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Oppo's first 4K TVs feature 8K support, 1-second boot time

20 Oct 2020 | Rasmus Larsen |

Oppo has announced its first TVs in the form of the S1 and R1 models, intended for China. The high-end model boasts features like 120Hz, HDMI 2.1, 1-second boot time, and 8K support.

Oppo enters TV market

About a month ago, Oppo confirmed that was planning to enter the TV market. The company has now announced its first TV models; at launch intended only for its home market of China. The LCD TVs are unlikely to shake up market or push picture quality to new heights, but they are packed with some interesting features – some of which are not found in typical TVs.

Oppo S1 TV

For example, Oppo's TVs support 8K video decoding despite having 4K screens. Obviously, content in 8K would have to be downscaled to 4K but you may still gain something by feeding the TV with higher-quality source material. It is enabled by the MediaTek MT9950 chipset (or MT9652 in the cheaper R1 models) that also comes with 8.5GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a 1-second boot time. Imagine having that in Android TVs sold in Europe and the US – most of which are also powered by MediaTek chipsets. Oppo said that the high-end 65-inch S1 model also features 210 dimming zones, WiFi 6, HDR format support, 120Hz with VRR (48-120Hz), HDMI 2.1, and a 85W 5.1.2-channel Dolby Atmos speaker system developed in partnership with Dynaudio.

Oppo S1 TV

The TVs are running something called ColorOS but if Oppo decides to launch its TVs internationally later, they will most likely be powered by a different operating system. Chinese brands tend to use a modified version of AOSP (Android Open Source Project) in TVs sold locally, and Google's official version of Android TV internationally. At this time, the TVs are reserved for the Chinese market where the 65-inch Oppo S1 costs 8000 yuan ($1200), and the 55- and 65-inch R1 models 3300 and 4300 yuan ($500 / $650). Oppo is now in the game so do not be surprised if you in a few years from now see an Oppo-branded TV in your region of the world. - Source: Oppo

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