LG, Sony, Toshiba prepare 84 inch 4K 3DTVs

The battle of the monster screens is about to commence!

August 27, 2012
LG 84 inch UDTV

LG has unveiled its latest high-end TV offering, an 84 inch 3DTV which boasts a 4K resolution.

In other words, it’s double that of standard HD at a resolution of 3840 x 2160, but of course, double in terms of both height and width means that it’s actually the equivalent of four HD screens, hence the 4K moniker.

LG is calling its 4K set Ultra-Definition, or UD, and the 3DTV will debut at the IFA show over in Germany next week. The global launch of the television will kick off later next month.

The CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment Company, Havis Kwon, was quoted as saying: “The 4K display market is still in its infancy but it was important for LG to claim a stake in this space. LG’s UD 3DTV represents a whole new level of home viewing experience because it offers every advanced technology we currently have to offer.”

So as well as being a 3DTV and a smart TV, with “magic remote”, the mega-resolution screen has upscaling to 4K resolution for HD content (or indeed SD, though we wonder how that will cope with being blown up to ridiculous levels), and other features such as dual play. The latter is where two players competing in local multiplayer are shown their own display via 3D glasses, banishing split-screen play (and cheating in shooters) to a dark and dingy cupboard, never to be seen again.

The set also has various 3D controls, such as depth adjustment, and comes with integrated speakers and a pair of sub-woofers, so the on-board sound should be pretty good for those without separates.

The price tag? Well, that hasn’t been confirmed yet… but expect it to be wallet crushing, and over the £10,000 mark (a limited edition set, over in Korea, sold at £14,000 – but presumably the standard 84 inch UDTV will be a bit cheaper than that).

Both Sony and Toshiba also have massive 84 inch 4K screens ready to be shown off at IFA, apparently.

Rumour has it that the 84 inch Sony set will tip up close to the £20,000 mark, making LG’s offering look like a comparative bargain. Sort of.

There are no details on Toshiba’s 84 inch monster, although the company already has a 4K TV out there, albeit a “mere” 55 inch model. However, reaction to the Toshiba 55ZL2 hasn’t been great – it was generally deemed rather expensive for what it was at a £7,000 price tag. And the glasses-free 3DTV performance, which 4K resolution allows for, is flawed by all accounts.

Let’s hope that these new 4K sets don’t disappoint, although the price tags obviously put them out of reach of all but the most avid and affluent TV fans. And 4K content is thin on the ground as it stands, anyway…


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