1. Sony Ultra HD Organic LED TV
While Sony argues it out with Panasonic who got there first, the Japanese electronics giant also unveiled a television that combines 4K resolution with vibrant energy efficient OLED technology. Botched keynote demonstration aside, the set offers a native 3,840 x 2,160 OLED panel and the company insists “delivers all of the features expected from OLED TVs, such as high contrast, brightness, rapid video image response time and rich images produced even at wide viewing angles.”
UK Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Sony
2. Panasonic 4K OLED TV
Beating LG and Samsung to the title Panasonic unveiled the world’s biggest OLED TV with ultra high definition resolution measuring in with a 56-inch screen. Still very much a prototype and probably highly unlikely to surface this year, there has been little details on specs or a price but we do know that it measures in at just 0.5-inches thick and Panasonic hope that printing production methods should make them more affordable when they are available to buy.
UK Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Panasonic
3. Samsung S9 UHD TV
This 85-inch behemoth from Samsung boasts a virtually bezel-free body which is surrounded by what Samsung calls its Timeless Gallery Frame. Squeezed inside that frame is a whopping 120 watts of sound, with the speakers built right into the frame. Of course there’s Samsung’s own upscaling technology which will keep your Blu-rays looking sharp despite the 4x increase in pixels. Voice and gesture control come as standard, for those that despise remote controls.
UK Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Samsung
4. Hisense XT880 4K UHD 3D Smart TV
Hoping to deliver a more affordable entry to the world of 4K viewing the XT880 comes in more sensible 50, 58 and 65-inch sizes all offering crisp 2160p ultra high definition resolution. Behind the screen is an ARM dualcore microprocessor and Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system which means access to the web and the ability to stream content while facial recognition and gesture control support adds an extra layer of interactivity. There’s also 3D support if you are still into all of that…
UK Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Hisense
5. Sharp ICC Purios
The Purios may be the smallest of the group at 60-inches, but thanks to an Integrated Cognition Creation processor it is the first consumer TV to be THX 4K certified. The processor intelligently assesses each image as a human eye would (apparently) to create better depth and contrast and perspective. Smart TV functionality comes boxed in, as you’d expect, though there’s not much info in terms of how much this beast will set you back as yet.
UK Price: TBA | Out: Summer 2013 | Sharp
6. Toshiba L9300 Series 4K TV
Promising 84-inches of ultra high definition gloriousness, Toshiba’s first 4K offering has plenty of proprietary tech to help it stand out amongst other similarly gigantic sets. A Toshiba CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core processor helps to give below 4K resolution content a much cleaner HD image and UltraClear Dynamic Noise Reduction to keep images looking clear. A 240 HZ refresh rate should keep images running smoothly and with Cloud TV also included so you’ll be able to share content and stream programming over Wi-Fi.
UK Price: TBA | Out: TBA | Toshiba
7. LG 65-inch Ultra HD TV
The £22k 84-inch model might be the preserve of the rich and famous, but LG has now given birth to a smaller, 65-inch sibling. This is of course by no means small, and it packs in a staggering 8 million pixels per frame, and you’ll also get LG’s Magic Remote 2.0 which opens up a world of over 1,400 apps. 3D Sound Zooming intelligently analyses where an object is in the screen and gives the illusion of distance, and it will kick out plenty of noise too, thanks to two 15w woofers and two 10w speakers.
UK Price: TBA | Out: August 2013 | LG
8. Sony Bravia X9000A
This 65-inch slab of pure premium is the embodiment of Sony’s new design philosophy – a huge bezel-less sheet of glass with super-thin magnetic fluid speakers on either side. With an actual resolution of 3840 x 2160, this is the flagship for Sony’s 4K range boasting passive 3D, and upscaling is now some of the best in class thanks to a dedicated X-Reality Pro engine. NFC-enabled remote allows for seamless smartphone-to-TV mirroring.
UK Price: TBA | Out: Spring 2013 | Sony