【R&D Department of Blaze Display】After years of television innovations that either had little to offer the average consumer (3D...urgh) or introduced more problems than they solved (curved TVs anyone?), 2017 saw manufacturers get back to focusing on making great looking sets.
It helps that there’s a whole host of new technologies out there that needs new hardware to take advantage of it. From 4K, to HDR (of which there are now a couple of competing standards including Dolby Vision and HDR10+), 10-bit color depth and wide color gamut, there are a dizzying array of different specifications that TV manufacturers have been adopting to certain extents over the course of the year.
2017 was also the year when almost every manufacturer (barring Samsung, unsurprisingly) embraced OLED as their panel type of choice for their high-end sets. All of these OLED panels are still made by LG Display, but the fact that you can now choose between having your TV be powered by Sony’s X1 processor or Philips’ P5, is never going to be a bad thing.
But there’s still so much progress to be made. Tech needs to trickle down to low-end sets, and there’s even room for the flagship sets to improve with brighter displays and more color depth.