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Two Samsung OLED TVs Go Missing En Route to IFA in Berlin

by Sean P. Aune | September 4, 2012September 4, 2012 7:30 am PST

Samsung OLED TV

Samsung has filed a complaint with the Berlin police department over the disappearance of two 55-inch OLED televisions that were destined to be shown at IFA 2012.

As IFA 2012 is winding down in Berlin, Samsung is on the hunt for what happened to two of its 55-inch OLED (organic-light-emitting diodes) televisions that were to be shown on the show floor. Seen as the next technology to replace LED television sets, the sets are currently just making their debuts, and are still cost prohibitive for most consumers at $10,000 a piece.

According to a report from Reuters, the sets went missing some time between Aug. 21 and Aug. 28. Samsung said that the disappearance had no impact on its IFA 2012 showing as they had more of the sets delivered, and there is also no guarantee that the issue happened inside of German borders.

If this was just your average theft, than this will probably be the end of the story, but there is some speculation that the disappearance could end up costing them billions in research if this was an act of industrial espionage. With OLED seen as the next big wave in television technology, a company getting its hands on one of these could reverse engineer it for far less than researching it on its own.

At this time Samsung is offering no comment on the incident.

[via Reuters]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...