LAS VEGAS – If CES 2012 was The Year of the Headphone (especially those of the celebrity-endorsed variety), CES 2013 is The Year of the Next Gen Television. Sony’s press event began with CEO Kaz Harai taking the stage to explain that Sony intends to return to the top of the television business.
Sony demonstrated this in style by unveiling the world’s first 55-inch OLED 4K TV. It also plans to offer other 4K sets in 60- and 84-inch sizes later this year. Representatives explained that the company’s “Triluminos Display” technology accentuates reds, blues, and especially greens in the 4K televisions to deliver beautiful pictures.
But what good is a 4K TV without 4K content? Sony answered that vital question by announcing that numerous Blu-ray disc movies will be re-released in 4K resolution. Blu-ray, it seems, will be the standard of choice for the next generation of high-definition entertainment.
On the non-TV front, Sony announced a new phone: the Xperia Z. The 5-inch Android Jellybean 4G LTE smartphone (powered by a quad-core Snapdragon processor and featuring a Full HD screen and 13-Megapixel camera) is both water and dust resistant. Its “One Touch” technology lets the Xperia Z use NFC to speak with compatible TVs, music devices, and even external hard drives. There’s also a Xperia ZL model that trades the Z’s all-glass construction for plastic.
There was very little mention of the Playstation brand. Sony stated that PS Vita sales picked up over the holiday season, and that more goodies are on the way for PlayStation Plus subscribers.
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