CES 2013 Wows Fans With Numerous One-of-a-Kind TVs
January means the beginning of a new year, resolutions and the International Consumer Electronics Show, or CES. Las Vegas recently welcomed throngs of reporters and video bloggers as manufacturers unveiled what’s to come this year and beyond. Computers, smartphones and tablets attract the eye of every passing technophile, but television makers wouldn’t be outdone this year. Both Samsung and Sharp were among the names with big reveals, but they weren’t the only ones to make jaws drop at CES.
Sharp wants us to know that bigger really is better, and the company revealed the world’s largest LED HDTV to date. The company’s new lineup of big-screen televisions start at 60 inches; however, the largest goes to a 90-inch behemoth that weighs nearly 150 pounds. Of course, the Aquos set will have a 1080p resolution, so every movie or video game will be crystal clear and larger than life.
That’s not the only promise Sharp made at CES, however. A 60-inch set in the Aquos lineup boasts a 4K resolution and uses Purios technology. Sharp has been quick to point out that the picture is THX certified, which may make it the first of the 4K sets to claim that. The manufacturer has also packed just as many pixels in a smaller model, which measures just 32 inches, geared for business consumers.
The Quattron LEDs promise between 60 and 80 inches of 3D technology. Prices start at $4,000 and go all the way up to $6,500. As you’d expect, these are Smart TVs with Wi-Fi and a browser. You will have to purchase special 3D glasses to sync with the Active 3D TVs, though.
Samsung made it clear it’s still a force to reckon with at CES this year. Few smartphones have processors this powerful, but Samsung doesn’t care. The company is now adding powerful CPUs to Smart TVs, which means that your set will be able to do more than you ever expected. The UN60F8000 model is more than three and a half times faster than the fastest TVs released in 2012 thanks to the Cortex-A15 chip. The TV also features a front-facing camera, which will work for video chatting or gaming.
An OLED TV with the same processor enables simultaneous watching of two different shows. The 55-inch set displays different content to viewers based on their position from the screen. Want to watch your favorite drama while your spouse enjoys an hour of sitcoms? Simply pick your spot on the couch and try to ignore their laughter while you cry. This is made easier with the special glasses that allow you to hear the content that you want to enjoy and make this function possible. Impressively, Samsung’s KN55F9500 model offers both pictures at 1080p resolution.
But it’s not just about the hardware. This model uses Samsung’s new Smart Hub UI to provide you with video on demand, apps from Facebook to weather, and live TV with live thumbnail previews. If you happen to own a phone by the company, you can even switch your content to your S III and back. The My Content feature lets you share content across devices, too. This seems similar to Apple’s AirPlay but more convenient. If you own last year’s models and want to get your hands on Smart Hub UI, Samsung’s Evolution Kits make upgrading possible.
If 55 inches just aren’t enough, Panasonic announced an OLD set with an extra inch at CES. The giant set is just half an inch thick. A partnership with Sony allows the OLED television to use less energy in theory while still boasting a resolution over 4,000 pixels. Panasonic hopes that once you set your eyes on this set, no other set will be able to compete for your affection.
Panasonic is also steadfastly making plasma sets for consumers who will accept nothing but the best. The ZT60 is an example of the company’s 2013 offerings, and it comes with what the company is calling a Touch Pen to control on-screen activity and participate in apps.
It looks like 2013 is shaping up to be a sharp year for televisions.