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From January 5-8, 2022, CES® has returned to Las Vegas – this year as a hybrid event, after last year's Consumer Electronics Show had to be purely digital due to the ongoing pandemic. During the CES, many manufacturers announce their new TV models for 2022, including technical innovations and of course the first glimpses of the upcoming models. Of course, new OLED TVs are are at the ready again this year, but Mini and Micro LED technology are also becoming more dominant on the TV market. And what about the new QD technology? What surprises still await us? Find out everything about CES 2022 here!
The corporate giant is redesigning the user interface of its streaming app Amazon Prime Video. In the future, you will navigate through the subsections of the service via a menu on the left side. This should make navigation easier and more clearly overall.
The update is expected to be released in the next few weeks and will then gradually find its way to all TVs and platforms. First on all common operating systems such as Android and Google TV, then on mobile devices and consoles.
As part of its corporate strategy, the South Korean electronics group is now expanding the licensing of its in-house operating system webOS even further and intends to license the control center to around 200 TV manufacturers from the low-end sector in the future.
Last year, a total of 20 brands – including Blaupunkt and Konka – were already supplied with the software. LG is looking to reposition itself as a software company in the future. “We can’t survive by just selling devices,” a senior executive was quoted.
Amazon is once again turning the price screws and provides you with numerous top offers for the hottest TVs long before this year’s Black Friday.
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Sony’s first QD OLED, the A95K, is now available for purchase. The direct competitor to Samsung’s S95B also comes with a new display technology and provides an additional boost to the already high quality level of OLEDs. Besides this new flagship, you can now also buy the conventional models from the other three series, the A75K, A80K and the A90K.
As reported by the South Korean technology website “TheElec”, Samsung is temporarily halting the production of LCDs due to insufficient demand. Several panel manufacturers such as BOE and CSOT are affected. Initially, this step will last until the end of July. If there is no significant change in the stock until then, the decision could remain even beyond that. Samsung has already reduced the delivery target from 45 million expected units originally to 40 million today.
According to information from Sammobile, Samsung has announced that it will support Philips Hue Lightbars with the upcoming SmartThings update. The dimmable lights synchronize with the TV’s screen – similar to Ambilight – and would thus be an interesting alternative solution to Philips’ intelligent backlight. However, it is not yet clear when the update will be released.
Owners of Sony LCD TVs built in 2021 and 2022 will receive a new firmware update with the version number v6.5929. The software update now allows you to select the VRR mode in combination with “Auto Local Dimming” and not only benefit from a smoother display when gaming, but also from an adjusted contrast at the same time.
If you want to turn your TV up to full capacity in VRR, you can now also do that via the “Maximum Brightness” option.
With the release of the Gaming Hub last week, Samsung also jumped on the cloud gaming bandwagon. Barely a few days old, the South Korean TV manufacturer now implements the paid game streaming platform Luna on its smart TVs alongside Google Stadia, xCloud and GeForce Now. Thus, your game library will again increase in terms of variety.
Numerous gaming controllers are supported. These include the DualSense controller from Playstation and a range of Xbox controllers. According to Samsung, your TV needs to have program version 1302.5 to use the service.
With the Philips PUS7607 and PUS 7657, Philips has introduced two new LCD TVs with 60 Hertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. panels, HDMI 2.0 and the new Saphi interface. This is supposed to provide clearer menu structure and thus simplify navigations. The main difference between the two models lies in the color scheme. While Philips paints the PUS7607 matte black, the PUS 7657 gets a silver finish. In addition, the stand of the 50″ and 55″ variants has two adjustment positions. Both are available in 43″, 50″, 55″, 65″ and 70-inch sizes each.
According to a report from The Elec, the electronics manufacturer from South Korea is planning to produce micro-LED TVs based on LTPS TFTs in the third quarter of this year. By using this technology, Samsung will be able to manufacture its TVs smaller in the future.
As an explanation: LTPS is the abbreviation for Low Temperature Pole Silicon. Due to this overall more compact design, pixel sizes can be kept smaller. Thus, a higher pixel density is realized. The required panels are provided by AUO, a Taiwanese display manufacturer. The production start already scheduled for May was delayed due to the pandemic situation and price problems.
Following the OLED models A90K and A75K, which have been available for pre-order for a short time, the first two mini LED TVs, the Z9K and the X95K, have now appeared in the Japanese electronics manufacturer’s store and will be available to you shortly. Besides OLEDs and the new QD OLEDs, Sony now also provides the market of backlit TVs with the smaller LED version.
Sony has announced that the two OLED TVs Bravia XR Master Series A90K and Bravia XR A75K are now available for pre-order. While the A75K is available in 55 and 65 inches, the A90K is only available in 42 and 48 inches for now. In addition, the Japanese electronics manufacturer starts a cashback campaign where you can get up to 300 Euros back, depending on the TV model.
With electronics manufacturer BOE from China, there will be more activity in the supplier market for OLED displays in the future. While LG Display was the only producer of panels with self-luminous pixels for a long time, Samsung is now also focusing on this sector with its subsidiary Samsung Display.
Soon, a third player will now step into the market, which could cause prices to drop in the OLED sector. The company wants to deliver the first 300,000 panels in sizes from 55 to 95 inches to cooperation partners before the end of this year.
As the independent analyst firm Omdia has now announced, revenues from television sales are expected to fall by around 15 percent worldwide in 2022 to around USD 133 billion. The reason, it said, was the ongoing pandemic situation in previous years and the increased interest in TV sets during this period.
Microsoft and Samsung have announced that the Xbox app, which lets you stream over 100 Xbox games, will appear on Samsung TVs from 2022 on June 30. This means that you only need a controller to play and no longer need your own console.
As part of this year’s Milan Design Week, LG unveiled two new OLED TVs in cooperation with premium lifestyle brand Moooi from the Netherlands. The exclusive design of “Easel” and “Posé” is called the LG OLED Object Collection.
The special feature: Via remote control, you activate a fabric cover that virtually shrinks the visible screen area. In addition to an Evo panel and the new A9 processor, LG offers a 4.2-channel sound system with a total output of 80 watts.
The most popular TV in gaming gets a limited Star Wars special edition limited to 501 copies. The design of the LG OLED evo C2 in 65 inch has been slightly adapted in cooperation with Lucasfilm, and some changes have been made. On the back, the C2 – kept completely in black – has been furnished with the emblem of the Galactic Empire.
When powering up, Darth Vader’s world-famous rattle can be heard. The navigation mouse becomes a lightsaber and on the TV’s packaging you’ll be greeted by the dark father. New artwork from the Star Wars universe is also waiting in Gallery Mode. Of course, each version comes with a certificate of authenticity. The special version will likely be sold out quickly despite the slight price increase to 3,300 Euros.
It was planned that the subsidiary of Samsung Electronics would stop producing LCD displays in 2020 already. However, due to the ongoing pandemic situation, Samsung Display continued production at the explicit request of the parent company. In June, however, it will finally stop and no more liquid crystal displays will roll off the production line. The reason: Samsung simply cannot keep up with the falling prices and the tough market situation.
When it comes to televisions, Germany is now almost only familiar with one thing: Smart TVs! In the past four months of this year, 96 percent of over 1.6 million televisions sold were so-called smart TVs. That is 2 percent more than in the previous year. In terms of screen diagonal, the 55-inch size leads the way with 44 percent. This is followed by 65-inch TVs with over 20 percent.
Although Samsung Electronics is still in negotiations with LG to deliver WOLED TV panels, a launch of low-cost OLED TVs this year seems to be off the table. The reason is decreasing demand due to the overall decline in the Covid 19 pandemic infection situation. This is also accompanied by a drop in prices for LCD screens. So the South Korean TV manufacturer is currently in no hurry.
According to the British market research company Omdia, global sales of televisions will decline by around 20 percent in 2022. The analysts name the removal of corona restrictions and rising inflation as the reason. In addition, the market is expected to shift to the newer OLED technology and sales of LED-LCD televisions will decrease accordingly.
The Chinese electronics company has launched the world’s first true 8K QLED display. The 55-inch 8K AMQLED display is able to combine electroluminescence – already used in OLED panels – and quantum dot technology. According to BOE, this makes the display the first active self-emitting quantum dot display of its kind.
Samsung continues to negotiate with LG Display in order to increase its small OLED portfolio. However, the ongoing talks have been unsuccessful so far. Accordingly, no additional OLED models from the South Korean manufacturer could be launched this year.
It has now been announced that Samsung has postponed the production of a first pilot production of displays with the so-called Quantum Dot Nanorod LED technology. This also pushes back the market launch. Nanorod LEDs are smaller than the previous mini-LEDs and are supposed to further improve the display performance.
Panasonic has unveiled its TV lineup for this year at an online press event. With the models LZW2004, LZW1004 and LZW984, the company also addresses the German market. The whole product portfolio will be equipped with the new OLED.EX panel. The Japanese TV manufacturer also promises more gaming features and a 42-inch size.
LG unveiled the first TV with the so-called OLED.EX technology at SID 2022. The panel of the 97-inch giant is said to increase in brightness by up to 30 percent thanks to deuterium, while at the same time treating the pixels with more care and thus increasing their lifespan.
At this year’s ISE in Barcelona, Samsung will reveal a new type of modular micro-LED display with the smallest pixel pitch in any panel yet produced by the manufacturer – the so-called The Wall Display technology. A total of three fresh models of this kind will be presented during the convention.
LG Display is already thinking beyond the OLED evo panel and will probably equip its TVs with so-called “micro-lenses” next year. This new technology should ensure that the comparatively dark OLED TVs make a leap in brightness. Up to 1200 nits should be possible. At the same time, the energy consumption will also be reduced.
According to a new study by Omdia, customers remain skeptical when it comes to 8K TV, as there is still little content available that adds significant value to TVs otherwise. The significantly higher price also continues to deter customers.
Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card support via HDMI 2.1 is now available on all PlayStation 5 consoles. A simple restart of the console should be enough here and no update is necessary.
As part of the iF Design Awards, Philips has released the first information and images of the top-of-the-line Philips OLED907 and OLED937 models. The new lineup is announced for the 2nd quarter of this year.
TCL‘s huge 98-inch QLED model features full array local dimming, HDMI 2.1, Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits, and Google TV.
So far, only high-end LG TVs are capable of Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits gaming, but the feature is expected to be available on more TVs in 2023 through a new MediaTek chip. This includes TVs from Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony.