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Panasonic unveils its first Android TVs for Europe

Date: 10 Sep 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –

With HX700 and HX710, Panasonic will for the first time in Europe offer TVs based on Google’s Android TV platform instead of its own Firefox My Home Screen platform.

Image Credits: Panasonic. 
Panasonic Unveils its First Android TVs for Europe.
Image Credits: Panasonic

PANASONIC ANDROID TVS:
As reported exclusively by FlatpanelsHD in December 2019, Panasonic had plans to introduce its first-ever Android TVs in Europe this year. Here they are in the form of the mid-range HX7 series; 43-inch to 65-inch LCD TVs with 4K Resolution.

While the TV hardware is pretty basic, the move is noteworthy because Panasonic like LG and Samsung has spent years developing and refining its own TV platform. First alone and later in collaboration with Mozilla and its Firefox OS. After Mozilla threw in the towel, Panasonic renamed Firefox OS to MyHomeScreen and continued development.

Is this an acknowledgment from Panasonic that it needs a partner like Google to stay competitive against the likes of Samsung’s Tizen, LG’s webOS, and Apple’s tvOS? We would not go as far. From our sources, we have heard it described as an experiment. If it turns out to be a big seller, Panasonic may decide to implement Android in more of its TVs but there is no guarantee that it will happen.

APPS, CHROMECAST AND MORE:
Nevertheless, it still raises interesting questions. For example, why would a buyer pick the more expensive but very similar (in terms of display technology) HX800 or even HX900 when HX700 comes with the full Android TV platform?

Besides a much wider selection of apps and games, Android TVs offer built-in Chromecast, Google Assistant, and more. Also worth noting; HX700 will probably be Panasonic’s first TVs with Disney+. On the other hand you will not Panasonic’s advanced tuner features like TV Anywhere and in-house streaming. The remote control relies on Bluetooth and has a built-in microphone for Google Assistant.

Panasonic Unveils its First Android TVs for Europe.
Image Credits: Panasonic

The TVs support HDR with three formats; HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision. However, adjust your expectations. The LCD TVs are not equipped with LED zone dimming or similar technologies required to deliver the HDR picture experience. HX700 has a black frame while HX710 has a silver-colored frame. They are otherwise identical and will both be available in Europe in 43-inch, 50-inch, 55-inch, and 65-inch sizes starting from October/November, depending on your region.

Date: 10 Sep 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –
Source: https://www.flatpanelshd.com

Konka Delays US Launch of OLED as it Launches Android LCD TVs.

Date: 19 Aug 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –


Konka is launching new Android LCD TVs starting from $140, or $240 with 4K resolution. The OLED TVs announced at CES will be delayed to 2021.

KONKA REENTERS THE US:
China’s Konka is reentering the US TV market with three LCD TV ranges; H3, U5 and Q7 Pro. Ranging from 32 to 75 inches, all of the new LCD TVs feature direct LED without local dimming zones and either HD or 4K resolution.

All of the new LCD TVs also run Google’s Android TV platform, which offers access to streaming services such as Disney+, Netflix, and HBO.

“We’re very excited to announce that our high-performance Konka Android TVs are shipping now!” said Scott Ramirez, SVP of sales, Konka NA. “When consumers experience these Konka TVs, they’ll immediately see the difference, and everyone will know there’s a new player in town that’s offering a higher level of quality and value.”

Konka is a Top 5 TV Brand in its Home Country of China...
Konka is a Top 5 TV Brand in its Home Country of China.

Konka is a top-5 TV brand in its home country of China. It has previously tried to enter the US market without luck. At CES 2020, it announced that it will reenter the market, now with Google’s Android and a broad line-up of low to high-end TVs.

However, the 55- and 65-inch OLED TVs that Konka unveiled at CES 2020 as high-end TVs will not make it to the US this year as planned, the company confirmed to HDGuru, saying that the company decided to postpone our OLED TV launch until 2021 and instead focus on launching QLED TV as our advanced panel technology for 2020.

The new LCD-based Android TVs from Konka will start shipping in the US this month.

KONKA 2020 TV MODELS HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES:

H3 SERIES ANDROID TV MORE TV FOR YOUR MONEY:
Unlike many other TVs in their price class, the KONKA H3 Series TVs incorporate the stunning KONKA ZeroBezel  design and includes free the Voice Control Remote in the box. Combined with the powerfully smart Android TV system, KONKA H3 Series provides more for your money.  KONKA H3 Series TVs will be available in 32″ class 720p HD and 40″ class 1080p Full HD models, starting at $139.99.

KONKA U5 SERIES 4K ANDROID TV A NOTICEABLY BETTER TV:
The KONKA U5 Series is designed to be a noticeably better TV. In addition to the KONKA ZeroBezel design, KONKA XC3 Ultra HD Engine, AccuMotion enhanced motion rate and 4K HDR, the U5 Series also includes superior LED panel technology with ColorWave wide color gamut and HiBright Pro LED Backlight for 25% more brightness.  The result is incredible picture quality that everyone can appreciate. 

The U5 Series also has an enhanced Jack Pack with 4 HDMI Digital Inputs, 3 USB Inputs and much more.  KONKA U5 Series will be available in 43″, 50″, 55″, 65″ and 75″ class 4K Ultra HD models, starting at $239.99.

Q7 PRO SERIES QLED ANDROID TV A QUANTUM LEAP IN COLOR:
In addition to all of the incredible features found in the U5 Series, the Q7 Pro Series steps up to advanced QLED – Quantum Dot Technology and ColorWave Pro wide color gamut for 25% more color to create picture quality that is amazingly rich and shockingly lifelike illustrated in image. Because premium picture quality deserves a premium cosmetic design, the Q7 Pro Series also incorporates the KONKA ZeroBezel Pro metal design for the ultimate in TV styling. KONKA Q7 Pro Series will be available in 50″, 55″, 65″ and 75″ class models, starting at $369.99.

Date: 19 Aug 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –
Source: https://www.flatpanelshd.com

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Philips Debuts New 4K LCD TVs With Ambilight

Date: 05 Aug 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –


2020 LCD models from Philips are rolling out now in Europe. The new mid-range TVs feature Ambilight, 4K and DTS Play-Fi. They run either Android or Saphi.

PHILIPS 2020 LCD TVS:
In Philips’ 2020 line-up you get Ambilight from PUS7805 and up, and Android TV from PUS8505 and up. The more affordable models run the company’s own Saphi platform, which has a different selection of streaming apps.

The new LCD TVs launching now are mid-range models. An upgraded version of ‘The One’ (PUS8505) TV comes with all of the essential features of a modern TV, said Philips.

Philips New TV Line For 2020.
Philips New TV Line For 2020

A new feature this year is DTS Play-Fi from PUS8505 and up, which lets you connects compatible speakers wirelessly to the TV. In addition, it lets you connect a Philips TV to a DTS-powered multiroom system.

The TVs also support Dolby Atmos audio from apps such as Netflix, which can be transmitted to a sounder or receiver via HDMI.

Philips Will Soon Introduce New High-End 9 Series LCD TVs.
Philips Will Soon Introduce New High-End 9 Series LCD TVs

HIGH-END LCD TVS COMING LATER:
Besides the new 7 and 8 series LCD TVs, Philips will soon introduce new high-end 9 series LCD TVs, including PUS9005 that reintroduces 4-sided Ambilight. The mood lighting system can be extended through Philips Hue. Ambilight also offers game and music modes.

Due to the market situation and dearth of content, the company is taking wait-and-see approach to 8K. All of the new mid-range models feature 4K resolution. A low-end 6 series model with HD resolution will be introduced only in select markets. Philips is not alone is in phasing out HDTVs.

The upcoming 9 series TVs will also feature Bowers & Wilkins speakers. We expect to hear more about the plans in early September at an online event. Usually, Philips would unveil its latest TVs at the IFA show in Berlin but IFA is more or less cancelled this year due to coronavirus.

The 2020 LCD TVs from Philips are rolling out now in Europe, with the 9 series models expected this autumn.

Date: 05 Aug 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –
Source: https://www.flatpanelshd.com

Nvidia Shield TV gets Prime Video update to fix ongoing 4K issues

Written by: Ben Schoon
Date: Apr. 22 2020

nvidia shield tv pro

The best Android TV set-top box for a while now has been Nvidia’s Shield TV. The box is typically great at displaying 4K HDR content, but lately, some users have been trouble with that. Specifically, Amazon Prime Video hasn’t been playing 4K on the Shield TV, but a fix is now rolling out.

Confirmed by Nvidia staff on the company’s forums, Amazon is rolling out an update to fix 4K issues. For a few weeks, users have been experiencing issues with 4K playback, especially on the 2019 Shield TV Pro. Content that would normally be 4K HDR — such as Amazon’s Originals — would instead be played in 1080p SDR.

While the exact cause of this isn’t clear, it does seem that Amazon has figured out a solution through an app update. It’s important to note that this is not a system update.

Rolling out over the past couple of days, an update to Prime Video is designed to fix the 4K issues Shield TV owners have been experiencing. Based on some users who have already updated the app on their TVs, it seems to do the trick. This update will be available to all users within the next 3 days.

Source: https://9to5google.com

It Looks Like Nokia is About to Launch a Smart TV

Written by: Maggie Tillman

Date: 6 December 2019

It looks like Nokia is about to launch a smart TV
It’s 4K and runs an Android-based OS

Nokia is no stranger to licensing its name to third parties, and the latest example comes in the form of a smart TV – a first for the Nokia brand.

Gadgets 360 recently noticed Flipkart, a massive e-commerce retailer in India, is using the Nokia brand on a TV. Described as a “global first for the brand in the TV category” by Flipkart, the new “Nokia Ultra HD 4K LED Smart Android TV” is a 55-inch set with two 24-watt speakers and a sound system from JBL by Harman. To be clear, the TV runs an Android-based operating system, but it might not be Android TV, specifically.

Other features include a 16:9 display with a 60Hz refresh rate, support for Dolby Vision and HDR10, three HDMI ports, two USB ports, a quad-core processor, 2.25GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM, and support for Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi. So, it’s decently specc’d for a budget television.

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Nokia Ultra HD 4K LED Smart Android TV

Flipkart is quoted saying it wants to help make Nokia-branded smart TVs accessible and affordable. As a result, its Nokia-branded TV will launch on 10 December for 41,999 Indian rupees about $589 in the US or £448 in the UK. There’s no indication it will launch internationally, however.

Written by: Maggie Tillman

Source: Flipkart

Via: Gadgets 360

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