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CES 2013 - Sony really are loving their 4K gear at CES, as we talked about earlier, but they also had a huge announcement for this years' CES. That announcement is 4K and OLED in one, gorgeous TV.
Sony's new 56-inch 4K-capable OLED TV sports a native 3840x2160 OLED panel, with a prototype on display in the CES halls. Sony are showing off their own "oxide semiconductor TFTs" and "Super Top Emission" technologies, but aren't talking much else about what cranks along inside the set.
There's no mentions of contrast ratios, refresh ratio, thickness, power draw or any of the other things that number whores like myself love. We shouldn't be too surprised by this announcement - but the 4K and OLED world are moving along quicker a lot quicker than I thought it would twelve months ago.
CES 2013 - Gorilla Glass first launched in 2007 and has since found its way into over a billion products - yes, it has grown incredibly quickly in just a handful of years. Gorilla Glass 2 launched which sported the same amount of protection, while using 20% less material.
Gorilla Glass 3 sports a new Native Scratch Resistance tech, which dents and deforms rather than cracking and splintering like other screens do - I'm looking at you, iPhone. Damage is said to be 40% less visible and features a 40% increase in its structural stability. This will give users with GG3 a safe haven from things in your pocket scratching your GG3-based screen, or help it not smash from a drop.
CES 2013 - Ultra HD 4K TVs are all the rage this year, and will continue to be so until 1080p becomes the VHS of yesteryear - the quicker, the better in my opinion. I'm a resolution whore, and Toshiba have come out teasing their new L9300 series of Ultra HD 4K TVs.
The L9300 series is lead by the 84-inch model, but the series also includes a 58-inch model, as well as a 65-inch set. Toshiba's range of Ultra HD 4K TVs sport their own CEVO 4K Quad + Dual Core Processor, which converts standard 1080p content up to the 4K resolution, all without any artifacts.
The included dual-core processor is capable of grabbing 1080p content, upscaling it to near-4K, all without losing too much of the image quality, if any at all. Toshiba's new L9300 range of TVs also use the company's new Cloud TV platform which gives users access to features like Skype calls, personal messaging, family event calendar and streaming news.
Well, I can safely say this is something that I didn't see coming - but kinda wished would happen. According to a very vague post over on the company's Samsung Tomorrow blog, the South Korean electronics giant are teasing the world with what seems to be a translucent portrait TV.
Samsung also teases "a true innovation of TV design is coming up with a unprecedented new TV shape and timeless design". Nothing more than this is shown to us, but this is enough to get tongues wagging, that's for sure.
Samsung usually teases prototype designs at CES, where they've previously unveiled a 55-inch OLED and 70-inch 4K Ultra HD display. Could Samsung release a portrait TV? Could it have wireless display options for Galaxy smart devices which would throw the image from your smart device up to a huge TV? Could this be the future of multi-monitor gaming in portrait? That's how I roll, and I love it. Give me some super low latency, 120Hz TVs and I'll yell "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY".
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.