NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT
Native 4K Home Theater Projector
January 5, 2017
Today Optoma unveiled the new Optoma UHD60, which at $2,799 will be the first home theater projector to offer native 4K (3840x2160) resolution below $3,000.
Optoma is showing a pre-production sample of the UHD60 in Las Vegas this week in conjunction with CES. At this time the initial ship date is anticipated for late in the second quarter. Specs have not been finalized or published, so unfortunately there is nothing to report in that regard. Even the configuration of the rear connection panel may not yet be cast in stone, so posting an image of the panel on the sample they were showing might be misleading.
All that can be said at the moment is that the UHD60 will feature Texas Instrument's new 4K DLP chip, HDR10, a built-in zoom lens with lens shift, and a high pressure lamp for illumination. They are targeting for a zoom of about 1.5x and a max ANSI lumen rating in the ballpark of 2500 to 3000.
With that said, the demo of the UHD60 was set up on a 120" diagonal screen. With this size image the pre-production sample shows excellent color depth, crystal clear detail, and sparkling contrast. So despite the lack of spec detail, judging from the picture and price alone, the UHD60 looks like it has the potential to capture a good share of the home theater market.
Optoma is currently # 2 in popularity in home theater projectors on ProjectorCentral (see current vendor rankings). This is due in part to the very hot Optoma HD142x which is selling below $600, and in part due to the large number of products in the home theater niche (see Top Ten Home Theater Projectors under $1000).
Overall, Optoma has an aggressive pricing strategy, and the fact that the UHD60 is coming in at $2,799 is in keeping with this tradition. We will update this notice and enter the UHD60 into the Projector Database as concrete specs become available.
UPDATE 1/23/17: Related to this 4K projector, see Is the new DLP 4K Chip really 4K?. EP