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CES 2019: Top 5 Display Trends

31 Jan 2019

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show took place in Las Vegas earlier this month. With exhibitors from all over the world, there were exciting innovations debuted across all sectors.

We round up 5 of the biggest trends from CES 2019 that are likely to influence the future of display.


Samsung's 2019 QLED TV

8K continued to be a big talking point at CES with many of the TV set makers exhibiting their 8K upscaling technology to make up for the lack of 8K content available. Offering a pixel resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 (also referred to as 4,320p or 33.2 megapixels), it produces an image with 4x greater detail than 4K.

At CES 2019, notable 8K displays shown included those from Samsung (98”, 85”, 82", 75", 65"), Sony (98”, 85”), Sharp (80”, 70”, 60”) and LG (88" W-OLED, 75" LCD) and Chinese manufacturers TCL, Hisense, Konka, Skyworth and Haier. The use of 8K even went beyond displays, with Sharp revealing an 8K consumer camera and Pimax demonstrating an 8K virtual reality headset.

Industry organization 8K Association was also launched at CES 2019. The 8K Association is headed by major TV brands that will promote 8K products and educate consumers and professionals on the benefits of 8K.

LED displays (MicroLED and Mini LED)

Samsung at CES 2019

Last year, Samsung proudly displayed CES’s largest TV, The Wall - the world’s first modular MicroLED 146-inch TV. At CES 2019, Samsung showcased the benefits of MicroLED even further with a 219-inch version of The Wall.

Its use of MicroLED allows it to create a brighter image while still using less energy. MicroLED was also the technology of choice for Samsung’s 75-inch modular screens which can be put together to build a 270-inch display. Both the new modular screens and the expanded version of The Wall are not yet available commercially.

Mini LED was another LED technology present at CES. The Mini LED is a transitional technology between standard LED and advanced MicroLED. Although Mini LED backlights are not as small as MicroLED, they are still a highly efficient improvement on traditional LED, offering peak brightness (making white highlights extra bright) and local dimming that enhances high dynamic range (HDR) images.

Specialized monitors

Samsung CRG9 49” Gaming Monitor

Samsung CRG9 Gaming Monitor: Super Ultra-Wide Screen with Dual QHD Resolution

Beyond TVs, displays could also be seen making an impact at CES with specialized monitors. From large scale to space-saving, there were a variety of head-turning monitors exhibited.  

The HP Omen X Emperium 65 was one particularly interesting example. This Big Format Gaming Display is billed as a 65” monitor that can bring PC gaming into the living room. The combination of quantum dots, 4K, HDR and a high refresh rate make this gaming monitor an impressive display.

On a smaller scale, Samsung debuted a space-saving desk monitor called the Samsung Space Monitor. This clamps to the surface of a desk and has a movable arm that hides cables, allowing it to sit flush against a wall or the desk’s surface when not in use. With the option of a 27-inch model with QHD resolution and a 32-inch model that’s 4K UHD, this a high resolution yet practical display.

Connected living

Sasmung Family Hub with Bixby

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be a growing trend. With the number of connected devices predicted to continually rise until at least 2025, it’s unsurprising that CES featured numerous examples.

From increasingly familiar uses, such as smart clocks and robotic vacuum cleaners, to the innovative Mui Smart Display (which is an interactive wooden plank), IoT was unmissable at CES 2019.

Samsung Electronics made their commitment to their vision of Connected Living clear. At its CES press conference, HS Kim, President and CEO of Consumer Electronics Division, spoke about how IoT, 5G and AI work together across devices to create seamless experiences. With Samsung exhibiting AI-enabled TVs that can upscale content to 8K, the technology is already improving display resolution. Display technology is also being utilized for interactive touch panels on household devices, such as fridges.

Resilient technologies

The Resilience Marketplace was a new exhibition area for CES 2019, showcasing technologies that can help people be prepared for and respond to problems.

During panel discussions and at exhibitors’ areas, issues included cybersecurity, government communications, disaster responses and resource limitations (such as water and energy).

One of the products that proposed a solution was Urban Canopee. Currently being tested in Toulouse, France, this is a technology-based way of increasing plants in areas lacking green space. Canopies are built on modular flexible frames and a combination of sensors, a solar kit and a connected irrigation system autonomously water the plants. Hyundai also previewed a ‘walking car’ concept, capable of traveling across rough terrain.

Although display was not a focus at the marketplace, the trend for resilient technologies remains an opportunity for the industry. Digital signage can be used to increase cities’ resilience - helping governments communicate important information in smart cities, even during disasters.

For more information on how you can adopt 8K, read our latest blog on 8K UHD opportunities for displays.

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