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We knew this was coming, but we didn't want it to happen: rumor has it Panasonic will end its plasma TV production earlier than anticipated, in March of next year. This is less than six months away, and we'll lose the best plasma TV maker in the world.
Sales will continue after March 2014, but only until inventory of the plasma TVs runs out. Panasonic has been bleeding money through fiscal 2012, and is now in talks to sell its plasma TV rights, or it will completely sell off its remaining plasma factory. When this news was presented to me, our own Chris Ramseyer - a huge Panasonic plasma TV fan - simply replied with "NOOOOOOOOOO."
Are you disappointed to hear that Panasonic will no longer be making plasma TVs? Or have you moved onto the world of LEDs, or even OLED TVs?
It looks like Fox News is wanting to create headlines by giving its journalists some truly gigantic 55-inch tablets to work on. You can see them in the image below, with journalists working on the life-sized slates.
I don't know how productive I could be on one of those, and by the looks of things they're running 1080p and not 4K resolutions. It would be great to work on, but I think most people would benefit from the extra screen real estate of 4K versus a massive touchscreen. Remember, not all apps, software and websites work properly on touch screens, or are built for them.
But, it's good to see Fox News going in a new direction here.
AMD GPU14 - Today during the keynote at the GPU14 conference, AMD's Matt Skinner announced that the company has developed a new VESA standard that will automatically stitch 4K monitors together for a more high-end multiple monitor experience.
Skinner said that the new standard was proposed to VESA and was adopted and that it is now supported in AMD Catalyst. Panasonic has already released a display, the Viera, that features the new standard. AMD said that this standard would widely be adopted as the move to 4K progresses.
IDF 2013 - DisplayLink has been amazing the tech world for quite awhile now with its video over USB devices, and they have continued that trend at this year's IDF 2013. Our own Trace Hagan stopped by the DisplayLink to check out their new 4K Ultra HD over USB proof of concept.
In the demo we can see that Displaylink has managed to pass 4K video to a Ultra HD TV from a PC using their Display Link Adapter and a USB 3.0 port. As you can see in the video, DisplayLink was also able to pass the 4K signal (slightly compressed) over a normal USB 2.0 connection as well with very little loss in quality.
One thing that needs to happen to Ultra HD TVs is the price needs to come down to an affordable level so that they go more mainstream, and according to one UK retailer, this should happen within the next twelve months.
Jonathan Marsh Head Buyer at John Lewis spoke exclusively with TrustedReviews, where he said: "We are going to see big steps in 4K next year. At the moment there is a premium associated with 4K and we have seen that since launching the first 4K TVs a couple of months ago. However, as we've seen these technologies mature, they have come down in price and become much more affordable very quickly."
We have already seen numerous TV manufacturers unveil, and release a few 4K-capable TVs, but pricing is still quite high. Once we see some new screen sizes, with the average being 55-inch or so, come down, this will drag the price down with it. Marsh continues: "With more OLED next year, we will new sizes come to the market which will also bring the price point down to a more manageable level. At the moment all the 4K TVs are pretty big and around 55-inches. The natural step is that we will see 46-inch models developed for next year."
It feels like every other week there's a new 'world's first' in the world of largest OLED TVs, but here we are once again. This time we have LG claiming it has the world's largest curved Ultra HD TV.
Just how big does it take for you to be the world's largest these days? 77 inches, that's how big. LG claims the top spot, and better yet its with a 4K-capable set. The South Korean giant hasn't said when this will be hitting store shelves, but if it does, expect it to come at an equally large price.
This is something quite unexpected, but Panasonic has teased it's upcoming WT600 television ahead of IFA 2013 which supports the HDMI 2.0 specification. The Panasonic WT600 is a 65-inch 4K-capable TV, that features HDMI 2.0 which handles 4K at 60FPS.
HDMI 1.4 is only capable of handling Ultra HD resolutions at 30FPS, which is a pathetic frame rate for such a high-resolution display. Panasonic's WT600 TV will also include support for DisplayPort 1.2, as well as 4K specific features such as a web browser, media player, rendering engine and THX certification.
We saw the HDMI Licensing group announce HDMI 2.0 just minutes ago, which has some very nice super-powers, including the aforementioned 4K at 60FPS. Panasonic's press conference is penciled in for later on today, where we should hear more about the WT600.
I'm a huge fan of high refresh rate monitors, with Eizo hitting my radar today with its announcement of the DuraVision FDF2405W display. This new displays cranks out an Anthony-approved 240Hz refresh rate, which is way up and above the 120Hz and 144Hz displays we see on the market.
Eizo does use a trick here though, with the display not actually pumping out 240Hz, but it coverts the 120Hz signals to a higher refresh rate of 240Hz. Eizo says that the conversion process reduces ghosting and blurring, claiming that it "greatly improves sharpness and visibility and reduces eye fatigue that occurs when viewing scrolling or moving images."
Eizo's DuraVision FDF2405W runs a peasant resolution of 1920x1080 (PC master race, put your hands up!) but it does feature a VA panel which should give better image quality than the TN-based 120Hz panels we have today. We're also told to expect 10-bit color over DisplayPort and 8-bit when connected through DVI.
The Eizo DuraVision FDF2405W features 176-degree viewing angles, and arrives in a small, but obviously capable 23.5 inches. No pricing has been announced just yet.
Our friends over at MobileGeek have sent us a tip, and what a tip it is - they're live at Touch Taiwan, checking out the upcoming display technology that we'll see baked into our mobile devices in the coming years.
There's a lot to cover in the video, above, 4.3-inch flexible AMOLED, 960x540 resolution and just 0.2mm thick. AUO is just teasing us here, though, as this is just a technology demo. AUO also showed off a 4.7-inch 720p HD display that is ultra-thin, with the one on the left a display that we would find in a tablet on the market today.
How thin are we talking though? The one on the left, which is a conventional display is just 1.19mm thick, but AUO's tease is a tiny 0.34mm thick - just a third of the thickness of a conventional panel. Then we have AUO pushing out a 512 PPI display running 4.3-inch ultra high-density LTPS display running 1920x1080 pixels. 0.6mm thick at the border, which is beautiful.
Today, Dell announced the launch of three new touchscreen monitors that have been priced to fit within anyone's budget. The Windows 8 friendly displays come in three different sizes, including 19.5 inches, 23 inches, and 27 inches.
The Dell E2014 is a 1600 x 900 pixel, 19.5-inch screen with a 2ms response time and a high dynamic contrast ratio of 8,000,000:1. The monitor features a plethora of connector ports, including DisplayPort, HDMI, VGA, and USB, which allows direct display of content from your smartphone or tablet as well as from other devices.
The Dell P2314T 23-inch and P2714T 27-inch monitors both feature an intuitive 10-point touch experience in Windows 8 on a full HD display. Both monitors feature the same 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio as well as a 178-degree viewing angle. This provides an exceptional viewing experience from virtually any angle.