We knew it was coming, but we didn’t expect it quite this soon. According to The Verge, Vizio has revealed the pricing scheme for its P series televisions — 50-inch models with 4K displays will start at just $999.99, and the higher-end 70-inch TV will cost $2,599.99. To put this into perspective, there are still plenty of high-end 50-inch HDTVs currently on the market that retail for around $1000. These prices are a far cry from some of the more audacious announcements during this year’s CES, and could be the first sign of 4K proliferation in the coming months and years. Although Vizio is known for affordable TVs, analysts have been predicting an abrupt price equalization in the 4K market for months. It appears that sooner rather than later, owning a 4K set won’t be a distant dream.
Ultra HD has been all the rage at CES once again this year, but much of the coverage has focused on outlandishly expensive televisions that would hardly fit in the average living room. As it turns out, plenty of companies were quietly revealing reasonably sized displays as well, so 9to5Mac assembled a list of a few of the more affordable options for those who want 4K without breaking the bank. More →
Now that every manufacturer under the sun has unveiled an Ultra HD television, the next step is to find other devices that could use a 4K display. Per Windows Blog, Toshiba announced on Monday at CES that it will move on to laptops later this year. The first offering, known as the Tecra W50, will feature a 4th generation Intel Core processor, NVIDIA Quadro K2100M GPU and a 15.6-inch 4K Ultra HD display. Toshiba’s second 4K laptop, the Satellite P50t, will feature an identical display, but will include touchscreen capabilities as well. Both laptops will run Windows 8.1 and should make it to commercial release by mid-2014.
Ever since they were first unveiled, ultra high-definition televisions have been little more than a pipe dream for the average consumer. With prices soaring as high as $150,000 for the largest models, many had begun to write off the whole idea of ultra HD until the prices began to dip below Lamborghini levels. Although prices remain much higher than many are willing to spend, The Wall Street Journal reports that a 4K future could be closer than ever. More →
Qualcomm’s latest processor was built with Ultra HD 4K video in mind. The new Snapdragon 805 processor that the company announced on Wednesday will be the first that can play, record, and stream your favorite Ultra HD videos. The new processor will be able to handle Ultra HD thanks to the new Adreno 420 GPU, the Krait 450 quad-core CPU, and the Gobi MDM9x25 modem. More →
Panasonic unveiled its Toughpad line of tablets back in 2011, which originally consisted of two Android devices with adequate specs. Two years later, the company is ready to release what might be the most visually impressive tablet on the market in the Toughpad 4K UT-MB5, the world’s first 4K tablet. Measuring in at an enormous 20-inches, this professional-grade tablet features an Intel Core i5 vPro processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB of RAM, 2GB of VRAM, 720p front-facing camera and Windows 8.1 Pro OS. In terms of its drop rating, the tablet can survive “a 30-inch drop to its back while operating, and 12-inch drops to 26 angles when nonoperational.” The whopping 5.27-pound tablet will cost $5,999 when it goes on sale in January 2014. Panasonic’s full press release follows below. More →
As 4K TVs slowly make their way into the living room, streaming services like Netflix are gearing up to provide higher resolution streams to match the new format. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings spoke about the possibilities and the challenges of providing Ultra HD streams at the Copenhagen Future of TV Conference. The highest quality video format Netflix currently offers is Super HD, which requires a connection between 6-12 Mbps that is only available through select ISPs in the United States. According to DSLReports, Ultra HD will consume even more bandwidth. More →
4K TVs are beautiful, but they are also extremely expensive. Most of the major TV manufacturers have already unveiled their Ultra HD offerings, but the question remains: When will the average consumer be able to afford them? Speaking to Trusted Reviews, one United Kingdom retailer believes 4K resolution TV prices may be cut in half within the next year. More →
Coinciding with the many announcements Sony made on Wednesday at IFA 2013 about Ultra HD TVs and projectors, the company has launched Video Unlimited 4K, a video store featuring Ultra HD content to rent or buy. The 4K video store can be accessed on Sony’s 4K Ultra HD Media Player and currently offers over 70 movies and TV shows, including AMC’s Breaking Bad. 24-hour rentals for TV shows will cost $3.99, movie rentals will be $7.99, and buying a movie outright will cost $29.99. The library should grow to over 100 titles by the end of 2013. Sony’s official press release follows below. More →
If you’re one of the few privileged enough to be able to afford Sony’s (SNE) $25,000 84-inch 4K resolution LED TV, you can probably buy a few 4K resolution cameras and go to town filming your cat in Ultra High Definition. With over 8 million pixels to push, Sony’s 4K TV looks superb if the content is running at full 3,840 x 2,160 resolution. Of course, the price tag isn’t the only drawback for Sony’s 4K TVs — the lack of native 4K content. More →
As if there was any doubt Sony’s (SNE) giant 84-inch 4K resolution LED TV would be expensive, Sony has finally priced its upcoming XBR-84X900 TV. The flat screen with a whopping 3840 x 2160-pixel resolution and integrated speakers will sell for $24,999. While Sony will start taking preorders for the TV beginning Thursday, September 6th, it won’t actually be available until November. Early adopters can find demo units at select Sony stores before deciding if 4K is worth the investment. Beyond the TV’s ability to scale 1080p content to 4K resolution, the XBR-84X900 also has SimulView (two-player gaming without split screens), full 3D with passive 3D glasses and large library of apps, videos and music services expected from a high-end HDTV. Sony’s full press release follows below.