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Optoma Wants To Be A Player In 4K Projectors

Optoma wants to be a player in 4K Ultra HD projectors, outlining plans for three models that include a 4K laser-based ultra-short-throw projector for the home.

The unnamed projector, unveiled at this week’s InfoComm, will be available in early 2017 along with the company’s first 4K single-chip DLP LED projector, shown at CES 2016 and also targeted to the home.

Also at InfoComm, the company unveiled a 4K lamp-based projector suitable for home use. It will ship sometime later this year.

Pricing on the three hasn’t been announced.

Although none of the three models currently features HDR, Optoma plans to incorporate HDR in the LED-based and laser-based projectors at launch time. The lamp-based projector will lack HDR.

All use the single-chip 4K DLP DMD (digital micro-mirror device) solution unveiled by Texas Instruments at 2016 CE.

Optoma’s planned 4K laser projector displays a 100-inch image on a wall or screen from just 2 inches away with a 3,300-lumen brightness level. It also provides H.265 multimedia playback and runs on the Android 5.0 /Lollipop OS. It’s said to be suited for digital signage and for home theater use.

The UST laser projector isn’t the first UST laser projector in the industry, as previously reported. Sony launched a $50,000 model in late 2014.

Additional details on the three 4K projectors was unavailable.

Separately, Optoma also unveiled the commercial-focused ZU510T WUGXA DLP laser projector, which with 5,500 lumens will be one of the few WUXGA laser DLP projectors in the 4,000-to 6,000-lumen midrange category, the company said. It’s due later this year at a targeted price of $4,500 to $5,500 and is said to be suitable for boardrooms, university auditoriums, museums and other midsized venues.

It comes with a fixed lens with horizontal and vertical lens shift, 1.2:1 to 2.16:1 throw ratio, and 1.8x digital zoom, enabling it offer a wide range of interchangeable- lens capabilities without requiring the use of multiple interchangeable lenses, Optoma said.

The ZU510T also features two built-in 10-watt speakers, two HDMI inputs, and an HDBaseT input to receive HD video via a single CAT-5 cable from a distance.