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