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LG invested $905 million in flexible OLED displays last year, and apparently it liked the results, because it's putting $1.75 billion into it this year (the investment was rumored last month, and now the company has confirmed it). The end goal with its investment is to produce bendable screens for use in mobile phones, at least one of which doubles as a tablet.
It's said the company sees flexible phones as part of an "approaching era", and so is putting its gobs of money where its mouth is. Its already released the LG G Flex and G Flex 2 to that end as well. Market research firm IHS DisplaySearch says it anticipates flexible OLED shipments to grow from 59 million shipments this year to 416 million in 2020.
Dell has released an absolute monster of a display, with their new UltraSharp UP3017Q being revealed back at CES 2016 - it was their first monitor to use an OLED panel, and has some serious specs behind it.
Dell's new UltraSharp UP3017Q is a 30-inch OLED display with a huge 120Hz refresh rate, making it the first 4K 120Hz OLED panel in the world. With a 30-inch panel and 3840x2160 native resolution, we have a pixel density of 146PPI, with a super-low 0.1ms response time. This means it can be used not only as a professional screen, but high-end enthusiast gamers will have wet dreams over Dell's UltraSharp UP3017Q.
The UltraSharp UP3017Q can reproduce 1.07 billion colors, with a color gamut of 100% Adobe RGB and 97.8% DCI-P3, with a 400,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Dell has included USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0 and miniDP 1.2 ports for display connectivity. Now that we have established how much of a beast Dell's new UltraSharp UP3017Q is, we need to know the price, right? Dell has slapped a rather large $4999 price on it - which is expected from a super-fast, 4K-capable OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
All I know is that I want one, and I will get one.
AMD's FreeSync technology is on its way to TVs, according to the company's chief gaming scientist (what a title) Richard Huddy, who later clarified he was not speaking on record for AMD.
Huddy cites the adoption of Adaptive Sync by the HDMI standard this year as paving the way for FreeSync in the living room, which is now easy for TV manufacturers to support. He expects the tech will come to all kinds of TVs, including HDTVs, Ultra HDTVs, and more starting this year.
Dell has just launched its new 70-inch touchscreens for schools and offices, with the C7017T designed to replace whiteboards in schools and boardrooms.
Dell's new 70-inch touchscreen has a native resolution of 1920x1080, is capable of taking in 10-finger touch, as well as two pens for collaborative sessions in schools and boardrooms. It doesn't compare to Microsoft's impressive 84-inch Surface Hub, with Dell pricing it at $5000.
Apple has just discontinued its Thunderbolt Display, after being on the market for nearly 5 years now. Apple didn't provide a reason for discontinuing its 27-inch Thunderbolt Display, but it did say it has a "number of great third-party options" is you need a new monitor.
TechCrunch had the following statement from an Apple spokesperson, who said: "We're discontinuing the Apple Thunderbolt Display. It will be available through Apple.com, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers while supplies last. There are a number of great third-party options available for Mac users".
Apple was selling its 27-inch Thunderbolt Display for $999, and considering you can buy competing - and sometimes, better monitors for less than $999 with Thunderbolt built-in, Apple is finally seeing the light.
A nifty gadget from Swedish company Neonode lets you turn your laptop screen into a touchscreen simply by plugging in a small Wii sensor bar-like device via USB and...that's it.
Once plugged in, the AirBar takes care of the rest by projecting an invisible field of light onto the surface of your display, magitechnologically allowing you to interact directly with it. I kid: the bar utilizes zForce AIR tech, which uses sensors to relay information as a form of movement to the laptop when the light beams are disrupted.
As a bonus, the touch functionality is perhaps less sensitive than your typical touch displays in that you can touch with oven mitts, chopsticks, fingers, or whatever else. Even a paintbrush can be used, effectively turning your laptop into a poor man's graphics tablet.
It looks like the world's first 4K monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate will be from ASUS, with it arriving as a 27-inch AHVA panel by AU Optronics.
ASUS will tap DisplayPort 1.3, as it will need the bandwidth to drive the huge 3840x2160 resolution at 144Hz. We don't know if the monitor will support NVIDIA's G-Sync or AMD's FreeSync technology, but if I had to guess, I'd say ASUS will take some of that NVIDIA G-Sync lovin' for their 4K 144Hz monitor. DP 1.3 can be found on the latest video cards, including the new GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and the upcoming Radeon RX 480 from AMD.
Computex 2016 - Not content with smashing the refresh rate barrier with the new ASUS ROG Swift 180Hz G-Sync monitor, ASUS has just one-upped itself with a new G-Sync monitor that sports 240Hz refresh rates.
The new ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q display promises to completely redefine everything we knew about responsiveness. The PG258Q sports a 24.5-inch full 1920 x 1080 panel that combines with a native 240Hz refresh rate, NVIDIA's G-Sync adaptive sync tech, and an incredible 1ms gray-to-gray response time to "eliminate lag and frame rate stutter for the smoothest, fastest, and most breathtaking gaming visuals imaginable."
The PG258Q is optimized for multi-monitor setups thanks to its narrow bezel, and features a titanium and copper color scheme outfitted with built-in LED light effects to add some flair to your setup. On the software side, the ROG Swift PG258Q comes with ASUS GamePlus and ASUS GameVisual to boost in-game performance and visuals.
Computex 2016 - ASUS shows off its new premium curved 3440 x 1440p ultrawide Designo displays that will round out the company's new line of enthusiast hardware.
The new ASUS Designo Curve MX34VQ packs 3440 x 1440p into a stylish 34-inch curved panel at a 21:9 ultrawide aspect ratio. The panel features a curvature of 1800R, and sports two beefy 8W Harmon Kardon stereo speakers amplified with ASUS SonicMaster technology. As an added bonus, the display's circular base doubles as a wireless Qi charging pad for mobile devices.
ASUS also revealed the non-curved 16:9 27-inch Designo MX27UC 4K display. The MX27UC features a 27-inch IPS display at 3840 x 2160 resolution that features Type-C support with some surprising additions like DisplayPort Alternate Mode and USB Type-C Power Delivery (power and data over the same cord). The 27-inch Designo MX27UC 4K is also outfitted with a pair of 3W Bang and Olufsen speakers.
Computex 2016 - ASUS has revealed a new G-Sync ready ROG Swift monitor that can be overclocked to an insane 180Hz.
ASUS has redefined the refresh rate threshold with its new 24-inch 1080p ROG Swift PG248Q TN display with NVIDIA G-Sync that's capable of hitting up to an incredible 180Hz. The new ROG Swift PG248Q not only packs in G-Sync for tear-free gaming and overclocks to 180Hz, but it also sports an amazing 1ms response time, offering up some of the smoothest and responsive 1080p gaming around.
ASUS affirms the PG248Q is designed specifically for pro eSports gamers as well as enthusiast gamers, serving up "unparalleled performance and innovation" in a smaller form factor that's designed to reduce the amount of time "your eyes roll across the screen". The ROG Swift PG248Q will be the exclusive monitor for major eSports events including ESL One 2016 and The International 2016. No pricing or availability details were announced just yet.