Unfortunately, Foxconn has allocated much of its resources producing display panels for various iOS devices. Consequently, Apple could be counting on LG Display for making enough 4k panels for its new TV model. Demands for new Apple products are typically high and the company needs full production before launching its new Apple TV model. It should be ready for release next year and we may see more 4k content available in 2014.
As shown at CES, Panasonic will offer 4k TV sets manufactured with the all-printing technology. Prototype shown in the event uses PLED material, which is produced by Sumitomo Chemical. Panasonic has worked with Sumitomo to develop 4k TV with PLED materials.
Sumitomo has allocated a few billions of yen in investment to build the infrastructure needed to manufacture about 5 million 40” OLED panels. Both companies expect that TV sets with PLED materials will take off in a couple of years. This matches earlier report that Panasonic is seeking to release their first 4k TVs in 2015.
Early last year, Toshiba introduced its first 4k TV set in the United Kingdom. The company primarily pushed a glassless 3D technology, but it was the 4k resolution that excited tech experts. Now, the Japanese company impresses us once again by its decision to launch a new range of 4k TV sets, the Series 9. All of these TV models sport an impressive native 4k resolution.
Users can choose between three different sizes, 58”, 65” and 84”. These Series 9 TV models include full-fledged 3D technology and in the case of the 58” model, it offers the active 3D capability. The built-in CEVO processing engine ensures crisp and sharp representation in the screen, no matter what display size is used.
Few people are willing to spend more than $10,000 for a 4k TV, but it is reported that Sony will be delivering a 4k TV with much more acceptable price tag. The model will be available for purchase for only $5,000. Previously, Sony introduced a more expensive 84” 4k TV set priced at $25,000.
The smaller 55” 4k set will set us back $5000, while a slightly bigger model with 65” screen costs $7,000. Many have argued that 4k TV will have limited effect to user experience. People are unlikely to distinguish difference in pixel density, unless they watch 4k TVs at short distance. Nevertheless, people with some disposable dollars will still find Sony’s 55” 4k TV reasonable.