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OPPO will be announcing the K9 series in China on May 6, and the launch event will apparently include the OPPO Smart TV K9, in addition to a new smartphone and wearables also under the K9 lineup.
Yes, OPPO will unveil a new TV soon, but it won’t be the tech company’s first. You might recall that late last year, OPPO launched the Smart TV S1 and Smart TV R1, two high-end televisions that run OPPO’s ColorOS TV operating system. The 65-inch S1 is priced at ¥6,999 (around P51,992 or $1,078) in China, while the R1 starts at ¥3,299 (P24,507 or $508) for the 55-inch variant.
The OPPO Smart TV K9, on the other hand, should be aimed at mainstream consumers and will arrive in three sizes — 43, 55, and 65 inches. The company’s new TV will support HDR10+ for video and games right out of the box, allowing users to see improved detail in highlights and shadows when showing supported content. In terms of memory, the Smart TV K9 will be offered in a 2GB RAM + 16GB storage configuration.
Additionally, the device will support refresh rates up to 120Hz and has MEMC technology. MEMC stands for Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation. Basically, this feature uses an algorithm to interpolate additional frames in a scene to make motion look smoother and less jittery. Unfortunately, not all applications support MEMC, and it remains to be seen which apps will take advantage of it on the OPPO Smart TV K9.
Another feature worth noting is local dimming, which will dim the backlight behind the screen’s area that is displaying black to help improve black levels. A lot of modern TVs don’t have this feature in 2021, so it’s nice to see that OPPO will make it available in the Smart TV K9. The brand likewise says the TV covers 93% of the DCI-P3 color space, for an exceptionally wide range of accurate color reproduction.
The smart-TV space has become highly competitive these past couple of years, with brands like Huawei, Realme, and OPPO vying for your money and attention. It will be interesting to see how the latter performs in the category once it launches its new TVs in other countries. Hopefully, the Philippines is one of the markets the company is looking at for a product-category expansion. It should be feasible here given the number of local OPPO retail stores and its manpower advantage over most other brands.
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