IFA is one of the most anticipated events in the tech-savvy community. Companies from across the globe present their latest innovations in the consumer segment. Be it TVs, projectors, sound systems, or home appliances, brands find IFA to be a suitable platform for product launches. However, IFA 2020 was untraditional, to say the least. The global pandemic has affected events as well. IFA 2020 was closed to the general public, and the new releases were shared online. Some manufacturers opted out of the event altogether.
While IFA 2020 may not have been as popular this year, there were a few noteworthy announcements. Samsung, Optoma, LG, and Epson were the projector manufacturers who brought new offerings to the event. They were catered towards the home entertainment segment. Here are some of the new projectors coming out of the IFA 2020.
Samsung The Premiere Laser Projector
Samsung introduced a laser projector called The Premiere in its Life Unstoppable event that was hosted online. It is a 4K laser projector with an ultra short throw ratio, allowing you to place it a few inches away from the screen. The Premiere 4K projector comes in two variants – the 130” LSP9T and the 120” LSP7T.
The LSP9T model boasts of HDR10+ certification and features a triple laser light engine. It has a peak brightness rating of 2,800 ANSI lumens. A 4.2 channel speaker system is built into the laser projector. It has a maximum output of 40W and features Samsung’s Acoustic Beam technology for directed surround sound. The LSP9T model is a great option for rooms that are short on space thanks to its built-in sound system. On the other hand, the LSP7T variant comes with a single laser light source. However, its color wheel will feature a Yellow segment in addition to RGB for expanding the color gamut.
The Premiere is a smart projector that integrates the Smart TV platform from the company with its OS. Users can download and install apps and mirror content from compatible smart devices. One of the highlights of The Premiere is the Filmmaker Mode that allows viewers to experience movies as their director intended. Samsung plans to ship The Premiere 4K laser projector later this year, but the prices have not been announced yet.
Optoma CinemaX P2 projector
Optoma has launched the CinemaX P2 projector at IFA 2020. It is built upon the foundations of its predecessor, the CinemaX P1, which was received warmly by the tech community. Optoma CinemaX P2 is a 4K laser projector with an ultra short throw ratio. The device makes use of DLP technology for image projection and has shifted to a 6-segment RGBRGB color wheel. Its light engine retains the same brightness rating of 3,000 ANSI lumens but features significant improvements resulting in a better dynamic contrast ratio.
The new CinemaX P2 projector has better image quality and is $500 cheaper than its predecessor at $3,299. It can meet 120% of the Rec.709 gamut, or about 80% of the DCI-P3 standard, and supports a maximum image size of 120”. For audio, CinemaX P2 retains the 40W soundbar system from NuForce. Like its predecessor, it is a smart projector featuring Android OS and facilitates app downloads through the Aptoide platform. Optoma CinemaX P2 4K laser projector is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant and supports IFTTT.
LG CineBeam HU810P projector
LG expanded its CineBeam lineup with the new HU810P projector announced at IFA 2020. It is a 4K projector that employs a dual laser light engine rated for up to 20,000 hours. The brightness rating of the device is 2,700 ANSI lumens. LG CineBeam HU810P has a native resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels (UHD). One of the highlights of the CineBeam HU810P projector is that you can scale the image from 40” to 300”. It can be adjusted based on the size of the screen. The projector has a throw ratio range of 1.3 to 2.08. It offers 1.6x lens zoom and vertical (±55%) and horizontal (±22%) lens shift for image correction. LG’s Auto Calibration II software calibrates the projector for delivering professional picture quality.
LG CineBeam HU810P is a smart projector featuring the webOS platform. Users can access popular streaming apps, including Disney Plus. It does come with built-in stereo speakers with a total output of 10W, but you will want to connect external speakers for an audiophilic experience. LG CineBeam HU810P 4K projector supports WiSA for facilitating low-latency uncompressed surround-sound. The device features an HDMI 2.1 port for connecting next-gen devices like upcoming consoles from Microsoft and Sony.
While Epson did not introduce any new projectors for home theaters, it did release budget projectors for classrooms and offices at IFA 2020. The company launched eight PowerLite models in total that include E20, X49, W49, 118, 119W, 982W, 992F, and 1288. All of the models use 3LCD projection technology and employ a lamp light source. Their brightness rating varies from 3,400 to 4,200 ANSI lumens, while the resolutions range from XGA to FullHD/WUXGA. They will suit the varying requirements of different businesses and educational institutions. The cheapest projector costs $379, and the most expensive one is priced at $1,049. Most of these models from Epson will become available in September, although one or two may launch later in October.
While Sony was absent from IFA 2020, the company did announce three new 4K projectors a few days after the event.
Sony VPL-VW715ES Projector
Sony VPL-VW715ES 4K projector is a high-end offering that replaces the existing VPL-VW695ES model. It features the company’s SXRDTM (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) technology for projecting cinematic imagery. The projector has a native 4K resolution (4096 x 2160) and uses a UHP lamp with a brightness rating of 1,800 ANSI lumens. Sony VPL-VW715ES projector supports 2.06x powered zoom along with horizontal (±31%) and vertical (±85%) lens shift. It will become available in September with an MSRP of $9,999 (USD).
Sony VPL-VW915ES projector is catered towards the premium segment and is the successor to the VPL-VW885ES projector. It also has a native 4K resolution (4096 x 2160) but switches the lamp for a laser phosphor with 2,000 ANSI lumens brightness rating. You can use it with up to a 300” screen. The device features 2.06x powered zoom along with horizontal (±31%) and vertical (±85%) lens shift. Sony VPL-VW915ES 4K projector costs a hefty $19,999 (USD) and will ship in September.
Sony’s VPL-GTZ380 is a flagship offering designed for large venues or commercial applications. It features a native 4K resolution (4096 x 2160) with the latest SXRD panels. The device uses a triple laser phosphor light engine (two blue and one red laser diodes) with a brightness rating of up to 10,000 ANSI lumens. Sony’s VPL-GTZ380 meets 100% DCI-P3 standard and will be more than adequate for even the largest venues. It will be released in the upcoming winter season.
Although the number of projectors announced at IFA 2020 was relatively low as compared to the previous years, there were a few interesting options. However, it is possible that other brands may introduce new projector models later in the year through virtual events or press releases, just like Sony.