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39in 4K x 2K TV models to be introduced next year?

Chinese TV panel powerhouse Chimei Innolux (CMI) is said to be entertaining plans to expand the production of its 39in panels and may even allocate part of its production line to developing 4K x 2K panels of this size, according to unnamed sources cited by Digitimes.

The sources also said that a small volume production may begin soon, a sign that demand for 39in models in general is outpacing production capacity in the industry. This elevated demand may have come about because TV sets of this size are cheaper to produce and ideal for ever-shrinking lounges worldwide.

The company produces 4K x 2K panels in 50in and 65in sizes and will start volume shipments for the latter size to Chinese manufacturers before the end of the year. 4K x 2K refers to a screen resolution with a horizontal resolution varying between 3,840 and 4,096.

A number of vendors demonstrated 4K x 2K displays at IFA a few weeks ago. Panasonic (opens in new tab), LG (opens in new tab) and Toshiba (opens in new tab) all had models on show and it is likely that the format will become more predominant at the very high end of the market next year.

(opens in new tab)Unfortunately, the amount of content produced in 4K x 2K is still a trickle even compared to 3D or full HD, which could serve as a catalyst for the broadcast industry.

It would be interesting to see whether some 39in 4K x 2K panels will end up powering Apple’s Television set which is rumoured to be released before the end of the year. Anyone for a TV with “Retina Display”?

Source: Digitimes (opens in new tab)

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.