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Here I am with my modest 55-inch 1080p TV (with a new 65-inch 4K TV on the way) and I'm drooling at this absolutely mammoth 120-inch 4K TV from Vizio.
Vizio is teasing its new 120-inch Reference Series 4K TV with HDR, which will set you back a wallet-busting $130,000. But don't worry, if you can't afford that Vizio sells the Reference Series in a 65-inch model too, with a must more down to Earth pricing of $6000. Both TVs are LED-backlit, Smart UHD TVs with Dolby and DTS sound options.
HP has pulled back the curtain on its newest display: a 32'' 4K monster with FreeSync support that it dubs "Envy." With this addition, AMD says it is now up to 10 partners and 24 displays on the FreeSync front.
HP boasts great viewing angles from nearly anywhere on the Envy, plus state of the art integrated speakers complete with quick access audio controls, heaps of ports, smartphone streaming support, and a remote control.
Envy retails for $499.
Thanks to the power of USB 3.0, AOC has released its first USB-only monitor, the 16" HD Pro USB E1659FWUX-PRO. Said to be powered with DisplayLink technology, this monitor further has a 300 cd/m2 brightness which makes "it the brightest in its class" as pointed out in a recent press release.
This plug and play monitor requires no setup protocols and is compatible with both Mac and PC systems. Designed with travel in mind, AOC has made sure that this monitor is suitable for transport in a suitcase and comes with a carry case of its own.
If you're interested in one of these for yourself, expect to spend $199 from Amazon online.
Sharp's titanic 85-inch 8K TV stands as a momentous leap forward in high-definition tech, but what about condensed 8K models? Apple supplier Japan Display leads the charge with the world's first compact 8K LCD panel, which condenses a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 in a 17.3-inch display.
The 8K module sports a pixel density of 510 pixels-per-inch and has a total of 33,177,600 individual pixels, and an impressive 120Hz refresh rate. Thanks to its wide 176-degree viewing angle, high 2000:1 contrast ratio and minimized color shift, Japan Display affirms the 8K panel can deliver "life-like 8K images with a true sense of depth".
A recent test conducted by the European Union-funded outfit ComplianTV found that Samsung TVs seemed to be more energy efficient under tests than in the real-world, prompting accusations Samsung was gaming the system.
ComplianTV found that the motion lighting feature (which is designed to reduce brightness and thereby energy consumption by activating when motion on screen is detected), is only activated during testing. While they could not prove this was intentional, their report indicated this was most definitely a suspicion.
In order to clean up your workspace a little more, Samsung has announced its SE370 23.6 inch monitor in a recent press release, showcasing the ability to wirelessly charge your smartphone on the monitor's stand.
Further features include a brightness of 300 cd/m2 running through a Plane-to-Line-Switching (PLS) panel, with 178 degree viewing angles being no issue. This 23.6 inch panel also supports AMD FreeSync technology with its 4ms response time.
Although the charging feature is said to be compatible with Windows and Mac OS, a small issue comes with the panel resolution, rated at 1920x1080 only. If you're interested in picking one of these up for yourself, the SE370 is available on Newegg for $249.99.
The new Philips Brilliance 258B6QJEB monitor comes with a 25-inch panel and runs at a WQHD 2560x1440 resolution.
Complete with 178/178 degree viewing angles, a 5ms response time, 350 cd/m2 maximum brightness and dynamic mega-contrast ratio support, this monitor takes input from dual-link DVI, HDMI, D-Sub and DisplayPort connections.
Reports claim that this monitor will debut at $350, but we're not exactly sure just yet. Further featuring no micro-flickering, this 25-inch display comes on a metal stand which lets you adjust the height, tilt, swivel and pivot. As for extra features, expect to spot two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports.
Reports indicate that LG has laid preparations for mass-production of its own foldable display tech that will lead to flexible smartphone screens, curved screen strips in autos, foldable tablet screens and rollable HDTV screens by 2017.
Right now curved displays are seen with wearables like Samsung's Gear S smartwatch and Gear Fit smartbands, but LG is about to take the tech to a whole new level with displays that can be "folded and unfolded more than 100,000 times".
ET News reveals that LG has secured a contract from an unnamed global software company in an effort to "challenge Samsung Electronics' and Apple's strongholds in high-end smartphone market with foldable smartphones". LG has already begun investing huge capital into OLED development facilities in Gumi, Kyeongbuk, and initial shipments are expected to arrive in January 2016. Right now the tech is still in its early stages as proof-of-concept prototypes, and LG is still in the preparation phase.
We're not even comfortable with the 4K TVs that are here, and now we're being teased with 8K TVs throwing an insane 7680x4320 resolution into the mix. Sharp has started teasing its first 8K TV, with an 85-inch 8K TV set to be released next month.
The new 85-inch 8K TV will feature Sharp's IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) backplane, as well as a slew of other technologies. The mammoth 8K TV will be aimed at commercial and specialized applications, including content creation, digital signage, museums, professional, military, healthcare, and other industries.
But what about 8K content, you ask? Good question. NHK will begin broadcasting 8K super hi-vision content sometime in 2018, which is when we're to expect consumers to start snapping up 8K TVs. But, outside of that, we have no idea what type of content there will be for 8K TVs, as gaming is going to require an insane amount of horsepower to drive that resolution. But with technologies like NVIDIA's Pascal architecture right around the corner, as well as the shrink down to 16nm and HBM2, we should be good as gold.
Sony has announced that its expanding its high dynamic range (HDR) update, something that will reach more of its 4K TVs in the coming months.
The HDR upgrade was originally planned for the X930C and X940C, but now Sony has announced it for the X850C, X900C and X910C. If you've got one of those 4K-capable TVs from Sony, you'll soon be able to enjoy better colors, greater contrast and more details in both highlights and shadows. Sony knows this update is mostly thrown away without the right content, so they've got a plan for that.
If you happen to buy one of these HDR-powered 4K TVs, "for a limited time" Sony will offer $100 in HDR-enabled Sony movies from Amazing Video. These include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Fury. Amazon's original shows will also be played back in HDR, so while there's not much in the form of HDR content, there's always the new Ultra HD Blu-ray players.