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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.
Japan Display Inc. have some very cool new LCD technology that embraces natural light in favor of the current backlight found in LCDs. The natural light will illuminate on-screen images, but in complete darkness they can't be viewed at all.
The way it works is a light control layer gathers light from the environment, and then reflects it back to the user. Monochrome images are produced by the liquid crystal shutter, combining that with filters to generate color images that look a little like paper.
There are limitations, though, with the 7-inch prototype ready for mass production sporting a 1024x768 resolution but only covers a slither of the NTSC color gamut, 5% to be precise. There's a second prototype that is still being worked on, which covers much more of the NTSC color gamut, ramping it up to 36%. This display comes with a lower resolution of 1024x576 and is less reflective, offering dimmer images.
Both screens have 30:1 contrast ratios and only consume 3 milliwatts when producing images. The refresh rate should be fine for video, too.
Windows 8 is mere hours away, and now we have Dell announcing theri 23-inch S2340T display. The Dell S2340T sports a 1920x1080 resolution, flexible positioning (take that as you will), with an articulated stand, supporting up to 10 points of simultaneous multitouch, all on an edge-to-edge glass panel.
We're looking at a 23-inch, VIS display with LED backlight, a 1920x1080 resolution at 60Hz and a 178-degree viewing angle. Filling out the number side of things, we have an 8,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. DisplayPort and HDMI connectivity are on offer for inputs.
The S2340T does have one requirement that most monitors don't have: it needs to be connected to a USB3.0 port to enable the touchscreen. The monitor itself provides more USB3.0 ports on-board, Gigabit Ethernet, a headphone port and microphone port. Dell's S2340T needs Displaylink's multitouch driver for functionality to enable, and the S2340T is not Mac-compatible right now, but will be in the future through a drive update.
Dell's S2340T is available right now for $700.
For a while we've been hearing more and more about 4K technology, but it was known as just that '4K'. Well, the Consumer Electronics Associations decision has bought forth an official rebranding of 4K to "Ultra High-Definition".
Sony has said it "lauds the CEA's efforts", but will continue using "4K" for its current products and will brand their future 4K-based devices as "4K Ultra High-Definition (4K UHD)". Sony are set to use their own branding in order to "ensure clarity for consumers and delineate between today's and tomorrow's technology". Sony's full statement:
Just a quick note to let you know that as a leader at the forefront of new display technology such as HD, 3D and beyond, Sony lauds the CEA's efforts to come up with a common language to describe the next generation high-definition technology. However, to ensure clarity for consumers and delineate between today's and tomorrow's technology, Sony will continue to use the 4K moniker for its products and will market its future products as 4K ultra high-definition (4K UHD).
Samsung have just announced that they have inked a deal with streaming music and discovery service Spotify, where they'll see the launch of a new application for Samsung's Smart TV, Blu-ray player and home theater systems later on this year.
Getting Spotify onto the Samsung Smart TV, Blu-ray player or HT system will be quite simple, as all you'll need to do is have your device connected to the Internet and then just download the Spotify app and log-in. Premium Spotify subscribers will get the extra benefits of being able to see all of their playlists and more, and Spotify have also adjusted the application to work on the big screen.
Dan Saunders, Director of Content Services, Samsung Electronics Europe says:
Great music demands great sound quality. With the new Spotify app, people no longer need to fuss about connecting cables from their laptop or tablet to Hi-Fi equipment. Spotify for Samsung Smart TVs and home theatre systems brings Spotify's huge music library directly into your living room.
I still haven't had the pleasure of trying out Sony's head-mounted 3D visor, the HMZ-T1, but the Japanese company has just announced the second-gen followup, HMZ-T2. HMZ-T2 will feature most of the same specs as its predecessor, save for a few changes.
HMZ-T2 will include a lighter total weight, redesigned head strap for improved comfort - one of things complained about in the first-gen model, ear buds instead of headphones, plus 24p support as well as a "Clear" panel drive mode for fast-moving content such as games, and action movies.
The original HMZ-T1 cost $799 in the US, but the HMZ-T1 is launching in Japan with a price of 70,000 yen, or around US$894. It was unveiled at IFA in Berlin, and will be teased again at the Tokyo Game Show. I'm really keen to check it out, but the 720p feels really restrictive to me. It would be nice if they sported 120Hz displays inside - but I'm clearly dreaming here, aren't I?
Sony unveiled their 84-inch 4K-capable Bravia TV last week at the IFA trade show in Berlin, dubbed Bravia KD-84X900. At the time of reporting, there was no pricing on the 4K set, nor was there a release date mentioned, but things have changed since then.
Sony have unveiled the pricing on the beast of a TV, set at $25,000. It sounds expensive, but consider two things: it's 84 inches, and it's 4K-capable. Sony won't be pushing this thing out in the coming weeks, rather it will be released sometime in November. Key features on the set:
- 84-inch, 4K LCD Panel
- Dynamic edge lit, LED backlighting
- Three-chip, 4K X-Reality Pro picture engine
- 4K upscaling
- 10 Unit Live Speaker System
- Passive Full HD 3D Capable
- Network connectivity, including the full Sony Entertainment Network suite of services
Hot on the heels of competitor LG and the announcement of their 84-inch 4K-capable TV, Sony have just unveiled their own 4K beast. Sony's offering has been dubbed the Bravia KD-84x9005.
Quite the strange model number, and it should be a long time before we see disc- or streaming-based 4K services. This means doshing out the kind of money on this TV is going to be mainly bragging rights, or if your PC can handle pushing out the 3,840x2,160 resolution, in playable frame rates. We should expect Sony's Bravia KD-84x9005 in Q4 2012.
I'm more than happy for LG or Sony to send me out one of these TVs, and I'll test out as much high-res stuff as they want. Can you imagine three of these in Eyefinity or Surround Vision? I'm pretty sure I just heard my GPU smash out of the side window of my 800D and run for the hills, rightfully so.