Consumer Electronics Show (CES) always witnesses a huge participation from all the top TV manufacturers, who love to flaunt the latest technology they have in store for their consumers. The previous edition of CES left us with a glimpse of what this year’s CES might have for us. With 4K to 8K resolutions, with the constantly expanding screen sizes, and the ever increasing curves, the CES 2016 was one of the most anticipated events of the year and it did not disappoint either. Every year big guns like Sony, LG, Philips, and so on, come out with their latest television sets and this year’s event in Las Vegas was no exception either. But, 2016 is no ordinary year for television. 2015 saw flashes of the new TV technology that is all set to revamp the concept of TV, but 2016 is going to make it all a reality. If the show is anything to go by, 2016 is going to be a milestone year in the television history.
Sony is offering a 75-inch slim TV, XBR-X940D, complete with the direct LED backlighting system. The XBR- X930D comes in two versions – one with 55 inch screen, and the other with 65 inch screen. Both of them have the Slimline Backlight Drive Technology from Sony. This technology allows the television to offer better lighting for specific zone, while maintaining a slim body. Of the three models showcased from Sony, only XBR-X850D does not come with these features. However, all the three new models flaunted complete HDR-compatibility. These models, showcased in Las Vegas, use Sony’s display technology, Triluminos, with seamless HDR compatibility. Further, they are able to churn out crisp picture quality, thanks to the 4K Processor X1 inside them.
A Sony original, Backlight Masterdrive is what the company claims to be the future of displays. There were some prototypes that were on display at the show. This is a technology that seeks to do away with the shortcomings of the LCD and is being built as an alternative to OLED. With brightness levels peaking at 4000 nits and a large number of dimming zones, the Blacklight technology will be released over the coming years. Although OLED provides an exceptional picture quality, it is wrought with durability issues. This is why it has found very few takers among the TV manufacturers. If Backlight Masterdrive proves to be feasible, then it can become a serious replacement for OLED’s quality capabilities.
This is another serious contender against OLED, and has already proved its mettle. Panasonic’s DX900 series television flaunts this latest technology and promises superb contrast, and crystal clear picture quality. Despite ditching the OLED technology offering, these latest models will be able to rock top notch HDR, because of following the Honeycomb structure. What it means is that on the screen, the areas that are locally dimmed will always remain separated. This process removes any of the halo effect that LCDs
are infamous for and they also create rich contrasts on the screen. This is the reason that these models also flash the Ultra HD Premium badge and certification from THX.
The Smart Things
The new televisions from Samsung feature the SmartThings platform. This technology allows the users to connect all their smart devices to a central system. This centralized system turns every smart device in the home into the homeowner’s eyes and ears. The homeowners will be able to monitor each and every aspect of their house using this system. As the new Samsung televisions have this functionality built into them, they act as a monitor as well. This technology allows for video monitoring and storage of data, when necessary.
This has more of a ‘wow’ value than anything else. Samsung has come up with new transparent OLED screens. They are slim, beautiful, and exquisite to look at. It is not necessarily a brand new technology. This technology has been showcased before. But, it is certainly the first time that America has seen the transparent screens displayed at one of their electronic shows.
Panasonic also had a somewhat similar offering at the show with its Invisible Display. The company thinks that in a future living room, television should be visible only when it is in use. Planted on a bookshelf during the demo, the television looked like just a glass frame. But, as soon as it was turned on, it came to life. Once it was switched off, it went back to looking like a standard glass pane.
If LG would have it, people would be carrying 18” television sets in their pockets. At the CES 2016, LG showcased a full HD screen that can be completely bent. The television can go all the way around and touch the other side. However, this is more of a prototype than a complete product of its own. It can also be seen as a functioning fundamental block of sorts that will be used to build bigger televisions. The company has plans to actually extrapolate this technology to 55” screens. There is no set date on when that would happen, but it would be a really cool addition to any living room.
In addition to a transparent screen, Samsung gave the CES 2016 the biggest television screen so far. The 170” SUHD covered an entire wall. Now, before you get any ideas, no, it is not some new giant television model from the manufacturer. In fact, this offering from Samsung aims to put a full stop to the size war in the television industry. The 170” mammoth television was built by combining together a number of 20” screens. This is an impressive feat, and a rather, game-changer in this industry. This kind of a modular approach will solve the higher costs of transporting bigger TV sets, because they can now be broken down into smaller pieces. Moreover, Samsung can now make one standard-sized television screen, which can then be used to make a bigger television screen.