IFA 2022 | Leica Cine 1: Laser TV debuts at IFA 2022 with Dolby Atmos speakers and a 4K DLP resolution
Earlier this year, Hisense and Leica announced that they had teamed up to create a Laser TV. While the former already offers a suite of laser projectors and laser TVs, Leica had not stepped into the smart home world, although it has worked with smartphone manufacturers for a while now. Interestingly, the Cine 1 is a Leica product first and not a Hisense one, unlike the Xiaomi 12S series.
According to Leica, the Cine 1 will be available in two variants, both with the same design and broadly the same features. However, the cheaper option creates a smaller image than its more expensive sibling, while the latter also gets brighter and consumes more power as a result. Specifically, the 80-inch version offers up to 2,100 lumens of peak brightness at 180 W, compared to the 320 W that the 100-inch version needs to output at up to 2,400 lumens. Both are 4K DLP projectors though, so they require Expanded Pixel Resolution (XPR) to reach 4K.
Additionally, Leica includes the VIDAA operating system with both units, as well as video outputs, built-in speakers that support Dolby Atmos and a TV tuner. Separately, both models measure 60 x 37.8 x 14.9 cm and weigh approximately 13 kg. Moreover, Leica equips the Cine 1 series with triple lasers that handle Red, Green and Blue (RGB) light. Purportedly, the lasers should last over 25,000 hours, which is still the standard for Laser TVs.
Currently, Leica hopes to start shipping the Cine 1 series from Q2 2023. In other words, it could be June 2023 before the Cine 1 reaches people. Leica has not confirmed when it will begin taking Cine 1 pre-orders, though. As it stands, Leica claims that the 80-inch Cine 1 will retail for approximately €6,900, significantly less than the €8,000 for which the 100-inch will retail.