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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."
ASUS has just officially announced its exciting new ROG gaming monitor, the PG279Q, at its Republic of Gamers Unleashed event in San Francisco. The PG279Q is a 27-inch successor to the super-popular ROG Swift PG278Q, but with some nice upgrades.
The new ASUS ROG PG279Q has a 27-inch QHD (2560x1440) panel, with a 144Hz refresh rate (where you overclock it to 165Hz) with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. We have a WLED + IPS panel with 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 nits of peak brightness, 4ms delay, and 178-degree viewing angles. It's an 8-bit panel with DisplayPort 1.2 and HDMI 1.4 inputs with two USB 3.0 and 3.5mm audio backing that up.
ASUS is pricing the delicious new gaming monitor at a not-so-bad price of $799, and we can't wait to get our hands on a sample for review to see how driving a 165Hz monitor is for those fast-paced first-person shooters.
Here I am with my modest 55-inch 1080p TV (with a new 65-inch 4K TV on the way) and I'm drooling at this absolutely mammoth 120-inch 4K TV from Vizio.
Vizio is teasing its new 120-inch Reference Series 4K TV with HDR, which will set you back a wallet-busting $130,000. But don't worry, if you can't afford that Vizio sells the Reference Series in a 65-inch model too, with a must more down to Earth pricing of $6000. Both TVs are LED-backlit, Smart UHD TVs with Dolby and DTS sound options.
HP has pulled back the curtain on its newest display: a 32'' 4K monster with FreeSync support that it dubs "Envy." With this addition, AMD says it is now up to 10 partners and 24 displays on the FreeSync front.
HP boasts great viewing angles from nearly anywhere on the Envy, plus state of the art integrated speakers complete with quick access audio controls, heaps of ports, smartphone streaming support, and a remote control.
Envy retails for $499.
Thanks to the power of USB 3.0, AOC has released its first USB-only monitor, the 16" HD Pro USB E1659FWUX-PRO. Said to be powered with DisplayLink technology, this monitor further has a 300 cd/m2 brightness which makes "it the brightest in its class" as pointed out in a recent press release.
This plug and play monitor requires no setup protocols and is compatible with both Mac and PC systems. Designed with travel in mind, AOC has made sure that this monitor is suitable for transport in a suitcase and comes with a carry case of its own.
If you're interested in one of these for yourself, expect to spend $199 from Amazon online.