Samsung OLED TVs go missing on way to fair

Samsung's OLED TV at IFA
Image caption The Samsung booth will not be empty as it has other TVs at the fair already

Two cutting-edge TVs, each with a rumoured price tag of $10,000 (£6,300), have gone missing en route to a consumer electronics fair in Germany.

The 55in (140cm) OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) television sets were due to go on show at IFA in Berlin.

According to Samsung, the TVs disappeared between 21 and 28 August, but it was unclear exactly where.

Samsung has not commented on speculation they may have been stolen for industrial espionage purposes.

Picture quality

A company spokesman said that it would not threaten its presence at the show because there were more sets at its booth.

It has lodged an official complaint with local police.

OLED systems are touted as the successors to liquid crystal displays.

Manufacturers are keen to show off the ultra-thin screens and high quality picture although the technology is currently too expensive for mass-market TVs.

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung) is Europe's largest consumer electronics fair.

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