CES 2017: The Battle of the LEDs

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Among the many pioneering consumer products that are presented during this year’s CES in Las Vegas, LED TVs is maybe the hottest “battleground” category of them all. The research and development giants of the field are showcasing their best innovations, amazing the visitors as well as tech enthusiasts around the globe with what is coming in 2017.

Sony

Sony announced their new Bravia series that uses the latest Android TV platform by Google. These new TVs boast the Sony X1 Extreme processing unit that is able to produce stunning 4K HDR pictures. Moreover, the upscaling algorithm has been vastly improved so lower resolution content looks a lot nicer on the new Bravias. Finally, voice commands are supported through the Google Assistant so you won’t have to use a remote control with these TVs anymore.

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Samsung

Samsung has presented their pioneering “Quantum Dot” 4K TVs that are the first ones ever to be able to reproduce up to 99% of the chromatic spectrum, complying with the DCI-P3 standard. The level of fidelity is unprecedented, and this is achieved thanks to the nano-crystals that are used in the manufacturing of the Q-LED dots. These TVs use the latest Tizen OS, and they can connect to any smart device in the house by using the “Invisible Connection” system.

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LG

LG couldn’t stay away from all this of course, so they presented their new “Signature 4K OLED” that is exceptionally thin at only 2.57 mm! This makes it possible for the device to almost completely blend with the wall. It runs on the latest version of the WebOS (3.5), and supports the HLG, and the “Advanced HDR” technologies, along with the Dolby Vision and the HDR 10 that powered the previous models.

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Dell

Dell preferred to brake the 4K limit in an attempt to stand out against competition, so they presented their “UltraSharp 8K” TV that is able to push 33.2 million pixels on a density of 280 pixels per inch. Those who were lucky enough to see this amazing product from up close report that not only was this TV superb in terms of contrast and sharpness performance, but also in the chromatic rendering that achieved an alive result. This is also somewhat reaffirmed by the fact that this TV complies with the sRGB and the Adobe RGB standards. All this awesomeness comes at a cost of course, and that cost is set at $4999.

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My prediction for the next year’s show is that everyone will be presenting 8K TVs along with more budget-minded 4K products. Moreover, I would like to believe that this is the last time that we see “back-lighted” implementations presented as innovative. Since the styling, bezel size, connectivity, OSes, and max resolutions that our eyes can perceive have all reached nearly their maximum potential, we will now enter the age when all this becomes more and more affordable.

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