CES 2017: sony, xiaomi + LG TVs make waves with glorious audio and wafer-thin displays
CES 2017: sony, xiaomi + LG TVs make waves with glorious audio and wafer-thin displays CES 2017: sony, xiaomi + LG TVs make waves with glorious audio and wafer-thin displays
jan 09, 2017

CES 2017: sony, xiaomi + LG TVs make waves with glorious audio and wafer-thin displays


a host of new televisions made their debut at this year’s CES in las vegas. wafer thin bodies, vibrant displays and crystal clear audio systems all drove the competition forward, with sony, LG and xiaomi debuting both new technologies and surprising variations on classic designs. below, we take a look at some of the stand-out models of this year’s fair (and there were a lot of them) and share a glimpse of what’s in store for the future of channel hopping.

 CES 2017 TVs

the A1E’s OLED powered picture features over 8 million self illuminating pixels
(above) + (main) images courtesy of sony



the sony bravia A1E is the newest addition to the company’s bravia series and significantly enriches the line. featuring an edge-to-edge screen and stand-less display, the A1E’s OLED powered picture features over 8 million self illuminating pixels. improved black levels, dynamic contrast, blurless image and wide viewing angles are all boasts of the new addition, but the improvements don’t stop there. the A1E’s most interesting quirk is its unique audio system. sony’s ‘acoustic surface technology’ means sound radiates from the screen itself — not from a independent speaker. the result is what sony is calling a ‘perfect unification of picture and sound unattainable by conventional TVs’. in addition, the A1E’s processor and essential components are housed in the unit’s back-stand, meaning the TV can be propped up more or less anywhere.

CES 2017 TVs
xiaomi’s mi TV 4 is a whopping 30% thinner than your iPhone
image courtesy of xiaomi



xiaomi unveiled its latest mi TV unit — the mi TV 4 — which measures in at a whopping 30% thinner than the iPhone. the exceptionally slim design is 4.98 millimetres at its thinnest point and still manages to pack a whole lot of punch. a frameless display extends the visual experience and comes close to doing away with bezels altogether, while on the inside xiaomi’s deep learning AI technology ‘patchwall’ intelligently classifies content, suggesting a TV line-up tailor made to suit your taste. all of this is supported by the unit’s transparent stand and is complimented by a dolby atmos-compatible bar with 10 speakers, two satellite speakers and a subwoofer — all promising nothing short of a sublime audio-visual experience.

CES 2017 TVs
the LG W7 is just a fraction away from being flush with its backdrop
image courtesy of LG



LG threw its weight into the ring this year with a significant update to its SIGNATURE range, with the LG W7 taking the lead as the one to watch. the W7 features a stripped back design that removes any and all possible distractions from the body of the machine. like its competitors, it focuses on a super thin display and promises to blend seamlessly into your wall. the 2.57 millimetre face is attached directly to the wall using magnetic brackets resulting in a screen that is just a fraction away from being flush with its backdrop. it’s an effect that LG describes as a ‘window into another world’, and is certainly an appealing concept. the range will be the world’s first to support both dolby atmos immersive audio as well as four other HDR formats, while an independent audio unit is equipped with up-firing speakers that enhance sound diffusion for smoother high-pitch and low-pitch audio.

it’s an effect LG describes as a ‘window into another world’

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

technology news

keep up with our daily and weekly stories
502,531 subscribers
- see sample
- see sample