Wednesday, 16 January 2013

CES 2013: Bigger, it seems, is better

For the first time in a few years, the focus for TV manufacturers at CES wasn’t just 3DTV. Instead we saw the top brands competing to bring us the largest screen size possible. Samsung and HiSense stood out by showcasing impressive 110“ displays complete with Ultra-HD whilst LG, Panasonic and Sharp all unveiled new models ranging from 55” to 80”.

Picture quality is of course equally important and visitors to the show were able to see OLED and 4K Ultra HD taking centre stage with four times the pixels of HDTV and twice the resolution. Competing with OLED was Sharp’s IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) image technology which also offered 4K Ultra-HD and superb energy efficiency to its LCD range.

It was encouraging to see both Panasonic and Samsung launching new smart TV interfaces, features included voice and movement recognition, individual recognition to personalise the TV home-screen and split screen capability allowing users to do view things at once.

Prototypes like 8K display and curved TVs also grabbed attention which is no mean feat at the world's biggest gadget show.

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