After using my Samsung GALAXY S II for the past week, I have fallen in love with its Super AMOLED Plus display. Hearing this news today, is great. Currently, the display technology standard that powers most PCs and TVs is LCD. LCD of course, has its issue such as limited viewing angles, poor colors, motion blur and input lag.
Most people don't seem to notice it, but its there. When compared to an IPS panel, or CRT set, it is instantly noticeable to most people. There are various types of LCD technology in mainstream use today which attempt to solve the issues, but none fix all of them. TN panels are cheap to buy, relatively fast (they're the ones that power 120Hz screens) which reduces motion smear and input lag, but the shortcomings are viewing angles and color accuracy. Good for gamers, but not great for video or picture work.
BenQ are set to release two new screens aimed at FPS gamers, they come in the form of the XL2420T and XL2420TX. Both screens are 24-inch, 3D display models that support NVIDIA's 3D Vision 2 technology. Both also feature LED-backlit TN panels with native resolutions of 1920x1080, a 2ms GTG (gray-to-gray) response time,
Typical brightness sits at 350 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of 1,000:1. Backing these specs up is of course the 120Hz refresh rate (oh so good), three port powered USB hub, D-Sub, DVI, two HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2 outputs. BenQ go out of the square here, with Display Mode and Smart Scaling functions will allow users to change their monitor view from 17" (4:3), 19" (4:3), 19"W (16:9), 21.5" (16:9), 22"W (16:10), 23"W (16:9) to 24"W (16:9), with two special FPS modes specially tuned for Counter-Strike 1.6 and Counter-Strike Source.
Users can do this by accessing Game Mode Launcher, an online service for storing game presets. Both the XL2420T and XL2420TX include BenQ's S-switch remote control, which allows users to change display settings and modes. The XL2420TX also features an integrated IT receiver and a pair of 3D glasses.
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Rumor has it that Apple could be preparing to launch the long-rumored Apple television in 2012. The project is reportedly being led by the same software engineer who developed iTunes, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the product. Jeff Robbin, who helped created the iPod, is set to be leading the Apple television development.
Piper Jaffray analyst, Gene Munster, believes that Apple already has a prototype in the wild, and could be prepared to launch it late 2012, if not, early 2013. But, Munster has been saying this since 2009, so we should always take that with a grain of salt. Rumors have floated around of an Apple-branded television set for years now, but what has changed the playing field is Walter Isaacson's authorized biography of Steve Jobs.
Its only been in the last 18 or so months since the release of the iPhone 4 and it's "Retina Display" that smartphone and tablet display resolutions have been a key marketed feature when the products are advertised or sold. Just last month Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S II HD LTE which sported a 4.65-inch 1280x720 display.
It was the first smartphone with a HD (720p) resolution and there are already a few smartphones who have followed, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Optimus LTE. Back in May, Samsung also showed off a 10.1-inch panel capable of 2560x1600, something that we only see on current high-end 30-inch displays.
Toshiba have gone one better, releasing a 6.1-inch LCD with a 2560x1600 resolution. If we're talking pixels per inch (PPI), that's an astounding 495. How does that compare to the best our currently?
Apple's iPhone 4/4S has a 3.5-inch screen with a 960x640 resolution, PPI sits at 329.65. Samsung's Galaxy Nexus sports a 4.65-inch screen at 1280x720 and a PPI of 315.83, then we have Samsung's unreleased Tablet panel with a 10.1-inch screen and the high-res 2560x1600 on-board, PPI sits at 298.9. Toshiba's new fandangled panel is 6.1-inch, 2560x1600 and get this: a PPI of 494.9!
It has just been announced that Sony's PlayStation 3D Display is finally getting released in Australia. The display allows gamers to play split screen games on a full screen via 3D glasses, with the 3D display receiving a limited "test" release in Australia - exclusively through Harvey Norman.
Sony Australia's Michael Ephraim says that this limited launch is to test the market. He goes on to say:
We're going to test it because it is innovative technology. We really wanted to test it before we made a big commitment because it's not like a Memory Stick kind of product, there are long lead times on manufacturing, high price. I can tell you that we will sell it initially exclusively through Harvey Norman. It is Harvey Norman embracing new technology and us having a partner there that we can test it with. If it goes extremely well, we'll keep supporting it. It is a high ticket price item and there is 3D TVs out there, we just want to make sure there's a market for it.
Once upon a time Sony was killing it in the TV market with their beautiful Bravia line, but thanks to increasingly fierce competition from the likes of Korean players Samsung and LG over the past eight years, Sony has been experiencing continuingly declining losses.
This latest report that's come out via Routers certainly doesn't help the situation for Sony, with word that several of its Bravia series LCD TVs manufactured in 2007 and 2008 have been subjected to faulty parts that may cause the TVs to overheat and emitt smoke, or melt certain components inside. Lovely.
While Sony has noted 11 overheating incidents solely in Japan, the company has said in a news release that the faulty parts may affect TV sets sold all over the world, although the majority of the ones in the bad batch were apparently sold in Europe and the U.S.
Samsung's on a roll right now, with the Samsung Advanced Institute of technology having a pretty grand announcement today. They have successfully created "single crystalline Gallium Nitride on amorphous glass substrates", it may sound more Breaking Bad than TV or smartphone, but this achievement allows Samsung to make massive LEDs from normal glass, including, you guessed it, window panes.
Samsung says this scaled-up approach will allow them to not only drop production costs relative to most LED manufacturers, but also result in displays roughly 400 times larger! A Samsung spokseperson said to the Korea Herald "In ten years, window panes will double as lighting and display screens, giving personality to buildings". I'll take a few windows, hmm, and maybe a 300-inch 4096p, 240Hz window TV... thanks, Samsung.
Toshiba's 3840x2160 resolution autostereoscopic (no glasses) 3DTV was announced in Europe at IFA last month, but it has now debuted in Japan during CEATEC. This time, with more details. Toshiba revealed that in lenticular 3D mode, it's limited to an effective resolution of 1280x720, and also showed off the face tracking that automatically optimizes the experience for up to nine simultaneous viewers depending on where they're sitting.
Toshiba also mentioned that there was an optional THD-MBA1 input adapter due out in 2012 and that 4K-res streaming IPTV is currently being tested. The Regza 55X3 will be priced at roughly $10K, which is close to its Euro-specced counterpart when it launches in December. No US launch date is currently known. But, I'll take 3 of them, thank you.
Sony are planning to update their PlayStation 3 to allow it to have support for 4096x2160 (4K) content. It will only be still content, but showing off some super high resolution photos on a 4K-capable screen or projector will look insanely awesome. The firmware update is planned for early 2012 and will let the PS3 support native output of 4K stills. The PlayStation store in Japan already has a PlayView "visual magazine" which supports both 4K and 3D.
This new update will allow any high resolution image to blow up to 4K resolution. Obviously you need a 4K-capable display or projector, but at least if you have the cash to spend on a 4K screen you now have something to use your PS3 for other than gaming and Blu-ray movies.
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AOC's USB-powered, 16-inch monitor, the E1649FWU will launch in October. It is slated to cost US$139 and is roughly the size of a 15.6-inch laptop screen which shows that the E1649FWU is very portable. It includes its own retractable stand that allows you to place the monitor in both portrait and landscape modes.The E1649FWU requires just one USB 2.0 input and through that one input draws its power and signal.
It also includes its own USB display adapter built-in which hands that. Illumination is bought to you by LED, resolution wise we have 1366x768, 5ms response time, 50,000,000:1 DCR and up to 250 cd/m² brightness. It is not HDCP-compliant.
Vuzix Wrap 1200VR video eyewear is now out, sporting a simulated 75-inch 3D display at ten feet away in up to 720P HD via its dual monitor setup. The VR bit comes from the included Wrap Tracker 6TC with compass, which enables head-tracking with three degrees of freedom. It also includes drift control which should maintain smooth visuals when you're tilting your head to look at the on-screen action.
The unit is said to work with most Windows-based graphics cards and VGA connections, but if you want to get your VR on the Xbox 360 or PS3, you'll require some adapters. The unit is just $600, which shows that pricing is not actually too bad on these puppies.
LG have introduced a new TV range dubbed "Dual View". The new Dual View televisions allow gamers to use the same television but see different images thanks to a new style of 3D glasses. The new tech was shown off by Microsoft and is set to go on same with a limited number of LG TV's, displays two separate pictures on the same screen, and then uses the power of the new 3D -style glasses to ensure each player can see a different image each.
Screen cheating be gone! This new tech is only available on the Xbox platform and works with LG's Cinema 3D range, inclusive of the new flagship LW980T. Gamers will have to slap down more dinero for additional pairs of special glasses. Usually gamers play with split screen, but this new tech would allow both gamers a full-screen gaming experience, with each of them looking at completely different images.
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A video has just recently popped up on Youtube from Dell which depicts their upcoming S2330MX, an ultra-slim 23-inch WS LCD.
Using LED backlighting, Dell says this is their thinnest monitor to date. Other specs include a native 1920x1080 res, 2ms response (most probably a TN panel), and D-Sub + DVI inputs (with a DVI to HDMI adapter bundled).
The new display is scheduled for release this Thursday (August 18). Pricing has not yet been disclosed, however.
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Perceptive Pixel has just unveiled at this year's SIGGRAPH, an 82-inch, multi-touch, 120hz LCD. Yes, 82-inch. It is dubbed "the world's largest" of it's kind, although Perceptive Pixel does make an 88-inch DLP model. The screen itself only does 1080p, but it does power through with 120Hz and an unlimited multi-touch response time of only 1ms. All that I need to know is, where can I get one and what do I have to do to get it?
Monitor manufacturers are changing things up by not only offering more IPS panels, but changing up the screen sizes between 21 and 25-inch. Dell launched a 24-inch UltraSharp monitor a few weeks ago based on an IPS panel and with a few trade-offs were able to get the price down considerably when compared to the U2410 which is aimed at the professional market. Mitsubishi, AOC and Viewsonic are already offering or at least, expected to offer 23-inch IPS-based panels this year.
Why the explosion of interest in IPS panels? You can thank the demand of the iPad 2 and the promise of wide viewing angels. Compared to monitors using twisted nematic (TN) panels, IPS panels are about $35 more expensive to make and that number escalates when the screen size goes up. Monitors using IPS panels are also feature-packed, usually including USB hubs, extra video inputs and so on, which also drives the price up.
I think it's a great move, IPS panels are gorgeous and if we can see a mix of 120Hz/3D-capable IPS panels in the near future, well count me in as excited.
Almost 8 months since its introduction at CES, ViewSonic is finally preparing its V3D245 3D Vision-ready 23.6-inch for the market with it hitting North American shelves mid to late this month.
The monitor while being a 120Hz, 3D capable panel bundled with a pair of active shutter glasses, does depend on NVIDIA's 3D Vision experience with its built-in wireless emitter, meaning you'll of course need to be using an NVIDIA based graphics card.
The rest of the monitors specs is much of a standard fare with a native resolution of 1920x1080, dynamic contrast ratio of 20,000,000:1, 2ms response and 2W SRS Premium Sound speakers.
ViewSonic has tacked on a $499 USD price tag for the V3D245, which is backed by a 3 year warranty. Refer to the source link below for the official announcement.