CES 2016: Should You Get Samsung’s 8K TV, LG’s Glass OLED 4K TV Or Sony’s 4K HDR TV?
CES 2016 is shaping up to be quite an event, where a lot of companies have been showcasing a couple of impressive innovations and devices. As everyone can imagine, the competition has been a heated one, with Samsung, LG and Sony headlining the news.
Now, the trio has brought remarkable offerings to the table, but before taking those wallets out, it'd be a good idea to see how each one stacks up against the other two first.
Samsung 8K TV
Samsung showed up with one heck of a lineup of SUHD televisions that features 10-bit Quantum dot implementations and Ultra Black technology to push out clear pictures and reduce glare. As a coup de grâce, they sport curved designs completely without bezels.
The devices come in a respectable range of sizes from 49 inches to 88 inches. Also, they run on Samsung's Tizen operating system to deliver a variety of sizes, including but not limited to the Smart Hub and EXTRA Service, a feature that pulls up information related to the content at a tap of a button.
"Samsung's 2016 SUHD TVs feature the world's only cadmium-free, 10-bit Quantum dot display, offering the most true-to-life picture quality, with stunning brightness, exceptional contrast and the most lifelike colors ever offered by Samsung," Samsung says.
Currently, there is no price yet, but it's up for preorder now and will be available in the United States in March 2016.
LG Glass OLED 4K TV
With LG's Picture-on-Glass concept, the G6 and E6 series were slimmed down to an amazing 2.57-mm television, with the thickest measured at 6.66 mm. It's as if the company jettisoned everything possible.
The G6 ranges from 65 to 77 inches, whereas the E6 from 55 to 65 inches. They are fitted with little or no bezels with transparent glass backs, making them some of the most eye-catching stars of the event.
Moving forward, they feature HDR Pro technology, where the UHD Alliance certified them as Ultra HD Premium. LG even boasts that the sets can push out the deepest black pictures compared with the others.
"The Ultra HD Premium certification applies only to products that meet the most demanding performance standards for resolution, peak luminance, black levels, wide color gamut and audio quality, among other criteria," LG says.
What's more, they sport Dolby surround sound and have foldable sound bar speakers that can fit snuggly at their backs. LG is also sticking by every major format, including Dolby Vision, which is something that the others have decided to drop.
If the sizes seem a little too small, LG is offering the enormous 98-inch 8K UH9800, which supports the benefits of HDR technology.
Interestingly, they can exhibit art even when the displays are turned off.
As of right now, there's no word about the price, but it's going to roll out in the U.S. market sometime in the first quarter of 2016.
Sony 4K HDR TV
Sony focused on high dynamic range (HDR) video, and it's not going down without a fight in that aspect. The lineup features Slim Backlight Drive technology that can display the best vivid colors and contrast that HDR is capable of. It also offers Backlight Master Drive for deeper blacks, a large dynamic range and up to 4,000-nit brightness.
"Sony knows HDR from the lens to the living room – we were among the first to use cameras that film in 4K and HDR and have been on the forefront of offering consumers technology that can bring the stunning experience of 4K and HDR into their homes," Mike Fasulo, Sony Electronics president and COO, says.
The company also doesn't plan to completely rely on third-party content services anymore, as it has released Ultra, a streaming service that offers 4K HDR videos. There's a downside, though, as the content is restricted to shows produced by Sony Pictures.
While the Bravia X930D comes in 55- and 65-inch models, the Bravia X940 boasts a larger 75-inch screen. It shares similar features with the former, but it doesn't support Slim Backlight Drive.
For the people with tight budgets, Sony also has the Bravia X850D series with sizes of 55-, 65-, 75- and 85-inch displays. Although it doesn't have the new lighting and contrast features, it's still HDR ready, though.
Sony's televisions also run on Google's Android TV operating system, providing smart functions to improve viewers' experience.
Sony's 4K HDR TV is set to roll out sometime in early 2016, and it doesn't have a price tag yet.
As everyone can see, there's still no price yet for each one. It's an important factor to consider, so it's a little hard to determine which comes out on top in the bunch. With the information so far, though, it seems that Samsung takes the cake this time because of features packed in its lineup and incredible design.
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