Roll-up, modular and 8K: TV makes its mark at CES 2019
At CES this year, we’ve seen some big TV reveals that will really change the way we interact with our screens…
09 Jan 2019
So, let’s take a look at some of the most exciting CES announcements so far from the big TV and screen manufacturers…
Roll-up, roll-up… no, seriously, the roll-up TV is here!
LG has unveiled its consumer-ready, flexible, rollable TV at this year’s CES in Vegas.
Last year LG showcased its prototype TV with a flexible screen that neatly rolls away when not in use. Over the last 12 months, LG has managed to package this technology into a stunning piece of kit, saying it will be available to buy in the US later this year.
The base of the TV not only hides the screen when it’s not in use, but it also houses a 100W Dolby Atmos speaker, truly making this a TV and sound system all rolled into one.
Can't wait that long? See our current range of LG TVs
Image from Samsung
While LG may have mastered the rolling TV, Samsung unveiled its equally impressive 75-inch Micro LED Modular TV.
The striking thing about this TV is the complete lack of any visible bezel, which makes any image displayed on the screen seem like it just pops off the wall. But the true genius is in its modular design - it’s actually made from multiple individual panels, meaning you’ll be able to arrange the panels into practically any size or shape you see fit.
It certainly looks like 8K is here to stay and Sony appears to be fully committed, if the stunning 8K Master Series ZG9 TV is anything to go by. The ZG9 comes in two sizes - big and really big! If you want numbers, that’s an 85, and a 95-inch version. See The Gadget Show's verdict...
It’s not just about size either. Sony says it offers “the pinnacle of picture quality”, with the TV being “capable of displaying images that faithfully convey the creators’ intent”. The ZG9 will be available as part of the Master Series range later this year.
There’s some pretty exciting stuff going on in 4K, too, with the new flagship Bravia Master Series AG9 4K HDR OLED TVs being unveiled. Available in 55, 66 and 77 inches, they’re around half the thickness of previous models when wall-mounted, which means they’ll seamlessly blend into any space.
The colours will blow your mind too, with what Sony is calling Pixel Contrast Booster. This gives you stunning, deep blacks and stunningly vibrant colours. Sound gets a boost too, with sound produced from the screen itself!
Other announcements from Sony include details about the new XG90 and XG95. Available in sizes ranging from 49 to 85 inches, all will come with the latest Dolby Vision sound tech and the Android operating system.
Be sure to watch out for when these exciting new models hit the market.
In the meantime, view our latest Sony TVs
Image from Panasonic
This year, Panasonic revealed the GZ2000 - its new flagship OLED TV. The phrase ‘packed with features’ is often over-used, but in this case, it’s an understatement.
Panasonic claims that this is “the world’s most cinematic TV”, and they might just be right. The GZ2000 is the world’s first TV to come with both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ technology to offer the best possible picture quality, whatever you’re watching.
But it’s the sound that creates a true cinematic experience. In another ‘world first’, it comes with upward-firing Dolby Atmos speakers built-in, plus a front firing multi-speaker unit to create a fully immersive viewing experience.
Hisense is the third biggest manufacturer of TVs worldwide and, at this year’s CES, they’ve brought something truly impressive. Here is The Gadget Show to tell us more...
Most notable of all is the H75U9D, a ULED 8K 75-inch TV. Instead of a traditional backlit TV which has a separate backlight panel, ULED incorporates the micro LEDs into 5000 'zones' on the TV’s circuit board. This means Hisense was able to pack in 86,000 pinpoints of light instead of the much bigger light panels you’d find on a more traditional LED TV. The benefit is a much higher contrast ratio and better colour control than you’d find on most LED screens.
This TV is a master of upscaling too. Lots of TVs claim to upscale lower resolution images up to 4K or 8K quality with mixed results, and this is because most TVs scan the whole image. Hisense has taken a different and more radical approach. Rather than scanning the whole frame, the H75U9D actually scans and upscales each individual pixel to 8K resolution - it does a very good job of it too!