The quest for more pixels in your living room flat screen TV display has just gotten more inexpensive. The 4K TV movement hasn’t been gaining a lot of traction ever since these TVs got introduced in the market. The number one problem is, as per usual, the prohibitive prices that come with new stuff and perhaps the worry that there may not be a lot of 4K content out there yet.
For those who are not in the know yet, 4K simply refers to a new class of flat screen TVs with resolutions at least around 4 times the usual high-definition 1080p screens (see visual comparison of resolutions in the inset image at the right). That’s a lot of pixels to fill and there aren’t too much available content that can take advantage of that right now. But that may change soon with the advent of relatively cheaper models produced by some smaller flat screen TV brands looking to steal some thunder from the big guys (Samsung, LG, Sony, etc.). Which should be a good thing because those big guys won’t just stand around and get undercut by manufacturers who, as far as the reviews coming in are concerned, seems to be producing nice pieces of TV displays.
The Seiki 39″ 4K TV (Image courtesy of ElectronicsDB.net)
The cheapest I have found so far is the Seiki 39-inch 4K ultra-HD TV with a price tag of just $499 which can even be cheaper than some of the big boys’ lower resolution (1080p) HD LCD LED TVs. If you want bigger the company also produces a 50-inch model with similar specs. The price for that is around $900 which is also a pretty competitive price point for the amount of pixels you get. Another brand that’s looking to get into the cheap 4K TV scene is TCL which is offering a 50-inch unit at around $1,000. Similarly, Vizio announced in January’s Consumer Eletronics Show (CES) that it is also coming out with a 50-inch model priced at approximately $1,000.
This is definitely an exciting time for pixel-count watchers as they should soon be able to enjoy ultra high definition TV for a comparatively lower price than ever before. I’m pretty sure the big brands are going to follow suit sooner or later which should help keep the momentum of the inevitable price drops.
This got me wondering, can I use these ultra-HD TV displays as a computer monitor? Just imagine how much stuff you’d be able to fit into that screen! This is definitely a topic for future posts so please stand by!
LED LCD TVs
While most companies are experiencing the economic crunch amidst heavy discounts and thinning profit margins some are looking forward and beyond the situation are looking for ways on how to offset their losses.
Apparently, many flat screen tv makers are banking on the newer LED LCD TVs to get them through the current dip and perhaps take advantage of the predicted boom in this new LCD technology.
A Reuter’s report on this indicate a time frame:
“Going forward, the entire market will shift to LED. LED is the best television technology made available so far,” Sue Shim, Samsung’s senior vice president in charge of visual display sales and marketing, told the Reuters Global Technology Summit this week.
Research firm iSuppli forecast LCD TV LED revenue will soar nearly nine times to $1.4 billion in 2012 from $163 million in 2009. Globally, LEDs are being increasingly used in a wide array of applications including lighting, notebooks, mobile phones and televisions.
“One of our consumer surveys showed 78 percent of them were willing to pay up to 50 percent premium,” said Shim of Samsung.
Why are LEDs becoming popular? This may be due to the fact that LED LCD TVs are more energy efficient and are capable of saving up to 40% power. This is perfect for the increasing number of people who are looking to greener living.
The most obvious stumbling block for this thing to take off is the price as LEDs usually cost up to 50% more compared to conventional CCFL LCD TVs. But the consensus is that these will be overcome in the years to come as production prices go down and as more and more competition comes into the picture.
My next probably flat screen TV purchase would probably be one of these babies. Is it the thinnest LG LED LCD TV that I talked about in my previous post? Only time will tell.
In the mean time, I will hold on to my Polaroid lcd tv repair course survivor. hehe.
This news made me an LG fan.
LG Electronics just recently announced that they have come up with a 5.9 mm thick LCD to beat the 7 mm previous record by JVC with a 32″ LCD TV. These things are getting thinner and thinner!
How do they do it? Well, they incorporate LED lighting into the design. Instead of the usual CCFL backlighting, these sexy things utilize light-emitting diodes or commonly known as LEDs as backlight.
LG is not releasing these things out to the market yet though. The LED TV types still has a long way to go in the wallet-friendliness department and they will be very expensive if they come out right now.
How is the picture quality in these thin LCD TVs? It seems no one has any ideas yet. This news site is putting a little doubt on the picture quality side as no one has really seen actual working samples of these TVs.
I predict that they would probably be really good but I will have to see a real sample to come up with a final verdict.
Wow. A couple of score of years ago or so, televisions were like huge house furniture. Now we can literally hang them on walls! This thin lg lcd tv is just about 13.4 lbs which is way lighter than my dog (i could probably play catch with my dog with this tv).
Oh. Did I mention that this thin LG LCD TV is HD? :)
The Girl and the New Flat Screen TV (This always works). The TV's so thin I didn't even see it's there!
Image courtesy of PCWorld.