LDM Product Roundup – Vol 22 No 22

Hisense UltraHD TV at CES AsiaCredit: DigitimesLocal sources report that Hisense launched new ‘ULED’ (the company’s answer to AMOLED) TVs at CES Asia last week. Two of the units were curved, in 55″ and 65″ sizes, and one was a 78″ UltraHD model with a wide colour gamut. We are searching for more information about these models, but nothing had come to light at press time.

Hisense has also announced a new size for its H7 UltraHD LCD TV series. The new 50″ model will be available in Walmart stores in the USA in June, for $600.

The CP-WU8461 and CP-WU8451 LCD projectors from Hitachi (Hitachi Enhances 8000 Series Contrast) are now available in the USA.

UK retail chain John Lewis has introduced an own-brand UltraHD TV called the JL9100. Like last year’s JL9000 (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 18), it is based on an LG model – in this case, the UF770V. The TV features the WebOS platform and a six-month Netflix subscription for purchasers. The JL9100 is available in 40″, 49″ and 55″ sizes; prices are £585 ($900), £835 ($1,290) and £1,040 ($1,600), respectively.

Two snippets of news about LG‘s EG9600 OLED TV (LG Stresses Importance of Colour) this week. The firm has announced that the TV will receive a firmware update to support HDR later this year. According to Forbes the update will enable HDR to be displayed from streamed content, but LG has not said whether the update will also enable HDR content to be carried by the EG9600’s HDMI ports.

In even more LG TV news, many of the company’s 2015 LCD TVs are now being shipped in the USA and Europe. They are the EG9600/EG960V; UF9500/UF950V; UF8500/UF850V; UF7700/UF770V; and LF6300/LF630V. All models are UltraHD, aside from the LF6300.

Optoma has refreshed its HD91 DLP projector (Display Monitor Vol 20 No 30). The HD91+ retains the LED technology of the original, but brightness is raised to 1,300 lumens. HDMI (x2), component and VGA ports are built in. Other specifications are the same as the HD91. The projector is available now, for £2,915 ($4,485).

Sharp‘s UB30 UltraHD TVs (Sharp Bridges High-Res Gap) are now being shipped in the USA. These are available in 43″ ($800), 50″ ($1,000) and 55″ ($1,300) sizes, with a 65″ model to be added in June. They are the most affordable of Sharp’s 2015 UltraHD TVs, but still feature HEVC and VP9 support, as well as HDMI ports capable of carrying UltraHD at 60fps.

TCL has added a new size to its H9700 quantum dot LCD TV range (TCL Moves Into Quantum Dot Space). The Q65H9700 is a 65″ model using QD Vision’s Color IQ quantum dots, with UltraHD resolution and smart functionality. It is available in China now, but TCL has not discussed an international launch.

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