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LG Unveils OLED EX, its next-gen OLED TV Tech

The new tech may compete with Mini-LED technology

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LG is already having a busy CES 2022, and the event hasn’t even begun. The business has already shown off two weird OLED designs and a pair of odd TVs, but today it unveiled OLED EX, the next iteration of its OLED display technology.

The OLED EX (which stands for Evolution and eXperience) promises to increase maximum brightness, improve picture quality, and allow for lower display bezels. The basic technology—millions of individual self-lit pixels—hasn’t changed, but LG claims that using an isotope called deuterium in conjunction with algorithmic image processing can boost brightness by up to 30% above traditional OLED displays.

As dull as it may appear, the science underlying it is actually quite fascinating. LG discovered a means to extract deuterium from water, a rare isotope (one deuterium atom in every 6,000 hydrogen atoms) that is twice as heavy as hydrogen and used it in its TV’s OLED elements. Stabilized deuterium compounds, according to LG, allow the display to emit stronger light while also boosting efficiency over time.

Moving on to the second change, LG is employing a “personalized” machine learning algorithm that forecasts the use of each light-emitting diode (on up to 8K TVs) based on your viewing habits, then “precisely controls the display’s energy input to more accurately express the details and colors of the video content being played.”

LG OLED Ex
Photo: LG

The new screen technology allows LG to lower the display bezel thickness on 65-inch TVs from six millimeters to four millimeters, according to LG. That may not appear to be much of an improvement, but on this scale, even the tiniest reduction makes a difference.

The best part about LG’s statement is that OLED EX isn’t just a concept or a prototype; starting in the second quarter of next year, the new display technology will be employed in every OLED TV built at Samsung’s Paju, South Korea, and Guangzhou, China facilities. LG didn’t indicate when the first OLED EX items would be available, but it sounds like it may be as soon as mid-2022. We’ve inquired about specifics.

“Despite the worldwide TV market declining by 12% this year, we saw a 70% increase in OLED sales,” said Dr. Oh Chang-ho, executive vice president and head of LG Display’s TV Business Unit. “Through the advancement of our OLED technology, algorithms, and designs, we hope to create even more inventive, high-end customer experiences with our new OLED EX technology.”

I haven’t seen this latest version of OLED in person yet, and since we won’t be attending CES (LG appears to be on board, FWIW), it may be a while before I do, but the prospect of a TV that fixes one of OLED’s few flaws—brightness—has me going to the store to get popcorn.

But first, I’d like to see what Samsung has on display at CES. With something termed QD-OLED, the business has already announced the strategies it would employ to bridge the gap between its QLED panels and LG’s superior OLED displays. Samsung claims that by integrating Quantum Dot and OLED parts, it will be able to give us the best of both worlds: perfect blacks, great contrast, and high brightness levels (sound familiar?). Sony, a long-time user of LG’s OLED panels, is rumored to be working on its own QD-OLED TVs.

This is all good news for customers; the television war is heating up again, and the result, regardless of who wins, should be a wider range of TVs with higher picture quality than what is currently available.

RV Cuarto is the founder and editor-in-chief of EveryTechEver, a startup team of writers and researchers. He started in tech journalism in the early days of 2012 as the founder of the successful tech site Nokia Revolution. His belt of experience spans across the industry, from consumer electronics, data operations, and cloud computing, with several brands including Dell, Nokia, Realme, and Huawei. He is also an HIV advocate and a public speaker. He spends his free time singing, playing mobile games, and experimenting with new recipes in his kitchen. Follow him on Tiktok.

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Sony brings BRAVIA XR TVs and BRAVIA CORE to the Philippines

Both models are available at all Sony Authorized Dealers nationwide. 

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Sony Philippines officially announced the local arrival of the new BRAVIA X90K and BRAVIA CORE, a pre-loaded movie service exclusive to 2022 BRAVIA XR™ models.

For viewers interested in achieving lifelike picture quality at home, Sony presents the BRAVIA X90K series, a Full-Array LED that delivers up to 4K Ultra HD resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR). Powered by the Cognitive Processor XR™, the new XR lineup ushers us into a new era of cinematic viewing experience at home.

“Sony’s purpose is to fill the world with emotion through the power of creativity and technology, that’s why Sony continuously pushes boundaries in pursuit of the ultimate audio and visual experience,” says Mr. Hideyuki Wada, Marketing Director of Sony Philippines.

(from left) RV Cuarto, Founder of EveryTechever, Sylver Sy, Founder of IconicMNL, Hideyuki Wada, Marketing Director of Sony Philippines

Sony is indeed taking the lead on this technological transformation with BRAVIA XR™ TVs powered by the next-generation Cognitive Processor XR™.

Next-gen processors for next-level cinematic entertainment

Powered by the revolutionary Cognitive Processor XR™, Sony’s new BRAVIA X90K series gives audiences real-life depth and contrast, and vivid colors compared to the ordinary LEDs on the market. This next-generation processor cross-analyzes images and sound from your movies to deliver a more lifelike TV viewing experience. Better than the conventional AI technology, the Cognitive Processor XR™ delivers scenes in movies that are so real you can feel it

Sony BRAVIA X90K
Sony’s revolutionary BRAVIA X90K 4K HDR Smart TV signals a new era of realism in home entertainment.

According to Clarence Porteza Sony Philippines’ Product Marketing Executive, an immersive viewing experience entails a balance of both quality visuals and sound, and the BRAVIA X90K delivers that perfect harmony with its XR Picture and XR Sound features

Porteza explains the four key pillars that deliver lifelike picture quality on the BRAVIA X90K:

  • Powered by the Cognitive Processor XR™, XR Triluminos Pro™ enables our TVs to access over a billion colors and reproduce each one with the subtle differences seen in the real world
  • Scenes look more real with extra depth and details as the XR Contrast adjusts brightness for higher peaks in glare and deeper blacks in shadow
  • Enjoy entertainment close to 4K quality through XR Clarity. The Cognitive Processor XR™ accesses a vast amount of data, intelligently recreating lost textures and detail for real-world pictures
  • Watching sports and fast-moving movies just got a whole lot better with the intelligent motion processing for fast-moving and blur-free scenes of XR Motion

“When comparing the BRAVIA X90K with other commercially available televisions in the same class, audiences are sure to experience a difference,” shares Forteza.

Immersive true to life sound

Sony’s Cognitive Processor XR™ also brings more realistic and immersive sounds, shares Porteza. With advanced sound processing, Acoustic Multi-Audio technology, and special actuators, BRAVIA XR TVs make the sound match precisely with what’s on the screen bringing a whole new level of immersion.

Sony BRAVIA X90K
With its built-in up-firing speakers, support for true Dolby Atmos and DTS:X multi-dimensional sound formats, and Sony’s 360 Reality Audio format, Sony’s HT-A7000 soundbar sets the bar high for immersive sound.

The XR Surround feature also virtually creates surround sound from the sides and vertically using just the TV speakers, so viewers can experience 3D audio without the need for in-ceiling or up-firing speakers.

Complete your cinematic experience at home with Sony’s top-of-the-line soundbar. BRAVIA XR TVs may be paired with a Sony A Series soundbar such as the HT-A7000 to enhance the viewing experience. The HT-A7000 features X-Balanced speaker units that deliver more punchy bass, less distortion, and greater vocal clarity.

For viewers who want full 360° spatial sound mapping, an optional subwoofer (SA-SW3 / SA-SW5) and rear speakers (SA-RS3S) can be paired. With just the subwoofer and rear speakers added, the HT-A7000 creates multiple phantom speakers around the room for total immersion.

Your favorite films at home

For those interested in seeing their favorite pictures at home in high definition, Sony takes it one step further with BRAVIA CORE exclusively available in the 2022 BRAVIA XR TV lineup.

Sony BRAVIA X90K
With BRAVIA Core, audiences can catch their favorite movies at home in close to 4K definition and take it further with the biggest collection of IMAX® Enhanced movies.

A wide selection of movies is waiting for audiences on BRAVIA CORE. With BRAVIA XR technology, Pure Stream™, and IMAX® Enhanced, everything users watch is delivered with stunning visuals and expressive sound quality. With BRAVIA CORE Calibrated mode, movies will automatically adjust to the optimal picture settings to create a truly exceptional at-home movie viewing experience.

Pricing and Availability

The BRAVIA X90K is available in 55″, 65″, and 75″ sizes, starting at P66,699, while the HT-A7000 is priced at P82,499. Both models are available at all Sony Authorized Dealers nationwide. 

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Xiaomi offers big discounts for Mi TV P1 Series online

Mi TV P1 Series discounts up to 21% off. Save up to Php 7,999!

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 Xiaomi makes the smart home entertainment experience more accessible again as they offer Mi TV P1 Series discounts up to 21% off! Save up to Php 7,999 and get a free Mi Smart Standing Fan 2 for any Mi TV P1 purchase this month of March.

The 32″ variant of the series will be on sale for Php 8,990 from its original price of Php 10,990, while its 43″ variant will be priced at a discounted rate of Php 14,990 instead of Php 18,990. Its two largest variants will also be on sale with the 50″ variant available for Php 20,990 instead of Php 22,990 and the 55″ Smart TV is marked down to Php 22,990 from its original price of Php 24,990.

Mi TV P1

The promo will run on Shopee until March 15 but will also be available later this month on Lazada this coming March 27 to 29 with additional vouchers for their upcoming Birthday Sale.

Mi TV P1 Series: An All-Round Smart Entertainment Hub

The whole series sports a bezel-less display for maximum viewing space with a sleek and stylish design that blends beautifully into the home’s surroundings. Its 60Hz LED panel offers an ultra-wide 178° field of view so that you can clearly see the display, no matter what angle you are watching from.

The 55”, 50” and 43” variants deliver a top-of-the-line picture quality with 4K UHD resolution and

Dolby Vision ® support. The larger 55”, 50” variants further enhance visuals with HDR10+, which allows the TVs to generate a high dynamic range and make the picture even more vivid and life-like. To complement the stunning visuals, all three models offer MEMC technology, enabling the TV to reproduce an incredibly smooth and lag-free picture.

All models come with a rich ecosystem of content with an Android TV™ system, and popular apps like Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube pre-installed. Users can also easily project content and games from their smartphones or tablets using Chromecast and Miracast. With Google Assistant built-in, Mi TV P1 Series is the perfect fit for voice commanding users’ smart homes. The 55”, 50” and 43” variants even come with an embedded mic on the panel so users can voice command the TV and any smart appliances connected completely hands-free 3

Mi TV P1 32’‘


Mi TV P1 43’‘Mi TV P1 50’‘Mi TV P1 55’‘
Dimensions
(Including base)
733 x 180 x 479mm
962.2 x 205.2 x 624.6mm
1117.2 x 276.8 x 710.6mm
1243.9 x 782.2 x 285.3mm
Display1366 x 768, HD
8-bit 
3840 x 2160, 4K UHD
1.07 billion colors4
HDR10
Dolby Vision® 
MEMC
3840 x 2160, 4K UHD
1.07 billion colors4
Color gamut: 88% NTSC (typ)
3840 x 2160, 4K UHD
1.07 billion colors4
Color gamut: 88% NTSC (typ)
Dolby Vision® 
MEMC
HDR10+
Dolby Vision® 
MEMC
HDR10+
Dolby Vision® 
MEMC
Bezel-less LED, 60Hz
Global dimming
Bezel-less LED, 60Hz
Global dimming
Bezel-less LED, 60Hz
Global dimming
Bezel-less LED, 60Hz
Global dimming
Audio5W + 5W10W + 10W10W + 10W10W + 10W
Tweeter x 2 + Woofers x 2
Dolby Audio and DTS-HD® support
Tweeter x 2 + Woofers x 2
Dolby Audio and DTS-HD® support
Tweeter x 2 + Woofers x 2
Dolby Audio and DTS-HD® support
Tweeter x 2 + Woofers x 2
Dolby Audio and DTS-HD® support
SystemAndroid TV 92
Google Assistant built-in4
Android TV 102
Hands-free voice control with Google Assistant4
PatchWall by Xiaomi5
Android TV 102
Hands-free voice control with Google Assistant4
PatchWall by Xiaomi5
Android TV 102
Hands-free voice control with Google Assistant4
PatchWall by Xiaomi5
Works with Amazon Alexa
Chromecast built-in2
Supports Miracast 
Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube pre-installed
Works with Amazon Alexa
Chromecast built-in2
Supports Miracast 
Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube pre-installed
Works with Amazon Alexa
Chromecast built-in2
Supports Miracast 
Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube pre-installed
Works with Amazon Alexa
Chromecast built-in2
Supports Miracast 
Netflix, Prime Video, and YouTube pre-installed
RAM + ROM 1.5GB + 8GB2GB + 16GB2GB + 16GB2GB + 16GB
Connectivity HDMI ARC x 1
HDMI 2.0 x 1; HDMI CEC x 1
HDMI eARC, VRR x 1; HDMI 2.0 x 1; HDMI CEC x 1
Mic mute switch
HDMI eARC, VRR x 1; HDMI 2.0 x 1; HDMI CEC x 1
Mic mute switch
HDMI eARC, VRR x 1; HDMI 2.0 x 1; HDMI CEC x 1
Mic mute switch
Ports and buttons USB 2.0 x 2
Ethernet 100Mbps
Digital tuner (CI + card)6
Power button
USB 2.0 x 2
Ethernet 100Mbps
Digital tuner (CI + card)6
Power button
USB 2.0 x 2
Ethernet 100Mbps
Digital tuner (CI + card)6
Power button
USB 2.0 x 2
Ethernet 100Mbps
Digital tuner (CI + card)6
Power button
Remote360° Bluetooth remote with dedicated buttons for Google Assistant, Netflix, and Prime Video7360° Bluetooth remote with dedicated buttons for Google Assistant, Netflix, and Prime Video7360° Bluetooth remote with dedicated buttons for Google Assistant, Netflix, and Prime Video7360° Bluetooth remote with dedicated buttons for Google Assistant, Netflix, and Prime Video7
Package IncludesMi TV P1 x 1; 360° Bluetooth remote control x 1; Stand x 2; User manual x 1; Screw bag x 1; Power cable x 1; Warranty card x 1Mi TV P1 x 1; 360° Bluetooth remote control x 1; Stand x 2; User manual x 1; Screw bag x 1; Power cable x 1; Warranty card x 1Mi TV P1 x 1; 360° Bluetooth remote control x 1; Stand x 2; User manual x 1; Screw bag x 1; Power cable x 1; Warranty card x 1Mi TV P1 x 1; 360° Bluetooth remote control x 1; Stand x 2; User manual x 1; Screw bag x 1; Power cable x 1; Warranty card x 1

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MediaTek Pentonic 2000 is the world’s first 7nm TV chip

This chip can decode 8K resolution at 120Hz.

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Pentonic 2000

Following the announcement of its flagship Dimensity 9000 SoC for smartphones, MediaTek has unveiled the Pentonic 2000, its flagship TV chipset. In many ways, it appears that this silicon is the first of its kind in the world.

To begin with, this is the first 7nm chip for televisions, and it is based on TSMC’s node. Second, it’s the first commercial TV chipset to support H.266 material using Versatile Video Coding (VVC). This is a new codec for streaming and broadcasting media that has increased compression efficiency. The list of natively supported encodings also includes HEVC, VP9, and VS3.

The Pentonic 2000 from MediaTek is the world’s first 7nm TV chip, decoding [email protected]

Pentonic 2000

The new Pentonic 2000 empowers flagship 8KTVs with incredible features and innovative technologies in display, audio, AI, broadcasting and connectivity; it’s no wonder that MediaTek already powers more than 2 billion TVs in the global market today.

– Mediatek summit 2021

The chip is so strong that it can run 8K resolution at 120Hz while also supporting MEMC. Non-8K material can also be upscaled to the TV’s maximum quality, which MediaTek claims is AI-powered. The addition of UFS 3.1 storage makes things much faster.

In terms of connectivity, the chip supports the Wi-Fi 6E standard, with 5G capability remaining optional if some TV manufacturers choose to integrate it.

The first Pentonic 2000-powered televisions are due in 2022.

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