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These are the TV trends of 2018

Trade shows such as the IFA or the CES are the perfect place to discover the TV trends for 2018. This is where big brands share important announcements about their new line-ups and technologies. More and more brands are launching their own OLED TVs and a new HDR technology was introduced, for example. I've listed the most important announcements for you below, so you know what to expect in 2018.

MicroLED

During the CES 2018, Samsung introduced a 146-inch MicroLED TV, called the The Wall. MicroLED is similar to OLED. Both technologies consist of small lights that are able to independently produce light. This does away with the need for a backlight, allowing for deeper contrasts. The TV was shown as a modular TV without a bezel. The idea is that you're able to connect multiple TVs to each other, so you can create the screen size of your choosing. It is expected that Samsung will share additional information about smaller versions in Spring.

More and bigger OLED TVs

Brands are increasingly seeing a future in OLED televisions. In addition to LG, Sony, Panasonic, and Philips, Bang & Olufsen and Toshiba are also introducing their own OLED TVs. Don't just expect more TVs, but bigger screens as well. Panasonic and Sony both announced a 77-inch model. You'll need deep pockets if you want to purchase one, as they'll set you back a cool € 20,000.

HDR10+

Samsung and Panasonic are releasing a new HDR standard, called HDR10+. This improved technique offers a better distinction between bright and dark images. Another difference is that brightness is recalculated for each scene, resulting in an even more realistic image display. It remains to be seen whether HDR10+ will win the battle with Dolby Vision, or whether both standards can coexist.

The first Philips Quantum dot TV

Philips is releasing its first Quantum dot television. The screen of this 8602 TV contains nanocrystals that convert light into color, creating a wide and natural color representation. The thing that sets the 8602 apart from other Quantom dot TVs is the addition of Ambilight. This technique allows you to illuminate the wall behind the TV in colors of the screen. Philips is releasing this model in both a 55-inch and 65-inch version.

Foldable screens

It might sound futuristic, but it might be available sooner than you think: the foldable screen. During the CES 2018, LG presented an OLED television that can be rolled up like a poster, allowing for easy transport to a friend. LG already showed a similar TV in 2016, but that one was only 18 inches and didn't support Full HD resolution. This makes the rollable, 65-inch OLED TV much more appealing.

8K resolution

Brands like Sharp, LG, and Panasonic announced their first 8K TVs. The resolution of these televisions is 16 times sharper than Full HD. 8K is surely going to play an important role in the future, but it's probably going to take a while before it'll really be of any added value. Other than a barely perceptible difference in sharpness from a normal viewing distance, there currently is hardly any 8K content available.


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