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New, state-of-the-art Samsung TVs disappear en route to trade fair

Published on Sep 4, 2012 12:48 PM
A display of oled TVs is seen at the Samsung booth during the 52nd edition of the "IFA" (Internationale Funkausstellung) trade fair in Berlin on Aug 30, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (AFP) - South Korean and German police are probing the disappearance of two next-generation Samsung TVs en route to Berlin, the electronics giant said on Tuesday, amid suspicions of commercial espionage.

Two organic light-emitting diode (OLED) sets were "lost" during delivery to Berlin for a technology trade fair, Samsung Electronics said in a statement. The state-of-the-art televisions have not been officially released in the market.

"Since these TVs are based on such cutting-edge technology owned by only a few firms, we can't rule out the possibility that it was part of a crime aimed to steal it," an informed source said.

Samsung, the world's top TV maker, has promoted OLED as the next-generation technology that will help drive the future of the global television industry.

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