CES 2013: TV & Home Cinema Predictions

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TVs have always been a the tradtional heartland of CES’ in the past and in 2013 it will be no different. As a host of manufacturers are beginning to show off their latest wares; including new projector technology, Ultra HD TVs, and new Google TV sets. Here’s what we’ll be looking out for at next week’s CES 2013.

LG Google TVs

LG has all but confirmed two new Google sets for next week’s CES. Both of which will feature LG’s latest LED display technology and LG’s Cinema 3D tech. But the main headlines should, of course, be the inclusion of Google’s software that will add an all-new layer of functionality from catchup TV to big screen apps. So far smart TVs that have added Google functionality haven’t exactly set the AV world alight – but we think 2013 could be the year when they finally become a proper unique selling point, rather than a tacked-on after thought, though it might take Apple to get consumers to realise this fact.

Each model will include LG’s new Magic Remote which delivers a full QWERTY keyboard, which will be at the heart of Google TV functionality. Each TV is expected to have a dual-core processors to ensure its Smart credentials are smooth and speedy. There’s also the inclusion of Cloud gaming service OnLive – which is welcomed inclusion, if you’re a big gamer.

LG 4K UHD TVs

Ultra HD is going to be big new buzzword in 2013 – and LG has announced they’ll show off a couple of more consumer friendly sets measuring 55 and 65-inches.

The main benefit that 4K brings is its resolution, the sets offer four times as many pixels as standard HD sets – but where it will really come into its own is: 3D. The set will be able to produce two full 1080p pictures, one for each eye, meaning a much smoother, more convincing 3D image, which many experts expect will really show off 3D’s real home potential.

LG Smart LED TVs with NFC

This is probably the first time we’ve heard of NFC on a TV, but LG’s LED TVs will come with the new fangled wireless communication technology, meaning you can share video from TV to smartphone or tablet just by tapping the two devices.

LG also boasts that its new line-up of TVs will come substantially uprated CPUs that they reckon run 120 per cent faster than in previous models, while the graphics processors run 300 per cent faster – meaning apps, games and streaming should be flawless.

Samsung 85-inch 4K UHD TV

Samsung is expected to unveil their first effort at a Ultra HD TV at this year’s CES. It’s thought to be a gargantuan 85-inch display and will come with Smart functionality as well as clever pixel technology to give class-leading blacks and contrast levels. Worryingly, no-one is mentioning content – there isn’t any. Well, there is. But there’s no way to deliver it. Could we see Blu-Ray 2.0 in 2013? – maybe, just maybe.

 

LG Hecto Laser TV Projector

Elsewhere, it’s thought LG will show an all-new project technology, the Laser TV, which isn’t a TV, but instead a projector. Where it get interesting is this new tech can paint 100-inch picture from a distance of 22-inches. The Lazer TV comes with Smart TV and Digital capabilities and on the specs, it offers 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and comes with a digital tuner and 2x10W built-in speakers embedded in the projector to support virtual surround sound.

 

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