CES 2013: RCA-Mobile TV, Sony Panasonic, Sharp, Samsung, LG

7 Jan

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CES 2013 was open to the press yesterday and kicks off today in Las Vegas with all of the latest in consumer electronics on show. The following are some of the key product announcements with relevance to the Broadcast and Pro Video Marketplace

RCA Introduces 8-Inch Dual-Tuner Mobile DTV Tablet

RCA is introducing a mobile DTV tablet at CES. The Model DDA850R will be the industry’s first device capable of decoding both standard and mobile over-the-air digital television transmissions. The DDA850R will include a standard ATSC tuner, along with a ATSC M/H tuner compatible with Dyle mobile TV.

Dyle is now on-the-air in more than 35 markets; the DDA850R also receives mobile digital TV channels from TV stations not affiliated with Dyle.

The 1.4 pound tablet also has cameras on the front and the back, twin speakers, integrated GPS, and USB, MicroUSB, MicroSD, and HDMI connectivity. It comes loaded with a Google browser, and compatibility with the Google Play app store. The RCA 8-inch mobile TV tablet has a battery life up to four hours in mobile mode, or up to 10 hours when web browsing.

It is scheduled for availability this spring for a suggested retail price of $299.

Sony

Sony unveiled the world’s first OLED 4K TV. The 56-inch set is just a prototype, but it is the first to combine OLED and 4K, both of which are considered the next step in TV technology. OLED provides higher quality images and allows for thinner displays while 4K, also known as Ultra HD, has a resolution four times that of full 1080p HD.

Sony announced numerous other major products that will be launching in 2013.

Among them are 65-inch and 55-inch 4K TVs, that will join an 84-inch model Sony released last year. Sony placed some of its 4K screens side by side with regular HD displays, showing the difference. The new 4K models are set to arrive some time this spring.

For the smartphone market, Sony unveiled its next flagship phone, the Xperia Z, which is set to arrive in the first quarter of 2013. The Xperia Z features a 5-inch 1080p HD display and has a 13-megapixel rear camera.

Samsung

Samsung showed off a series of new-generation TVs. Among them was a 55-inch OLED TV with multi-view — allows two viewers to watch different content on the same screen at the same time using glasses with individual speakers.

Also an 85-inch, impossibly thin, ultra-high-definition TV with four times the pixel density of LED TVs. Speakers are embedded in the screen, offering 120 watts of sound.

On the mobile front, the new Samsung cameras can transfer photos directly over to Samsung mobile devices for better sharing and photo editing. They also can shoot 3-D video and stills.

Panasonic

Panasonic announced a new version of its Panasonic Viera smart TV with several new features. For digital content, instead of having to switch between different digital channels or apps, users will be able to organize and view all their digital from something called “My Homescreen.” In addition, each family member can customize the screen to display their favorite digital content.

Also, a camera on the TV will recognize the user and switch to that person’s customized home screen. The new Viera TVs also come with a voice-activated remote control.

Sharp

Sharp announced a slew of large-screen, high-definition televisions: 60-, 70-, 80- and 90-inch Aquos LED televisions.

The 90-inch behemoth — which Sharp said will be the “largest commercially available LED TV” — is to reach stores in March.

Large-screen models have more than quadrupled their share of the television market’s revenue, to 20% last year from 4% in 2010, according to John Herrington, president of Sharp Electronics Marketing Co. America.

Other television innovations from the company include a split-screen function that allows users to surf the Web and watch television on the same screen. A new app will turn Android and iOS devices into a remote control.

8K resolution — 16 times the pixel resolution of HDTV — and Quattron color upgrades were also hinted at.

LG rolls out big-screen OLED, Ultra HD TVs|9:05 a.m.

LG’s 55-inch OLED HD TV will go on sale in the U.S in March for $12,000, the company announced at CES today.

Besides OLED, LG also announced it will expand its line of Ultra HD TV sets with two more sizes: 65-inch and 55-inch sets. They join an 84-inch, $20,000 model that launched in 2012.

LG didn’t announce pricing or availability of the new Ultra HD models, which display images with four times more detail than the standard high-definition TVs.

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