Meet Oppo’s new UDP-203 4K ultra HD HDR Blu-ray player
Correction Update: We originally reported that the UDP-203 supports Dolby Vision HDR. This was incorrect. HDR10 is the standard in this device with the future possibility of a Dolby Vision firmware update. The piece as been edited to fit this information.
Stephan Jukic – September 22, 2016
While most 4K-savvy consumers are definitely familiar with the 4K ultra HD Blu-ray players of Samsung, Philips, Panasonic and now even Microsoft through its Xbox One S (all of which were released in 2016) fewer people probably know about the brand Oppo.
Well despite the company’s lack of broader mass consumer market brand recognition, its executives have decided to take a big crack at the 4K Blu-ray media market with their new UDP-203 4K BD player. In a market where demand for 4K Blu-ray media players is already definitely larger than supply, Oppo is putting out the new device with a quality—accustomed audience in mind, at least according to what we’ve heard so far. You see, the Oppo isn’t a budget 4K disc player. Instead, its manufacturer decided to put together a premium product with high end specs aimed at rivaling what’s already available from the more famous brands mentioned above.
Oppo is already known to many fans for its DVD and Blu-ray players and models like the BDP-103 and 103D BD players in particular. The brand is also a developer of mobile devices such as the Oppo F1 and Oppo F1 Plus. Thus Oppo is certainly no stranger to digital cinema technology and with this expertise under their belt the company’s aims at creating a 4K disc player like the UDP-203 have some weight to them.
The company announced the upcoming release of the UDP-203 through their Facebook page recently and the player is expected to hit the shelves in certain markets by the end of 2016. Oppo has specifically indicated that a holiday 2016 release is their intended timeframe but this deadline isn’t too rigid since the development of the UDP-203 is supposed to be more about ensuring a quality product than pushing it out in time for a key sales date.
In any case, the new device comes loaded with all the features and specs we’d expect from a premium 4K Blu-ray device. These include support for HDR10 standards, dual HDMI 2.0 ports, USB 3.0 connectivity and bitstreaming audio power for users who want the robust sound quality of Dolby Atmos in their living room. The inclusion of HDR10 makes the UDP-203 a robust platform for high dynamic range in a majority of content sources with the standard formatted into them, though we’re so far unsure if the new device will also include Dolby Vision high dynamic range support via firmware, due to problems with licensing and integration. For now though, HDR10 is more dominant anyhow in the still limited current 4K Blu-ray market.
As we said above, the UDP-203 isn’t directed at the budget market and as a premium player, it’s going to retail for a higher price than you might expect for a device from a lesser-known brand. Oppo is claiming a release retail price of $499, which is about $100 more than the 4K Blu-ray machines of Samsung, Philips and Microsoft’s 4K Blu-ray-capable Xbox One S.
We’ll have to see how the UDP-203 from Oppo actually measures up in practice only after it’s been released to the consumer market or to reviewers on a pre-sale basis but for now, what we’re hearing about the device and its development definitely sounds good. At the very least, the new product will be a welcome alternative to the small existing selection of 4K BD players.
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