BMW is showing a 31-inch screen with 8k resolution at CES

On the CES in Las Vegas everything revolves around consumer electronics. No wonder, that BMW uses exactly this framework to create a special kind of Rear-seat entertainment to imagine the “BMW Theater Screen”. The display for the second row should set new standards for the entertainment of rear passengers, but is currently still a study. According to BMW, this is what the future of long-haul entertainment should look like.

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Over 31 inches tall, 8k resolution and a 32: 9 format. The new monitor for the second row at BMW is not very modest. The private cinema lounge for upper-class models is thanks 5G connectivity with smart TV functions equipped and works with the Amazon Fire OS operating system. The software of the US tech giant allows a connection to the Fire TV functions including Alexa, and it also offers a simple interface to different streaming services and thus to high-quality video content. For the implementation, the Munich-based not only used Amazon, the Bavaria and the Americans worked closely together here. Depending on the purpose, individual areas of the display are used differently will. This enables an aspect ratio of 16: 9, 21: 9 and the full 32: 9.

Mechanism allows the display to be tilted and folded away

If the theater screen is not required, it retracts under the roof, thus exposing the view to the front. The incline of the touchscreen can also be adjusted in other ways thanks to the construction in the headliner. The passengers do not have to make any contortions for this, as the system can be operated in addition to the control surfaces on the edge of the display unit can also be controlled via touchscreens in the door handles. A surround sound system from Bowers & Wilkins ensures the right sound when watching blockbusters.

BMW 7 Series

The display could become part of the special equipment of the upcoming 7 Series. BMW is silent on this.

Feature probably for the coming 7 series

Of course, such a feature is only reserved for the higher vehicle classes and especially the luxury class. That’s why a possible series use of the technology in the upcoming BMW 7 Series is conceivable. AUTO BILD has already been able to try out the monitor in a large, camouflaged BMW with adjustable individual seats in the rear. BMW did not say which vehicle it was, but it was very likely a 7 Series prototype. Whether the touchscreens in the door handles will only make their way into the limousine in conjunction with the theater screen, or whether all models will benefit from this feature, is so far pure speculation. BMW has not yet announced a specific point in time for the market launch of a version of the monstrous touchscreen that is ready for series production. The next generation of the Munich flagship is to be shown as early as 2022, then perhaps optionally with the 31-inch screen for the rear.

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