CES this year seems to have a strong focus on television sets, and new super high resolution 4k screens are stealing the show.
LG Electronics are getting high priority this year as they have announced a new 55 inch OLED screen, that is 3/16 of an inch thick and their latest screen is 84 inches with a 4k resolution.
Samsung have also announced some ‘super’ OLED screens and say they offer “the ultimate in vividness, speed and thinness, with true-to-life picture quality, enhanced color accuracy and motion picture quality even in the fastest scenes.”
4K resolution is much higher than current 1080p televisions, which run at 1920×1080 (thats how they get the 1080p). The 4K standard is 4096×2160 which offers a much higher resolution that the current Bluray standard can produce. Of course this means that a new standard will have to be introduced for the home market, but this seems quite a way from release. We can’t see a huge audience abandoning bluray already for another format. Film-makers are moving to 4K camera technology now for their latest films, so we can see this being adopted in the next 5 years.
If this isn’t enough then Sharp Corporation have announced an 8K prototype television which is double the resolution of the 4K sets, which aren’t even available yet. The company also announced a new range of AQUOS Freestyle TV’s which are wireless, very thin and can be moved around a home while still delivering images. They are making 20 inch, 30 inch, 40 inch and 60 inch versions, although we don’t think a 60 inch television set is very portable!
Sony have made their presence known with a range of televisions with Corning Inc’s Gorilla Glass which is scratch resistant and easy to clean. We have seen this being used on some of the latest laptops, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad X1. The new Sony HX range with Gorilla Glass will be released in 46 inch and 55 inch sizes with a more modest 1080p resolution.
Kitguru says: If you want to learn about upcoming television technology then CES is certainly the place to be.