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Its only been in the last 18 or so months since the release of the iPhone 4 and it's "Retina Display" that smartphone and tablet display resolutions have been a key marketed feature when the products are advertised or sold. Just last month Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S II HD LTE which sported a 4.65-inch 1280x720 display.
It was the first smartphone with a HD (720p) resolution and there are already a few smartphones who have followed, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Optimus LTE. Back in May, Samsung also showed off a 10.1-inch panel capable of 2560x1600, something that we only see on current high-end 30-inch displays.
Toshiba have gone one better, releasing a 6.1-inch LCD with a 2560x1600 resolution. If we're talking pixels per inch (PPI), that's an astounding 495. How does that compare to the best our currently?
Apple's iPhone 4/4S has a 3.5-inch screen with a 960x640 resolution, PPI sits at 329.65. Samsung's Galaxy Nexus sports a 4.65-inch screen at 1280x720 and a PPI of 315.83, then we have Samsung's unreleased Tablet panel with a 10.1-inch screen and the high-res 2560x1600 on-board, PPI sits at 298.9. Toshiba's new fandangled panel is 6.1-inch, 2560x1600 and get this: a PPI of 494.9!
It has just been announced that Sony's PlayStation 3D Display is finally getting released in Australia. The display allows gamers to play split screen games on a full screen via 3D glasses, with the 3D display receiving a limited "test" release in Australia - exclusively through Harvey Norman.
Sony Australia's Michael Ephraim says that this limited launch is to test the market. He goes on to say:
We're going to test it because it is innovative technology. We really wanted to test it before we made a big commitment because it's not like a Memory Stick kind of product, there are long lead times on manufacturing, high price. I can tell you that we will sell it initially exclusively through Harvey Norman. It is Harvey Norman embracing new technology and us having a partner there that we can test it with. If it goes extremely well, we'll keep supporting it. It is a high ticket price item and there is 3D TVs out there, we just want to make sure there's a market for it.
Once upon a time Sony was killing it in the TV market with their beautiful Bravia line, but thanks to increasingly fierce competition from the likes of Korean players Samsung and LG over the past eight years, Sony has been experiencing continuingly declining losses.
This latest report that's come out via Routers certainly doesn't help the situation for Sony, with word that several of its Bravia series LCD TVs manufactured in 2007 and 2008 have been subjected to faulty parts that may cause the TVs to overheat and emitt smoke, or melt certain components inside. Lovely.
While Sony has noted 11 overheating incidents solely in Japan, the company has said in a news release that the faulty parts may affect TV sets sold all over the world, although the majority of the ones in the bad batch were apparently sold in Europe and the U.S.
Samsung's on a roll right now, with the Samsung Advanced Institute of technology having a pretty grand announcement today. They have successfully created "single crystalline Gallium Nitride on amorphous glass substrates", it may sound more Breaking Bad than TV or smartphone, but this achievement allows Samsung to make massive LEDs from normal glass, including, you guessed it, window panes.
Samsung says this scaled-up approach will allow them to not only drop production costs relative to most LED manufacturers, but also result in displays roughly 400 times larger! A Samsung spokseperson said to the Korea Herald "In ten years, window panes will double as lighting and display screens, giving personality to buildings". I'll take a few windows, hmm, and maybe a 300-inch 4096p, 240Hz window TV... thanks, Samsung.
Toshiba's 3840x2160 resolution autostereoscopic (no glasses) 3DTV was announced in Europe at IFA last month, but it has now debuted in Japan during CEATEC. This time, with more details. Toshiba revealed that in lenticular 3D mode, it's limited to an effective resolution of 1280x720, and also showed off the face tracking that automatically optimizes the experience for up to nine simultaneous viewers depending on where they're sitting.
Toshiba also mentioned that there was an optional THD-MBA1 input adapter due out in 2012 and that 4K-res streaming IPTV is currently being tested. The Regza 55X3 will be priced at roughly $10K, which is close to its Euro-specced counterpart when it launches in December. No US launch date is currently known. But, I'll take 3 of them, thank you.
Sony are planning to update their PlayStation 3 to allow it to have support for 4096x2160 (4K) content. It will only be still content, but showing off some super high resolution photos on a 4K-capable screen or projector will look insanely awesome. The firmware update is planned for early 2012 and will let the PS3 support native output of 4K stills. The PlayStation store in Japan already has a PlayView "visual magazine" which supports both 4K and 3D.
This new update will allow any high resolution image to blow up to 4K resolution. Obviously you need a 4K-capable display or projector, but at least if you have the cash to spend on a 4K screen you now have something to use your PS3 for other than gaming and Blu-ray movies.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Staples - 20" Acer S-Series LED-backlit LCD Monitor for $69.99 with FREE Delivery!.
Offer: This is the lowest we've ever seen this monitor! $69.99 gets you this 20" LED-backlit LCD monitor with 1600 x 900 resolution, 12,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, 250 cd/m2 brightness, 5ms response, DVI w/HDCP & VGA inputs, integrated speakers, and a 3 year warranty. FREE next business day delivery is good on this purchase too, if available in your local area, otherwise ground shipping is FREE. Use coupon code: 97303 for the discount. Expires 10/1/11, though they'll probably just run out of stock before then.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Tiger Direct - Element ELGFW551 55" 1080P LCD HDTV for $599 with Free Shipping.
Offer: A great price on a large 55" LCD HDTV that will give you 1080P. Factory refurbished, it looks like even shipping is free for this 86lb TV! At $599, it won't last so get it now.
AOC's USB-powered, 16-inch monitor, the E1649FWU will launch in October. It is slated to cost US$139 and is roughly the size of a 15.6-inch laptop screen which shows that the E1649FWU is very portable. It includes its own retractable stand that allows you to place the monitor in both portrait and landscape modes.The E1649FWU requires just one USB 2.0 input and through that one input draws its power and signal.
It also includes its own USB display adapter built-in which hands that. Illumination is bought to you by LED, resolution wise we have 1366x768, 5ms response time, 50,000,000:1 DCR and up to 250 cd/m² brightness. It is not HDCP-compliant.
Vuzix Wrap 1200VR video eyewear is now out, sporting a simulated 75-inch 3D display at ten feet away in up to 720P HD via its dual monitor setup. The VR bit comes from the included Wrap Tracker 6TC with compass, which enables head-tracking with three degrees of freedom. It also includes drift control which should maintain smooth visuals when you're tilting your head to look at the on-screen action.
The unit is said to work with most Windows-based graphics cards and VGA connections, but if you want to get your VR on the Xbox 360 or PS3, you'll require some adapters. The unit is just $600, which shows that pricing is not actually too bad on these puppies.