CES 2019: Huge 8K TVs and OLED roller screens


Rolling OLED can disappear within its base.

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The ESC is, above all, a Show, which means that it's not necessarily the best place to have a real idea of ​​the televisions that people are going to buy this year.

Instead, it is the place where manufacturers try to outdo each other with extreme exhibitions that attract the best expressions of the audience and generate the best headlines for journalists. This year, the televisions shown at CES 2019 are bigger and more innovative than ever, but the most impressive will probably be very expensive.

Rolling OLED is real and will empty your wallet

My favorite television during the fair, without a doubt, was the Rollable OLED from LG of modest size of 65 inches. Seeing it in action, disappearing behind its base and reappearing to create a high-performance television is one of those things that become CES legends.

I also like this roll-up television because it's practical. A screen that can disappear when not in use frees up space on the wall and improves the decoration of the room by hiding a large black rectangle that is otherwise a kind of monstrosity when it is turned off. If your family wants to limit the time in front of the screen, it is good that this temptation simply disappears during the free hours.

The 2019 version will cost a fortune – LG has not defined a price, but my guess is that it will be at least US $ 10,000, approximately four times the cost of a standard 65-inch OLED – but in the next few years it could drop quickly if LG wants to gain an advantage over competitive, rigid and flat TVs based on LCD.

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The 85K and 98-inch 8K TVs are huge and will surely cost a fortune.

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8K TVs: Strictly for the ruthless wasteful of 2019

2019 is the year of 8K. Here are the main 8K resolution televisions announced at the fair that will be sent in 2019:

The price was not announced for any of these televisions, but all will be very expensive. The cheapest 8K TV at the moment is Samsung's smallest 65-inch model. I bet the US version will cost at least US $ 5,000.

The larger 8K computers are even more ridiculously expensive. Samsung's current 85-inch model is US $ 15,000 and I would be surprised if that price dropped by 2019. As for 98-inch equipment? The closest equivalent to the real world is the 100-inch Sony Z9D 4K TV, which cost US $ 60,000 when it went on sale in 2016. That price seems right for the 98-inch 8K models.

Beyond the price, there is the fact that the content of 8K is non-existent and the improvements in the image quality of more than 4K seem to be minimal, at best – well, at least in LG, Sony and Samsung , confirmed HDMI 2.1 input at 48 Gbps. This year, 8K is just a toy for the frivolous rich.

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Vizio launched more TVs with better image quality specifications than ever before.

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The good news? Better image quality, more competition

So, what about the simplest televisions that mortals can really afford? There is also a lot of promising information about them.

The complete alignment of Vizio It looks better than ever. Vizio has lost some of its market share to TCL in recent years, and is struggling in 2019 with a strong-looking lineup. The local attenuation everywhere, of course, but also the quantum dots in the conventional M series, more regulation zones and, in the Quantum X series of the P series, enough brightness to match the Sonys and Samsung's in the world.

TCL gets bigger. The largest Chinese television brand in the United States added a 75 inch size for US $ 1,800 to the Series 6 listed in the CNET Editors' Choice. On the other hand, TCL did not announce any new specific model for 2019, keeping that information, like Samsung, for the spring.

Hisense made cheaper the local attenuation of the Roku TV. Television based in China launched its own series of complete equipment with prices and the most promising aspect is that of the R8 Series. It has 64 healthy dimming zones in the size of 65 inches, wide color gamut, 700 nits of brightness and Dolby Vision, all for less than the TCL 6 series. Shipping will be "later in 2019" and the size of 55 inches It will cost US $ 600, while the 65-inch one will have an aggressive price of US $ 750.

More local attenuation everywhere. With the advent of HDR, my favorite LCD TV technology upgrade, the local attenuation of full matrices is appearing on more and more TVs. The three lower-priced brands mentioned above are selling FALD TVs, Sony introduced another one in the promising X950G series, and Samsung said it would have more FALD models than ever in 2019. That means more competition in the image quality of the TVs. Average price within the career of the dollar, one of my favorite parts of the television market.

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Soon your iPhone will connect nimbly with your TVs Vizio, LG and Sony.

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The 'lady' Smart TV will arrive in Cupertino

In the biggest surprise of the fair, basically all the big television companies announced that their equipment will be integrated in some way with Apple. Samsung seems to be the biggest winner: its 2018 and 2019 TVs are the only ones that get the real screen version of the iTunes Movies and TV app. But Sony, LG and Vizio can also connect nimbly with Apple devices. The three (together with Samsung) can work with the AirPlay 2 system, which uses the iPhones, iPad or Mac computers to control the reproduction of video, music and photos on the television. We have the complete demo at the Vizio stand.

That's all we got on the main television news of CES 2019. To finish, here's something to remind you that the technology of televisions can still surprise: LG's OLED cascade in 360 video (courtesy of Geoffrey Morrison) and images fixed. Enjoy it!

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