Full high-definition (HD) televisions (1,920x1,080 resolution), till now, were the default choice for most people looking to buy a flat-panel TV. However, things might change now. Viewers in India have got a glimpse of 4K (also known as ultra high definition, or UHD) broadcast, with Star Sports 4K telecasting live matches from the ongoing cricket World Cup on a canvas that goes much beyond high definition as we know it.

The resolution we are talking about is 3,840x2,160. Simply put, UHD resolution is four times more than 1,080p. The higher resolution enhances the fine elements of any visual shown on the screen.

There are multiple reasons to consider a 4K TV. First, the future-proofing aspect. If you intend to hold on to the new TV for two years or more, 4K makes better sense. Second, Star Sports 4K is just the beginning. Broadcasters will soon launch movie and sports channels in 4K. Third, even if you don’t have enough original 4K content available presently, these TVs automatically upscale standard and HD content to look better on the 4K screen—be it a DVD, a Blu-Ray or content being streamed from your phone.

While 4K televisions are available in screen sizes starting 40 inches, the real advantage of the higher resolution is best enjoyed on a screen that is 46 inches or more, because of the bigger canvas to reproduce the minutest detail.

LG 49UB820T

1.39 lakh

The 49-inch in-plane switching panel has a resolution of 3,840x2,160 pixels and includes Micro Pixel Control, which turns the backlighting on and off for each LED module, depending on the visuals on the screen. This improved detailing helps reduce power consumption. LG has included the extremely useful Time Machine feature, which allows users to plug in a hard drive to the TV’s USB port and use it to record whatever content they are watching. It is easy to stream content from your phone, tablet or laptop using near-field communication, Intel WiDi, Miracast and MHL.

Sony KD-49X8500B
Sony KD-49X8500B

Sony KD-49X8500B

1.74 lakh

Sony’s Triluminos display technology improves the 49-inch LED screen’s ability to reproduce finer colours. The brushed aluminium frame has been designed in such a way that the side spines remain completely clean. This panel includes the frame backlight dimming feature, which reduces the illumination of a cluster of backlighting LEDs simultaneously to save power and improve on-screen detailing. The television’s circuit board has an anti-moisture coating to prevent damage from humidity.

VU LTDN55XT780XWAU3D
VU LTDN55XT780XWAU3D

VU LTDN55XT780XWAU3D

1.2 lakh

VU may not be the first brand you consider when planning to invest in a new television, but this 55-inch panel definitely entices, thanks to the price. The TV’s LED panel has a 3,840x2,160-pixel resolution. It packs in a quad-core processor that handles the 4K upscaling for lower resolution content. Wi-Fi is built in, and users can download and use smart TV apps. Buy this, for the big screen size on a tight budget.

Samsung UA55HU8500R
Samsung UA55HU8500R

Samsung UA55HU8500R

2.41 lakh

This TV is a part of Samsung’s Series 8 4K TV range, and packs in a 55-inch LED panel with 3,840x2,160 pixels. The dual-screen feature is rather interesting—it lets you use apps and watch TV on the same screen, simultaneously. This TV is also compatible with the UHD Evolution kit—when Samsung launches a newer kit next year with updated processor and software features, your TV can get that upgrade as well by just plugging in the kit.

Sony KD-55X9000B
Sony KD-55X9000B

Sony KD-55X9000B

3.14 lakh

This is one fine-looking television—look at the wedge design from side on and you’ll realize that the panel is thinner towards the top and thicker towards the base. There is a reason for this—you get space for powerful Magnetic Fluid speakers. There are two tweeters, two mid-range speakers and two subwoofers, and for once, we actually have a TV that reproduces sound so good that you may not really feel the need to install a dedicated home theatre to improve audio quality. The LED panel reproduces some fine colours and good contrast levels. It costs a lot of money, but is worth it.

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