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Computex 2012 - ViewSonic had a great floor showing off a bunch of screens, not just for consumers, but for business and enterprise. The first one we walked past was the ViewSonic EP5502 which is a 55-inch Full HD 1080p display with sleep tempered glass faceplate, a bunch of inputs (HDMI, VGA, YPbPr, USB) and can load images quite easily through its USB input.
Next to that was the widescreen EW2962 which again, is great for business and enterprise. It's much wider and would suite businesses such as restaurants, or train stations. It was great to see something like this in-person from ViewSonic. But, the true fun hasn't started just yet!
ViewSonic had a frameless 27-inch LCD sporting SuperClear IPS technology, backed up by its 1080p resolution and SRS Premium Sound integrated speakers. Featuring a 30,000,000:1 contrast ratio, it has a 7ms response time and features DVI, HDMI and RGB inputs.
Computex 2012 - Whilst walking around the ASUS booth today out at the Nangang Computex hall, we ran into the ASUS Wireless Monitor. As far as we can tell, its just an early design at this stage and it hasn't been given a model name yet.
This monitor uses Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology to wirelessly stream content from another WiDi compatible device directly to the Wireless Monitor. Intel has been pushing WiDi for a couple of years now and while it hasn't gained massive market momentum, Intel keep pushing.
As far as the specs go, this monitor is 27-inches in size and supports a screen resolution of 1920 x 1080. It also features ASUS Smart Contract Ratio of 80,000,000:1, a response time of 1ms (gray to gray) and if you wish to not go down the wireless route, it still comes with a single DisplayPort input as well as two HDMI inputs. It also comes with two 2-watt stereo speakers.
We don't have any other details on this product at this stage, but it's something to watch.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have just become my new best friends as they have "agreed a draft new Recommendation on the technical details for 'Ultra High Definition Television'", but have decided something for UHDTV, that both 3840x2160 and future 7860x4320 screens keep the same UHDTV moniker.
While that sounds simplistic, it is confusing. Because 4K is not 8K, and vica versa, yet they share the same 'UHDTV' name. 4K sports eight megapixels, where 8K features an eye-busting 32 megapixels.
What are your thoughts on this? Why would they name UHDTV and jam both 4K and 8K standards into it? Why not have UHDTV 4K and UHDTV 8K? How hard would that be? Adopting two ultra-high def TV specs into a single moniker is just confusing, and annoying. "Hey, what UHDTV do you have?", "Oh, I have an HDTV". Hopefully this gets changed, but I highly doubt it will.
All I know is that I want an 8K TV, 8K games, 8K movies and TV shows, not tomorrow, but now.
Apple is a rumor machine. We have reported at least one other rumor today regarding Apple and they show no sign of slowing as rumored release dates approach. This latest rumor is in regards to Apple TV and about it starting to be produced. The latest rumor is saying that Foxconn is beginning a trial run of the Apple TV.
The iTV is reportedly being built at the Fuji Kang Longhua factory in Shenzhen. This rumor comes from sources quoted in the China Business News just after the Foxconn CEO had been "misquoted" as saying that Foxconn was preparing facilities to build the rumored iTV. Foxconn later denied that saying that the CEO was misquoted.
An analyst is predicting that an iTV would sell for between $1500-$2000 and would range in size from 42 to 55 inches. A trial run is not the same as general production. Often the quantity produced is minor and it is basically a proof-of-concept to check design specifications and quality control. Of course, this is just a rumor, so take it with a grain of salt.
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IKEA's all-in-one Uppleva HDTV will retail for $960 in Europe next month, launches in the US in 2013
IKEA's Uppleva was shown off last month, and now we have some proper pricing, launch dates, and applications that will be built-in. The Uppleva launches next month, and will be available in sizes from 24- to 46-inches, while being priced "around $960", which should go up, as the screen size increases.
The Uppleva sports a built-in Blu-ray player, wireless subwoofer and is being assembled by TCL Multimedia, a manufacturer in China. The unit will rollout in France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden beginning next month, then it will touch down in other European countries later in the year. It will jump the pond to the US sometime in 2013.
Uppleva will come with a bunch of applications, depending on your region, these include Dailymotion, Vimeo and YouTube, as well as games, music playback and video-on-demand apps, as well as the Opera for TV web browser.
LG's G2 series of Google TVs were unveiled at an event in New York City called Internet Week New York, the event is an annual shindig, where NYC celebrates technology and digital culture. VentureBeat spoke to Georg Rasinski, who is the director of LG's home electronics brand management.
LG's new Google TV sports the company's motion-control, "Magic Remote". The remote features gesture control, and even includes a built-in microphone for voice commands. On the back of the remote is a full QWERTY thumb keyboard. The TV's interface is said to look much different to previous GTC devices that VentureBeat have used from Sony and Logitech. LG have heavily customized the homescreen with a 3D interface.
From the user interface, you'll have quick access to a bunch of apps and bookmarks. The G2 series of LG Google TV's is powered by LG's custom ARM-based L9 processor, which is the first dual-core chip in a Google TV device. The L9 chip will eventually be baked into LG's other flagship sets, but it is making its debut here on the G2 series.
LG's G2 Series Google TVs will be made available in both 47- and 55-inch models beginning next week at $1,699 and $2,299 respectively.
We've all heard the rumors of Apple's TV for quite some time now, but it looks like the rumors are beginning to form something solid. The latest out of Foxconn is the company's chief Terry Hou saying that the company is making preparations for iTV.
iTV would be the name of Apple's upcoming high-def TV, but development and manufacturing is said to not yet have begun. iTV will reportedly sport an aluminum construction, Siri, and FaceTime for video calls. Gou also added that Foxconn's recent 50-50 joint venture factory with Sharp in Japan is one of the preparations made for the new device.
Hou, you're such a tease. That's all I'm going to add. Just days ago, Cult of Mac claimed to have actually seen an Apple HDTV prototype, where the sources claimed that it looked like Apple's current line-up of Cinema Displays, but much larger.
When I think of OLED screens, I think of Samsung. Samsung pretty much has a chokehold on the market as far as OLED screens go. Now, however, Samsung's Korean competitor is planning to make OLED screens with a new production line. LG is actually using a completely different production process than Samsung which will allow the screens to be flexible.
Now, don't get too excited over this news. It's unlikely that we will be seeing flexible handheld devices anytime soon as the other portions of the device are still pretty rigid. However, this flexible screen is said to be thinner and more durable, "unbreakable," if you ask some people, and most importantly, less prone to damage from impact.
As such, these screens could still find their way into mobile devices pretty quickly. By switching to these screens, Corning Gorilla Glass would most likely no longer be necessary, which would reduce the weight of the device. The new production line has cost LG $176 million and should get the green light to start producing by the end of the year.
This is the stuff dreams are made of. Samsung have just surprised most people by showing off the first mass produced Samsung ES9500 models at the 2012 World's Fair in Korea. What does the new ES9500 model sport?
Well, for starters, we're looking at Smart Interaction voice and gesture control, Smart Content and Smart Evolution upgradeable dual-core CPU, as well as Samsung's Smart Dual View technology. What this does is allow users to watch two different 2D programs on the one screen at the same time using the set's 3D glasses and sound fed through headphones.
Because the individual pixels on the TV are lit individually, Samsung says its OLED technology has 20-percent better color reproduction than existing LED-backlit LCD HDTVs. We should be looking at a 2H 2012 release, and around US$9,000. Not bad, not bad at all. Samsung also took the opportunity at the 2012 World's Fair to announce bigger LCD models that will arrive this year, ranging from 60- to 75-inches.