Bigger screens, boosted performance: Standout TVs from CES 2018

Panasonic’s new 4K TVs are compatible with HDR10+. —Panasonic/AFP Relaxnews pic
Panasonic’s new 4K TVs are compatible with HDR10+. —Panasonic/AFP Relaxnews pic

LAS VEGAS, Jan 13 — With spectacular designs, bigger screens, richer colours and sharper image quality, TVs once again took centre stage at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, notably driven by innovation from LG and Samsung. Here’s a look at some of the standout models from CES 2018.

A roll-up screen

LG caused a sensation in Las Vegas with two unusual TVs. The first incredible model has a screen that literally rolls up into the TV’s base when switched off. This makes the 65-inch ultra-high-definition OLED TV incredibly discreet when not in use. Although still a prototype, it could become a retail model within the next two years, seriously shaking up the TV market — although it won’t come cheap!

A supersized 8K TV

The second exceptional TV on the South Korean manufacturer’s stand is the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED TV, pushing back the limits even further with more than 33 million pixels (7680×4320) — 16 times more than regular Full HD (1920×1080). This type of screen has many advantages, displaying bright colors and deep blacks with wide viewing angles.

‘The Wall’

Samsung was out to turn heads with its huge 146-inch TV dubbed “The Wall.” It also debuts a new screen technology called MicroLED. These self-emitting diodes are smaller than regular LEDs and require no extra backlighting system. They also promise improved power efficiency and an increased lifespan. This TV has a modular design since it’s made up of smaller borderless displays, all of which are interchangeable. Samsung aims to bring “The Wall” to market during 2018. Expect a hefty price tag.

Samsung's ‘The Wall’ is a giant 146-inch TV. ― AFP pic
Samsung's ‘The Wall’ is a giant 146-inch TV. ― AFP pic

HDR 8K prototype

Over at Sony, all eyes were on a promising prototype: its first HDR 8K TV with X1 Ultimate processor. According to the Japanese manufacturer, this new model offers the best image quality yet in the history of its Bravia TV range. Screen brightness can reach up to 10,000 cd/sq m, the highest for the HDR format. Sony has not yet said when this kind of model could be available to buy.

HDR10+ 4KTVs

Panasonic was showing off its new 2018 range of 4K OLED TVs at CES. The FZ800 and FZ950 series — each with 55-inch and 65-inch models — all support HDR10+, a new more dynamic standard capable of adapting in different ways to sequences within the same video. This technology, developed in partnership with Samsung, will soon be rolled out to both brands’ devices. — AFP Relaxnews

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