CES 2013: Panasonic Unveils 56-inch 4K OLED Display; 20-inch 4K Tablet

10:03 AM PST 01/08/2013 by Carolyn Giardina
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Panasonic Corporation President and CEO Kazuhiro Tsuga

The company's president, Kazuhiro Tsuga, gave the keynote at the Vegas event.

LAS VEGAS — Panasonic unveiled a 56-inch 4K OLED display and as well as a 4K 20-inch tablet Tuesday during Panasonic president Kazuhiro Tsuga’s keynote at the International CES.

The 4K TV is just a half-inch thick, and was created with 3D printing technology. The tablet is Windows 8 based. Pricing and availability was not revealed.

Ultra HD or 4K, which contains roughly four times the picture information as today’s HDTVs, is a big topic this week at CES. The Consumer Electronics Association estimates that roughly 50 4K TVs from at least 10 manufacturers will be unveiled.

Sony also introduced a prototype 56-inch 4K OLED display on Monday during its CES press conference. It additionally announced 55-inch and 65-inch 4K TVs. It currently offers an 84-inch Ultra HD TV.

Samsung and LG are among the companies that additionally unveiled 4K TVs at CES.

Despite the buzz, it is generally believed Ultra HD TVs will not have wide early adoption, particularly as the first 4K TVs to reach the market were priced in the $20,000-$25,000 range. CEA projects that in 2013, the average wholesale price of a 4K TV will be $7,000, and will drop to around $2,800 by 2014.

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