Toshiba Launching new Ultra HD 4K TV that Runs Android on Asian Market

by on October 21, 2014

by Stephan Jukic – October 21, 2014

Toshiba will soon be selling its new L9450 lineup of Android powered 4K TVs on the Asian market and will also be unveiling a much more economical Full HD L54 model for sale at the same time.

The new Ultra HD L9450 range of Toshiba TVs will be going on sale starting first in Singapore and from there will be released to consumer markets all across Asia at the end of October.

The new 4K TV apparently is going to run on the Android 4.4.4 OS by Google and will come in sizes ranging between 50, 65 and 84 inches. Oddly however, according to new latest on the TV, its Android OS will not be upgradable to the 5.0 version.

In terms of features, the new L9450 line is obviously not on par with the latest from Panasonic or LG but does come loaded with plenty of great 4K specs. First of all, there is the Toshiba Cevo 4k image processing engine that has thus far delivered great results for the company’s UHD TVs.

The 84" inch model of the Toshiba L9450 4K TV  on display

The 84″ inch model of the Toshiba L9450 4K TV on display

Then there is also an intelligent scene optimizer that automatically changes display settings to suite a scene. Furthermore, we’ll be seeing a feature called “active movie resolution plus”, also known as (AMR 3100) which is supposed to reduce motion blur in fast action sequences both under 4K and “upscaled” Full HD settings.

The 50 and 60 inch models of the L9450 comes with the addition of a wider color gamut panel that delivers 14% more color tones than the TV’s 2013 predecessor and all three of the new L9450 models will come with the addition of digital video broadcasting support (DVB-T2), which will allow them access to free-to-air HD channels in Singapore and any other Asian countries that use the DVB-T2 standard.

In contrast with other Smart TVs that run their own proprietary WebOS operating systems (such as those in Samsung and Panasonic 4K TVs), the Toshiba L94 line of TVs are certified to work on the Android platform and more specifically on Android 4.4.4 KitKat.

Furthermore, the L9450 offers support for as many as eight different user accounts so that several different members of a household can maintain their own personal profiles on the set with their own entertainment selections and social media/web applications running without having to constantly log out from all of them when handing control to another family member.

One downside of the Android OS on the Toshiba L9450 is the slight clunkiness of the navigation system being used. This is because many of the Android friendly apps work on swipe gestures that the TV’s remote can’t actually imitate and controlling these features requires using a nub on the remote to move the pointer for app control.

However, there are ports for attaching a wireless keyboard and a mouse available, making navigation on the Android ecosystem in the 4K TV easier.

The new L9450 TVs will be going on sale for $1838, $3,998 and $14,395 USD for the 50”, 65” and 84” inch models respectively.


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