Samsung has launched a new 110-inch MicroLED TV, which is only up for pre-sale in the company’s home market of South Korea for now. The new television is different from earlier super-sized TV options from Samsung as it is pre-fabricated and not modular, and, therefore, can be installed like any other TV. The TV has an Ultra-HD resolution HDR MicroLED screen and is the first mass-produced television of its size with the new display technology. The TV is priced at a massive KRW 170 million (roughly Rs. 1.15 crores).
The television has a MicroLED display technology, which uses micrometer-sized LED lights to replace the need for backlights and colour filters. This is similar to how OLED TVs work, but the use of millions of inorganic LED lights ensures that the typical brightness-related benefits of LED technology are retained while the illumination and pixel structures last over many years.
Samsung has pioneered this technology in recent years, and the new launch suggests that the company is on its way to perfecting the technology for mass production of smaller screen sizes as well. The Samsung 110-inch MicroLED television has an embedded Majestic Sound System that delivers 5.1-channel surround sound directly from the TV itself. It also comes with Object Tracking Sound Pro, which allows the sound to be projected to follow the on-screen movement of objects.
A feature called Multi View allows users to split the 110-inch television into four separate viewing boxes simultaneously, all with sizes of up to 55 inches, thereby making good use of the massive size of the screen. Naturally, the price and size of the screen makes this a niche product, but Samsung should soon be able to manufacture MicroLED screens at smaller sizes.
The Samsung 110-inch MicroLED TV is slated to be available globally in the first quarter of 2021, and is up for pre-sale only in Korea for now. The company is also expected to focus heavily on televisions at CES 2021, with a strong focus on 8K TVs, projectors, and soundbars, according to a report by SamMobile.
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Sony Bravia X80K Smart TV Series With Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio Support Launched in India
Sony Bravia X80K smart TV series has been launched in India on Friday. The company’s latest 4K smart TV lineup is available in five display options— 75-inch, 65-inch, 55-inch, 50-inch, and 43-inch sizes. The new offerings support HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision. For sound, the Sony Bravia X80K models pack dual 10W speakers with support for Dolby Audio, Dolby Atmos and DTS Digital Surround. It runs on Google TV and comes with support for Google Assistant and Alexa. The TV includes Chromecast built-in as well as support for Apple AirPlay.
Sony Bravia X80K Smart TV price in India
Price of the Sony Bravia X80K smart TV in India starts at Rs. 94,990 for the 55-inch model (KD-55X80K). The company is yet to announce the pricing details for the 43-inch (KD-43X80K), 50-inch (KD-550X80K), 65-inch (KD-65X80K), and 75-inch (KD-75X80K) models. The 55-inch model is currently available for purchase in the country and the remaining variants in the new series will be soon available across all Sony Centers, major electronic stores, and e-commerce portals in India.
Sony Bravia X80K Smart TV specifications, features
The newly launched Sony Bravia X80K smart TV lineup is available in five screen sizes with a 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) LCD display with support for HDR10, Dolby Vision, and HLG formats. The Triluminos Pro display by the company is claimed to enhance the colours on the screen. The bezel has a black shade and the panel refresh rate is 50Hz.
The smart TV models are powered by the Sony 4K HDR processor X1. The processor is said to adapt the picture to the surroundings to ensure optimised viewing experience. The Sony Bravia X80K Smart TV models pack 16GB of inbuilt storage and run-on Google TV (based on Android TV). Users can access the Google Play store with a wide range of supported apps.
Audio on the Sony Bravia X80K smart TV models are handled by two 10W speakers with support for Dolby Audio, Dolby Atmos, DTS Digital Surround, and acoustic auto-calibration. The television models have a dedicated low-latency mode in HDMI 2.1 for gaming.
Connectivity options on the new series include dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, four HDMI ports, built-in Chromecast, an audio jack, and two USB ports. The included remote supports voice commands. There are built-in microphones on the smart TV models that allow users to control the content hands-free through voice commands. The smart TV models also support Apple AirPlay and HomeKit, which enables content streaming from Apple devices like iPads and iPhones.
Lenovo Yoga 7000 Smart Projector With 2,400 ANSI Lumens Brightness, Dual 10W Speakers Unveiled
Lenovo Yoga 7000 was unveiled in China this week as the latest addition to the Chinese electronics manufacturer’s projector lineup. The projector comes in two different colour options with two inbuilt 10W speakers and an LED light source that has 2,400 ANSI lumens brightness. The Lenovo Yoga 7000 is claimed to offer up to 8K resolution and is equipped with an 0.47-inch DMD optical micromirror chip. The latest projector from Lenovo has optical zoom functionality and has a 3D streamlined and rounded build.
The company has not shared pricing for the Lenovo Yoga 7000 projector yet, but Lenovo has confirmed to feature the projector at its May conference. As of now, there is no information on availability either. The projector is offered in Sakura White and Storm Clan (translated) colour options.
Lenovo Yoga 7000 specifications, features
The new Lenovo Yoga 7000 smart projector features a 3D streamlined round body with a double-sided aircraft-grade aluminium design in a dual colour scheme. It has an automatic shutter and is also equipped with a dream sound atmosphere light effect. The projector is said to support the optical zoom feature without affecting the HD quality.
As mentioned, the Lenovo Yoga 7000 projector comes with a T1 0.47-inch DMD optical micromirror chip coupled with Osram’s four-lamp brightness LED light source. It supports 8K decoding and has a peak brightness of 2,400 ANSI Lumens.
The audio in Lenovo Yoga 7000 projector is handled by two 10W Neodymium magnetic speakers with VIFA cinema sound and a proprietary Digital signal processing (DSP) algorithm. The projector also has an independent Bluetooth audio mode, allowing customers to use it as an external speaker.
In addition, the Lenovo Yoga 7000 smart projector offers smart screen alignment and has high light smart eye protection. It also includes a laser camera sensorless dual focus that allows the projector to work in any lighting condition.
Google I/O 2022: Improved Picture-in-Picture Mode, New Features Coming to Android TV as Users Cross 110 Million
Android TV now has over 110 million monthly active users (MAU), Google revealed at its annual developer conference on Thursday. The company has announced several new features and tools coming to the next versions of Google TV and Android TV that are aimed at improving performance and quality, while improving accessibility and enabling multitasking. While Google is yet to reveal the release date for Android TV 13, the company recently provided access to the second Android 13 beta for Android TV ahead of Google I/O 2022.
According to a post on the Android Developers blog, Android TV and Google TV are currently available on devices of more than 300 partners globally — accounting for 7 out of 10 smart TV OEMs and over 170 ‘pay TV’ (or subscription television) operators. Android TV OS now has over 110 million MAU and offers over 10,000 apps, according to the company. Google is also encouraging developers to integrate platform features like the WatchNext API (application programming interface) into their apps.
As part of the Android 13 update for Android TV, developers can use the AudioManager to ‘anticipate’ audio routes to better understand which playback modes are available. The company is also bringing improvements to multitasking in the form of an updated picture-in-picture (PiP) API, which uses the same API as Android smartphones. Google first introduced official support for PiP mode with Android 8. With the new, updated PiP mode, users will be able to access an expanded mode that shows more videos from a group call.
Android TV will also gain support for a docked mode to prevent PiP windows covering content in other apps by seating them separately on the edge of the display. Meanwhile, a ‘keep-clear’ API will let developers specify important parts of full-screen apps that should not be covered by PiP windows. On the accessibility front, the OS will add support for different keyboard layouts including QWERTZ and AZERTY, and users will be able to enable audio descriptions across apps.
With the upcoming Android 13 update, users can expect to see user and children profiles, allowing for personalised recommendations for each viewer. The update is also expected to bring support for using a smartphone as a Google TV remote to move around and control volume, type using the phone’s keyboard or activate the Google Assistant. Users will also be able to seamlessly cast content to Google TV, a feature that has been supported on Android TV via Chromecast.
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