Skyworth North America revealed Monday that it plans to get into the outdoor TV category in 2023 with the launch of its 4K “Clarus Mini-LED outdoor TV series” incorporating the Google TV smart TV platform.

The company told HD Guru that the series will include 4K UHD resolution models with 65- and 75-inch screen sizes. A 55-inch version is under consideration.

Certain details like the sets’ pricing and the status of Quatum Dot implementation were not released, but the company plans to show the models at its CES 2023 Encore Casino showroom in Las Vegas, Jan. 5-8 and expects to ship them in the U.S. in first half of 2023.

Skyworth said the TV series was designed around the use of “robust protective features” for outdoor weather and heat conditions. The display panel will produce up to 3,000 nits of peak brightness capable of advanced picture quality that stands up against direct sunlight conditions. The cabinet does not require an internal cooling fan.

The Clarus-line casing uses an “all-metal construction,” Skyworth said, and is built for high tolerances and extreme temperatures. It is fully waterproof, dust-proof, insect-proof, and impact-resistant, the company said.

The screen is said to support wide viewing angles (IPS like), high color expression, and high-speed motion picture processing.

The TV features full-array backlighting with more than 1,400 Mini LED backlights capable of delivering a high-contrast picture with deep black levels, the company said. Zone count was not available.

Skyworth said the picture quality “outperforms” mainstream full and partial-sun outdoor TV models on the market that average 2,000 nits peak brightness or less.

The Skyworth Clarus includes a built-in intelligent ambient light sensor that auto-adjusts the brightness and color temperature to produce the correct picture settings for the changing ambient light conditions.

The Skyworth Clarus outdoor TV can render high-contrast images with “lifelike color highlights,” the company said, and support high dynamic range (HDR) content based on the Dolby Vision and HDR 10 profiles.

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Sound is delivered from eight internal speakers driven by 100 Watts of amplification and “the latest advanced audio processing technology.” This includes support for Dolby Atmos surround sound to expand the emitted sound stage and heighten the immersive listening experience, the announcement said.

As with other Google TV devices, the television will support Bluetooth connections including Chromecast to mobile phones and other compatible devices.

A company spokesman said the Clarus line is expected to be available through custom installers as well as some national regional CE retail accounts.

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By Greg Tarr

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