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Consumers searching for high-definition TVs have a lot of affordable choices to choose from, though organic LED (OLED) technology will still take a few more years of development for prices to drop. The technology has looked quite impressive due to a higher resolution and is brighter than rival TV formats, but the technology is still too expensive to roll out in mass production.
"I'm really, really terribly sorry to say this, but it will take more time... I believe it will take around three to four years," said HS Kim, Samsung VP for visual display, during a recent interview.
During the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), HDTV and 3DTV technologies were on full display all over the Las Vegas Strip. Many companies demoed impressive OLED technology, but most product launch dates and price tags will keep casual customers thinking of other options. However, as Kim predicts, a lower price tag and further technology advancements over the coming years will help drive demand in the future.
Meanwhile, Kim also has full faith in the ultra-HD format and believes 4K TV adoption will happen quicker than we think.
4K was a huge draw card to this year's Consumer Electronics Show, and one of the company's standing proud with Ultra HD was Samsung. The South Korean giant is confident in the high-resolution TV business.
The executive vice president of the company's visual display business, HS Kim, has said that pricing on 4K TVs will drop, and consumer adoption will rise much quicker than we think. This time last year, Samsung had three 4K TVs, but now the electronics giant has 10 models ranging from 50 inches, to an insane 110 inches.
Industry experts estimate that we will see under 500,000 4K sets sold this year, versus just 60,000 last year. Kim noted that the TV upgrade cycle is around six years right now, but his company wants to bring more value to its TVs, so that consumers will be tempted to replace them every 4-5 years instead.
CES 2014 - Even though I wasn't at CES 2014, I kept in touch with DisplayLink's Director of Marketing, Andy Davis, all the way from my house in Australia, where he bought me up to speed on some of the technologies his company was showing off at CES 2014.
One of the more important things Displaylink showed off was its new DL-3950 USB 3.0 docking chipset. The new chipset contains fully integrated dual-head video, which can support two full 2560x1600 displays. Not only that, but we also have Gigabit Ethernet, 5.1-channel sound, and DisplayLink's magic: dynamic compression.
DisplayLink also unveiled its new DL-5000 family of chips, with the DL-5500 launching at CES 2014. The DL-5500 allows users with existing DisplayLink-enabled setups to add a 4K monitor to their setup. This helps immensely going into the future, with 4K being a massive dot point of this year's CES. DisplayLink can run this technology over USB 2.0, which goes to show just how impressive its technology really is.
Chinese electronics company Hisense used the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as a springboard to unveil the next-generation of high-definition TVs. The company unveiled its ULED Series 4K Ultra HDTV, which has been on the CES show floor being compared to current OLED models. Hisense ULED TVs will begin to launch in China by the end of February, with global release expected later in 2014.
In 2013, the company sold around 2 million TV and tablets to the U.S. market, which is expected to increase up to 3 million units this year, according to Chinese media reports.
HDTVs from Samsung, Sony, LG, and other established companies are developing feature-rich, higher-end TV models - but there is continued demand for lower-priced, entry-level products. Companies such as TCL and Hisense have a great opportunity to capture a large consumer market purchasing HDTVs for extra rooms.
CES 2014 - BenQ has announced a new monitor that will have serious gamers interested, the new RL2460HT. BenQ's RL2460HT monitor features the company's RevolutionEyes technology, which helps gamers' eyes during massive gaming sessions.
The new display is specifically optimized for real-time strategy (RTS), and first-person shooters (FPS). BenQ specifically mentions Call of Duty: Ghosts, MOBA-style games like StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, League of Legends, and of course, Defense of the Ancients 2 (DotA 2), and even Mortal Kombat. Let's move onto specs, with the BenQ RL2460HT starting off as 24-inch monitor, which comes courtesy of its TN-based panel with "virtually no input lag" and "industry-leading 1 ms response time".
We have integrated speakers, two HDMI inputs, DVI, VGA, and SmartScaling for pro-gamers, which allows them to customize their screen viewing area for optimal viewing performance. BenQ has an ETA of Q1 2014 for its new RL2460HT, and a retail price of $249.
High-definition TV manufacturer Vizio showed off more than just TVs during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), introducing a new 24" all-in-one PC and a thin mobile device. Both ship with 1080p HD touchscreen displays, with the AIO also including a remote control, dual HDMI inputs, wireless keyboard, and multi-gesture touchpad.
Meanwhile, the Thin + Light has a 15.6" touchscreen, 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, yielding a think laptop profile with up to 7.5 hours of battery life. A 4th-generation Intel Core i7 CPU and onboard Intel Iris Pro Graphics form factor provide a surprising amount of hardware to power the laptop.
"Vizio continues to push the performance envelope in terms of personal computing," said Matt McRae, Vizio CTO, in a statement. "The 15.6" Thin + Light Touch and 24" All-in-One Touch models feature significant upgrades to the highest performance processors and wireless technologies."
Vizio is best known as a budget HDTV manufacturer, though expanding its product catalog with a focus on AIOs and the mobile market is a unique idea.
CES 2014 - Dell has just announced a new 4K-capable monitor, the beautiful looking P2815Q. Dell's P2815Q features an IPS LED panel with the 4K resolution of 3840x2160, and comes in at a perfect 28 inches in size.
Better yet, the P2815Q is height-adjustable, and can rotate, too. Dell hasn't unveiled the full specs of its new P2815Q, so we don't know whether to expect the world from Dell, or to keep our expectations in check, after all it's priced at just $699. The now private company will start selling the P2815Q on January 23, after which I'll be buying one and you can come to us for a review on yet another 4K display.
CES 2014 - We are barely getting 4K displays onto our shelves and hearts, but it seems that the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 is all about showing off not only 4K TVs, but 8K TVs, too.
Samsung has now joined the fun, showing off an incredible concept TV, measuring in at a mammoth 98 inches, and a resolution of 7680x4320. This is enough pixels to finally bury that annoying 'Retina' label, but unfortunately, we won't see this TV, or anything like it, for quite some time yet. Even if they were out, the price would hurt you more than the amount of pixels being crammed onto it.
CES 2014 - Vizio teases its new P-Series of 4K-capable TVs yesterday, but we didn't know the pricing on these new Ultra HD TVs, until now. Vizio will be pricing its 50-inch 4K P-Series TV at just $1,000.
The bigger screens will cost an additional $400 for every size bigger, until it reaches $2,600 for the 70-inch beast. Considering House of Cards' season season is being streamed by Netflix in 4K, it might be high time that you acquire that Ultra HD TV now, hey?
CES 2014 - NVIDIA's G-Sync has been getting all the headlines lately, with its refresh rate technology helping gamers achieving under 60FPS to feel like they're achieving more, smoothly.
AMD hasn't been sitting around doing nothing, with the chipmaker unveiling its new FreeSync technology at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. AMD purchased two retail Toshiba Satellite Click notebooks to show off the technology, with no modifications performed to the notebooks.
The biggest hurdle for NVIDIA is that G-Sync requires gamers to purchase a specific monitor, or to already own a specific monitor which is capable of having the G-Sync module installed. AMD's FreeSync on the other hand, does not have this limitation - opening it up to magnitudes more gamers and consumers alike.
We will definitely have more on AMD's FreeSync in the coming weeks and months.