Shipments of 4K televisions jumped more than 500 percent last quarter as overall global TV shipments rebounded, according to a new report from DisplaySearch.More than 3 million 4K televisions, also called Ultra HD televisions, shipped to retail outlets during the third quarter, bringing total shipments for 2014 up to 6.4 million, said DisplaySearch in a quarterly report released Tuesday. China is the leading market for 4K TVs, which have a minimum resolution of 3,840x2,160 pixels, and accounted for more than 60 percent of global shipments last quarter. Shipments of 4K TVs are expected to reach a fever pitch next quarter, as broader competition and lower price points continue to drive demand, said Paul Gagnon, director of global TV research at DisplaySearch. Samsung leads the global market for 4K televisions with a 36 percent share, though local brands such as Hisense and Changhong are fiercely competing with the tech giant in China, said DisplaySearch. LG Electronics was the No. 2 … [Read more...] about 4K TV shipments soar to 6.4M in 2014
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There's a simple rule of thumb for companies that market electronics: When it comes to specs, a higher number is usually preferred. Sure, there are exceptions -- you want things like response time, load times and mobile device weight to be low -- but generally, more equals better. It comes down to the "speeds and feeds" aspect that still dominates a lot of tech shopping: When you line up a bunch of similar TVs, phones, laptops or tablets, the ones with the higher numbers get the edge. Think about battery life, display resolution, screen size, processor speed, memory and storage capacity, to name just a few. Of course, the quoted number is often only half the story. Consider the megapixel myth of digital cameras: a 15-megapixel camera isn't necessarily going to yield a "better" picture than an 8-megapixel shooter. Nor is a 4K Ultra HD TV -- with a resolution of 3,840x2,160 pixels -- going to necessarily outshine a "standard" HDTV with 1,920x1,080 pixels, or just one-fourth of the 4K … [Read more...] about The truth about Ultra HD 4K TV refresh rates
Polaroid has had a rough few years, but it's eyeing a comeback with a move to the TV market. The company today unveiled a new line of 4K Ultra HD LED smart TVs. The sets are compatible with Google Cast, the streaming service offered by the search giant to deliver access to a wide range of apps, including Netflix, Hulu, and the Google Play marketplace. The TVs include 120hz refresh rates, more than 8 million pixels, and HDMI 2.0. The 43-, 50-, and 65-inch versions start shipping this summer for $499 to $999. A 75-inch verison for $1,900 arrives later this year. Related Articles Vizio Tips SmartCast Platform, Offers Tablet With 4K P-Series HDTV "By teaming up with a company such as Google, we are able to offer consumers the latest in TV technology so they can easily share and enjoy their favorite content, and more importantly, deliver tremendous value to those looking to upgrade to a higher-resolution," said Scott W. Hardy, Polaroid President and … [Read more...] about Polaroid’s 4K TVs With Google Cast Arrive This Summer
Every January, tech insiders try to predict what will succeed and fail in the coming year. In 2018, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cryptocurrency are popular buzzwords, but according to the Consumer Technology Association, the organization behind CES, a familiar segment will top futuristic tech this year. As Statista outlines above, CTA projects that 4K TV sales in the US will hit $15.9 billion in 2018, leaving other emerging tech categories far behind. Despite their prices having come down significantly in the past couple of years, the pace at which 4K TVs are replacing HDTVs is expected to yield healthy year-over-year growth of 14 percent. Related Articles The Best TVs of 2018 The Best TVs of 2018 Consistent with other market assessments, CTA indicates that this year will be a robust one for smart speakers. Fueled by the entry of Apple and others, as well as expanded portfolios from Amazon and Google, the market is expected to nearly double to $3.8 billion, … [Read more...] about Smart Speakers Pick Up Steam, But 4K TVs Lead the Pack
Ultra high-definition (4K) technology has loomed over the television industry for years. Just over a decade ago we made the jump from standard definition (480p resolution or lower) to high-definition (720p resolution or higher), and many people bought new TVs in the process. Now that it's clear 4K is here to stay, it's time to decide if another upgrade is in order. 4K, which is recognized as 3,840-by-2,160-pixel resolution for televisions, boasts four times the amount of pixels as 1080p displays. 4K televisions have been trickling into the market slowly, seeing similar curves of both adoption and price that HDTVs once had. A few years ago, 4K televisions were incredibly expensive, lacked a standardized format for transmitting video, and very little 4K content was actually available. A lot has changed since then. At the end of 2015, we can freely recommend purchasing a 4K television as your new big screen. The technology and market have matured to the point that it … [Read more...] about Should You Buy a 4K TV Now or Wait?