The tech world has descended on Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where manufacturers are revealing the gadgets they hope you’ll buy this year.
TV manufacturers have been the first to unveil their new products, with TVs getting ever bigger, and boasting 8K resolution, making your HD picture look positively antiquated. However, if you’re thinking of splurging on an 8K TV, be warned — actually finding something to watch on it might be tough for at least another year.
Here are the biggest new TV launches from CES:
Samsung’s Sero swivel TV
Samsung’s new Sero TV is one of the weirdest designs you’ll see. Designed to watch vertical video, it can swivel to show you a big-screen view. The idea is that you’ll control it from your phone, using it to watch social media videos.
Whether or not anyone wants to watch vertical videos on their TV remains to be seen. But if you can’t wait to see Snapchat and TikTok on the big screen, it’s coming to the U.S. later this year, although Samsung hasn’t said how much it will cost.
The tech giant also showed off a new 8K flagship TV, which boasts a bezel-free design, meaning the entire front is screen. It looks fantastic, but is likely to have a high price tag when it goes on sale later this year.
And if a normal TV just isn’t big enough for you, Samsung also showed off a new modular TV that can be linked together to form one giant screen. Called simply The Wall, it’s also set to go on sale later this year.
LG’s rollable TV
For minimalists, LG revealed its radical rollup TV will finally go on sale this year.
First shown at last year’s CES, the 65-inch screen will cost an eye-watering $60,000 when it goes on sale later this year, according to CNET.
LG also revealed a new array of 8K TVs, including 88- and 77-inch class LG SIGNATURE OLED 8K TVs (models 88/77 OLED ZX) and advanced LG NanoCell TVs (models 75/65 Nano99, 75/65 Nano97, 75/65 Nano95).
Chinese manufacturer TCL has had huge success in the U.S. with its Roku TVs, and the firm says the next big step forward is 8K and mini-LED technology, a new way of displaying images.
The firm’s new 8K TVs will use this technology. “We believe that Mini-LED technology will shape the near future of the industry and TCL has already pioneered in applying this technology to TVs,” said Kevin Wang, CEO of TCL Industrial Holdings and TCL Electronics.
Sony goes 8K
Sony showed off its new Bravia TVs, including a jaw-dropping 98-inch Master version, costing $60,000.
It launched the Z8H TV, an 8K set which will come in 55-inch and 85-inch versions, and features a screen that doubles as a speaker.
It also revealed it is working on a concept car using the firm’s camera sensor and screen technology, and showed off its 5G connectivity pack for broadcast cameras, which has already been tested by NBC Sports to cover football games.