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TV

  • How long until more 4K HDR TVs hit sub-R10 000 mark?

    4K HDR television sets have received a ton of hype in recent months, in no small part due to the PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, Xbox Scorpio and streaming services supporting the standards. LG, Samsung and other brands have sensed a major opportunity in this regard, having sold TVs with this tech for some time now. But the biggest obstacle is price, with many 4K HDR television sets being rather expensive. Still, we're seeing some 4K sets with claimed HDR functionality hovering just above the R10 000 price window or just a touch under this mark... So the question then is just...

  • LG Innofest 2017: TVs, TVs everywhere

    LG has held its Innofest 2017 event in Barcelona, essentially showing off its products announced at CES 2017, as well as a few more tidbits. Although home appliances, smartphones and robotics were shown off, it could easily be argued that LG's TV range took centre stage. Of course, most want to know what's actually coming to South Africa. The W7 "wallpaper" TV isn't one of them, though, with LG SA saying there were no plans "at this stage" to bring the model to the country. Coming in at just 2.5mm thin, the television set is barely thicker than a credit card...

  • CES 2017: Xiaomi Mi TV 4 is thinner than iPhone 7

    We've seen several TVs shown off at CES 2017 this week, but Xiaomi's Mi TV 4 might just be the most visually impressive set yet. The Mi TV 4 is 37% thinner than the iPhone 7, the Chinese colossus claimed, being 4.98mm thin with a "frameless" display to boot. To be fair, it's not of uniform thickness, with the bottom third of the TV being almost 40mm thick. In a rather interesting move, the motherboard, ports and sound system are in a separate "TV bar" that's attached to the actual display by a single cable. If it sounds familiar, it's because...

  • LG launches new 4K OLED TV ranges in South Africa

    September is clearly the month to launch televisions in South Africa. With Hisense kicking things off earlier this month, it was Korean electronics giant LG that unveiled its new wares at an event in Johannesburg's Cradle of Humankind Thursday. The company announced that four of its new premium 4K OLED TVs will arrive in South Africa, handpicked from its 2016 LG G6 and LG E6 ranges. The screens, which boast some novel innovations and marketing pointers, were used to showcase photography from Tanja and Cory Schmitz, two astro-photographers who look for the skyward light in the darkest of South African towns. And...

  • ULED arrives: Hisense brings new TV tech to South Africa

    If you run a quick internet search for ULED technology right now, you'd be hard pressed to find any tangible details. It seems that it's a technology Hisense is massively proud of, but isn't exactly showering consumers with much technical detail. That is, until now. At an event on Tuesday in Johannesburg, the company pulled back the curtains (quite literally) on its new 4K ULED televisions, which were made known earlier this year in Australia. This event also gave Hisense a chance to brief journalists and retailers on its new tech, deliver a new war cry to other established brands, and...

  • Japan Display’s 8K 17.3-inch screen features over 33-million pixels

    Referring to resolutions in terms of K isn't as rare as it used to be. 4K is practically the upper-echelon of gaming and content resolution standards, with the likes of Sony and Sharp vested in smartphone and television screen technology respectively. But what happens when 4K isn't quite dense enough? Japan Display has the answer. The company from the Land of the Rising Sun has developed an 8K (7680×4320) 17.3-inch display which suggests that tablets and perhaps even gaming monitors with even more pixels is just over the horizon. The pixel density is an astounding 510 pixels per inch, which is...

  • Samsung is the most popular second-hand TV brand, suggests OLX

    Online classifieds are big business in South Africa, so naturally, it's an interesting way to gauge the success of a product or brand based on how often they appear and how many second-hand units are sold. OLX, a local classifieds database, has recently revealed the list of most popular TV brands on the site and the results are telling. Samsung came out on top according to OLX, mirroring other surveys completed, with its nearest challengers hailing from Japan, Korea and China. "We were not surprised by the results as our electronics category continues to be dominated by Samsung, but some of...

  • Sharp will sell the world’s first 8K TV for R1.8-million

    If you belong to the "there's never too many pixels" club and wear your badge with pride, then you'll love what Sharp plans to do next month. The Japanese company, known for making some of the world's best television panels, is outing the world's first 8K TV next month in its homeland for a cool US$133 000. That's R1.8-million for you and I down south. But if you think that number is excessive, consider the sheer size of the LV-85001. It's 85-inches from corner to corner and boasts a resolution of 7680x4320, which is 16 times more pixels than a 1920x1080 Full...

  • 5 pivotal moments in the development of TV technology

    It’s hard to believe how far the television, and TV technology for that matter, has come in a little under a century. As we enter a new age of television thanks to UHD and OLED, let’s look back at the pivotal technological moments that have shaped television as we know it today. The TV is invented A multitude of inventors came up with the technologies that define what we know as television. Vladimir Zworykin was the first to patent the idea for a television as we know it, then known as the Iconoscope. A few years later, Philo Farnsworth was able to produce...

  • Android TV brings casual games, videos and ‘okay Google’ to the big screen

    Android TV joins the roughly billion-and-a-half smart TV and streaming set-top boxes on the market, such as Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV but with one small difference: namely that Google's positioning Android TV as a casual gaming console too, in the hope that it will decimate the Ouyas of the world. Those familiar with set-top boxes like Roku's will know what Android TV's all about. Download apps from Google Play, stream video from YouTube or Netflix and play games with a brand new Google gamepad that looks like it was modeled after the pad from the original Xbox....