Sony just revealed its flagship XBR-A1E Bravia 4K OLED TV on CES 2017. It is very very thin. Not as thin as LG OLED W7 Signature model but it is very thin. All of the electronic components in the new Sony Bravia OLED TV had to be moved to the fold-out stand at the back. The stand back cover also hides all cables so you can now use your Sony Bravia OLED as part of the interior design with no cables hanging around.
Sony comes as a second player to OLED TV market which was monopolized by LG for several years. We’re very happy to hear that since more choice is always better. It also means that OLED technology has proven advanced enough for Sony to base its Bravia TVs on it.
The A1E Bravia is going to be available in 55-inch, 65-inch and 77-inch sizes. Sony hasn’t released prices yet, but as a guide, we can use prices from LG OLED TVs which will from around $2,000 for B7 models and go up to $20,000 for W7 signature models.
We can also guess that the only common part between Sony XBR-A1E 4K and LG OLED 4K counterparts will be OLED display. All electronic internals, software, image processing technologies will be specific to Sony. And this can make it quite a different TV since display makes up only a small part of the overall experience (even though quite a significant part in my opinion).
Sony OLED A1E TV is going to support both HDR10 and Dolby Vision high dynamic range standards. It is a step up from the previous year Sony 4K TVs which only supported HDR10 standard.
Another innovative feature introduced in Sony XBR-A1E is the way it reproduces sound. OLED display acts as a high-frequency speaker. Actuators embedded behind the screen vibrate and make OLED screen produce sound. And it doesn’t seem to cause any jitter on the picture. We’re yet to see exact measurements on this but this is an exciting new technology which may bring TV sound to the next level.
Bottom line is that if you’re on the market for an OLED TV you now have a choice between TVs from two major brands. If you want OLED you are no longer have to limit your choice with just one vendor. Now you can compare and get the best TV experience which matches your expectations.
LG introduced an amazing new line of OLED TVs this year. Its flagship W7 signature TV model comes in 65-inch and 77-inch sizes and has a display detached from a sound bar which makes it look like a poster on a wall. It also as thin as a credit card. While everyone seems to be fixated on a W7 signature model it worth to remember that it is the most expensive one out of entire LG TV line-up introduces at CES 2017. LG introduced several other TVs which are also based on OLED technology and don’t cost as much as a new car.
LG B7 OLED 4K HDR Smart TV
LG B7 TV line up is based on the same OLED technology which W7 signature so you can expect to see all the amazing features OLED TV technology provides. It has Active HDR with Dolby Vision™ and supports HDR10. Besides new Dolby Vision ™ standard it is also backward compatible with HLG HDR standard. This is also the first TV in its price segment which supports both Dolby Atmos® and Dolby Vision™ in one TV.
LG B7 TVs comes in two sizes: 55-inch (OLED55B7P) and 65-inch (OLED65B7P). Both models share the same ultra-thin designs based on OLED technology. TV display is very thin on the sides and at the top and only gets thicker in the middle to accommodate computing components and ports.
LG B7 TV Tech Specs
Tech specs for LG B7 are following:
– 3840 x 2160 resolution
– OLED Display Type
– Display format 4K UHD 2160p
– HDMI ports: 4 (HDCP 2.2)
– Other inputs: 3 USB, 1 RF In (Antenna/Cable), 1 Composite In, Component In (Shared w/ Composite), 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical, 1 RS232C (Mini Jack)
– webOS 3.5
– Speaker system: 2.2 Channel
– Other features: Active HDR with Dolby Vision™, Perfect Black, Cinematic Color, Billion Rich Colors, Ultra Luminance, Pixel Level Dimming
Pricing was not announced at this moment but it probably will be around $4,000 for a 65-inch model and less than that for 55-inch. LG 55-inch 2016 OLED TV models sell for around $2,000 at Amazon now and 65-inch models sell for $3,500-$4,500.
Kindle Fire HD8 and iPad mini 4 with retina are top choices for someone who is shopping for an 8 inch new tablet now. They represent two different price segments and depending on what you want from your new tablet each of them could be your top choice.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD8
iPad mini 4 with retina
16 or 32GB
32 or 128GB
2-megapixel rear-facing camera, front-facing VGA camera
$104.99 for Kindle Fire HD8 with 16GB
$134.99 for Kindle Fire HD8 with 32GB
Kindle Fire HD8
Kindle Fire HD8 is a great inexpensive tablet with prices currently starting from $104.99 (and better during Amazon sales). It gives you all the functions and features which you may need from a tablet. Kindle Fire HD8 has 16GB or 32GB of storage and with 128GB mini SD card you can extend it to 144GB or 160GB correspondingly. It also offers 2MP rear-facing camera and front facing VGA camera. It is missing cellular data option though which means you can only use Wi-Fi connection to connect to the internet.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD8 gives you access to Amazon only features. You can access Amazon Alexa right from Kindle Fire HD8 device – you just need to press and ask. You also have access to Amazon Kindle Owner lending library where you can lend one book per month free (conditions apply).
iPad Mini 4 with retina
iPad Mini 4 has a gorgeous 2048x1536px display with 326 PPI. It also weighs 298.8g which is 42.2g lighter that Kindle Fire HD8 which weights 341g. It comes with 32 or 128GB storage and access to iCloud storage (you may have to pay to use more than 5GB of it though). It also features 8MP rear-facing camera and 1.2 front-facing cameras. But it all comes at a price. iPad Mini 4 with retina starts at $399 for 32GB model and at $499 for 128GB model.
If you’re on a budget and need a simple tablet which can fulfill all of your daily tasks go with Kindle Fire HD8. Go for it if you’re already using an Amazon ecosystem.
If you’re looking for lightest, sharpest tablet with a better camera go for iPad mini 4 with retina.