TV Features and Trends Consumers Can Expect in 2020
The new year promises exciting developments in the TV world. From rollable TVs to advanced AI capabilities, we summarize our predictions of the leading changes that consumers should expect in the television industry.
1. New 8K TV Options
In 2019, only Samsung and LG offered 8K TVs, which have an incredible 33 million pixels, compared with 8 million in a 4K set. In 2020, new 8K sets will likely be available in smaller sizes including 55 inches with the Samsung Q900R QLED 8K TV. Likewise, 8K prices will come tumbling down as TV manufacturers have now had more than two years to get their manufacturing facilities ready. Expect 8K TV prices to dip below $2,000 by the end of the year.
2. LG Rollable TVs
The absence of a backlight in OLED displays but also allows the rollable feature. LG’s rollable TV folds out, expanding to a full-size TV with the end pieces serving a dual purpose — stand and speaker.
3. HDMI 2.1 Technologies
HDMI 2.1 was launched in 2018 and allows a huge boost in bandwidth, frame rates up to 120 frames per second, 10k content, and an enhanced audio return channel. With another year under the belt, TV manufacturers will develop sets with 2.1 connectivity.
4. Bigger TV Screens at Lower Prices
Larger TV screens ranging from 65 to 75 inches will become much more affordable in 2020 with changes in manufacturing. Specifically, larger LCD sheets will drive prices down faster than before. Indeed, in 2019, 65-inch TVs became the most common floor size for most retailers. Expect the trend to continue as larger TVs drop in price.
5. TVs will get smarter and listen better.
Far-field microphone technologies were a recent advent for Sony and Samsung TVs in 2019. While the microphones are disabled by default, they can be turned on and used alongside voice assistants. As smart speakers’ popularity grows in 2020, also expect growth in far-field microphone technology in 2020.