You know them from your parents’ photo albums and the recent resurgence in Polaroid pics among hipsters via outlets like Urban Outfitters, but now, the instant camera manufacturer is turning toward TVs with a new line that will be on display at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show. Polaroid will debut a 50” Smart TV that is Roku Ready, as well as a 50” Ultra HD 4K Television.
Didn’t know that Polaroid had any good TV skills? Neither did we. The company explains:
“Not many people realize that Edwin Land was a pioneer in developing the polarizing technology used in modern televisions,” said Scott W. Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid. “Televisions are a natural product extension for the Polaroid brand and we are excited to bring consumers a state-of-the-art product at an affordable price point. Families can share more movie nights together with our new home entertainment options.”
50” Roku Ready Smart TV, $599
The 50GSR7100 50” Roku Ready Smart TV will allow consumers to stream their entertainment via the Roku Streaming Stick. This built-in wireless device requires no cables and is powered by MHL, a port that closely resembles a standard H456 DMI and allows for easy plug-and-play use between the TV and the Roku Streaming Stick. The 50” Smart TV comes equipped with three HDMI inputs to deliver uncompressed digital video and audio. Consumers will have complete control of their Roku Ready TV by custom remote and/or mobile app.
50” 4K Ultra HD (UHD) TV, $1,000
The 50GSR9000 50” 4K Ultra HD (UHD) for only $999 competing directly with Seiki Digital, whose 4k 50-incher goes for $999, as well. Not many details were given, other than the usual marketing speak about a superb picture and the fact that the 4K TV has 3 HDMI inputs. More details will probably be available after CES, and we’ll be sure to report back on quality.
For more information, visit www.polaroid.com.