LDM Product Roundup – Vol 23 No 31

The new Bild 7 OLED TV from Loewe was announced in July (German Firms Move to OLED), but little information was shared. The firm has now said that it will support Dolby Vision, which will be enabled by a firmware update after the set is launched. Loewe also intends to secure UltraHD Premium certification.

According to a teardown by IHS, Microsoft‘s new Xbox One S has a $324 bill of materials: only $24 higher than the original XBox One. The increased cost came from an upgraded CPU (16nm instead of 28nm), a new 2TB HDD and the inclusion of an UltraHD Blu-ray disc drive.

Panasonic is selling a cheaper version of its DMP-UB900 UltraHD Blu-ray player in Japan, but has not confirmed an international launch. The DMP-UB90 is almost half the price: ¥64,400 ($635) versus ¥119,600 ($1,180). The cheaper model has no analogue or coaxial audio outputs. It also uses a ‘less advanced’ chroma picture processor, and is not THX certified.

The new Playstation Neo console from Sony will be launched in October, according to sources we have covered before. Now, sources say that the console will be officially unveiled on the 7th September, at an event in New York City. This will be a technical demonstration to show off the unit’s capabilities.

A firmware update is being rolled out by Vizio now, for its P- and M-Series UltraHD TVs. The v2.0.13.13 update enables support for the HDR10 format on HDR Blu-ray players. Both sets of TVs were launched with Dolby Vision compliance, but were unable to play HDR10 content.

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