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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 launches its first 2020 OLED TVs with Android 9.0, DTS and Play-Fi.

Date: 14 Aug 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –


The first 2020 OLED TVs from Philips are rolling out now in Europe. The OLED805 and OLED855 feature 4K, Ambilight, Android 9.0 and for the first time DTS and Play-Fi. Additional OLED models for 2020 will be unveiled soon.

PHILIPS 2020 OLED TVS:
Like last year, OLED805 and OLED855 and in some regions OLED865 feature 4K Resolution, support for multi-HDR HDR10, HDR10+, HLG and Dolby Vision, Android TV version 9.0, and of course Ambilight.

New major features this year are DTS Play-Fi and an upgraded P5 AI video processor that has been optimised through machine learning to enhance the picture in five areas, the company explained; source, color, contrast, motion and sharpness. We will take a closer look in our upcoming review.

The First 2020 OLED TVs From Philips Are Rolling Out Now in Europe.
The first 2020 OLED TVs from Philips are rolling out now in Europe.

As for DTS Play-Fi integration, the company says that it is the first step towards building a complete wireless connectivity platform. In addition to multiroom music support, DTS Play-Fi lets users connect speakers wirelessly to the TV in up to 5.1 surround sound.

The OLED805, OLED855 and OLED865 are technical identical. The difference lies in design and the table top stand. Another new development worth highlighting is the revamped remote control in leather with backlit buttons.

The New OLED TVs From Philips Will Compete Head to Head With OLED TVs From LG, Sony, Panasonic And Other TV Brands in Europe.
The new OLED TVs from Philips will compete head to head with OLED TVs from LG, Sony, Panasonic and other TV brands in Europe.

GOOGLE, DOLBY & B&W PARTNERSHIPS:
The new OLED TVs from Philips will compete head to head with OLED TVs from LG, Sony, Panasonic and other TV brands in Europe.

Sony and Philips have both embraced Google’s Android TV platform that offers access to apps via the Play Store whereas LG is positioning its OLED TVs as console friendly by including HDMI 2.1 ports, and Panasonic has a customized, high brightness OLED panel in its flagship model.

Besides its partnerships with Google and Dolby, Philips has partnered with Bowers & Wilkins. These 8 Series OLED TVs will not come equipped with B&W speakers but the company has teased that it will soon unveil additional 2020 models with B&W speakers.

We expect to hear more in early September during IFA 2020. Philips OLED 8×5 models are rolling out now in Europe and will be more widely available in a few weeks.

Date: 14 Aug 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –
Source: https://www.flatpanelshd.com

Panasonic Launches New Flagship HZ2000 OLED TV for 2020

Date: 31 Jul 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –


The successor to last year’s GZ2000, which received our Reference Award, has arrived. HZ2000 features the 2020 OLED panel with improved BFI, Filmmaker Mode, improved sound, and more.

HZ2000 REPLACES GZ2000:
Last year’s GZ2000 was the first TV to use a customized version of LG Display’s standard OLED panel, which is used in all OLED TVs on the market today. This panel has higher average and peak brightness up to 1000 nits and we gave it our Reference Award.

Here comes the successor in the form of HZ2000. On top of improved brightness capabilities, the OLED panel features the improved BFI (Black Frame Insertion) system of the 2020 OLED panel.

Panasonic Launches New Flagship HZ2000 OLED TV for 2020.
Panasonic Launches New Flagship HZ2000 OLED TV for 2020.

In addition, Panasonic says that HZ2000 offers an improved 3.0.2-channel speaker system for Dolby Atmos as well as HDMI eARC. It also comes with Filmmaker Mode and Dolby Vision IQ – like HZ1000 that we recently reviewed.

Finally, the company says that version 5.0 of its MyHomeScreen TV platform has some user interface tweaks. There are still no plans to provide software updates for MyHomeScreen after purchase.

On the other hand Panasonic is not yet ready to move to HDMI 2.1, which means that HZ2000 may not be an ideal partner for next-generation game consoles and video players. LG, Samsung and Sony have all begun the transition to HDMI 2.1 in high-end 4K TVs.

On the other hand Panasonic is not yet ready to move to HDMI 2.1, which means that HZ2000 may not be an ideal partner for next-generation game consoles and video players. LG, Samsung and Sony have all begun the transition to HDMI 2.1 in high-end 4K TVs.

Panasonic HZ2000 is available now in Europe in 55 and 65 inch sizes starting at £3300 / €2900.

Date: 31 Jul 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –
Source: https://www.flatpanelshd.com

Peacock Launches Without 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos

Date: 15 Jul 2020
Written by: Rasmus Larsen


NBCUniversal’s Peacock launches today in the US, with free and premium tiers. The new streaming service will not offer 4K HDR or Dolby Atmos at launch. It will not be on Roku or FireTV either.

PEACOCK UNFOLDS ITS FEATHERS:
Peacock will have a free, ad-supported tier with limited access to 13,000 hours of content, a $5/month tier with 20,000 hours of content and ads, and a $10/month tier with full, ad-free access. That is the good news.

The bad news is that, like WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, Peacock is not offering 4K HDR video or Dolby Atmos audio at launch. Movies and TV series are available in up to HD resolution. There is no word on when to expect it either. Up to 3 simultaneous streams are allowed.

It is not because NBCUniversal lacks movies in 4K HDR. Universal Studios is one of the most prolific studios when it comes to releasing UHD Blu-ray discs and 4K HDR movies through video-on-demand services such as iTunes and Vudu.

Peacock Launches Without 4K HDR and Dolby Atmos.

Peacock will roll out today on Apple TV including the Apple TV app, Android TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Vizio SmartCast TVs version 2.0 or later, and LG webOS TVs version 3.5 or later. It effectively means that many owners of recent Vizio and LG TVs will not be able to download the app.

Again like HBO Max, Peacock will not be available on Roku and Amazon FireTV at launch. These TV platforms are, according to most estimates, the biggest two in the US. Negotiations have reported stalled over terms for revenue sharing from ads.

With Peacock, you will have access to new originals from NBCUniversal as well as popular catalog titles from Universal, Focus Features, DreamWorks, and Illumination such as Jurassic Park, E.T., Meet the Parents, Shrek, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Two and a Half Men, and Frasier. Coming soon are titles like Trolls World Tour, The Office, and new original TV shows.

NBCUniversal is the latest to enter the streaming wars after Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, and Quibi. Peacock will launch in the US today and later internationally. You can check it out on peacocktv.com.

Date: 15 Jul 2020
Written by: Rasmus Larsen
Source: https://www.flatpanelshd.com

Sony Launches X900H (XH90), Its First 4K TVs With HDMI 2.1

Date: 03 Jul 2020
Written by: Rasmus Larsen


Sony X900H in the US and XH90 in Europe is now available in 55 to 85-inch sizes. It is Sony’s first 4K TVs with HDMI 2.1 ports and VRR, although it will require a firmware update.

THE PLAYSTATION 5 TV?
In 2011, Sony launched the PlayStation 3D monitor for PlayStation 3. Fast-forward to 2020 and the company has announced PlayStation 5. For users who want to pair up PS5 with a Sony TV, X900H (XH90) could prove to be the PlayStation 5 TV.

X900H (XH90) is Sony’s first 4K model with HDMI 2.1 ports, and its first TVs with VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) and ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) period. Previously, Sony offered HDMI 2.1 ports only in 8K TVs.

Why is that important? Well, the company has confirmed that PlayStation 5 will support gaming in up to 4K120 as well as VRR for much smoother gameplay with lower lag. This will require an HDMI 2.1 connection between PS5 and the TV.

Sony is not the first manufacturer to offer HDMI 2.1 ports in its 4K TVs. LG has been offering it since 2019 in its high-end LCD and OLED TVs. Samsung recently launched its first 4K TVs with HDMI 2.1 as part of its 2020 line-up. Sony is specifying a 48-120Hz frequency range for VRR in X900H, which is in line with Samsung’s implementation but less than LG’s 40-120Hz VRR in its OLED TVs.

Sony X900H 4K TV with HDMI 2.1.

HDMI 2.1 REQUIRES FIRMWARE UPDATE:
Besides HDMI 2.1, X900H features a full array local dimming (FALD) system behind the LCD panel, HDR support, Android TV, Dolby Atmos, AirPlay 2, and HomeKit. It is also equipped with the company’s new Acoustic Multi-Audio speaker system from 65″ and up.

We will not know how well Sony X900H performs as next-generation gaming TV before we get a chance to hook it up to PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, and we are not even sure that the firmware update required to enable HDMI 2.1 input and VRR will make it in time, but we sure hope so.

The company has yet to announce 4K OLED TVs with HDMI 2.1 but we suspect that it has more planned for the second half of 2020.

Sony XH900 in the US and XH90 in Europe is available now in 55 to 85 inches.

Date: 03 Jul 2020
Written by: Rasmus Larsen
Source: https://www.flatpanelshd.com