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Investor Carl Icahn believes Apple is planning an ultra-high-definition (UHD) TV launch sometime in the future, while other sources say the company shelved those plans more than one year ago. It's a suddenly bizarre discussion that has elicited a lot of passionate statements from analysts and journalists alike.
"According to sources in Silicon Valley familiar with Apple's thinking, Apple will enter into the television market in a huge way by providing an upgraded Apple TV CPU hub combined with a unique controller," according to Michael Yoshikami, CEO and founder of Destination Wealth Management, in an editorial published on CNBC. "It is likely to include both Siri voice recognition as well as a touch-pad interface that could also include force touch."
Interestingly, Yoshikami believes Apple could provide the "brains of the TV" and let consumers pick their own monitor or display - from a growing number of companies that would be more than happy to step in and help offer additional flexibility.
Whatever TV you own right now, it's not as thin as LG's latest 55-inch wallpaper OLED panel, something the company just presented at its media event.
The new TV is just 0.97mm thick, weighs only 1.9kg and can be placed onto, and pulled down from a wall with a magnetic mat. LG's latest wallpaper TV is much thinner than its existing 55-inch OLED panel, which is 4.3mm, considerably thicker than LG's latest model.
LG also took some time during its media event to showcase a new convex OLED panel that can be used for digital signage for large-scaling outdoor advertising. The South Korean electronics giant has also pushed for production of the OLED as its next big thing, with the advanced display shrinking TVs down, while making them lighter, as it "emits light itself based on the electric current without a backlight unit, unlike the liquid crystal display (LCD)", reports The Korea Times.
Apple originally had plans to release an ultra-high-definition (UHD) television, but those plans were put aside more than one year ago, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Instead, the company wants to create online TV service and its set-top box, the Apple TV, rather than create a TV.
The online TV service from Apple is expected to launch prior to the end of the year, and the new Apple TV set-top box should be outlined in June.
Investor Carl Icahn still believes Apple will launch an UHD TV sometime next year, even though Apple executives don't have TV production as a focus. "We view television's role in the living room as a strategically compelling bolt-on to the Apple ecosystem," Icahn said in a letter.
TCL has just announced seven new TCL Roku TVs that will be made available later this month, with three 3800 Design Series models, and four top of the line 3850 Decorator Series models. The new TVs are all 1080p capable, with the 4K versions "still under development" with "more details coming this year".
The TCL Roku TV 3800 Series comes in three different sizes, 32-, 40-, and 50-inch. All three models feature 1080p, with an "advanced 120Hz refresh rate" on the 40- and 50-inch models. The 3800 series "offers a modern design with a quad pedestal stand". As for the 3850 Series, we have four sizes: 32-, 40-, 50-, and 55-inch. All four models in the 3850 Series feature a "metallic gunmetal finish and an all-aluminum quad pedestal stand".
These new TVs feature a personalized home screen that gives you access to a plethora of entertainment sources, including your gaming consoles, cable and satellite boxes and the usual streaming content such as Sling TV, WatchESPN and Netflix. Speaking of Netflix, the streaming giant has donned the new TCL Roku TVs as "Netflix Recommended TVs", as they offer "easy access to Internet TV services, faster performance, and new features that enable a next-generation smart TV experience".
TCL will be releasing the seven new TCL Roku TV models to retailers this May, both in-store and online.
Acer has just unveiled its new XR341CKA, which is a 34-inch curved 21:9 ultra-wide monitor with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. It's the world's first curved monitor to feature NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, too.
The new 34-inch monitor features a resolution of 3440x1440, and should be quite the sight with its IPS panel and 178-degree viewing angles. We have 100% of the sRGB color gamut covered, which will have photographers and video editors checking their wallets. Display input wise, Acer has provided the XR341CKA with DisplayPort, HMDI and a buit-in USB 3.0 hub for the ultimate in convenience.
Acer is pricing the XR341CKA at $1299, and will have it launch in September in the US.
Sony has announced that its super-powered 4K TVs powered by Google's mobile OS will start shipping in May, powered by Sony's impressive X1 processor.
This is Sony's thinnest TV yet, thinner than most smartphones on the market. The company will begin shipping its X900C later this summer in 55-inch and 65-inch versions, with the larger 75-inch X910C arriving shortly after. No prices have been announced for these models just yet. But, there are many other models to choose from.
Sony's X830C will arrive in 43-inch and 49-inch models for $1299.99 and $1599.99, respectively. The X850C comes in three sizes: 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch for $2199.99, $3499.99 and $4999.99, respectively. The X930C model will arrive in a single 65-inch model for $4499.99 while the X940C arrives in a 75-inch model for a whopping $7999.99.
The Android-based sets will arrive as the W800C in 50-inch and 55-inch for $999.99 and $1299.99, respectively. The W850C will be larger with 65-inch and 75-inch for $1899.99 and $2999.99, respectively.
One of our favorite 4K monitors is on sale right now, with the Acer XB280HK available at Newegg for $599, down from its normal price of $899. The Acer XB280HK is a 28-inch 4K monitor that has NVIDIA's G-Sync technology built-in, with our review available right here.
Sure, it's a TN-based panel and not IPS, but for $599 you're getting a silky-smooth 4K monitor if you have the VGA chops to get there. 4K 60FPS isn't too hard these days with a mix of Medium/High details in most games, with Grand Theft Auto V able to hit 4K 60FPS on something like a GeForce GTX 970 without a problem.
You'll need the following promo code "EMCARKW22", which is available until April 22, so get in quick. The code only works for those who are signed up to Newegg's newsletter, so you'll need to sign up for that if you haven't already. If you're already signed up for it, you would've received the e-mail alerting you to the sale, but if you've missed that e-mail, consider this your notice.
HP has just announced its new DreamColor Z32x monitor, a new professional-grade 31.5-inch 4K monitor. What makes the new HP display stand out is that it features an IPS-based display pumping out 3840x2160, or 4K.
The new HP DreamColor Z32x not only features the IPS-based 4K panel, it does so with 10-bit color. We have HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4, as well as a full-sized DisplayPort 1.2 and miniDP 1.2 port. HP has provided an integrated USB 3.0 hub with fast-charging support for mobile devices, such as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge from Samsung.
HP has also provided picture-in-picture mode that allows owners of the DreamColor Z32x to view feeds from each of the four display inputs, simultaneously. Wrapping up the specs side of things, there's 1000:1 static / 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, an 8ms gray-to-gray response time, and a weight of 23.5 pounds. HP hasn't announced any pricing, but we can be pretty sure it will not be on the cheap side.
It looks like ASUS is backing AMD with its new MG279Q display, which has now been revealed as a FreeSync capable display, reports PC Perspective.
The ASUS MG279Q features a QHD resolution of 2560x1440, an IPS panel, with a 120Hz refresh rate and support for AMD's FreeSync technology. At CES 2015, PC Perspective noticed it as a monitor without FreeSync or G-Sync, but it has now been donned with AMD's variable refresh rate technology. It has a minimum refresh rate of 40Hz, with the maximum hitting 120Hz.
We should expect samples of this display in the coming weeks, with an MSRP of $599.
Curved panels are all the rage right now with Samsung staying on top of the market trend by preparing three new curved PC monitors starting at $299, which will be released later this month.
Starting with the largest 31.5-inch model, we have a 1920x1080 resolution (all three have a Full HD resolution), which is disappointing on the 31.5-inch display. The 31.5-inch curved Full HD monitor will include a 3000mm curve radius and $599 price. The smaller 27-inch panel will have a 4000mm curved radius and $399 price while the 24-inch model will rock a $299 price.
All three curved displays will run at the 1920x1080 resolution with a 60Hz refresh rate, but gamers will have to be careful of all three monitors as they have a 4ms response time.