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Apple originally had plans to release an ultra-high-definition (UHD) television, but those plans were put aside more than one year ago, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. Instead, the company wants to create online TV service and its set-top box, the Apple TV, rather than create a TV.
The online TV service from Apple is expected to launch prior to the end of the year, and the new Apple TV set-top box should be outlined in June.
Investor Carl Icahn still believes Apple will launch an UHD TV sometime next year, even though Apple executives don't have TV production as a focus. "We view television's role in the living room as a strategically compelling bolt-on to the Apple ecosystem," Icahn said in a letter.
TCL has just announced seven new TCL Roku TVs that will be made available later this month, with three 3800 Design Series models, and four top of the line 3850 Decorator Series models. The new TVs are all 1080p capable, with the 4K versions "still under development" with "more details coming this year".
The TCL Roku TV 3800 Series comes in three different sizes, 32-, 40-, and 50-inch. All three models feature 1080p, with an "advanced 120Hz refresh rate" on the 40- and 50-inch models. The 3800 series "offers a modern design with a quad pedestal stand". As for the 3850 Series, we have four sizes: 32-, 40-, 50-, and 55-inch. All four models in the 3850 Series feature a "metallic gunmetal finish and an all-aluminum quad pedestal stand".
These new TVs feature a personalized home screen that gives you access to a plethora of entertainment sources, including your gaming consoles, cable and satellite boxes and the usual streaming content such as Sling TV, WatchESPN and Netflix. Speaking of Netflix, the streaming giant has donned the new TCL Roku TVs as "Netflix Recommended TVs", as they offer "easy access to Internet TV services, faster performance, and new features that enable a next-generation smart TV experience".
TCL will be releasing the seven new TCL Roku TV models to retailers this May, both in-store and online.
Acer has just unveiled its new XR341CKA, which is a 34-inch curved 21:9 ultra-wide monitor with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. It's the world's first curved monitor to feature NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, too.
The new 34-inch monitor features a resolution of 3440x1440, and should be quite the sight with its IPS panel and 178-degree viewing angles. We have 100% of the sRGB color gamut covered, which will have photographers and video editors checking their wallets. Display input wise, Acer has provided the XR341CKA with DisplayPort, HMDI and a buit-in USB 3.0 hub for the ultimate in convenience.
Acer is pricing the XR341CKA at $1299, and will have it launch in September in the US.
Sony has announced that its super-powered 4K TVs powered by Google's mobile OS will start shipping in May, powered by Sony's impressive X1 processor.
This is Sony's thinnest TV yet, thinner than most smartphones on the market. The company will begin shipping its X900C later this summer in 55-inch and 65-inch versions, with the larger 75-inch X910C arriving shortly after. No prices have been announced for these models just yet. But, there are many other models to choose from.
Sony's X830C will arrive in 43-inch and 49-inch models for $1299.99 and $1599.99, respectively. The X850C comes in three sizes: 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch for $2199.99, $3499.99 and $4999.99, respectively. The X930C model will arrive in a single 65-inch model for $4499.99 while the X940C arrives in a 75-inch model for a whopping $7999.99.
The Android-based sets will arrive as the W800C in 50-inch and 55-inch for $999.99 and $1299.99, respectively. The W850C will be larger with 65-inch and 75-inch for $1899.99 and $2999.99, respectively.
One of our favorite 4K monitors is on sale right now, with the Acer XB280HK available at Newegg for $599, down from its normal price of $899. The Acer XB280HK is a 28-inch 4K monitor that has NVIDIA's G-Sync technology built-in, with our review available right here.
Sure, it's a TN-based panel and not IPS, but for $599 you're getting a silky-smooth 4K monitor if you have the VGA chops to get there. 4K 60FPS isn't too hard these days with a mix of Medium/High details in most games, with Grand Theft Auto V able to hit 4K 60FPS on something like a GeForce GTX 970 without a problem.
You'll need the following promo code "EMCARKW22", which is available until April 22, so get in quick. The code only works for those who are signed up to Newegg's newsletter, so you'll need to sign up for that if you haven't already. If you're already signed up for it, you would've received the e-mail alerting you to the sale, but if you've missed that e-mail, consider this your notice.
HP has just announced its new DreamColor Z32x monitor, a new professional-grade 31.5-inch 4K monitor. What makes the new HP display stand out is that it features an IPS-based display pumping out 3840x2160, or 4K.
The new HP DreamColor Z32x not only features the IPS-based 4K panel, it does so with 10-bit color. We have HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4, as well as a full-sized DisplayPort 1.2 and miniDP 1.2 port. HP has provided an integrated USB 3.0 hub with fast-charging support for mobile devices, such as the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge from Samsung.
HP has also provided picture-in-picture mode that allows owners of the DreamColor Z32x to view feeds from each of the four display inputs, simultaneously. Wrapping up the specs side of things, there's 1000:1 static / 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, an 8ms gray-to-gray response time, and a weight of 23.5 pounds. HP hasn't announced any pricing, but we can be pretty sure it will not be on the cheap side.
It looks like ASUS is backing AMD with its new MG279Q display, which has now been revealed as a FreeSync capable display, reports PC Perspective.
The ASUS MG279Q features a QHD resolution of 2560x1440, an IPS panel, with a 120Hz refresh rate and support for AMD's FreeSync technology. At CES 2015, PC Perspective noticed it as a monitor without FreeSync or G-Sync, but it has now been donned with AMD's variable refresh rate technology. It has a minimum refresh rate of 40Hz, with the maximum hitting 120Hz.
We should expect samples of this display in the coming weeks, with an MSRP of $599.
Curved panels are all the rage right now with Samsung staying on top of the market trend by preparing three new curved PC monitors starting at $299, which will be released later this month.
Starting with the largest 31.5-inch model, we have a 1920x1080 resolution (all three have a Full HD resolution), which is disappointing on the 31.5-inch display. The 31.5-inch curved Full HD monitor will include a 3000mm curve radius and $599 price. The smaller 27-inch panel will have a 4000mm curved radius and $399 price while the 24-inch model will rock a $299 price.
All three curved displays will run at the 1920x1080 resolution with a 60Hz refresh rate, but gamers will have to be careful of all three monitors as they have a 4ms response time.
While 4K isn't exactly mainstream, LG has started talking about 8K and that "the world is turning to 8K". In a press release, the company has teased that 8K is coming, and it'll be here in the coming years.
When the BBC took control of broadcasting the 2012 olympics, they said "Since 8K resolution is the highest resolution that the human eye is capable of seeing, it will put an end to the resolution discussion,' predicting that 'ultimately, 8K images will overtake the market". 8K sees a huge 7680x4320 resolution, pumping out four times the pixels that 4K offers, and 16 times what 1080p provides at 1920x1080.
LG has announced that it has "expanded the UHD lineup and is showing off diverse range of screen sizes with super-high resolution displays such as 8K". The South Korean giant showed off its 98-inch 8K UHD display at CES 2015 earlier this year, but are teasing that they will be making "great strides" into the super-high resolution display era.
Sony has just unveiled its new line of Bravia TVs, with a mix of 4K and 1080p sets that are sure to impress. One of the stand outs from this is the new X9000C from Sony, a new 4K TV that is just 4.9mm thick.
The new X9000C is just 4.9mm thick, making it thinner than most of the smartphones on the market. This gave Sony the huge headline of "the world's thinnest 4K LCD TV" which I'm sure it's going to use to its advantage. Sony's Creative Center Toyko Senior Director, Daisuke Shiono, the X9000C series uses the "Floating Style" suspension design. The company has also stuck to its "seamless" design concept, as you can see in the image above.
Sony's new TV is powered by its own 4K image processing chip: X1. Sony's X1 processor uses elite light-control technology that can "let the audience see the chiaroscuro more significant picture, as if the reality of light and dark portions of the visual effects".