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4K Technology will dominate CES 2015 and here are some major trends to watch out for

by on January 2, 2015
 

Stephan Jukic – January 2, 2015

The 2015 edition of the Consumer Electronics show is just about upon us from Las Vegas, Nevada and it’s promising to be an interesting event on a number of different fronts in consumer electronics. While we’ll also be seeing some interesting innovations across the entire spectrum of the latest in technology that makes ordinary people able to enjoy extraordinary things, particularly dominant will be the presence of 4K developments in TVs, cameras and content.

Without further words wasted, let’s get down to the details of what cool ultra HD innovations we can expect from this year’s CES.

4K Begins to Dominate

First and foremost, because this is a site about 4K technology, we need to cover the overall 4K ultra HD angle of the whole show. This isn’t just a niche focus either. CES itself really will strongly be dominated by 4K technology on many levels, particularly those that relate to TVs, content and cameras.

For starters, this year’s CES will be the first in which the TVs that get unveiled by major manufacturers predominantly come with ultra HD screens and all the associated content technologies that come with UHD. This will be a major tend for the entire 2015 production line of flagship TVs from the likes of LG, Sony, Panasonic and Samsung but CES 2015 is where we’re first going to see the trend put out on display as several home entertainment technology leaders showcase their latest and best TVs, all of which will come with ultra HD resolution.

1080p Full HD is still going to remain by far the dominant format for most of the TVs that sell worldwide for at least the next couple of years but its status as the top-shelf mainstream resolution standard is now going to be officially over.

Quantum Dots from Samsung and LG

Quantum dots are going to play a major role in the designs of some of the latest TV screens from LG and Samsung at this year’s CES, and we might even see the technology unveiled by more than a couple of other TV manufacturers.

What is quantum dot technology? Quite simply it’s a not so new screen design development that has finally been made feasible thanks to new manufacturing procedures developed by both LG and Samsung. With quantum dots –tiny polarized particles of semiconducting nano-crystals—4K TVs can have near OLED or possibly even OLED equivalent levels of color gamut and image vibrancy without the extreme expense of using Organic Light Emitting Diodes in their screens.

While the LG lineup of OLED TVs released in 2015 offered some of the most spectacular image quality of any 4K models for the year, the sheer cost of manufacturing them resulted in insanely steep consumer price tags.

With the introduction of 4K TVs with quantum dots, LG hopes to offer a viable alternative at a much lower cost and Samsung is hoping to do the same without ever having had to go through the process of unveiling OLED 4K TVs as LG did.

Quantum dot fluid being prepared at a laboratory in Germany

Quantum dot fluid for 4K LCD TVs being prepared at a laboratory in Germany

OLED Becomes more Affordable

Speaking of OLED technology, the 4K TVs that have it courtesy of LG are also expected to go downwards in price as of this year’s CES. There’s no confirmation on this of course but it is well known that LG itself has definitely wanted to decrease the price of its OLED line of 4K TVs in an effort to make them sell to a wider customer base.

Currently, even the smallest 55 inch OLED set costs about $3,500 and LG’s larger 77 inch models are retailing for over $10,000. As of CES, we might see the smallest of the OLED line of 4K TVs start to dip below the $3,000 line for the first time even as new features are added to them.

LG’s New, faster, slimmer 4K TVs

In addition to quantum dots and lower priced OLED 4K TVs, LG is also definitely going to be revealing a slimmer, faster and lighter line of new 4K TVs in general.

The company has already made clear that it has invested considerable development in creating a 2015 lineup of 4K sets that are thinner than ever, have a much more streamlined new Smart TV interface thanks to their new webOS 2.0 update and feature less bezel space than ever before.

Furthermore, all of 2015’s new LG UHD TVs that are going on display at CES will come with a new type of LED technology for their edge-lighting, which is supposed to considerably improve image brightness, especially when combined with the quantum dots we already covered above.

Particular improvements are expected in the LG line of premium “ColorPrime” TVs, which are expected to show improvements of as much as 30% in their color displays over 2014 models.

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Content Takes Front and Center

CES 2014 was the year of the first pioneering steps for ultra HD 4K content and CES 2015 will be the event in which 4K content starts to really go mainstream. In just one year, we’ve moved between these two extremes and the major announcements around 4K media at the upcoming CES show will be headline events.

This year’s event is expected to be the place where a number of companies announce improvements to the way in which they can deliver ultra HD movies and shows to the expanding number of homes with 4K TVs. Furthermore, established 4K media providers who are already delivering UHD content to some degree are expected to unveil new developments in how this content is delivered and expanded upon.

4K Cameras Galore

At CES 2015, we can expect an utter explosion in the number of new cameras being offered by just about every manufacturer who can produce them. These will include 4K DLSRs, hybrids, camcorders and action cameras from companies like GoPro, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung and even LG.

Given the massive growth of 4K display technology (as will be represented by dozens of new 4K TV models at this year’s show), it’s no wonder that the interest in 4K resolution for video will automatically extend to all of these new cameras we’re going to see.

Thus, the overwhelming majority of the cameras that arrive at CES will be 4K machines and they will come out at prices that are far more attractive than those seen in 2014. At the same time, these cameras will come with improved specs such as better internal SD memory, ubiquitous WiFi and NFC connectivity and improved frame rates for 4K video shooting.

Innovative 4K Cameras like GoPro's new Hero 4 Black are just a precursor to the new video recording innovations expected from CES 2015.

Innovative 4K Cameras like GoPro’s new Hero 4 Black are just a precursor to the new video recording innovations expected from CES 2015.

 Story by 4k.com

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