As much as some parts of the world — Hong Kong in particular — don’t want to admit it, the reality is China is quite advanced in some areas. For example, while Hong Kong and many parts of Asia are still mostly cash-driven societies, in China most have dumped their wallet in favor of e-payment apps like WeChat or AliPay.
The next trend China may jump ahead of everyone is screen-less televisions — in the form of high-end “short throw” projectors that are capable of pumping out very dense pixels. XGIMI is one of China’s most popular projector brands, and last week the company announced three new laser projectors. The one that’s getting the most buzz is the T1, which can produce 4K visuals at 4,000 ANSI Lumen (an industry standard way to measure brightness).
As the name “short throw” suggests, the T1, along with the other two projectors (A1 and A1 Pro) are not traditional projectors in office settings that needs to be six to eight feet away to cast an image. In fact, XGIMI’s devices can cast huge high resolution images from just 7-inches away. That makes them full-on television replacements, meant to be placed on living room credenza (aka TV cabinet). XGIMI says the T1 can pump out an 120-inch, HDR-ready projection at true 4K resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 (the A1 and A1 Pro can pump out 100-inches at standard full HD, aka 1080p). The T1 also has a surround sound system crafted by Harman with six subwoofers built into device, which measures 836 x 396 x 174mm. The top tier T1 certainly impressed Chinese reporters at the event, and videos show vibrant images from all three projectors.
Sadly, the T1 is for total high-rollers only, with a price of 79,999 yuan (that’s about $11,874). The A1 and A1 Pro are much more affordable at 22,999 yuan ($3,414) and 29,999 yuan ($4,453) respectively. The only differences between the Pro and the standard A series is brightness: the Pro can get up to 35,000 ANSI Lumen compared to the standard’s 30,000.
With Xiaomi recently releasing its own short throw projector (which sells for 9,999 yuan), the tech-savvy Chinese that’s already done away with cash may just be losing their TVs next.