Toshiba Reveals 55" 4K x 2K HDTV, Supports Glasses-Free 3D

Toshiba Reveals 55" 4K x 2K HDTV, Supports Glasses-Free 3D

A few years ago, television makers seemed to have no trouble whatsoever convincing people that they needed to update their SD sets to sets that boasted 1080p. And recently, they've been trying to do the same with 3D sets. But it seems that even those may be outclassed sooner rather than later. Toshiba has recently showcased a new high-def TV, and it's one of the most intense units we've seen in the consumer space. It's a 55" beast with a native resolution that makes 1080p sets wince.

The set has a wildly dense 4K x 2K resolution, which is the same resolution as found on many high-end cinema projectors. It's difficult to even find content filmed at such a high resolution, but there's nothing wrong with being prepared for the future. It's scheduled to ship in December in Europe for around 8000 Euros, and it'll also come to Japan with slightly different specifications by March 2012. On top of all that, it'll be capable of displaying 3D content. Without glasses.


There's also a Face Tracking feature, which should assist users who choose to video chat in insanely high resolution. 4K x 2K TVs as early as next year? So much for staying one step ahead of the curve -- your set is already out of touch!
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8,000 Euros = 11,218 US Dollars. Damn that's expensive; even more expensive than current 3DTV sets out there.

In any case, I'm sure that amount of money will be worth it to have a 4K x 2K resolution and to ditch those 3D glasses that most people say are stupid. Still, there is no shaking how expensive it is. I mean this just has to be the most expensive 55' 3DTV out there right now.

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It's not worth it - I saw it in action in Germany. It might be a nice 4K display in 2D mode, but how are you going to feed it? There's no HD-SDI (as far as I know) and Toshiba used four (4) HDMI cables to run a live 4K feed from JVC's prototype 4K camcorder to the display.

As for glassless 3D... it looked atrocious. I mean really bad. Not only was the resolution terrible (4K divided by 9 views = resolution per viewer, do the math) but image quality overall was a massive disappointment. Toshiba had set up tiny viewing booths where three people could sit side by side, with practically no room for movement. I came out very unimpressed.

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I think the above post just killed glasses-free 3D...

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Hardly :) Glasses-free 3D is the future, there's no doubt about it, but I believe it's still 3-5 years before there are affordable, good-3D-quality sets on the market.

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Thanks for the information pteittinen. While the price would have been too rich for me anyways it is always nice to see new technology. It would appear that this is just a stepping stone to something better :)

I personally don't mind passive 3D glasses technology but active shutter glasses I find to be annoying especially when the batteries die on you in the middle of a movie.

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wow... 40.8 gpbs is just staggering to think about. 8-| shouldn't we be focusing more on compression technologies than improved resolutions on televisions? whats the point of pioneering 4k x 2k tvs if you just are gonna have to require the consumer to use 4 HDMIs at once or develop a cable that will pass 40+ gbps of data, which id assume would be one thick and expensive as heck (at best buy) cable? noone will buy into that. not even in the next decade, i dont believe.

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famous last words?

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I have no idea why Toshiba used 4 HDMI cables to feed the TV as HDMI 1.4 spec already supports 4K resolution at 24fps. Hmm, well, it could be the camera was running at 4K 60fps progressive which does not go through a single HDMI 1.4 connection.

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"I think the 3D works well, cause I can perceive the 3D image of the scenery in the TV through my monitor."

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