Transparent screens, rollable displays and 8K resolution: CES reveals the future of TVs
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- January 8th, 2016
From television sets that are four credit cards thick to giant screens that feature 8K resolution, TVs have played a starring role at CES this week.
Samsung, Sony and LG are among the main contenders in a market rapidly shifting to ultra-high definition and 4K, as well as continuing to roll out, high dynamic range (HDR).
HDR, or high dynamic range, promises brighter whites, darker blacks, and a richer range of colours — at least when you’re watching the few select movie titles that get released in the format.
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Meanwhile 4K, which has been touted as ‘the next big thing’ in TVs for some time, is continuing to be promoted by manufacturers, with 8k also making an appearance.
Alongside these, CES is playing host to a number of futuristic TVs, such as rollable displays. DailyMail.com took a look at some of the best offerings in Las Vegas.
Rollable displays, transparent screens and a 98inch 8K TV
One of the most promising technologies unveiled by the firm was its rollable 18-inch TV screen.
While it is still a prototype, experts suggest the technology could soon be used on smartphones and in-car screens that curve around a vehicle’s interior.
Another impressive concept design was an OLED TV with another OLED TV on the back.
LG WANTS TO TRIPLE OLED SALES
An LG spokeswoman confirmed remarks made by LG TV chief Kwon Bong-suk on the sidelines of the CES trade show in Las Vegas.
The executive said LG could at least triple sales of OLED sets based on fourth-quarter numbers but did not offer specifics including how many OLED TVs the firm sold this year.
LG is betting heavily on OLED, hoping that the new technology will help it get ahead of rivals.
The firm cut prices of some OLED TV models by as much as 45 percent late last year in the US.
The 55 inch screen has a tiny bezel and 1080p imagery on both sides. LG says you can program different content to play on either end.
With its Picture-on-Glass concept, the G6 and E6 series were reduced down to an 2.57-mm screen.
They are fitted with transparent glass backs, making them some of the most stunning TVs on show.
Away from its concept designs, LG has a series of OLED 4K TV sets that are as thin as four credit cards stacked together.
It revealed its top-range TV line on Monday, which features eight models as part of its LG G6 and LG E6 ranges.
It also unveiled a mammoth 98-inch 8K Super UHD TV will begin shipping in the second half of 2016. Prices have yet to be announced.
Samsung showcases 8K TVs and quantum dot technology
Samsung this week revealed a stunning 8K TV, which 7,680 x 4,320 resolution – four times what you get in 4K
The rest of Samsung’s range features five TVs with screen sizes from 49 inches to 88 inches. All will feature a 10-bit quantum dot display.
‘We believe quantum dot is the future of TV technology,’ said Joe Stinziano, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics.
‘It creates brighter more life-like images. It does this without distortion and compromising on brightness levels’.
Its 2016 range includes the world’s first bezel-less curved design – the KS9500 SUHD TV – and a smarter controller that works on both the TV and home appliances
Currently, there is no price, but it’s up for pre-order now and will be available in March 2016.
NEW TVS PROMISE SHARPER COLOURS, BUT NOT MUCH TO WATCH
For years, TV makers have focused on making pictures sharper by squeezing more pixels onto screens.
Now, their attention is shifting to improving the way sets display color, with a newish technology called HDR taking center stage.
HDR, or high dynamic range, promises brighter whites, darker blacks, and a richer range of colors — at least when you’re watching the few select movie titles that get released in the format.
Trouble is, there aren’t all that many of those yet, and other HDR viewing options are likely to remain scarce for the immediate future.
Even worse, there are likely to be several different flavors of HDR, just to keep TV buyers on their toes.
To date, there have been only a handful of releases, including ‘The Martian’ and Amazon’s original series ‘Mozart in the Jungle.’
More are coming, and Netflix aims to join Amazon this year in streaming some HDR titles, but getting an HDR-ready set still mostly means preparing for the future.
Sony focus on HDR TVs with Slim Backlight Drive technology
Along with most other TV manufacturers at CES, Sony has unveiled a range of 4K HDR sets, which provide a massive improvement in picture quality.
The range includes the 75-inch XBR-X940D Series and the XBR-X930D Series, which comes in 65-inch and 55-inch options.
The entire line up has thin bezels, an Android interface and Sony’s Triluminos display.
The XBR-X930D also includes something dubbed the ‘Slim Backlight Drive.’
This is new grid-array backlighting system that claims to boost and dim the backlight to create brighter peak highlights and deeper blacks with up to three times the brightness range of conventional TVs.
Sony also unveiled a new app with its new TVs called Ultra, which will allow users to purchase and stream HDR content from around 50 titles on Sony Pictures.
What this means for consumers
Peter McEleney, Head of Category at Vision at Currys PC World said that HDR compatibility was the biggest innovation at CES for consumers.
‘We see 4K Ultra HD TVs are fast becoming the standard, thanks to its notably improved picture quality over 1080p and a plethora of models to suit all budgets.
‘We’re also seeing content starting to embrace 4K Ultra HD, with popular streaming services and future sporting events expected to support the platform.’
‘Although 8K is touted as the next big thing, it’s not something we see taking off until at least 2017.
‘Based on what we’ve seen in CES so far, HDR has the greatest potential to be adopted by today’s consumer, ensuring TVs now don’t just have more pixels, but better ones.’