Tuesday, January 7
Today was the official start of International CES. The crowds were huge – almost every area of the massive Las Vegas Convention Center was crowded.
Now that we have all spent lots of money replacing our old picture tube television sets with big flat panel HDTVs, manufacturers are pushing the next big thing: Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV. Also known as 4K, UHD TV has about 8 million pixels compared to 2 million pixels in HDTV. The detail is incredible. The TV above is Samsung’s 105 inch diagonal, curved UHD TV. Samsung also showed a 110 inch flat UHD TV and an 85 inch bendable UHD TV which can move from flat to curved.
Size matters in UHD TV. Matching Samsung’s 110 inches were Chinese companies CNS and TCL. LG and Toshiba each had 105 inch UHD TVs in a 21 by 9 format, similar to a wide movie screen. Sharp measured in at 90 inches. Companies showing 85 inch UHD TVs included Panasonic, RCA, Sony and Chinese companies Changhong, Haier, Hisense, and Konka.
3D TVs which do not require glasses to view were shown by Haier, Konka, Samsung and Sharp. As with the Izon TV demonstrated on Monday, the glasses free 3D TVs did not have the intensity of 3D TVs which require glasses. However the 3D effect was very acceptable for casual viewing.
Tomorrow is my last day at CES, though the show runs through Friday.
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