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FreeSync over HDMI was showcased as a concept at this past June's Computex in Taipei, but now it's very real and very official.
As you may know, HDMI doesn't support AMD's smooth gameplay tech by default -- a DisplayPort-equipped monitor is required. However, it can support it via the introduction of "specific, proprietary extensions that introduce the necessary variable frame-rate technology", and this is exactly what AMD is doing. They're not offering further details on the extensions at this stage, but the important thing is you don't have to shell out for a more expensive DisplayPort monitor to experience the tech.
While most of Hollywood films their movies in digital, Quentin Tarantino has a huge soft spot for shooting his movies in 70mm. It wasn't too long a go now that Tarantino said that he hates Netflix, and still uses VHS.
Tarantino's latest movie 'The Hateful Eight' was shot entirely on 70mm, and has been shown off at glamorous "roadshows". Tarantino was adament that he shot The Hateful Eight on 70mm, with the featurette from Fandango embedded above seeing Tarantino explaining why he loves shooting his movies in 70mm versus digital.
LG is leading the OLED TV game, with the South Korean giant investing a further $8.7 billion into OLED production and building another manufacturing facility to handle the extra OLED panels, something that won't be finished until 2018.
The latest report from Reuters is that LG is spending around $8.7 billion on the new facility that will be built in Paju, South Korea. Earlier this year LG had a significant delay in OLED production as it experienced a gas leak, halting all production. LG will be using the new OLED production plant to manufacturer more OLED panels for automotive and TV-sized panels, but again, this won't roll through til 2018.
We've already fallen in love with LG's 4K curved OLED TV, with it being the best TV we've ever laid our eyes on.
Samsung sold $1 billion worth of TVs in October, setting a new record for monthly TV sales.
The company is currently the leading TV seller in North America with 35.1 percent of all TV sales in the US and 28.4 percent in Canada. Their UHD TV share in North America, meanwhile, accounts for more than half of all UHD TV sales in the third quarter.
LG is riding the marketing train with its new 4K-capable OLED TVs, showing off two of the world's largest OLED displays in the world - found at South Korea's Incheon International Airport.
The company worked with French design firm Wilmotte & Associés on the project, which uses 140 x 55-inch curved 4K OLED TVs. The huge structure is 13 meters high, and 8 meters across - or the equivalent of three large-sized shipping containers. President and CEO of Incheon International Airport, Park Wan-su, said: "These OLED displays perfectly complement the advanced technology that our airport has become known for. We are always eager to showcase to the millions of travelers every year the cutting-edge technology that originates from Korea. OLED is a prime example of that".
Meanwhile, Senior VP and Head of Business-to-Business Solutions at LG Electronics, Ro Se-yong, said: "While the world's largest OLED sign is certainly something to be proud of, we are more excited about the opportunity to introduce travelers from across the world to the magic of OLED. The benefits of OLED technology can only be viewed, they cannot be described with mere words".
After using the 65-inch curved 4K OLED TV from LG for the last month or so, I have to agree with the end of that quote, that LG's incredible OLED TV's "can only be viewed, they cannot be described with mere words".
LG has just announced that its recent webOS- and NetCast-based smart TVs will soon be capable of streaming content from Google Play, such as movies, and TV episodes.
If you're about to buy, or already own an LG TV - like the super-awesome 65-inch curved 4K OLED TV we reviewed not too long ago - you'll soon be able to stream Google Play Movies & TV through your LG smart TV. It'll roll out to select countries first, which include Australia, Canada, the UK and US - but movies from 104 different countries will be on offer.
We all know that 4K devices, which include TVs, smartphones, VR headsets, and more are all coming out in the coming years - but what about now? 4K TVs are filtering down to the mainstream level, with over 40 million 4K TVs shipped this year according to analysts at IHS.
IHS also added that 4K TVs will account for 40% of the total TV panel shipment area in 2016, which is a big jump from the 25% this year. Full HD is still controlling much of the market, with 52% of shipments but this number will drop to 42% next year - right in line with 4K.
Ricky Park, Director of Large Display Research for IHS Technology said: "The increased supply of LCD TV panels has caused a downturn in panel prices, providing consumers with a cheaper selection of wide-screen TVs and whetting their appetite for even larger TVs with higher resolution". He added: "The consumer requirement for higher resolution will also grow, as more 4K TV video content becomes available".
Acer is really kicking some serious ass in the gaming display market, where it will continue to do so with the new Predator XB1 series coming later this month. The last Acer monitor we reviewed was the 34-inch FreeSync-capable CR341CK which we fell in love with.
There will be two models, but both of them are 27-inch displays - one features a 2560x1440 resolution while the other is a 4K display. The 2560x1440 model has a refresh rate of 144Hz while the 4K model sits at 60Hz - both monitors feature NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. Both displays also include HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity, as well as four USB 3.0 ports.
The Predator XB271HU is the 2560x1440 model, priced at $799 while the Predator XB271HK rocks its 4K resolution and a $100 premium at $899. Both monitors will be available later this month.
Xiaomi has just unveiled its latest 60-inch 4K TV, with the new Mi TV 3 featuring the aforementioned 4K resolution, but it is a truly different 'smart' TV.
The Xiaomi 60-inch 4K Mi TV 3 features something that looks suspiciously close to a soundbar, but it's far from just an audio device. Inside of the speaker, there's an MStar 6A928 processor, 2GB of DDR3 RAM and 8GB of flash storage. When this soundbar is connected to the Mi Port on the 60-inch 4K TV, it'll also run power through the cable, while providing you with access to MIUI TV. MIUI TV is Xiaomi's Android-based smart TV platform.
The Mi TV Bar can be purchased separately, and works with any TV, monitor or projector - which is a nice bonus. Xiaomi says that a TV's motherboard represents 20% of the overall cost of the TV, so by removing these components out of the TV and into a separate device, Xiaomi hopes you'll upgrade and replace your TV's motherboard more often - keeping the glorious 60-inch 4K panel, instead of buying an entire new TV set.
Acer has launched its new curved ultrawide monitor with NVIDIA's G-Sync adaptive refresh technology, offering a powerful display for enthusiast builds.
Acer's Predator X34 sports a 34-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 3440 x 1440. Touting tear-free gaming, the premium display has a super wide 21:9 aspect ratio that aims to replace multi-monitor setups, and its 60Hz refresh rate can be overclocked to 100Hz to power serious builds.
The Predator X34 is the first curved display in the U.S. that supports NVIDIA's G-Sync variable display rate tech, Acer affirms, making for "buttery smooth" gaming with zero screen-tearing and minimal stuttering. Just in case you feel like spending almost $3,000 on displays, the Predator X34 supports Acer's ZeroFrame tech, which affords for seamless multi-monitor displays. "ZeroFrame design makes multi-monitor setups more immersive. Can you handle gaming at 10k? We tried it. It's awesome."