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It looks like the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month is going to be huge for Ultra HD (4K) tech, with LG announcing that they are going to be showing off their 55-, 65- and 84-inch sets at the trade show.
These sets all sport FPR passive 3D technology built-in, and we'll also see the South Korean company unveil a 30-inch 4K monitor, a 5.5-inch 1080p screen destined for smartphones, a 7-inch 1920x1200 tablet display and finally, a new QSXGA panel which provides us with 2560x1700 pixels crammed into laptop-destined screens of just 12.9 inches.
We should also expect some new monitors, with the company set to unveil a 23.8-inch monitor which will enter its Neo-Blade Series. This screen will be a 13.3-inch laptop screen with a tiny 2mm bezel. We'll also see a 4.7-inch mobile screen with a 1mm thick bezel. LG are also expected to do some tweaks to their OLED displays where we should see an ultra light and thin design which weighs just 3.5kg and is just 4mm thick.
Google TV hasn't quite taken over the world, but it looks like more TVs are going to be released next year with partner LG stepping up to the plate announcing new sets.
The South Korean electronics giant have current Google TV-powered sets in both 47- and 55-inch models but will expand this range to offer five different sizes. The new sizes will be 42-, 50- and 60-inch options. LG haven't stopped there, either, they've also updated the design of the TVs, too, giving them a thinner bezel and new support legs.
LG's new TVs will ship with Google TV 3.0, as well as built-in OnLive support. LG will bring their new Google TV 3.0-powered TVs to CES 2013, so it'll only be a few weeks until we get some hands-on time with them.
We have been hearing about flexible displays for years now. It seems that every display company sees these as the future of mobile display technology. Up until now the claims have been mostly vaporware and prototypes only found inside labs. Samsung has announced that they will be showing off a 5.5 inch flexible display at CES 2013.
The display will most likely not be featured in any device releases in the near future, but the 720p prototype will be sure to grab the attention of all who get to see it in person.
We are going to take a chance and say that the display is OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) based, but we could be wrong. We want to hear from you on this whole flexible screen idea. Do you think that we will one day be able to roll up our smart phones and place them in our pockets?
Philips have done some teasing of a customizable LED tech for your bedroom, but now they're back with some teases of other white light - OLED - which enables a whole surface to emit light instead of just a point.
Philips' Dietmar Thomas has said "So for the first time, people don't need a system to spread the light, the system is, so to say, built in". Thomas showed off a prototype for an OLED window that is see-through during the day, but at night is capable of lighting up.
Better yet, Philips say that the products you see in the video are actually made of commercially-available components. Unfortunately, the prices are still high at around $556 for a 3-panel starter kit, which are going to push most people away for now. But, Thomas is confident that within the next five-or-so years, we'll see prices drop to mass market levels, "so everyone can buy OLED systems at Ikea, for example".
Westinghouse are teasing a huge new product for 2013 that we should hear more about in just over a month's time at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. Westinghouse are touting a huge 110-inch 4K LED TV, which is much bigger than the 84-inch sets we still can't afford.
Westinghouse aren't providing any more details on the set, but have said that there will be more "surprises" in store. So, if the 84-inch 4K TVs weren't impressive enough, or big enough, it looks like Westinghouse have your back with 110 inches. We should see, and report on, this TV at CES 2013 in January.
What do you think of this size? You'd need a gigantic room to house it in, but oh boy would it look amazing.
Sharp have just announced a beautiful new screen, dubbed the PN-K321. The PN-K321 is built for professionals in mind, sporting a 4K resolution (3840x2160) as well as HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity.
Sharp has some bragging rights with the PN-K321 in the way that they claim it is the industry's thinnest frame, measuring in at just 35mm thick. We should expect a price of around 450,000 yen, or around $5500. The 4K-capable 32-inch monitor is to debut in February 2013, so it should be flashing itself around at CES in Las Vegas in January next year.
It's great that we're finally see desktop-bound 4K-capable screens in a decent size, just 32-inch, and not 85-inch like the huge HDTVs lately. At $5500 - it's also priced decently. 30-inch monitors were around $3000-$3500 when they debuted, so this is not that far out from those prices, for a much higher-res screen. I want one, no, three of them.
AOC's latest display, the i2367fh, is a 23-inch monitor sporting advanced high-performance In-Plane Switching (IPS) technology. Best of all, it features a bezel surrounding the display that measures just 2mm thick.
The i2367fh has a 50,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio which gives better picture quality, higher definition, and improved color accuracy. Connectivity wise, it features an integrated HDMI port, and built-in speakers, eliminating the need for any form of external audio.
AOC's i2367fh is capable of driving Full HD 1920x1080, with up to 16.7 million colors. A 5ms response time is featured, as well as Screen+ software which lets users split the screen into four different viewing panes - great for security, poker players, or stock traders. AOC's i2367fh is priced at $190 on Amazon, but is currently sold out.
It looks like Sony are really pushing their new 4K TV, the XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV - which is set to not leave first adopters twiddling their thumbs without 4K content when they drop over $20k on a new 4K TV. Ray Hartjen from Sony jumped on the company's blog to address some consumers concerns over the new 4K resolution-specific features that will ship with the new TV.
The new TV will feature three chipsets that will help give the X-Reality PRO picture engine the extra juice it requires to upscale today's programming to close to 4K quality, this includes even your collection of current Blu-rays that you already own. It does get better, much much better - in that the new Sony XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV will include the world's first 4K Ultra HDTV delivery solution.
The new TV will come pre-loaded with native 4K content, and won't be just some flyover demos of a forest, but would be full-length Hollywood productions, available only to those who purchased this specific TV. There's no exact details of what content to expect, or what 4K delivery solution will be deployed, so we'll have to wait a little while longer to find out. Sony's 84-inch Ultra HDTV sports a resolution of 3840x2160, and has been up for pre-order since September for the wallet-busting price of $25,000.
We've already seen LG, Toshiba and Sony all announce 4K TVs, but now Samsung are teasing that they are set to unveil their own 4K set at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas.
Samsung haven't offered much details on the new Ultra High-Definition TV, but we know that it will be an 85-inch set, and the South Korean device maker has branded the display as "the world's largest commercialized UHD LED TV", sporting more than eight million pixels and "life-like picture quality".
No price range or ETA has been unveiled, but if it's anything like last year's CES where Samsung debuted their 55-inch Super OLED display, it might not even reach the market at all. I doubt that, as 4K TVs should explode in popularity next year - let's just hope that next-gen consoles can pump up resolutions to 4K.
If you've been waiting for a new monitor and would like something with an ultra widescreen, well, LG's latest product just might suit your needs. The Korean company have just released their new EA93 ultra widescreen monitor.
The LG EA93 monitor sports a 29-inch IPS panel, with a cinema-inspired 21:9 aspect ratio backed up by a 2560x1080 resolution. LG have included dual 7-watt speakers all while keeping that ultra-slim bezel.
Connectivity wise, we have a DVI-D dual port, two HDMI ports, three USB 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort and audio in/headphone out jacks. One of the included HDMI ports is MHL compatible so that you can hook up supported mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones. LG includes some software that is capable of splitting the screen into four separate quadrants, if that's something you're after.