8K TV Roundup: CES 2019 in 90 Seconds
Sony, Samsung, LG, TCL and Sharp all show off their latest 8K TV innovations at CES 2019, and we have the highlights in 90 seconds or less.
Sony officially announced the new 85-inch and 98-inch MASTER Series Z9G 8K LCD TVs during CES 2019, which includes the Master Series' Netflix Calibrated Mode and IMAX Enhanced features, as well as the latest generation Picture Processor X1 Ultimate to make sure streamed content is delivered as the artists intended.
Samsung continues to elevate its game from its existing 88-inch, $14,999 8K. At the show, the company showed five new 8K sizes: 65-, 75-, 82-, 85, and a monster 98-inch 8K unit. The 65-inch has a retail price of just $4,999, making 8K even more affordable for consumers.
LG showed off its top-of-the-line 8K 88-inch Z9 OLED and the 75-inch SM99 LCD at CES, as well as its “wallpaper” W9 TV. It garnered even more buzz with its 4K Signature 65-inch rollable OLED TV technology. The product is due out this spring.
It will present a new design challenge for integrators who have gotten used to presenting clean walls with no credenza or cabinet below the TV, but the rollable LG unit will require something of that nature to accommodate the base station housing, which has a new 100-watt Dolby Atmos speaker built into it. The TV is not designed to come downward from the ceiling.
TCL already has six 4K Roku TVs on the market for as low as $1,800, and the company added a 75-inch 8K, quantum-dot QLED panel at CES 2019. TCL is focusing on its backlighting technology as a differentiator.
Sharp was actually one of the first to show 8K at CES… back in 2013. The company, which is now part of Foxconn, once again was at the show in Las Vegas with its Aquos LV-70X500E 8K flat panel.
Huawei, too, was an early presenter of 8K displays, demonstrating prototypes at CES 2018 and again in 2019. Best known for mobile phones, PCs and processors (and scandal, these days), the company has not announced availability for 8k sets.
Hisense, Vizio and Panasonic were also at CES 2019 with their latest 4K TVs, but not 8K.
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