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HUAWEI Vision S Smart TV : What You Need To Know!

HUAWEI Vision S 4K Smart TV : What You Need To Know!

HUAWEI just officially launched their Vision S, powered by their own HarmonyOS operating system!

Here is what you need to know about the new HUAWEI Vision S 4K smart TV!

 

HUAWEI Vision S : HarmonyOS Smart TV

Powered by HarmonyOS, the HUAWEI Vision S comes in two sizes – 65-inch and 55-inch, both offering smart features like :

  • interconnectivity,
  • interactive capabilities,
  • multi-device collaboration, and
  • of course, multimedia prowess

Let’s take a quick look at what you need to know about this new smart TV!

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Specifications

To make it easy for you to compare the two models, here is a table comparing their key specifications :

Specifications HUAWEI
Vision S
65-inch
HUAWEI
Vision S
55-inch
Size 65-inches 55-inches
Resolution 4K UHD
3840 x 2160 pixels
Colour Gamut 92% DCI-P3
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Brightness 350 nits
Contrast Ratio 5000:1
Backlight Type Direct LED
Operating System HUAWEI HarmonyOS
Memory 3 GB
Storage 32 GB
Camera 13 MP magnetic camera
Speakers 2 x 10 W full frequency
2 x 10 W tweeters
Voice Input 6 microphones
Far-field voice pickup
Remote Control Bluetooth voice remote control
OneHop Projection (NFC)
Connectivity Wi-Fi : 2.4 GHz + 5 GHz
3 x HDMI 2.0 ports
1 x AV-in port
1 x USB 3.0 port
1 x SPDIF (coaxial) port
Power Consumption 230 watts 190 watts
Display Only Size 1449.3 mm wide
837.2 mm high
72.1 mm thick
1230.1 mm wide
714.1 mm high
73.0 mm thick
Display + Base Size
1449.3 mm wide
876.4 mm high
336.7 mm thick
1449.3 mm wide
753.6 mm high
258.0 mm thick
Display Only Weight 19.5 kg 14.2 kg
Display + Base Weight 20 kg 14.7 kg

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Key Features

Double Refresh Rate, Double Speakers!

Its 120 Hz display, coupled with Advanced Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation (MEMC) promises to offer much more immersive and smoother visuals.

On top of that, it is fitted with twice as many speakers than other smart TVs – two Full Frequency Speakers and two High Frequency Speakers, with a 1 litre sound cavity!

1080p HUAWEI MeeTime Calls!

The HUAWEI Vision S supports MeeTime calls, letting you engage in high-definition video calls at up to 1080p resolution without being connected to a HUAWEI smartphone!

All you need to do is set the Vision S to use your HUAWEI ID during the installation process, and you can make 1080p MeeTime calls directly on it!

OneHop Projection!

The HUAWEI Vision S comes with OneHop Projection built-in, activate with a tap of your HUAWEI smartphone on the HUAWEI Share icon on its remote control!

You will be able to project your smartphone contents onto the display, and navigate by simply swiping left and right on your smartphone!

Mirror Control

The Mirror Control capability turns your smartphone into a touchpad for the Vision S.

This gives you handy touch controls for easier input, without worrying about the remote again.

 

HUAWEI Vision S : Price + Deals!

The HUAWEI Malaysia Vision S will be available in two sizes, at these price points :

  • 65-inch : RM 3,999 (about US$975 / €807 / A$1259 / S$1,294)
  • 55-inch : RM 2,999 (about US$731 / €605 / A$944 / S$970)

You can pre-order them right now :

If you pre-order one, you will receive these free gifts!

Vision S 65-inch
Pre-order period : Now until 2 May 2021
Free gifts : HUAWEI WiFi AX3 router + HUAWEI FreeLace Pro *
* only on the HUAWEI Lazada Store + HUAWEI Online Store

Vision S 55-inch
Pre-order period : Now until 12 May 2021
Free gifts : RM200 instant rebate **
** only on the HUAWEI Shopee Store + HUAWEI Online Store

 

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HONOR Honghu 818 Display SoC Details Revealed!

At the Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Guangzhou, HONOR President George Zhao unveiled the Honghu 818 display SoC.

Here is everything you need to know about the HONOR Honghu 818 display SoC, which promises to deliver superior images and sound quality for smart displays!

 

The HONOR Honghu 818 Display SoC

The HONOR Honghu 818 was developed by the Hisilicon research and development team over a period of 5-years. It is their first intelligent display SoC to be made available globally.

Quad-Core CPU + Quad-Core GPU

While many media reported that the Honghu 818 has an octa-core processor, they would be wrong.

The Honghu 818 has a quad-core processor, and a quad-core GPU; but in this case 4+4 really does not equal 8…

To be specific, its CPU has two ARM Cortex-A73 high-performance cores, and two ARM Cortex-A53 low-power cores. Its ARM Mali-G51 GPU, on the other hand, has four cores.

This means it is far less powerful than Hisilicon’s flagship Kirin 980 or Kirin 970 mobile SoCs or even mid-range mobile SoCs like the Kirin 650.

However, HONOR says that it is more than capable of handling heavy image processing on large displays, as well as other tasks, at the same time.

In fact, they claim that this octa-core processor’s “bandwidth utilisation rate” leads the industry by “over 50% on average”.

Recommended : The Official HUAWEI Kirin 980 Tech Briefing + Demos!

Honghu 818 Image Processing Technologies

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Its image processing engine boasts these seven image processing technologies :

  • Motion Estimate and Motion Compensation (MEMC)
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR) Imaging
  • Super Resolution (SR)
  • Noise Reduction (NR)
  • Dynamic Contrast Improvement (DCI)
  • Auto Colour Management (ACM)
  • Local Dimming (LD)

Those algorithms lets the Honghu 818 enhance and optimise image resolution, contrast and colour performance of the display.

Histen Audio Technology

The HUAWEI Histen audio technology optimises sound quality in four aspects :

  • ultra-wide sound field
  • transient intermodulation distortion
  • sound equalization, and
  • intelligent bass.

This allows the smart display to deliver a great audio experience without using a separate audio chip.

Honghu 818 Multimedia Decoding Capabilities

The Honghu 818 has a built-in multimedia decoder that supports hardware decoding of up to 8K video at 30 fps, or 4K video at 120 fps.

According to HONOR, the Honghu 818 can open a H.265-encoded 4K video in just 1.3 seconds, while its rivals take almost twice as long.

It can also decode images of up to 64 megapixels in resolution, which is greater than the highest-resolution DSLR cameras (Canon 5DS and Canon 5DS R), and certainly much greater than any smartphone camera.

 

The First Honghu 818 Powered Display

HONOR said that they will be launching the HONOR Vision TV, which will be the first display powered by the Honghu 818. This 55-inch smart TV will also come with a smart pop-up camera.

 

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The 2018 QLED TV Year-End Price + Promotion Revealed!

Samsung revealed the 2018 QLED TV range in March 2018, promising unrivalled viewing experience without distractions. They recently invited us to a refresher briefing on the 2018 QLED TV range, and their year-end price and promotions. Here are the full details!

 

The 2018 QLED TV Media Briefing

Vincent Lee, Head of AV TV, Samsung Consumer Electronics, explains the key features of the 2018 QLED TV series.

Q Picture : Purest Pictures Without Distractions

To create even more stunning picture quality with pristine contrast, the TVs feature the new Direct Full Array which uses a panel with zones of smartly controlled backlighting that adjust automatically to deliver deep blacks and pure whites. This reduces blooming and halo effects and enables deeper contrast, with inky blacks and brilliant whites.

Advanced Anti-reflection technology ensures that the TVs’ spectacular picture quality can be enjoyed from almost any angle, and also helps boost contrast. Aligned with the new products, which include models wider than 55 inches, Q Engine technology automatically upscales on-screen content to UHD levels to further enhance viewers’ immersion.

Q Style: Spend Time Watching, Not Searching

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Samsung’s 2018 QLED TVs’ style changes based on innovative technologies are also noticeable. Magic Screen is an energy-saving function that allows the TV to elegantly display images as well as real-time information such as the weather or news. For wall-mounted TVs,

Magic Screen can mimic the pattern on the wall behind the TV to create an astonishing visual effect in which the TV blends seamlessly into the wall.

Samsung has also introduced a simple solution to eliminate cable clutter, called the One Invisible Connection, which integrates power cables and data lines that were previously separated to allow the TVs to harmonise with their surrounding aesthetic. Available up to 15 meters, it frees consumers from having to place their TV near data or power outlets.

Q Smart: Value Beyond Investment

The new QLED TVs are designed to seamlessly connect with SmartThings-compatible devices to offer users even greater control over their home’s smart technology. In addition, users can access a variety of apps on the QLED TVs that they can enjoy at any time through one intuitive menu.

 

The 2018 QLED TV Year-End Price + Promotion

Vincent runs through the 2018 QLED TV range, including their year-end prices and promotions.

2018 Samsung QLED Series Malaysia RRP Best US Price
(31 Oct ’18)
Best UK Price
(31 Oct ’18)
Q9F 4K Smart QLED TV 75-inch RM 34,999 $4,998 £4,699
65-inch RM 19,499 $2,998 £2,399
Q8C 4K Curved Smart QLED TV 65-inch RM 17,499 $2,399.95 £2,099
55-inch RM 9,799 $1,599.95 £1,499
Q7F 4K Smart QLED TV 75-inch RM 31,131 $2,798 £3,699
65-inch RM 15,093 $1,998 £1,899
55-inch RM 8,793 $998 £1,299
Q6F 4K Smart QLED TV 65-inch RM 13,206 $1,298 £1,499
55-inch RM 7,299 $998 £999

Samsung is offering a year-end promotion for the 2018 QLED TV range, with rewards of up to RM 3,599 / ~US$ 900.

 

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Sony Expo 2018 – A Masterclass In Contrast!

On the 13 August 2018, Sony Expo 2018 opened its doors to the public with a showcase of the latest and upcoming Sony products. In conjunction with the unveiling of the new MASTER Series, the BRAVIA OLED A9F TV, Sony gave their consumers and fans a day of experiential activities and product sharing sessions.

 

Sony Expo 2018 – A Masterclass In Contrast

The Sony Expo 2018 kicked off with an opening speech by Satoru Arai, Managing Director of Sony Malaysia, followed with product presentations by the Sony Product Marketing team, who shared about the Sony spirit of ‘kando.

Kando means emotional involvement or the power to simulate an emotional response. In other words,it is the power to make people say, “Wow.” This is the heart of Sony and it’s reflected in the design of all Sony products.

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Sony fans had the privilege of witnessing the new BRAVIA OLED A9F TV, boasting pristine 4K HDR picture quality, as well as getting their dose of some powerful bass sounds with Sony’s EXTRA BASS wireless audio systems.

The “Sony experience” was also extended into the rooms of PlayStation, Audio and Digital Imaging, where fans were given the opportunity to experience and interact in gaming worlds with PlayStation VR, as well as to get up close and personal with the latest camera and personal audio lineup, including Sony Alpha, Cyber-shot cameras, and One Signature Sound.

Sony Expo 2018 would not have lived up to its full expectations without some taste of future Sony products. As such, consumers had the first-hand privilege of experiencing new and unreleased Sony technologies, in the mold of Glass Sound Speaker, Sony cameras and home entertainment sound bars.

 

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Samsung Knox Comes To 2018 Samsung Smart TVs!

At CES 2018, Samsung announced that the 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will ship with the Samsung Knox technology. They also announced that their Smart TV security solution is the first in the industry to receive the Common Criteria (CC) certification for three consecutive years, and its Checkout payment service is also certified by the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS).

 

Samsung Knox Comes To 2018 Samsung Smart TVs!

The Samsung Knox technology for TV implements a hardware root of trust security architecture which incorporates security features across the TV platform stack. Integrated into all Smart TV lineups in 2018, the Samsung Knox technology ensures strengthened security optimized for the Smart TV user environment.

The Samsung Knox-based security system detects and removes malicious applications which can steal important data from other applications. Based on this enhanced security, Samsung became the first in the industry to receive Common Criteria certification, an internationally recognized certification system for computer security that is conducted for government evaluations, for three consecutive years.

Samsung Checkout

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The Samsung Checkout payment service received PCI DSS certification by UL at CES 2018, another noteworthy feat for the TV industry. For T-Commerce, which allows consumers to purchase products and services directly from their TVs, Samsung has further strengthened the security of its Smart TV payment service.

Checkout is a simple T-Commerce payment service that encrypts credit card information. PCI DSS is an international data security standard which has been adopted by American Express, Discover Financial Services, JCB International, MasterCard, and Visa Inc. for all organizations that process, store or transmit credit card information.

McAfee Security For TV

In addition to Samsung’s own security software, Samsung and McAfee also have developed a new security application tailored for TVs called McAfee Security for TV, which has been in place since April 2017 and ships on all Samsung Smart TVs.

This TV security application provides an additional twofold protection for Samsung Smart TVs. McAfee is one of the world’s leading independent cybersecurity companies, offering security services in 32 languages. Samsung Smart TVs were the first in the world to adopt this innovative security software, specifically for TVs.

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LG webOS 3.5 Smart TV Earns Common Criteria Certification

11 May 2017 — The LG webOS 3.5 smart TV platform was recognized with a Common Criteria (CC) certification for its enhanced Application Security Solution Version 1.0 software.

By snagging another internationally-recognized security certification, LG continues to demonstrate that its smart TVs are among the strongest when it comes to smart TV security. The recognition comes at a time when consumers are increasingly concerned about the potential of privacy breaches on their Internet-connected devices.

Security Manager, the webOS 3.5 security software module, was tested in accordance with Common Criteria’s rigid benchmarks. CC’s internationally-recognized ISO/IEC 15408 standards are used by governments, banks, and other organizations to assess the security capabilities of individual products including 27 member countries from around the world including Australia, France, Japan, Korea and the United States.

The test examined three phases of smart TV security: application installation protection, application execution protection and application content protection with digital rights management (DRM) encryption.

LG webOS 3.5 Smart TV

LG webOS 3.5 provides excellent application installation protection and blocks the installation of unauthorized apps by conducting a rigorous digital signature verification process.

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The LG App Store server oversees the digital signature generation process to ensure that webOS 3.5 installs applications downloaded only from the LG App Store. LG webOS 3.5 also delivers protection depending on the type of application – platform apps (also known as native apps) or web apps.

For native apps, webOS 3.5 implements sandboxing technology according to each application’s security attributes to block access to unauthorized system directories/files, device files and other data. LG webOS 3.5 allows web applications to use only approved application programming interfaces (API) to prevent these web apps from directly accessing sensitive information in the file system.

In addition, the latest webOS offers a powerful DRM license verification process designed to decrypt the encrypted content inside RAM (random-access memory) and to create a clean backup of encrypted content in flash memory.

 

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Samsung Smart TVs Certified By Germany TÜV Rheinland

Seoul, Korea, 8 September 2016Samsung Electronics announced that its line-up of 2016 Smart TVs has been certified by world-class German testing and certification authority, TÜV Rheinland, for their usability. TÜV Rheinland also validated Samsung Smart TVs for their remote features.

The certification and validation was awarded to Series 7 and higher Samsung Smart TVs, citing the auto-detect feature that identifies external devices connected to the TV, and the Smart Remote that controls multiple devices.

Samsung Smart TVs Certified By TÜV Rheinland

All of Samsung’s 2016 Smart TVs are designed to make the viewing experience more comfortable and intuitive for the consumer. Through the auto-detect feature, which recognizes external devices including OTT, set-top boxes, home theater systems and game consoles, along with the Smart Remote that can control multiple devices with a single remote, the TV viewing experience has never been simpler.

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“We are proud that the excellence of the Samsung Smart TV has been recognized by such a prestigious testing authority as TÜV Rheinland,” said Jungkil Lee, Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “At Samsung, we continue to strive to provide the highest-quality and most comfortable viewing experience for our consumers through our Smart TVs.”

At IFA 2016, Samsung highlighted its Smart TV offerings in a dedicated exhibition zone, where visitors experienced first-hand the exceptional usability of Samsung’s Smart TVs. Samsung’s improved Smart Hub, powered by Tizen, gives users instant access to a wider range of content – including TV shows, internet streaming services and games – faster and easier than ever before. Visitors were also able to experience the TV PLUS service, which was scheduled to be released during the fourth quarter in the United States, after having been previously launched in Thailand, Vietnam and Korea.

With a 140-year history, TÜV Rheinland is one of the most respected testing and certification authorities in Europe. The company assesses product safety and quality for a range of different industrial products, including electronic devices, automobiles and medical devices.

 

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LeEco Acquires VIZIO for 2 Billion Dollars

San Jose, CA and Irvine, 26 July 2016LeEco and VIZIO, Inc. announced today a definitive agreement under which LeEco would acquire VIZIO, Inc. for $2 billion USD. The VIZIO hardware and software businesses will be owned and operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of LeEco, while the VIZIO data business, Inscape, will spin out and operate as a separate, privately owned company.

 

LeEco

Recently named one of Fast Company’s 2016 “Most Innovative Companies,” LeEco is a leading global company that provides breakthrough experiences through an open, integrated ecosystem enabled by its Internet and cloud platform. LeEco develops intelligent hardware that serves as the interface to connect individuals, interact with them and to enrich their lives through premium content and applications.

“LeEco believes in breakthrough technologies, a complete ecosystem and disruptive pricing. Acquiring VIZIO is an important step in our globalization strategy and building our North American presence,” said Yueting Jia, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LeEco. “From its inception, VIZIO introduced a disruptive business model that changed the industry and aligns with our vision of breaking boundaries to deliver consumer-focused products, software and services.”

 

VIZIO

Based in Irvine, CA and founded in 2002, VIZIO is a leading consumer electronics brand in North America, with #1 unit share in Smart TVs and #1 unit share in Sound Bars. The company is focused on delivering the ultimate home entertainment experience through its ecosystem of hardware, software and services.

The acquisition benefits both companies with VIZIO offering LeEco a steady install base of users and a brand that is both popular and successfully distributed throughout major North American retail channels. LeEco provides VIZIO immediate global scale to bring its innovations to consumers worldwide.

Like LeEco, VIZIO shares a similar vision of creating premium products with the latest innovations and making them accessible for everyone – from budget-minded students to custom home theater cinephiles – without sacrificing quality or performance.

The VIZIO executive management team will remain in place and will continue its operations as an independent subsidiary from its existing headquarters in Irvine, CA. The VIZIO brand and its portfolio of products will continue to be sold through its existing distribution channels and supported by the same North American-based, award-winning customer service. William Wang will transition to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Inscape, with focus on the continued expansion and growth of the brand’s data business.

As part of the definitive agreement, LeEco will acquire all of the VIZIO hardware and software operations, technology and intellectual property. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2016, and is subject to customary closing conditions.

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