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With the home entertainment industry's attempts to prolong the lifespan of plasma and then LCD by the introduction of 3D technology falling flat on its face and the move to force 4K as the next best thing being resisted, in part due to little content and high prices has seen some manufacturers redouble their efforts into OLED technology. Now, LG has bought both technologies into one device for the first time.
LG will ship two models to the US next month, coming in 65 inch and 77 inch varieties, for $10,000 and $25,000 respectively (although will be expected to be discounted significantly) both utilising the faddish 'curved' design.
OLED technology, which has been in deployment for some years in smaller devices, such as mobile phone displays and in the initial PlayStation Vita model, has been heralded for its spectacular image quality and brightness, superb black levels and lowered power consumption but has proven difficult to manufacture at large sizes at a large scale and also battling poor half-life ratings.
While NVIDIA and ASUS have the gaming display market wrapped up with the ROG Swift PG278Q, AU Optronics has announced a new slew of display panels that are based on its AHVA (Advanced Hyper Viewing-Angle) panel technology. This technology is said to be similar to LG's IPS technology, but cranks the refresh rate up to 144Hz.
Samsung has its PLS technology, similar to LG's IPS tech, which goes up to 120Hz, but right now the TN-based panels own the 144Hz market. AU Optronics' new panel, the M270DAN02.3, is a 27-inch example. We have a resolution of 2560x1440, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350cd/m2 brightness, sRGB gamut and 178/178-degree viewing angles.
AU Optronics is part of the BenQ group, so we should see this new panel baked into BenQ's range of gaming monitors in the near future.
Dell has just taken the wraps off of its new 5K monitor, with a resolution of 5120x2880 - yes, you read that right - higher than 4K. Dell will be selling its new UltraSharp 27 Ultra HD 5K Monitor for $2500 when it launches in the holidays.
All of these pixels will be firing onto a 27-inch screen, with 16W integrated Harmon Kardon speakers, and six USB ports, too. Dell's UP2715K monitor will use two DisplayPort 1.2 ports, with the company running the monitor from a single NVIDIA Quadro K5000 card at the event. There are 70% more pixels on Dell's new 5K display than a 4K panel, which is an insane amount of pixels. The video above from Maximum PC shows off the 5K panel.
Samsung has announced that its 4K ultra-high definition 31.5-inch monitor, the UD970, will be released later this month with a $1999.99 MAP price. The UD970 features support for a 3840 x 2160 resolution and has 40 percent more viewing area than a regular 27-inch monitor - and is designed for digital imaging and video professionals. Live demonstrations with the monitors revealed bright, clear and vivid pictures, thanks in part to the screen's 10-bit color processing capability.
"For today's professionals, UHD display technology unlocks a new dimension of rich and detailed imagery, enabling them to take their creativity and productivity to a new level," said Tod Pike, Samsung Enterprise Business Division SVP. "Samsung has a long history of leadership in display technologies and we're excited to bring this new advancement to creative professionals and enterprise users."
The cost of professional UHD displays are steadily dropping - as they were drastically more expensive just one year ago - but are working their way closer to mainstream consumers.
LG has already unveiled its new curved ultrawide monitor, but now it is Dell's turn with the new 34-inch Ultrasharp U3415W. Like LG's curved panel, Dell's new ultrawide monitor is also curved, with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440x1440 resolution.
Dell says that the wide field of view on its Ultrasharp U3415W, matches with its curves will help gamers play better when compared to flat monitors, with less eye movement required to soak in all of the player's peripheral vision. Dell will be shipping its new curved ultrawide monitors in December, so you'll be able to check that claim out in just a few months time - we will get one in the TweakTown labs to test, as I'd like to see how it goes against the likes of a 4K monitor, or G-SYNC powered display.
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.