Sony, Sharp and Philips are on the bandwagon and will release TVs based on Android TV in 2015. Android TV combines streaming services, apps, and a game console in one platform. It will also be available in small TV streamer boxes.
LG has a range of new OLED TVs coming out in 2014 as well as new Ultra HD and Full HD TVs. LG is also introducing a new webOS-based Smart TV platform that looks promising. Could 2014 be the year where LG establishes itself as the leading Korean TV innovator?
Panasonic is introducing their new AX900 with “plasma-like picture quality” and a range of new Full HD models – some very basic, some with advanced features. Panasonic is also introducing a new Smart TV user interface called Life+ that recommends relevant content.
In 2014, Philips will introduce its first TV with the new Android-based Smart TV platform. They will also launch Ultra HD TVs and TVs with twin tuners, Miracast screen mirroring and a new Cloud TV app that streams TV channels over the internet.
Sony’s 65” and 55” 4K TVs in the X900 series will be available to buy starting from May 2013. Prices start at $5000 for the 55” version.
Sony's 4K TVs to debut in May, starting at $5000
Sony’s 84” 4K TV was released in November for $25,000 USD and in May Sony will be adding the smaller and much cheaper 65” and 55” 4K TVs.
Sony’s X9000 4K series will be available in 65 and 55 inch sizes
The TVs are part of Sony’s major push for 4K resolution that is considered the next step in TV resolution. Sony will soon offer three 4K TVs – also called Ultra HD TVs – and later in 2013 Sony will release its PlayStation 4 that supports 4K video.
Sony’s 55” XBR-55X900 will cost $5000 and the 65” XBR-65X900 will cost $7000 when they appear in stores in May. The European launch is expected in June for most regions.