Toshiba's "entry-level" 4K: the L8400

The L8400 is Toshiba's "entry-level" 4K series and includes color enhancements and an upscaling engine but sadly no local dimming.

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How comfortable are you sitting an arm’s length away from your TV? It might be fine if you only have a 20-something inch, but Toshiba and other companies would love to sell you a 50-inch television in its place. Welcome to the world of 4K.

The L8400 is Toshiba's "entry-level" 4K series and comes in two screen sizes: 55-inch and 58-inch.

Toshiba’s 4K range features a proprietary technology it calls CQ 4K which comes with a number of picture enhancements including upscaling and detail enhancement. The L8400 also support 4K-specific standards such as HDMI 2.0 (full resolution at 60fps), HDCP 2.2 and HEVC decoding.

In a bid to improve the problem of terrible onboard sound, Toshiba has introduced a new folded speaker system which should produce more bass than most TV sets. Voice control is also built-in.

The L8400 includes the Smart TV Cloud Portal which includes a new "Flip Bar" and 3D animations.

The L8400 will be available in June/July 2014 with pricing to be announced.