We often use "same as the same" to refer to people or things that stick to the rules and don't know how to adapt. After years of solidification in the form of mobile phones, we are delighted to see the emergence of folding screens, adding a touch of style to the smartphone market.
At the end of last year, the Reno 5 Pro+ artist limited edition with electrochromic back cover also made us feel the charm of "change". This also provides a new track for the CMF of mobile phones.
The principle that changes are common, and that the same is not. It is applicable to various industries, such as television. In addition to TVs becoming thinner and larger, in recent years we have also seen curved surfaces, flip-flops, and so on.
Recently, we experienced another very interesting TV. It is "straight or bendable", and you can control it as you like.
It is Skyworth's latest W82, its first OLED anamorphic TV. It is worth noting that it is not a laboratory model, but a real mass-produced TV. The price is 29,999 yuan "only".
How many points can you score with this appearance?
Before the transformation, the appearance of Skyworth W82 was relatively simple. The 65-inch OLED screen on the front uses a fully-fitted process, which extends directly to the metal frame on the side, giving the illusion of no frame.
The TV is connected to the tempered glass base through a column. This column is located behind the screen, and there is not much visual interference from the front, and the screen appears to be floating.
On the side, it is not as thin as a common OLED TV. A split design is adopted at the back, and the screen body and the "small school bag" are separated.
This "small school bag" integrates audio, chips, sockets and other components or functions, and it will not be deformed. The deformation of the screen will not affect it, causing it to shift. Therefore, users can rest assured to hang the TV on the wall.
The rear shell of the screen uses a fish-scale skeleton. I counted, there were 34 pieces exposed outside, 17 pieces on each side. The frame is very smooth, without holes and screws, it still looks very delicate.
Regarding why a fish-scale telescopic skeleton is used, I believe you can already guess that it is inseparable, that is, it is convenient for the screen to adjust the curvature.
Regarding this "straight and bendable" screen, we had already had some doubts before we experienced it. For example, what the working principle is, what special experience the deformation can bring, etc., are all mysteries to be uncovered next.
Some questions you want to know about deformation
1. How to "Bend" the TV?
First of all, it needs to be clear, you can't break it by hand. When you experience it in an offline store, don't be reckless.
There are two ways to make it bend. One is to find the "distortion screen" in the settings page. Use the arrow keys on the remote control to adjust the flat curve value of the screen.
Press the down button to bend it. Each time you press it, the curvature will increase by 10%. That is to say, it needs to be pressed 10 times to make it reach the most curved state, and the curvature will reach 1000R at this time.
▲ The state with a flat curve value of 100%
In the process of turning it into a bend, you cannot tap the remote control continuously, otherwise a reminder of "current operation too frequent" will appear. After pressing it once, you need to wait for it to deform, and then press it again.
To return it to a flat state, you can press the up button on the remote control. Each time you press it, it returns to 10%. If it is troublesome, you can directly press the "OK" button to reset with one button.
Another way to adjust the curvature is relatively simple. Press the deformation button of the remote control, and three adjustment methods will appear on the screen: professional gaming, private viewing and custom.
Professional e-sports corresponds to 1500R curvature, private viewing corresponds to 2000R curvature, and customization will jump to the specific adjustment page. Click the first two options, the screen will automatically bend to the corresponding curvature.
▲ Curvature of professional gaming mode
In fact, the official website also provides a method, which is voice control. But in the actual experience, the voice function is not easy to use, and the TV cannot understand the operation I want. Perhaps this function needs to be implemented by subsequent OTA upgrades.
2. How does it work?
The key to the Skyworth W82's bending is its electric bending mechanism, which can drive the flexible screen to make a straight or bend motion.
Looking through the information on the official website, we can know that this mechanism uses austenitic stainless steel to ensure good corrosion resistance, temperature resistance and bending performance. The motor is a high-speed brushless Hall motor, which has the advantages of accurate positioning, stable operation and low noise.
The reason why the rear shell of the screen uses a fish-scale splicing structure is to enhance rigidity and reduce noise and abnormal noise.
It can be found by naked eye observation that when the screen is bent, the gap between the frame of the back shell will be enlarged. When reset, it will shrink to a tightly fitted state. There was no strange noise during the whole process, and the running noise was almost invisible.
In addition to the special frame and drive motor, the craftsmanship of the screen cannot be ignored.
Earlier, Skyworth introduced at the press conference that the OLED flexible glass used in W82 has a minimum bending radius of 1 meter. At the same time, high-tension backplane materials are used to make the screen soft but not soft.
The rich accumulation of OBM technology allows W82 to realize a novel and stable bendable screen. According to Skyworth's official statement, its bending test has been carried out more than 18,000 times.
3. What is the speed at which the screen turns?
The above mentioned two ways to "bend" the screen. The first one is adjusted according to the 10% progressive method, the speed will be slower. Each adjustment process takes about 3 seconds, and a pause response time of 3 seconds must be given, otherwise it will remind you that "operation is too frequent".
The second one-key operation is relatively simple. It takes about 15 seconds to realize the curvature of "Professional Gaming" and 10 seconds for "Private Watching".
4. Will the screen be bumpy?
Because the TV uses flexible glass, in a straight state, the TV screen is not 100% flat, but slightly undulating.
Of course, this can only be discovered by walking around and watching when the screen is black. When the screen is bright, there is no such problem, and the look and feel is basically the same as that of a normal OLED TV.
In the curved state, the curve of the screen is also quite smooth, without the bumpy feel as expected. The curvature of the panel is uniform from the center to the sides.
5. Will there be strange glare on the screen?
Obviously, non-planar glass will have more obvious glare. Especially in some dim pictures, the glare problem will be more perceptible. But if the tones of the film are relatively bright, the glare will be relatively less conspicuous under the suppression of the high-brightness OLED panel.
There are many spotlights in our room, and there are glass doors on both sides. It can be seen that the glare at some angles is quite obvious. If you want a more immersive, non-disturbing movie-watching experience, you still have to turn off the lights and close the curtains.
6. What is the meaning of "be straight or bendable"?
In the past, whether we bought curved computer monitors or curved TVs, the main purpose was to get a more immersive look and feel. This is because the curved screen can create a feeling of large depth of field and present a stronger three-dimensional feeling.
Especially for friends who like to play first-person perspective games, the curved screen can get a more enjoyable gaming experience. This feeling of the intersection of reality and virtuality is really addictive.
In addition, W82 comes standard with HDMI 2.1 interface, supports 4K/120Hz, VRR variable refresh rate. Therefore, it can be perfectly compatible with PS5 and other next-generation game consoles, and it is a real game weapon.
But curved screens are not all advantages. For example, when facing multiple audiences, only the one in the middle can get the best movie-watching experience, and the others have no choice but to do it.
So one of the meanings of "being straight and bendable" is to make the TV more flexible. When you are alone, you can make it bend. When guests come to the house, make it straight again.
In addition, the adjustable curvature can also allow people to get the best audiovisual experience within a viewing distance of 3.5 meters to 1 meter. Put the sofa or recliner wherever you want.
Of course, a transformable TV is also a scene at home.
When the company's uncle logistics staff and the young barista sister saw the transformation of the TV, they invariably "wow". I believe that friends who come to the house as guests will have a similar reaction when they see the distortion of the TV.
Audio and picture quality experience is still the core
A lot of pen and ink are used above to describe the deformation characteristics of Skyworth W82. In fact, no matter how fancy a TV is, the premise is that the audio and picture quality experience is good enough. Otherwise, it is a small horse-drawn cart, which is more gimmick than practical.
The 65-inch OLED screen of Skyworth W82 has a resolution of 4K and supports a refresh rate of 120Hz.
Compared with LCD, the most perceptible advantage of OLED is its excellent contrast ratio, which relies on the characteristics of self-luminescence to show deeper details in the dark parts.
In actual experience, Skyworth W82 is quite good at restoring tones. The peak brightness can reach 1000nits, and the relationship between the brightness and darkness of the picture is particularly brilliant on this 4K HDR panel.
For example, in the picture below, whether it is the snow-capped mountains in the distance, or the characters and camels in the foreground, the details are very sufficient. The high-gloss texture of the sun hitting the hair is almost perfectly reproduced.
Another example is the "Marvel Spider-Man: Miles" console game. The 4K/HDR specifications make the screen look very layered. The texture of the sunlight, the texture of the building in the dark, and the clothes of the protagonist all look lifelike.
This panel of Skyworth W82 is also remarkable in terms of color performance. 10Bit color depth, 99% DCI-P3 & 95% NTSC color gamut, and supports Dolby Vision, HDR 10 specifications.
In the factory default standard mode, W82's color processing is still quite advanced. I don't have the gaudy feeling of heavy makeup and bright makeup, but very fresh and restrained.
When presenting certain scenes with very high saturation, W82 can also create a real and natural look.
After turning on the optimization of AI sceneization, its AI processor will automatically detect human faces and scenes, optimize saturation, brightness, sharpness, and other aspects to improve image quality.
In terms of super-score algorithm, Skyworth W82 is also quite mature. When I play the 1080P video source on streaming media, I have been able to optimize it to a standard close to 4K.
For example, the following two pictures are the 1080P versions of the hit dramas "Da Song Gong Ci" and "Little Will". The look and feel is very clear and sharp.
In terms of sound performance, W82 is also impressive. The left and right channels have 18W power, and the two woofers have 20W power. The bass is very rich, without losing detail; the midrange is also full and powerful.
In general, Skyworth W82 is definitely regarded as a "black technology" product in the TV industry. But the high price of 29,999 yuan also means that it will not be a mass model, more like a window to show off its own products.
In fact, when it comes to product power, software ecology is also a major part of it. In terms of the logic of interaction, the Coocaa system equipped with Skyworth W82 still has room for great improvement, but the current feeling is that it is not very easy to use.
But there is one thing I was more surprised. That is, its system UI is very beautiful, refreshing, and the layout is neat and comfortable. This also unintentionally gives W82 a more youthful temperament.
In the process of experiencing this W82, I still have a little feeling, that is, its 16:9 screen is still less visually shocking. If it is a 21:9 fish screen, it may give people a stronger sense of surround and immersion in a curved state.
Of course, we can also imagine that future TVs can be not only bendable or straight, but the sides can also be automatically scaled to adjust the ratio, just like the OPPO X 2021 reel screen concept machine. Switch to a 16:9 ratio when watching TV shows, and stretch to a 21:9 ratio when playing games or watching movies.
With pioneers like W82, perhaps the "flexible and stretchable" TV is not far away from us.
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