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New 4K ultra HD TV developments from LG, Samsung and others coming to CES 2016

by on December 29, 2015
 

Stephan Jukic – December 29, 2015

CES 2015 gave us presentations of some truly spectacular 4K ultra HD technologies for the rest of the year and one of its particular focus points in this industry was on TVs. At last year’s event we got to see the unveiling of LG’s new 2015 OLED 4K models, some spectacular new display technologies like wider color gamuts and HDR from several brands and a whole pile of other new developments in home entertainment technology.

As things stand, CES 2016 looks like it’s going to be even more impressive and again, particularly for 4K UHD TV technology. At this next year’s event, on the verge of coming up in January, we can look forward once again to a number of cool developments from several brands.

Let’s see some of what’s in store for 2016.

Sony

Sony was one of the companies to first emerge with their own version of quantum dot wide color technology in earlier years and in 2015 they also dug quite deeply into HDR for their 4K TVs but aside from that, the fundamental design of their televisions in the Bravia line hasn’t changed all too enormously, so for this next year’s CES, we’re expecting some switch to more interesting innovations in TV technology.

These might come in the form of the company’s CLED technology which was first announced at CES 2012 and then apparently promptly forgotten as far as public unveilings go. CLED stands for crystal LED and while the technology has gone through some rather tricky development spurts since its first reveal, it could possibly be a new thing to capture the market for superior TV displays. Other than that, we can also possibly look forward to Sony finally coming out with an OLED 4K TV, now that both Panasonic and LG are in this specialized 4K TV market segment.

Samsung

Samsung’s major 2015 developments in the 4K TV arena were quite impressive indeed. First of all, the company released their entire SUHD line of 4K TVs with quantum dot color across the board and HDR capacity at least in some models, and then they also moved their whole TV line over to their new and improved Tizen smart TV platform.

For 2016, we don’t have a great deal of concrete information to offer but we do strongly suspect that we’ll be seeing even more fine tuning of the Tizen smart TV platform and there is also a possibility of an OLED 4K TV at some point in the next year, though this is far from confirmed. Furthermore, we can certainly look forward to yet another line of this company’s generally spectacular 4K UHD TVs, many once again coming with HDR contrast technology built into them. Finally, we can look forward to Samsung offering up more information on the new Ultra HD Blu-ray player that they’re working on releasing.

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LG

One absolutely concrete 4K UHD TV development from LG (which also applies to other devices from the company) will be the CES 2016 release of their new and hopefully spectacular webOS 3.0 smart platform. WebOS 2.0 was definitely one of the winners of 2015 4K TV technology and was considered by many reviewers to be the best 4K UHD TV interface design of the year among all brands. Whether webOS 3.0 maintains this title for 2016 remains to be seen but we can at least be fairly sure that it will be an improvement over the already great version 2.0 we’ve come to know.

Additionally, we do know that LG will take advantage of next year’s CES event to unveil their new and still development-stage rollable OLED TV with a 55 inch screen which can literally be rolled right up and slipped into a tube for ridiculously easy transportation. While the company certainly won’t start selling this genuinely futuristic TV in 2016 and is reportedly still working on effective battery technology for the device, we should at least be able to see a working model appear in Las Vegas.

Finally, we can definitely look forward to new 4K UHD OLED TV models (of the non-rollable variety) emerging and also going on sale in 2016.

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Lg’s rollable OLED screen

Hisense

While Hisense isn’t nearly as shiny a brand name as Samsung, LG, Sony or Samsung in the 4K TV world, the company has large ambitions about being recognized as a serious brand. Thus at CES 2016, they will be unveiling their new flagship XT910 4K ultra HD TV. While this certainly isn’t the first major 4K TV from the brand, the X910 rolls out the whole nine yards of top-shelf specs, with a 10-bit color display panel, HDR support, 4K resolution (obviously) full-array local dimming technology and assorted 4K UHD video services and apps baked right into its smart platform. In other words, the expectation for the XT910 is that it will be a genuine high end 4K TV of the same caliber as other flagship models put out by more famous brands.

Additionally, we’re expecting other display technology advancements from Hisense in the form of their new ULED screen lighting technology, which is supposed to deliver superior brightness and color rendering that almost matches the highly advanced Rec. 2020 standard. Most importantly of all, Hisense’s top shelf TV models are expected to arrive on shelves at prices which will worry more recognized brands. Maybe 2016 is the year in which Hisense pulls a Vizio-style 4K TV industry coup of gaining recognition for both quality and extremely low price tags.

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Panasonic

Finally we come down to Panasonic and their guaranteed unveiling of the company’s new CZ950 and CZ952 4K OLED TVs. These two new models will be the first non-LG OLED 4K TV models to actually head for retail sales and while their prices will surely be as steep as those of LG’s OLED UHD models, we can at least look forward to some competitive flair hitting the OLED 4K TV market in this next year thanks to Panasonic.

We’re also expecting a wide range of more conventional 4K UHD LED/LCD TVs to be unveiled by Panasonic and some of the top-shelf models in this area will undoubtedly come with HDR support, 10.bit wide color gamut and possibly an updated version of Panasonic’s Firefox OS smart TV platform.

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  • Jeff
    December 30, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    Any idea if Vizio will incorporate HDR in their upcoming sets?

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  • John
    December 30, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    4K Ultra HD Blu-ray players? Movies?

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      December 31, 2015 at 2:47 am

      Hello John. We’ve got some high expectations for announcements in both of these arenas during CES 2016 or shortly after. We’re fairly sure that the Blu-ray Disc Association is keen on an early 2016 release of both technologies, whether at CES or shortly after. However, right now it’s still too early for concrete information.

      We are also fairly sure that a 4K Blu-ray player is coming from Sony in 2016 and Panasonic is also definitely working on this right now. However, check back to the site roughly around CES 2016, between January 4th and the 9th for many more details. We’ll definitely cover anything Blu-ray related as it emerges in the following days.

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  • Tom Mariner
    December 31, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    4K — who cares! If it ain’t OLED they lose. But some idiot consumers will get fooled by the hype.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      This is demonstrably not true –assuming I’m understanding you correctly. While 4K LCD TV technology is not yet quite as good as the extraordinary quality of OLED in 4K displays, there are many models in the LCD/LED sphere which deliver spectacular visual specs, far outstripping the qualities of conventional HD TVs or even of older 4K TV models. The Sony X950B, X940C, Samsung’s top-shelf SUHD JS9000 and JS9500 models all being notable examples of superb picture quality despite a lack of OLED.

      Furthermore, given the price of OLED. many consumers are actually more excited about new LCD/LED TV releases than they are about the latest OLED 4K models, at least for now while the price of OLED displays remains very high.

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  • Mark
    January 2, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Stephen – I was told by a sales person at a major brick and mortar store last month that OLED TVs in general are not as “fast” as conventional LCD TVs when it comes to sports viewing and other high speed action. As a result OLEDs will show trails, lags, etc. Is this accurate, and if so will newer (2016) OLEDs resolve this issue? Thanks

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 3, 2016 at 6:22 pm

      Hello Mark. Quite honestly this is something we’ve never seen ourselves or heard of as a general rule in OLED 4K TVs from LG. Possibly some specific models deal with sports and action content a bit worse or better than others or than some top-end LCD/LED TVs but the quality overall for these kinds of content in these OLED models is generally across the board superb. Either the sales person in question was simply making up that “fact” or were badly mistaken based on an experience with a bad run of units. As for 2016 OLEDs. It’s very likely that they will generally be even better TVs and we’re particularly looking forward to seeing how webOS 3.0 turns out after the success of version 2.0 but again since the lags and trails weren’t a problem with 2015 OLEDs in any of our general experience, there isn’t much to correct there either.

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  • Chris
    January 3, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    55″ Panasonic OLED please.

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    • Stephen
      Stephen
      January 4, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Hi Chris.. I think that a lot of people are really waiting to see how these anticipated TVs turn out. I lean towards an optimistic opinion. Panasonic is a great company that makes some fantastic 4K TVs and their OLEDs will likely be superb. Not to mention that some much needed competition to LG’s OLED display dominance would be refreshing to see.

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