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LG Electronics has announced it will begin selling the first 4K OLED TVs, supporting 3840 x 2160 resolution in 77- and 65-inch screen sizes. Pre-orders will be accepted in Korea starting this week, with North America and Europe targeted next, according to a press release from the company. OLED TVs should overtake LCD sales in the next few years, but it seemed unlikely that companies would be interested in mass producing 4K OLED TVs.
"LG 4K OLED TV is the pinnacle of technological achievement and a new paradigm that will change the dynamics of the next generation TV market," said Hyun-hwoi Ha, LG Home Entertainment President and CEO, in a press statement. "As the next evolutionary step in display technology, OLED will play a major role in reshaping our industry. I feel confident when I say that 4K OLED is a bona fide game changer."
Both Sony and Panasonic showed off 4K OLED units during CES in 2013, but the TVs didn't enter production - LG hopes its "game changer" TV models will shake things up a bit - but 4K OLED will be expensive to manufacture and cost consumers a pretty penny. Instead, Sony and Panasonic have 4K LED TV units available to early adopters.
Early next month IFA 2014 kicks off, where LG will unveil its new 34-inch curved ultrawide display. The LG 34UC97 has a 21:9 aspect ratio, with a QHD resolution of 3440x1440.
LG's new curved ultrawide monitor is compatible with both PC and Mac, with two Thunderbolt connections, a 7W speaker system, and should handle virtually anything you throw at it. LG will also be showing off other displays at the trade show, with a 31-inch 4K monitor to be unveiled. Another display will be a 144Hz-capable monitor that should be aimed at the gaming market.
A perfect use for these new 34-inch curved ultrawide monitors is in a multi-monitor setup, as you can see above, where it would provide a truly awesome experience. Now, where's my wallet?
We all know that looking at your smartphone while you are driving is dangerous and can lead to an accident. There are a lot of gadgets out there designed to help drivers be safer and not look at a smartphone while on the road. A new device has surfaced called Navdy and it gives your car a heads up display sort of like a fighter jet.
Navdy is able to put maps, messages, calls, and apps on your dashboard and will start shipping in early 2015. The device is available for a pre-order price of $299 with the full retail price for the gadget set at $499. Navdy sits on the dash and projects images onto a 5-inch flip up screen.
The projector used is 40 times brighter than an iPhone screen making it easy to view in direct sunlight. The projected image appears to float 6-feet in front of the driver. Pairing with your smartphone is done via Bluetooth 4.0 and answering a phone call is done by waving a finger in front of the screen. Navdy runs customized Android 4.4 and has 8GB of internal storage, it will work with iOS 7 and up and Android.
We've already seen Samsung launch its behemoth of an Ultra HD TV in its 105-inch $120,000 screen, but now fellow South Korean rival LG has launched its new 105-inch 4K TV, too.
LG is calling its unit a 5K TV, as it runs a resolution of 5120x2160, with something LG calls CinemaScope 21:9 aspect ratio. We're looking at nearly the same price as the Samsung unit, driving up into a price of $117,000 - so this is for the rich and famous, or the 1%. It has an integrated speaker which makes it better value for money, and yes I'm kidding with that last part about it being better value for money with the integrated speaker.
Samsung has released a behemoth of a new TV, measuring in at a truly gigantic 105 inches. The new TV is 4K-capable, and retails for for a price that puts it into the 1% category: $120,000.
For $120,000 you're getting yourself a 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV that features a higher-than-4K resolution of 5120x2160. This provides the new 105-inch TV with an aspect ratio of 2.39:1. The usual Ultra HD resolution of 3840x2160 provides the standard 16:9 ratio, but this new Smart UN105S9 TV from Samsung features an even wider aspect ratio than the 'true 4K' resolution of 4096x2160 (1.9:1).
The expensive, but luxurious TV is capable of delivering your content in 3D, too. But with next to no 4K-capable 3D content available, right now this feature is a little useless. We have four HDMI 2.0 ports that are capable of 4K support at 60FPS and a bundled 1TB HDD from Samsung that includes some 4K content.
Flexible electronics is a goal that many companies have been working towards for years. Not only will flexible electronics allow new form factors to be developed, they should also survive drops and bumps better since they can flex. LG has unveiled a new flexible display that measures 18-inches and uses OLED tech.
The display is flexible enough that it can be rolled up and placed inside a cardboard tube to take with you on the go. The 18-inch flexible screen has a resolution of 1200 x 810 and almost 1 million pixels. It can be rolled into a radius of 3cm without doing any damage to the screen.
One important factor about this rollable OLED TV that is still unknown is exactly how much it will cost. Considering the production challenges normal OLED panels have and the high costs, a rollable TV won't be cheap. LG is also aiming at building even larger flexible screens and wants to have a 60-inch flexible TV on the market by 2017.
Virtual reality headsets have been making waves in the tech world over the last few months mostly thanks to Oculus Rift and the massive purchase of that company. A new product has surfaced from Samsung that is a VR headset rumored to be called the Gear VR, which leaked online Wednesday.
The Gear VR is expected to be officially unveiled at IFA 2014 in September. The leaked image shows a device that appears to have a track pad on the side and the machine is believed to work along with a smartphone like the Google Cardboard headset.
Samsung is expected to make the Gear VR compatible with various Galaxy branded smartphones via USB connectivity. A button on the right side of the Gear VR is see-through so the rear camera of the smartphone can be used to give the wearer a view of the outside world.
TCL has just taken the wraps off of its new Ultra HDTV lineup, with five new products for consumers to choose from. The new 4K-capable TVs are all HDMI 2.0 compliant, which means you can use HDMI for 60FPS goodness.
Starting with sizes, where we have two non 'Smart TV' models with the EU5700 series, available in 40- and 49-inch. Then we have three Smart TV models, which are all from the UH9500 Smart TV series, these are available in 55-, 65- and 85-inch. The 40-inch is priced at $499, while the 49-inch is $100 at $599.
Moving onto the 55-inch UH9500 Smart TV, which is priced at $799 - this is going to be a hot seller in the coming months at that price. The 65-inch is priced very competitively at $1,299 while the 85-inch is priced for the serious HT users at a whopping $7,999. The 40- and 49-inch models are the models TCL will be pushing for gamers, photographers, designers or people who want to display Ultra HD content from an external device.
The UH9500 series features 802.11 2x2 dual-band Wi-Fi, with the 55- and 65-inch models powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, a quad-core GPU, an advanced 120Hz refresh rate, three HDMI inputs, and two USB ports (one USB 2.0, one USB 3.0). The top-of-the-line 85-inch UH9500 series TV is powered by the same CPU and GPU, but pumps the refresh rate up to 240Hz, features enhanced audio thanks to its dual 15W speakers and Dolby Digital technology for more immersive sound.
Worldwide PC monitor shipments saw a meager 0.4 percent drop year-over-year during the first quarter of 2014, totaling 33.7 million units. Not surprisingly, LED backlit monitors had 92 percent market share, increasing 16.4 percent year-over-year, research firm IDC found.
Monitor sizes at least 21" wide continued to lead the way, racking up its sixth consecutive quarter, capturing 20.5 percent of the market. Dell (14.9 percent) is the No. 1 manufacturer with Samsung (13.2 percent) trailing in the No. 2 position, while Hewlett-Packard (11.5 percent), LG (10.5 percent), and Lenovo (7.8 percent) trail behind.
"Despite the overall decline, the shipment totals were stronger than the forecast of 31 million units," said Phuong Hang, IDC Worldwide Trackers Program Director, in a press statement. "Geographically, Japan and the Middle East and Africa (MEA) regions delivered the largest gains during the first quarter while Dell and HP both experienced solid shipment growth."
Almost all of the screens that are in consumer electronic devices, and even inside cars are of the rectangular variety. The reason for this is that the screens only come in rectangular shape from the factory. That may all change with new tech that Sharp is working on.
Sharp has a new display type that supports free-form shapes, which means the screen can be just about any shape rather than rectangular only. This has particularly big implications for the automotive market where displays are becoming more common.