Samsung Unbox and Discover event was held on Tuesday, where the company unveiled its new lineup of TVs, monitors, and soundbars. The TVs include Micro-LED, Neo QLED, and lifestyle TVs while the monitors include a Smart Monitor, a new Odyssey G9 gaming monitor, and the Interactive Display FLIP 75-inch. In terms of audio, the company introduced new 2021 Q Series soundbar models that include Q-Symphony technology and come with support for multiple voice assistants.
Samsung held its virtual Unbox and Discover event to unveil its 2021 lineup of video and audio products. It brought new TV models including Micro-LED TVs, Samsung Neo QLED TVs, and lifestyle TVs. Starting with Micro-LED options, Samsung will offer 110-inch and 99-inch models globally starting form end of this month. There will also be an 88-inch model coming this fall, along with a 76-inch option planned for later down the line. Micro-LED TVs from Samsung come with 4Vue (Quad View) technology which will allow users to watch content from up to four different sources simultaneously.
The South Korean electronics giant first introduced Micro-LED technology in 2018 with its modular screens that could be arranged together to form one big display. Now, Samsung is making Micro-LED technology more commercial.
There will also be new Samsung Neo QLED TV and QLED TV models that use Quantum Mini-LED displays and Samsung’s Neo Quantum processor. Samsung has renewed its partnership with Xbox in the US and Canada to offer an improved gaming experience with 4K resolution and 120fps support. These TV models will have a claimed 5.8ms response time. Samsung has also partnered with AMD to bring Freesync Premium Pro to its Neo QLED and QLED lineup. There are new additions to Samsung Health programme as well like Smart Trainer that uses AI to analyse posture and provide real-time feedback. The 2021 lineup of Neo QLED TV and QLED TV will include QN800A and QN900A 8K models that will be offered in 65-inch, 75-inch, and 85-inch sizes. The 4K QN90A and QN85A models will start at 50-inch.
Samsung’s The Frame TV is also getting some upgrades for 2021. It will come with 6GB of storage instead of 500MB and the company has partnered with NAVA Contemporary and Etsy for more original artwork. The TV is now slimmer at just 24.9mm and has new mounting options with Slim Fit Wall Mount. My Shelf is a new background option for The Frame TV that will be available later in the year for the 55-inch, 65-inch, and 75-inch options.
At the event, Samsung announced a new triple laser 4K projector called The Premiere that has a “minimalist design” and will be a short-throw projector that can be placed around 5 inches or further away from a wall or screen. Samsung has also upgraded its The Terrace outdoor TV which comes with IP55 rating and will have a 75-inch Full Sun model that will be unveiled around summer.
Coming to monitors, Samsung will be bringing its Smart Monitor that offers features like Wireless DeX and Apple AirPlay 2, not requiring a PC connection. It also comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity to make streaming possible directly on the monitor. The Odyssey G9 gaming monitor has also been refreshed with Quantum Mini-LED display and 1000R screen curvature. The Samsung Interactive Display FLIP 75-inch is 4K display that supports touch input. The 75-inch model is the latest addition to the lineup that already includes 55-inch, 65-inch, and 85-inch variants.
Talking about audio, Samsung has also refreshed its 2021 Q Series lineup that features Q-Symphony technology that works in tandem with supported Samsung TV models to deliver the optimal experience. The new Q950A soundbar, which will presumably be the top-of-the-line option, gets 11.1.4 channel sound, Tap Sound connectivity, and support for multiple voice assistants including Amazon Alexa and Bixby.
As of now, Samsung has not shared pricing for the new devices but more details information and availability should be revealed in the coming weeks.
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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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