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Korean electronics company LG announced it has sold one million webOS-powered smart high-definition TVs, launching the HDTVs in March. It took less than four months to reach the one-million milestone, with LG officials predicting 10 million sold sometime by the first half of 2015. Moving forward, LG wants to ensure customers are comfortable using connected features, as smart TVs continue to rise in popularity.
" Rather than continuing to add more and more functions into our smart TVs that few people will ever use," said In-kyu Lee, LG head of TV division, saying we've decided to focus on simplicity... consumers seem to share our view that this is the right direction for the evolution of smart TVs going forward."
As HDTVs continue to drop in price, manufacturers want to use connected services to help keep users engaged. LG's decision to purchase webOS from Hewlett-Packard in 2013 drew some criticism, though it appears LG is willing to experiment and listen to customer feedback.
Now that 4K monitors are being pushed heavily, the next question is, when will we see 120Hz-capable 4K monitors? Well, according to some ASUS engineers, this won't happen for another 1-2 years.
What is stopping it from happening right now is the display connectivity, for 4K at 120Hz to happen, we need DisplayPort 1.3 to be finalized. ASUS said: "4K at 120Hz (or 8K at 60Hz) will require DisplayPort 1.3 (which is not a finalised spec yet), and we estimate 1-2 years before there is the DP 1.3 spec, GPU support, and a scalar chip for the LCD electronics that could support this. HDMI 2.0 is only good for 4K at 60Hz".
Not only that, but driving your games at 3840x2160 at 120FPS is going to be an incredible feat for your GPUs. You're going to really need four-way GPUs to get there, so you'd be opting for some very expensive video cards. I still can't wait for silky smooth 4K displays.
I have only just noticed this now, but a few days ago Acer announced the world's first 4K display that is powered by NVIDIA's impressive G-Sync technology, the Acer XB280HK.
Acer's new XB280HK is a 28-inch LED-backlit 4K display with a resolution of 3840x2160, with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology built-in. For those not in the loop with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, it is there to help synchronize the display's refresh rate to the GPU, which completely eliminates screen tearing, reducing display stutter and input lag. This provides a much, much smoother gaming experience. Acer has provided some extra technology goodies for programmers, writers and graphic designers who spend all day looking at their monitor. We have:
- Flicker-less technology - stable power supply eliminates screen flicker particularly beneficial for heavy users by helping to reduce eye strain.
- Low dimming technology - adjust to as low as 15 percent brightness in low light environments to make it easy on the eyes. Standard monitor settings start at 30 percent brightness level.
- ComfyView technology - the non-glare panel reduces reflection from light source.
Acer expects to begin shipping the XB280HK sometime before before June in the US, EMEA, Japan and Taiwan markets.
The 4K era is well and truly underway, with Xiaomi unveiling its new Mi TV 2, an Android-powered, 49-inch 4K TV. The best part about it though, is not that it is 4K-capable, but it is just $640. The only problem here is that Xiaomi won't be releasing it outside of China anytime soon.
Xiaomi's Mi TV 2 is 3D-capable, has a 6.2mm aluminum bezel, and is just 15.5mm thin. The 4K-capable set is so thin that the company had to push the sound system outside of the TV, providing a separate sound bar and subwoofer. Inside of the 49-inch TV is a MediaTek MStar 6A918, which is 1.45GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and the Mali-450 MP4 GPU.
It has 8GB of storage built-in, something that is expandable by microSD card right up to 64GB. Those based in China can place pre-orders starting on May 27, but those across the pond will have to wait for Xiaomi to announce an international version, unfortunately.
ASUS has just unveiled its new PB287Q monitor, which is a 4K-capable display that is priced at just $799. The new monitor is a 28-inch, 4K display, with a resolution of 3840x2160 at 60Hz.
The ASUS PB287Q has 330cd/m2 brightness, 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 1ms grey-to-grey response time and 170/160-degree viewing angles. On the connectivity side of things, we have DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI ports - with one of those being MHL-capable. ASUS has baked in a range of adjustment, with swivel, tilt, pivot and height adjustments as well as VESA mounting capabilities for wall and stand mounting.
ASUS will be pricing the new 4K-capable PB287Q starts at just $799, and is available right now in Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.
A new patent application from Apple has shown up online that is for a new holographic display for devices that allows the user to interact with 3D objects. Those 3D objects appear to flat in the air above the surface of the display. The patent application is titled "Interactive three-dimensional display system" and shows a method that Apple has created that allows the user of a device to manipulate 3D objects with gestures and touch.
The display system that patent app outlines has three major parts. One is a display system that creates a primary 3D image. Another is an optical system to translate that first image into a secondary 3D image that floats in the air. The final part is a sensor that logs user input.
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions has announced that it is installing the largest 4k display in the world at Churchill Downs in the US. Churchill Downs is a horse racing track where the Kentucky Derby is held each year. Panasonic is installing a gigantic 4k screen at the track so that people can see the races up close along with other details.
The giant screen will have 15,224 square feet of space. Overall dimensions of the screen are 171-feet wide by 90-feet tall. Panasonic says that the screen will stand 80 feet off the ground and promises viewing angles that will let anyone in the park get a good view.
Yesterday, we visited the Taiwan-based offices of VIA, where they showed us a massive Video Wall Solution that used 8 x 1080p TVs, pushing enough pixels to easily display 4K content in a very, very unique manner.
VIA is pushing the technology in Taiwan, but will be offering it up to consumers in more countries as time goes on. VIA's Video Wall Solution even has an app that communicates with the screens, where you can send messages or even play games on them. The massive video wall is powered by VIA S3 Graphics, which is shown toward the end of the video.
VIA even goes as far as offering it as a complete solution, where a customer can order a massive display of TVs, with VIA coming in and installing everything for the customer, including custom content to display on the massive Video Wall.
As you can see above, it really is a unique way of showing off video content.
Today the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) and the MIPI Alliance announced the finalization and release of the new Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard version 1.0. DSC is designed to be a low latency, and lossless performance compression standard for today's high-bandwidth video content. DEC has been adopted into VESA's embedded DisplayPort v1.4 and into MIPI Display Serial Interface (DSI) Specification v1.2 technologies.
"VESA recognized the need for display interface compression in mobile devices to extend battery life without compromising visual quality," said Dale Stolitzka, VESA Display Stream Compression Task Group Chairman and member of Samsung Display America Laboratory. "In addition, on-going development of DisplayPort standards, which includes 8K resolution support, foresaw the need for compression because of inherent limits in the existing display interface cables. VESA realized that compression was becoming a common need in the industry, and that a standard compression coding system could meet these common display interface needs."
Sony has announced the pricing for its latest line of Bravia TVs which are 4K-capable, with the entry-level 49-inch model, the XBR-X850B starting off at $2,099.
Moving our way from the 49-inch model, we have the 55-inch XBR-X900B priced at $3,999. The 79-inch model will set you back $8,999 and if you have money that you simply need to burn, you can opt for the 85-inch model for $24,999. Each 4K-capable Bravia TV will be shipping in June. Sony's 4K media player, the FMP-X10, will be getting upgraded, but the company hasn't announced pricing on that just yet.