Konka may not be one of the household TV brands here in the U.S., but the Chinese company has plans to change that in 2021. In a briefing ahead of CES 2021, Konka revealed its 2021 U.S. TV lineup to Digital Trends — and it includes one of the first non-LG models to sport LG’s WebOS smart TV software. Though LG has it’s hands full with announcing its latest QNED TVs.
The Konka U4 Series WebOS TV, which is scheduled to be available in March/April, comes in 43-, 50-, 58- 65-, and 75-inch 4K models. The U4 Series is powered by a Quad-Core Video Engine with support for
Konka tells us that over time, its WebOS software will be updated to offer the same feature set that can be found on WebOS models from LG.
The U4 Series employs Konka’s ZeroBezel design, which gives the TVs a virtually edge-to-edge screen. Konka also plans to use WebOS on its H2 Series models, but the company didn’t provide any details on these TVs.
Licensing LG’s popular WebOS interface gives Konka a bit of an edge when it comes to the budget segment of the TV market. At the moment, these models — which range in price from $200 to $1,000 — are dominated by the Roku TV platform used by TCL, Toshiba, and Hisense. Amazon’s Fire TV Edition and Android TV models are also popular, but until this year, only smart TVs from LG used WebOS.
Having WebOS on other brands’ TVs is a smart move for LG, too. As much as webOS has been praised for its responsiveness and ease of use, it lags other platforms in terms of app support. The more WebOS TVs there are, the more developers will respond by creating new apps and services.
Konka is also planning the release of three new Android TV-based models, and some of these are going to come in screen sizes that have traditionally only been available on very expensive, high-end TVs.
Its Q7 Pro Series is a line of
The Q7 Pro gets an upgraded version of Konka’s ZeroBezel design (ZeroBezel Pro) that uses chamfered metal edges instead of plastic. Rounding out the feature set are 4 HDMI inputs, Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, built-in Chromecast, and a CameraView capability that displays video from KonkaSmart video doorbells and cameras.
The U5 Series
Four HDMI inputs, Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, built-in Chromecast, and the CameraView capability for KonkaSmart video doorbells and cameras are also on the U5. The 50-, 55-, and 65-inch models get Konka’s standard ZeroBezel design while the 75- and 82-inch models use the ZeroBezel Pro construction.
At the most budget-friendly end of the lineup, the H3 Series
Konka hasn’t released pricing info for its 2021 line of U.S. TVs yet, but we’ll update this post as soon as we hear what they’ll cost and where you can buy them.
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