High definition was a big leap in TV technology. Picture quality made a quantum leap from Standard definition (SD) to Hi-Def (HD). It was like suddenly looking through clear glasses where suddenly strands of hair and skin textures look so real. If you think your 1080P HDTV is sharp enough and you’d be happy to live with it till forever after, think again. The TV revolution which began in 1929 with the first TV broadcast by BBC is speeding ahead like a runaway train no matter how good you think it is. It is going Ultra High Definition!
Ultra high definition television (also known UHDTV) with a picture resolution of resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels or 2160p. It was termed 4K at the 2012 International CES but that had changed to Ultra HD during the 2013 CES. The term 4K is still widely used. Going forward you might even see 8K UHDTVs. The technology is already available and it will be known as Super Hi-Vision. So fasten your seat belts and be taken for a ride (no ill pun intended) by the TV giants in Japan and Korea.
Sharp and Sony have already announced their lineup of UHDTVs. Samsung has followed suit with the launching of 2 new models. They will all hit the stores over the next few months.
Sharp’s new models launched 2 sizes, a 70-inch (Sharp LC-70UD1) and the 60-inch Sharp LC-60UD1. Don’t expect prices to be cheap though. Official prices have not been released in the US. Expect the Sharp LC-70UD1 to retail around $8300 while the 60″ LC-60UD1 will be about $6300.
Samsung’s new UHDTVs are a 55-inch and 65-inch in the F9000 series. These new LED-edgelit panels feature “Micro Dimming Ultimate” and are driven by Samsung’s proprietary “Smart Evolution Kit”. Priced at $7,900 and $5700 they are ready for pre-order and will ship around July.
In addition to two UHDTVs, Sony has a 4K server (FMP-X1) that comes pre-loaded with ten 4K UHD movies and will support Sony’s 4K movie-download service. Priced at $699 it will be a good entry point into the world of Ultra HD movies.
But of you really are into the 4K game, go big screen to realize the full potential! Sony launched a 4K projector (VPL-VW100ES) recently. From a live demo that we attended, it is a truly well designed projector with mouth watering picture quality. What’s most impressive is the Reality Creation processing which is a proprietary algorithm that upscales 1080P HD video or any old video content to make them look even better than before. It delivers smooth, lifelike images with fewer artifacts even on a large 150″ screen. So you need not wait for 4K blu-rays to enjoy Ultra HD picture.