CES 2019 highlights: 8K, rollable TVs finally become a reality

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Display technology has always been one of the big attractions at international tech conferences such as CES. Royole Corp’s FlexPai and Samsung late last year revived the buzz around the displays and what it has to offer in the future. The ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2019 in Vegas has given us an idea – screens are becoming smarter, flexible and more premium.

Rollable displays
Samsung and Royole Corp may have paved the way for rollable phones, LG has been at the forefront of rollable displays for quite some time. Just last year, it launched 65-inch OLED panel that could be rolled up like a paper. At this year’s CES, LG showcased the 65-inch rollable screen as well. The difference is the rollable screen is now a full-fledged TV and will be commercially available soon.

Called Signature OLED TV R (model 65R9), LG describes its new device as the “gamechanger.” Continuing its focus on machine learning and artificial intelligence, the latest LG TV comes with second generation α (Alpha) 9 intelligent processor and deep learning algorithm. It also comes with Amazon Alexa and support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.

The Signature OLED TV R, a roll-up television, is presented at the LG press conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center during CES 2019 in Las Vegas (AFP)

8K TVs
Tech companies have finally succeeded in crossing the 4K threshold. Samsung introduced a massive 8K 98-inch TV. The company is extending the resolution to 65-, 75-, 82- and 85-inches models. Samsung’s 8K TVs are powered by AI-enabled Quantum processor 8K chip. Just like LG, Samsung will add support for Apple AirPlay 2 support.

Dave Das, Senior Vice President at Samsung Electronics America, unveils the 98-inch QLED 8K at CES 2019 (Samsung)

Sony too joined the 8K bandwagon with Bravia Master Z9G 8K (LCD) and A9G 4K OLED TVs. While Z9G 8K (LCD) will come in large 85-inch and 98-inch models, A9G 4K OLED TVs will be available in smaller 55-, 65-, and 77 inches sizes. LCD panel with 8K resolution is rather interesting as it misses out various advantages that OLEDs bring to the table.

Sony’s 8K TVs come with next-generation image processor X1 Ultimate with 8K X-Reality Pro tech to upscale any content into 8K resolution.

“Additionally, Sony’s unique and evolved Backlight Master Drive technology features a newly developed LED module and control algorithm optimized for 8K. The combination of these technologies brings high resolution and high contrast picture quality images to life in stunning fashion,” Sony explains on its website.

Sony has also added a screen-casting-like ‘Acoustic Multi-Audio’ that makes the sound appear come from the screen.

TCL, which sells BlackBerry phones in select markets, introduced 8K Roku TVs. As the name suggests, these TVs will be powered by Roku’s smart TV technology. TCL’s 8K TVs will launch later this year.


TVS Registers 6 Per Cent Sales Growth In December 2018

TVS Registers 6 Per Cent Sales Growth In December 2018 View Photos

TVS Motor Company registered a positive end to the last calendar year with a 6 per cent growth in December 2018 sales. The company sold 271,395 units last month, as against 256,870 units sold in December 2017. The manufacturer’s sales performance was on the rise across all segments including two-wheelers by 4 per cent, three-wheelers by 37 per cent, while and 26 per cent for export operations. The company also recorded a 19 per cent hike in volumes for the third quarter (October-December 2018) for the current financial year, over the same period last year.

In the two-wheeler segment, TVS sold 258,709 units in December 2018, growing by 4 per cent over 247,591 units sold in December 2017. Domestic two-wheeler sales meanwhile, increasing by 1 per cent up from 209,906 units last month, to 207,739 units sold in December 2017. Scooter sales grew by 9 per cent to 91,480 units in December last year, up from 86,638 units sold during the last month of 2017. TVS sold 107,189 motorcycles in December 2018, witnessing a 13 per cent hike in volumes as compared to 95,246 units sold in December 2017.


TVS Bikes

Ntorq 125

Apache RTR 160 4V

Apache RTR 180

Apache RR 310

Apache RTR 160



Apache RTR 200 4V


Star City Plus

XL 100

Scooty Pep Plus

Scooty Zest 110

XL 100 Comfort




The Hosur-based bike maker’s three-wheeler business grew as well with TVS retailing 12,686 units last month, a healthy growth of 37 per cent over 9279 units sold in December 2017. International sales too witnessed a jump for the Apache maker, which shipped a total of 60,262 units last month, a growth of 26 per cent over 47,818 units exported in December 2017. Two-wheeler exports contributed 48,803 units to total volumes shipped overseas, a growth of 22 per cent as compared to 39,852 two-wheelers shipped in December 2017.


For the third quarter of the current financial year, TVS sold a total of 9.50 lakh two-wheelers between October and December 2018, growing by 19 per cent from 7.99 lakh units sold during the same period of the previous fiscal. Three-wheeler sales grew by 47 per cent during the same period up by 47 per cent from 0.27 lakh units between October-December 2017 to 0.40 lakh units sold in the last three months of 2018.