Konka Reveals First 3 TV Series For North America
Those looking for high value in their next TV may want to check out Konka North America’s just announced lineup for 2020, which begins shipping this month in three model series.
The high-ranking China-based TV manufacturer in its home country is bringing an all-new lineup to these shores once again, promising to give big-screen shoppers on a budget some big considerations.
All of the models for this year are based on LED-LCD display technology. The 4K Ultra HD, Full HD and HD LED-LCD Android TVs were first unveiled at CES 2020.
Konka said each of the models is being positioned to hit new “price/performance benchmarks, offering consumers a host of compelling, value-added features, superior picture quality and stunning designs at affordable prices.”
The company told us all of its 2020 Android TVs offer full array LED backlighting, without local dimming. It declined to issue the native refresh rates on the LCD panels from each series, opting to instead underscore Konka’s AccuMotion enhanced motion rate circuitry for smooth motion processing. We presume this means most models have 60 Hz native refresh rate LCD panels.
Among the many features included with these first U.S. Konka Android TVs is a Konka ZeroBezel design that offers a virtual edge-to-edge screen appearance. Also, in the box with every model is an included Voice Control Remote, enabling control of the TV and other devices with spoken commands using Google Assistant.
The three LCD series include the Q7 Pro QLED 4K/HDR line, the U5 and the H3 HD/FHD LCD series. Not coming until next year are 4K Ultra HD OLED models which also appeared at CES 2020 for possible introduction this year. Retail pricing is as follows:
Q7 Pro 4K UHD QLED TV
75-inch 75Q75A $1,199.99
65-inch 65Q75A $629.99
55-inch 55Q75A $429.99
50-inch 50Q75A $369.99
U5 Series 4K Android TV
75-inch 75U55A $749.99
65-inch 65U55A $449.99
55-inch 55U55A $319.99
50-inch 50U55A $279.99
43-inch 43U55A $239.99
H3 Series Full HD and HD Android TVs
40-inch 1080p 40H33A $199.99
32-inch 720p 32H31A $139.99
Scott Ramirez, Konka North America sales & marketing senior VP, told us the company “decided to postpone our OLED TV launch until 2021 and instead focus on launching QLED TV as our advanced panel technology for 2020.”
He continued that the decision was “not related to COVID or panel shortages. It was simply a business decision based on customer feedback and our determination on which series were best for a cohesive and focused brand launch year.”
All Konka 4K Ultra HD Android TVs incorporate sets of advanced features including the Konka XC3 Quad Core+ Ultra HD Engine which includes CrystalView Multi-Function Clarity Enhancer, DeepBlack Dynamic Contrast Enhancer and PurePalette Wide Color Enhancer.
In addition to these will be Konka’s AccuMotion enhanced motion rate for clear images with fast motion video and 4K HDR support. Select models also include the company’s “HiBright Pro LED Backlight,” which is said to output 25% more brightness and ColorWave Pro Wide Color Gamut for a 25% increase in supported color shades.
All of the models also include the Android TV OS, with a large library of supported apps, easy to navigate user interface, Chromecast support and built-in the Google Assistant voice control platform to execute basic TV commands and program searches in addition to controlling playback of favorite music and operating Smart Home devices via the user’s voice.
The two 4K UHD series (Q7 Pro and U5) support high dynamic range (HDR) with the HDR10 profile, only, listed.
None of the sets includes support for the latest HDMI 2.1 input connector or its features. HDMI with standard audio return channel only is listed.
The flagship line for the 2020 Konka U.S. assortment will be the Q7 Pro Series, feature quantum dot (QLED) wide color gamut enhancement film to as the company says, take “a quantum leap in color.” The series will feature models in the 50-, 55-, 65- and 75-inch screen sizes. Konka said pricing will start at $369.99, which is lowered significantly from suggested retail prices originally announced back in January of $699.99 (50 inch), $799.99 (55-inch), $1,199.99 (65-inch) and $1,999.99 (75 inch).
The Q7 Pro series also employs Konka’s “ColorWave Pro” wide color gamut “for 25% more color to create picture quality that is amazingly rich and shockingly lifelike,” the company said.
The Konka U5 series includes five 4K Android TV LED-LCD models, billed as “a noticeably better TV.” Models include the 43-, 50-, 55-, 65- and 75-inch screen sizes, with pricing starting at $239.99 for the 43-inch model.
All models include the Konka ZeroBezel design, Konka XC3 Ultr HD Engin, AccuMotion motion rate enhancement and 4K HDR (HDR10 profile). The series features what the company calls “a superior LED panel technology,” but offered little in the way of details other than to say it includes ColorWave wide color gamut and HiBright Pro LED Backlighting for 25% more brightness. All models offer 4 HDMI inputs and 3 USB inputs.
At the opening price point end of the assortment is the Konka H3 series. These LED-LCD models are billed as offering “More for Your Money” and include a 32-inch Android TV smart TV with a 720p HD screen and a 40-inch Android TV model with a 1080p Full HD screen. Pricing starts at $139.99 for the 32-inch unit. Both models feature the Konka ZeroBezel design and Android TV smart TV platform.
“We’re very excited to announce that our high-performance Konka Android TVs are shipping now!” stated Ramirez. “When consumers experience these Konka TVs, they’ll immediately see the difference, and everyone will know there’s a new player in town that’s offering a higher level of quality and value. Whether it’s the stunning Konka ZeroBezel design or the striking picture quality controlled by the powerful Konka XC3 Engine, these TVs truly set themselves apart, and it’s all at prices people can afford.”
We’ve reached out to the company for additional details. Stay tuned!
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By Greg Tarr
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