The big question on everyone’s mind right now is: what are we going to see next week at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012? Yeah, we’re not going to lie– it’s taking a lot of self-control to keep from dancing around in excitement, especially when it comes to cutting-edge HDTVs. Last year at CES some groundbreaking models, like the Panasonic VT30 and the Sony HX929, were unveiled. We think that this year Vegas CES will have some equally innovative flat screen TVs and technology in store for us.
There’s been a lot of buzz about larger OLED TVs, including a 55” that LG has announced plans to release. OLEDs (organic light-emitting diodes) use a new technology that have a lot of advantages over LCD TVs and Plasma TVs. First of all, they are incredibly lightweight and thin (4mm or thinner), which makes them ideal for wall mounting. They’re also more energy efficient and produce truer colors and deeper blacks. Previously, OLEDs were only available in smaller sizes, so the larger models that we expect to see at the CES show are going to be the first of their magnitude.
In addition to OLEDs, the other new technology we are expecting to preview at CES 2012 is 4K resolution. These 4K TVs, including one already released internationally by Toshiba, have a much higher resolution than full HD 1080p. As a comparison, 1920 x 1080 TVs display images of about 2 million pixels while the 4K TVs have around 8 million pixels. Currently, 4Ks are still quite expensive, though Samsung, Sharp, and LG all have models in the works that we’re hoping to demo at CES Vegas.