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I'm still looking forward to unboxing my first 4K, or Ultra HD, display, but until then I can only dream. But, during SIGGRAPH this week, Dell unveiled their new UltraSharp 32.
Dell's UltraSharp 32 is a 32-inch 4K-capable display that features an IGZO-based 3840x2160 display. Beautiful. Dell has opted for an aluminum stand, which replaces their usual plastic-based stand in previous models. The usual height adjustment is at play, and the UltraSharp 32 is jam-packed full of display inputs.
We have miniDisplayPort ports, HDMI, a built-in USB hub and an SD card reader. Dell haven't told us how much we can expect it to suck from our bank accounts just yet, but we should all prepare for Q4 of this year, just in time for the holidays.
Samsung to launch their 55-inch curved OLED TV in the US this week, close your eyes and hand over $15,000
If you've got a spare $15,000 laying around, and let's face it, who hasn't these days* then you should consider buying Samsung's 55-inch curved OLED TV that is set to launch in the US this week.
The South Korean electronics giant are set to send the 55-inch curved OLED HDTV to "select dealers" in the United States this week. One of which will be New York-based Value Electronics, who says their shipment is already on its way. Prepare your credit cards, folks, because $15,000 for a single TV is quite insane.
*ultimate form of sarcasm.
LG has been one of the leading innovators of flat-panel display technology since their inception and now the company has just put everyone else to shame by unveiling the world's slimmest full HD panel for handsets.
The display panel measures that just a mere 2.2 mm thick with an unbelievably small 2.3 mm bezel and overall size of 5.2 inches diagonal. This display has conveniently surfaced just in time for LG's upcoming Optimus G2, which looks to be sporting a micro thin bezel in all of the leaked images we have seen.
The display features a full HD 1920x1080 pixel resolution, and LG says that the display is poised to provide excellent visibility under strong sunlight conditions. The new display is designed around LG's Advanced One-Glass-Solution technology.
Something I loved at Computex this year was ASUS' 31.5-inch 4K monitor, the PQ321Q. We even thought it was so good that we gave it our 'Best of Computex 2013' award for best gadget. It is priced at $3,499 but features the pixel-crushing 3840x2160 resolution, blowing most displays out of the water for screen real estate.
ASUS' PQ321Q features a 140PPI pixel density, and uses Sharp's IGZO technology, or Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide. IGZO have some great benefits, such as higher image quality compared to normal LCD's, all while using less power. IGZO also has each transistor in the display be made smaller, which allows for higher pixel density, and thinner screens.
The ASUS PQ321Q is 35mm thick at its deepest point, not counting the stand, which ASUS say is the thinnest wallmountable 4K display on the market. We have a 176-degree viewing angle, 10-bit color depth, 350 cd/m2 brightness rating, 8ms GTG response time and built-in speakers. DisplayPort and HDMI are on the PQ321Q for connectivity.
Toshiba showed off their Ultra HD TV's back at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this year, promising we'd see them in the summer. Well, Toshiba are back, unveiling their new 4K TV's for an August launch.
Toshiba will start with the 58-inch model, which will retail for $4,999 with the 65-inch model bumping the price up to $6,999. If you're wanting the biggest and baddest one, the 84-inch 4K-capable TV from Toshiba will set you back $16,999. All three 4K screens will include Toshiba's Resolution Restoration, which upscales content of non-4K content so that it looks better on the higher resolution TV.
The company's line of 4K screens are powered by CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core Processors, with Surface Brilliance Enhancement and Color Gamut Enhancement. 240Hz refresh will be on offer using ClearScan with the sets also boasting Color and Depth Adaptive Resolution+ which will provide better images and colors on the TV.
I really want an Ultra HD TV and Sharp may have just unveiled something I might truly be interested in. A THX-certified, 70-inch 4K display that costs $8,000. This is a lot, especially compared to Seiki sets, but THX certification isn't just handed out to any device.
Sharp says that this new device will arrive in mid-August, and wdill include four HDMI inputs that accept native 4K, two USB ports, an SD card reader and it will all arrive in a beautiful ultra-thin frame that allows the 70-inch beast to take up the same space as a normal 65-inch set.
Just a couple of months ago Seiki reached headlines across the Internet by offering a 50-inch 4K TV for just $1299, but now they're back with an even better deal.
How does a 39-inch 4K TV for $699 sound? Oh, you've already taken to Google to find out where to get it and haven't read anymore? This TV is really just a 1080p, 120Hz-capable TV that just so happens to handle 4K content, too. The company are also promising a 65-inch 4K TV in the fall, for those who want something bigger, and better.
Apple's Thunderbolt display stock runs short at third-party retailers, could we be seeing an updated model soon?
Apple product stock at third-party retailers typically dwindles ahead of a refresh, though it's not such a good indicator when dealing with a low-volume product such as Apple's Thunderbolt displays. However, it's somewhat likely that Apple will unveil an updated Thunderbolt display alongside the updated MacPro when it launches later this year.
According to a report by MacTrast, supply is running short at various third-party retailers. One retailer even said that Apple is no longer allowing them to purchase new stock, which would strongly indicate an updated model. With plenty of 4K talk during WWDC, it's pretty likely that a new Thunderbolt display would feature a 4K resolution.
While this is no guarantee of a new model, it seems quite likely that there will be a new model coming this fall. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for any rumors or news relating to a new Thunderbolt display from Apple.
Sony Australia have today announced the local pricing for two new LCD models which join the growing range of 4K resolution displays.
Whilst the previously released 84" X9000 series Bravia retains its wallet busting $24999 price tag, the new, smaller models come in at a far more affordable (in comparison) price range. The 55" X9000 series Bravia will retail at $5999 and the larger 65" X9000 model will retail at $8999 when they go on sale in the next few weeks.
Sony are also offering a pack of eight Sony Pictures "Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray titles to 4K Bravia purchasers, consisting of the following titles: Angels & Demons, Battle: Los Angeles, Ghostbusters, The Karate Kid (2010), The Amazing Spider-Man, Spiderman, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012).
Computex Taipei 2013 - Ok, so here I was at Computex thinking that I saw it all with a few multi-monitor setups, but we walked into the Sapphire room at Computex and they had a mind- and wallet-blowing 18-monitor setup.
The 18 monitors were running from three FirePro W9000 graphics cards, and it truly is a sight to behold. Seeing that many monitors setup together running from a single system was glorious, and makes me jealous of it. How do you think gaming would be on that many monitors? It would be hard, but it would look truly incredible and you'd probably get 3 FPS, too.