CES 2014 - ASUS has gone and done the seemingly impossible: announced a 2560x1440 panel, which runs at 120Hz. The new ASUS ROG SWIFT PG278Q comes with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology on-board, too.
We have a 1ms response time, mixed with G-Sync, ASUS' GamePlus, which is an OSD overlay, a single DisplayPort 1.2 port, dual USB 3.09 ports and VESA wall mount capabilities. It also comes with a 6mm bezel, which will be perfect when I get three of these for my test bed. ASUS: hurry up and release this bad boy, please.-
CES 2014 - LG has just unveiled the world's first flexible OLED TV, coming in at a massive 77 inches. What is good about a flexible TV? Well, you can use the included remote control to bend, and unbend the TV - pretty incredible.
LG has offered us an OLED display here, compared to fellow South Korean rival Samsung, who have only used LED - and even then, it was just a prototype from Samsung. LG's flexible OLED is production-ready, and will be hitting store shelves soon. Hyun-hwoi Ha, President and CEO of LG's Home Entertainment Company says: "LG's Flexible OLED TV is a product that has to be seen to be believed because it defies description. What curved is to flat, flexible is to curved. LG continues to lead the evolution of televisions into the next generation."
CES 2014 - Sharp has just unveiled a beautiful new high-resolution TV, that makes 4K whimper in the corner. Sharp's new 85-inch 8K TV is 3D-capable, with the company collaborating with Philips and Dolby to offer users a "lifelike 3D picture" without the need of glasses.
Sharp's new 85-inch 8K TV offers a resolution of 7680x4320, which is 16x the resolution offered by 1920x1080, or Full HD. There's absolutely no word on pricing or a launch date, but I would say this TV would only be for the rich, or home theater enthusiasts.
CES 2014 - Vizio is expanding its line up of 4K-capable TVs, with its first consumer-grade 4K TV. The new Vizio P Series of TVs will arrive in sizes between 50 and 70 inches.
Vizio says the P Series "is the culmination of advanced picture quality, powerful performance and a beautifully simple Ultra HD experience." What this translates to, is the P Series featuring advanced local dimming, a backlight that has 64 Active LED Zones, and Vizio's custom silicon.
Better yet, there's another set of TVs that Vizio will be pushing, the Reference Series. Vizio's Reference Series TVs are the best TV panels that the company has ever produced. With Vizio's Reference Series aimed at videophiles and "custom integrators". The Reference Series are also 4K-capable, but with High Dynamic Range (HDR) tech.
CES 2014 - Something we saw and loved when we were shown the technology in Montreal, Canada back in October was NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. The company has announced that the G-Sync monitor module - which works with specific displays - will begin shipping in Q2 2014.
NVIDIA has partnered up with Acer, AOC, ASUS, BenQ, Phillips and ViewSonic, with these companies offering the modules in a few months time. If you haven't looked up or read about NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, it is capable of removing latency and image stuttering that happens with V-Sync. G-Sync was impressive to see in person, something that will benefit games who can't constantly hit 60FPS minimum in their games.
CES 2014 - Lenovo has just announced a brand spanking new display that should have the tech world excited: the new ThinkVision Pro2840m monitor, which is a 28-inch, 4K-capable display priced at the competitive price of $799.
The new 28-inch 4K display will push out 3840x2160, and is one of two 4K-capable displays Lenovo is showing off at CES this year. Lenovo wants to deliver 4K-capable displays to its customers as soon as it can, with aggressive prices, which it has hit easily at $799. Matt Bereda, Marketing Director for Lenovo's Think Business Group said: "It's an ideal device for someone working with high-end graphics".
Lenovo's ThinkVision Pro2840m features DisplayPort, mini DisplayPort and HDMI inputs, and has adjustable orientation. We also have MHL (mobile high-definition link) capabilities and is expected to ship in April.
Philips kicked off the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 by launching a new 27" Gaming Monitor using NVIDIA's G-SYNC technology. G-SYNC immediately renders images, with no input lag as the monitor works directly with the PC's video card. The monitor also provides a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time, is wall-mountable, with a 1920x1080 recommended resolution. The monitor will be released this spring with a $649 MSRP.
Philips isn't new to the monitor market, but is often overlooked when gamers are thinking of purchasing a new monitor. The company's 144Hz Gaming monitor, for example, received good reviews from those willing to go out on a limb and try it.
Philips will battle Dell and other companies fighting for a piece of the lucrative PC gaming market - and CES 2014 will feature a variety of products geared towards PC gamers.
This definitely sprung up on me, but Polaroid is set to unveil a new 4K/Ultra HD TV at CES 2014 in just a few days time. Polaroid won't be making the TV of course, that will be done by Empire Electronics.
The new 4K TV will be priced at under $1000, and come in at a hefty 50 inches. The new 50-inch 4K TV from Polaroid will feature three HDMI inputs, with the company claiming it will feature "the highest quality picture resolution at the best price." It looks very similar to the Seiki Digital 4K panel, which isn't a bad thing at all, as it has a similar price.
The new Acer FT200HQL 20" touchscreen monitor is an appealing choice for consumers that want an affordable monitor to utilize a customized computing experience from touch technology.
It's a relatively small monitor considering the current market of choices, but should be great for casual use. The high-definition LED monitor has a 1600x900 native resolution, along with dual speakers, VGA port, and two HDMI ports. Although it can be mounted to the wall, the FT200HQL provides 1090 degrees tilt, so it can be used as a true touch surface.
"The Acer FT200HQL is a great choice for consumers or small businesses wanting an affordable and compact touch display for making the most of Windows 8 touch capability," noted Frank Chang, Acer America Director of Product Management, in a statement. Acer's FT200HQL is available now with a $199 MSRP.
It is expected that touchscreen monitors will become more popular in 2014, as a growing consumer base becomes familiar with using touch technology. Microsoft Windows 8 and 8.1 aren't as popular when compared to Windows XP or Windows 7, but touch features truly can be a fun and useful play thing.
LG purchased webOS nearly a year ago, and is finally using its investment. The South Korean electronics giant announced today that it will be showing off its first webOS-based device at CES 2014 in January.
The company will be unveiling a new webOS-powered TV at CES, which will feature a dual-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and 1.5GB of RAM. The TV should be multi-task-capable, too. With LG's current 'smart' TVs, most consumers aren't using most of the smart features, but the company is optimistic that its new webOS-powered TV can change that.
We were in Montreal, Canada when NVIDIA announced its glorious, V-Sync killing G-Sync technology, but now you can buy monitors with the game-changing technology built-in.
The first off the production line is the tweaked ASUS VG2480QE, which is a 1920x1080-pixel monitor at 144Hz, which has a G-Sync module installed into it. Digital Storm is offering the panel with the G-Sync module installed for $499, or you can bring in your own VG2480QE, and Digital Storm will install G-Sync goodness into it for $299.
If you want some of the most bleeding edge gaming technology available, and think the next-gen consoles are for peasants, well, your meal ticket is right here. We'll have one in the labs ASAP, and I'll be all over that.
In today's world, a serious gamer, developer or designer needs to have a serious monitor and that is where AOC comes into play. Today, the company released its latest 27-inch high-resolution beast, the q2770Pqu. The monitor is a 27-inch WQHD unit that features a resolution of 2560x1440.
The new Ultra-HD monitor boast a wide viewing angle of 178 degrees and a response time of just 5ms. A built-in USB 3.0 hub is present to add more connectivity to the desktop, while Dual-Link DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI handle the video input. AOC says that the monitor draws only 29W of energy while in Eco-Mode, and we can expect it to retail for around $500.
DisplayPort technology is continuously improving, with DisplayPort 1.3 now being teased with some huge improvements. DP 1.3 will feature a bitrate of 8.1 Gbps per channel, up from 5.4 Gbps found in DP 1.2.
We should see a wonderful world where multiple 4K displays are supported from a single cable - something I'm longing for as I type this on a 4K display - and DP 1.3 will allow this. DP 1.3 will see support for 8K thanks to its insane bandwidth of a theoretical 32.4 Gbps. We should also see 4K 3D support ushered in with DisplayPort 1.3, which will be another awesome addition going into 2014.
What I would like to see, is some confirmation that we will indeed be seeing 4K in 3D, and whether this means I'll get what I've been waiting for, for quite sometime now: 4K at 120Hz. Unfortunately, we won't see the fruits of high-resolution labor until sometime in 2014 - where we'll see it announced, but it won't be pushed into devices until 2015.
Dell already has the Ultrasharp UP3214Q, 32-inch 4K display in its corner, but it looks like it's about to have a smaller, cheaper brother. The 24-inch monitor will arrive with the usual 3840x2160 resolution, which will see 183 pixels per inch on the display.
We also have 178/178-degree viewing angles, 99% AdobeRGB and 100% sRGB, 10-bit, 10.7 billion colors and connectivity is covered by HDMI, DisplayPort, mini-DP, four USB 3.0 ports and a 6-in-1 card reader. We should expect it as an IPS-based panel, but we can't confirm this yet. The price should be cheaper than the UP3214Q, which is still around $3500.
Most people, including myself, have expected Apple to unveil a 4K-capable Cinema Display, but we're not quite there, yet. Well, now we have a tease thanks to Reddit, that Apple could be working on some 4K panels.
There are two panels, a 27-inch panel, and a bigger, 32-inch display. Both panels offer 3840x2160 resolution, and would use Thunderbolt 2 technology to drive the display past the usual 2560x1440 resolution of the current Apple Thunderbolt Display. The more exciting tease here is that could not use the 16:9 aspect ratio (which provides the 3840x2160 resolution) and push a little bit further for 16:10, which would push out a resolution of 4096x2160, or the "Cinema 4K" standard.
LG will be releasing a firmware update regarding the issue of their Smart TVs overriding privacy settings and sharing your history of media you have been watching. A user discovered that his LG Smart TV was sending his personal data including media from an external hard drive to an LG web address even when he had his privacy settings turned on. LG says that some over their TVs have failed to apply the settings and that they've been sending data to their servers. LG mentions that the data that is being sent to the servers is not being retained.
LG's comments about the privacy issue: "We have verified that even when this function is turned off by the viewers; it continues to transmit viewing information although the data is not retained by the server. A firmware update is being prepared for immediate rollout that will correct this problem on all affected LG Smart TVs so when this feature is disabled, no data will be transmitted."
If you were like me, and expecting Apple to unleash a TV set next year, then you'd be wrong. One thing that could've dug Apple out of its financial mess on the stock market, would've been a TV set, but according to a KGI Securities analyst, it won't be happening next year, and maybe not even the next.
Ming-Chi Kuo, who is usually spot on with Apple rumors and insider talk, told investors today that he doesn't expect Apple to unveil a TV set until at least 2015, if not 2016. Kuo says that one of the big reasons behind this is that the supply chain for TV set production is a huge problem for Apple, as it continues to struggle getting additional content deals.
The analyst believes that integrating TV content, an App Store, and other services are absolutely necessary to Apple being successful with a TV. I agree, and I think if Apple wants to bring a TV to the market, it won't be cheap. If it's not cheap (which it won't be), then it needs to have its services, and content, nailed down, firmly.
Samsung really is at the bleeding edge of technology right now, with its own curved smartphone, but what about 2014 and beyond? Well, according to Samsung's Analyst Day held in Korea, the company has teased the future of its technology.
You can see from the image above, that display technology is currently at the curved part, next year and into 2015 we'll see bended displays, but then - bam, technology barriers broken - and voila: foldable displays! This would be quite the boon to the technology market, especially tablets and Ultrabooks. Mobile devices will also see an injections of pixels from the 1920x1080 that we have now on most of its high-end Galaxy devices, to 3840x2160 - yes, 4K by 2015 on mobile devices.
MultiTouch has just unveiled one of the largest portable touch-screen displays in existence. MultiTouch showed of off the new 4K resolution, 84-inch multitouch display prototype earlier this year at its company's developer conference in Helsinki Finland and now we are getting more information on the mammoth display.
The 84-inch display features all the benefits of the company's MultiTaction Cell technology which includes ultra-fast response times, simultaneous pen and touch support and the ability to precisely track multiple points of contact simultaneously from hands and fingers. The display is supported by the company's Cornerstone 2 SDK which allows developers to build stunning interactive applications, and greatly simplifies 4K Resolution scaling from single displays to walls featuring several displays up to 50-megapixels in resolution.
"Our 84-inch MultiTaction Cell prototype represents a giant leap not just in screen size but in resolution too," explains Hannu Anttila, VP of Business Development at MultiTouch. "Customers who take advantage of the pre-ordering programme will not only be among the first to benefit from this ground-breaking technology, but will also be able to purchase the complete package at a discount of more than 20%."
Japan Display Inc. impressed us earlier tonight by unveiling a 5.4-inch panel that is capable of delivering a resolution of 2560x1440, but the display manufacturer has taken it to another level.
Marvel at the 12.1-inch display that has a 4K2K resolution, which is absolutely stunning. We're looking at tablets within a 12.1-inch space pushing a huge 3840x2160 resolution, which is just insane. This all results in a device that will feature a 365PPI, which is great. Better yet, it's also going to be thin, measuring just 2.0mm at the top, 6.8mm at the bottom and 2.0mm at its sides.
The same Low-Temperature Poly Silicon (LTPS) manufacturing technology is at play here, which will see lowered power consumption. Japan Display Inc. will be showing off its 12.1-inch 4K-capable display at the Full Panel Display (FPD) International 2013 in Japan later this week.
Japan Display Inc. has just unveiled its new WQHD TFT LCDs that will be baked into future smartphones. The two models come in both a 5.4- and 6.2-inch model, with the 5.4-inch model featuring some impressive specifications.
The 5.4-inch panel features a 2560x1440 resolution, providing 543PPI which is nothing short of impressive. The viewing angle on this panel is 160 degrees, which should give it some nice image quality from an angle. The 6.2-inch model features the same 2560x1440 resolution, but because of the bigger screen the pixel density is more spread out and results in a 473PPI display. This is still an achievement worth talking about.
JDI's new panel features low temperature poly silicon (LTPS) technology, which provides low power consumption thanks to its increased panel transmissivity, as well as a thinner module and narrower dead-band, which is a perfect fit for smart devices. I also think this is going to be a great thing for Oculus VR, who wants a high-res panel for their Rift VR headset.