Screens were among the products with the greatest demand during these pandemic months: televisions, cell phones and notebooks. And while bombastic promotions abound, keep in mind that news is rarely featured on these lists. For those who are looking for a SmarTV with the latest technological advances, a guide with the best launches of 2020. In addition, the five key aspects that should be taken into account according to the specialists.
The dominator of this category are 4K Ultra High Definition (UDH) devices. Considering something of inferior quality is investing in balance equipment. Above all, because the first 8K model from Samsung. Which implies that the UDH begins to decelerate its growth curve.
In addition to the Samsung Q900 8K, a 75-inch TV priced at $ 599,999, a new model from The Frame also arrived, it is the 55-inch Samsung QLED 4K that, when turned off, simulates being a work of art. It is $ 189,999.
Samsung Q900R. With an 8K panel and a 75-inch screen and Quantum Dots and the Quantum Processor 8K that allows content to be scaled to be viewed in 8K. $ 599,999
On the LG side, the novelty is the NanoCell SM8100, which offers the latest in color enhancing LED equipment and costs $ 149,000. Also, in October comes the Sony Bravia X80H, with Android system.
However, before going out to buy it is convenient to consider at least five aspects of the super screens.
They are the key piece where television innovation is concentrated and it is the area where the greatest technical difference is established. The crack at this point fits between two types of panels that compete for maximum sharpness: LG NanoCell and Samsung Quantum Dots (QLED).
Thus, the LG NanoCell comes with a nanoparticles that reproduces the entire color gamut and filters impurities to improve color reproduction. Get deeper blacks with high-quality resolution and higher contrast.
“The first thing to notice about NanoCell technology is its ability to reproduce colors with amazing clarity. The line incorporates advanced IPS panels with up to 178 degrees of vision and nanoparticles of color. In this way, the user can enjoy an accurate display of any content and from any angle with the best possible quality “, indicate from LG.
LG NanoCell SM8100. It’s a 65-inch NanoCell with 4K panels with a 178-degree viewing angle. Includes sound powered by DTS Virtual: X. $ 149,000
The QLED behind the new Samsung Q900 8K, with more than 33 million pixels per image, they deliver a color volume that recreates around one billion tones onscreen.
But since the content that is broadcast in 8K is still practically nil, the South Korean firm devised a system for an escalation that uses machine learning to adapt it.
“Through upscaling, the TV transforms any image, bringing it to a resolution similar to 8K, regardless of the original quality. This means that the user can enjoy classic cinema films, produced and filmed decades ago, with a notably improved quality and with details that were not visible before ”, says Martín Hilgert, product manager of Samsung Argentina.
To guarantee total immersion, it is important that the television that will occupy a significant portion of the living room covers all viewing angles. The size of the screen is determined, by means of a complex mathematical formula, according to the distance that the first row of chairs is located.
The 75-inch Smart with Android
Arrives in the country in mid-October
And while each manufacturer has its own rule of length, the guide provided by the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), which is the most widely accepted, recommends multiply the screen diagonal by 1.6. Thus, for a 65-inch TV the separation should be 2.69 meters, for 70 inches 2.9 meters and for a 75-inch, 3.1 meters will suffice.
As if it were a giant monitor, these screens can be connected to any gaming system. However, enjoying the most demanding titles requires some technical details.
“There are televisions that include the so-called Gaming mode that offers a minor input lag, that is, the time that elapses between when an action is carried out with the console commands and when the images appear on the screen. And also, a higher refresh rate, which ensures that the images are smoother and sharper”, Warns Gustavo Brusa, product manager of BGH consumer.
The refresh rate is the number of times the information is updated with new images every second and is measured in Hertz (Hz). The higher the frequency, the better the sharpness. The standard measurement is 60 Hz but there are televisions that offer 120 Hz and the most suitable reach 140 Hz.
Noblex DJ65X6500. 65-inch screen with 4K LED panels (3,840 by 2,160 pixels) and the possibility of adding peripherals via Bluetooth. $ 94,599
He HDMI 2.1 is one of the key updates of 2020, especially for games, since it allows the synchronization of the refresh rate with the frame rate of the game consoles. The result is a smoother experience, without skipping or annoying horizontal time lines.
Another important difference is the bandwidth that the connector has, in order to carry a greater amount of image and sound information to the television.
HDMI 2.1 has a bandwidth that reaches 48 Gbps, against 18 Gbps of HDMI 2.0. This channel expansion allows up to a possible 10K resolution, it also offers 8K, 5K and 4K with refreshments of up to 120 Hz.
The Frame, the television that becomes a frame, is already in Argentina.
The other exclusive feature of high-end equipment is that it includes a Bluetooth connection to add wireless speakers or headphones.
“By connecting Bluetooth headphones to the TV, it allows you to enjoy a personal experience, without generating noise in the environment. This option also allows, send music to TV from cell phone or tablet, using Spotify, for example, to turn the television into a multimedia center, ”says Christian Stuhldreher of Noblex.
To manage the different services and connections, these televisions include an operating system. Samsung employs its Tize-based Smart Hub.
BGH B5018UH6. 50-inch screen with 4k LED panels (3,840 by 2,160 pixels). Includes Gaming Mode to control the resolution when connected to a console. $ 50,000
LG’s multitasking system is WebOS, considered the simplest and most fluid. To this is added the ability to use voice assistants from Amazon and Google plus the practical control Magic Remote, which includes a mouse wheel on the keypad.
Is also Android TV, which offers part of the Google Play application library, which are used by Philips and Sony.
Sony’s 75-inch Android Smart arrives in October.
“By having Android TV you can access basic apps such as Netflix or YouTube and also download more than 5,000 extra applications. In addition, it has voice search from the remote control, which allows you to find content in different services without wasting time entering the text And also, they come with Chromecast built in to be able to stream all content from your personal device to the TV“, lists Pablo Garbarini, Sony TV product manager.
Another step is represented by those manufacturers that have opted for Android AOSP (Android Open Source Project) that differs from the traditional one because it is an open source platform and does not have access to all the search engine services. It is used by Hisense and TCL.