tag On' tech will allow users to pair their television with any capable smartphone via an NFC sticker.

This will allow LG television owners to stream content from their mobiles with minimal fuss or effort.


Nvidia's Tegra 4

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According to reports, Nvidia is set to unveil a successor to its successful Tegra 3 processor, which is used in phones and tablets such as Microsoft's Surface and Google's Nexus 7.

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