2013 CES: Television
Sharp Details IGZO
Sharp showcased for the first time in the U.S. its latest display technology: IGZO (an acronym for Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide), a compound that replaces the amorphous silicon typically used in thin-film transistors. The company said it will be the first to mass-produce IGZO displays, and it has partnered with Corning, which has developed a special glass based on its Lotus technology that can withstand high-temperature processing.
IGZO yields higher resolution, decreases power consumption and produces a more precise touch response, Sharp said. The company will release two 32-inch-class professional LCD displays featuring IGZO technology and 3840x2160-pixel resolution, this year through its network of pro A/V dealers. One model features a 10-point multi-touch capacitive screen that will be available following the February availability of a non-touch model. Sharp is also planning to offer a series of Ultra HD TVs in 60-, 70- and 85-inch sizes this year.
On the heels of expanding its channel through a partnership with Best Buy, VIZIO has added to its M-Series Razor LED Smart TVs, unveiled its first Ultra HD TVs as part of the flagship XVT-Series, and the new all-LED2 E-Series.
The M-Series Razor LED Smart TVs range in nine sizes, from 32 to 80 inches, with prices from $399.99 to $4,499.99. The 50- to 80-inch sets have Theater 3D. Other features in the lineup include slim bezels, 240 Hz, Wi-Fi and many popular apps.
The Ultra HD XVT-Series comes in 55-, 65- and 70-inch sizes. The full E series ranges from 22- to 70-inches and includes an LED Smart TV line (32- 65-inch, $299.99-$1,299.99); and a Theater 3D line in 42 and 50 inches ($529.99-$729.99).
Hisense unveiled Ultra HD TV, a new line of Google TVs, and a glasses-free 3D set.
The flagship 120Hz Ultra-LED XT900 comes in 65-, 84- and 110 inch sizes.
The WiFi-enabled Smart TV has active shutter 3D technology, local dimming and a USB-mounted detachable camera. The XT880 UHD series has many of the same features as the XT900 but comes in 50-, 58- and 65-inch sizes. The XT780 series of Google TVs come in 55 and 65 inches. Select models of the new releases are compatible with the Roku Streaming Stick. TV prices have not been announced. The glassless 60-inch GF60XT980 TV uses a UHD panel and is still in concept mode.
Select models of Haier’s new Core and Encore series LED lines will also be Roku ready and will feature 2.1 audio.
Panasonic, HSN Partner on Shop By
Panasonic and HSN have partnered on an interactive home shopping app that is launching via Panasonic’s Smart VIERA platform. Launched in conjunction with HSN’s revamped website, the app provides product information, customer reviews and product demos, as well as the ability to buy products.
The company also showed off 32 new HDTV models—including 16 plasma sets in 42-to-65-inch screen sizes, and 16 LED TVs in 32-to-65-inch screen sizes—as well as products in other categories.
Those include the SC-NP10 Bluetooth wireless speaker, aimed at tablet users, and the RP-BTGS10 bone conduction headphones. The headphones sit directly in front of the user’s ear canal rather than inside the canal. Vibrations move through the bone directly into the auditory nerve. DS