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The 4K era is well and truly underway, with Xiaomi unveiling its new Mi TV 2, an Android-powered, 49-inch 4K TV. The best part about it though, is not that it is 4K-capable, but it is just $640. The only problem here is that Xiaomi won't be releasing it outside of China anytime soon.
Xiaomi's Mi TV 2 is 3D-capable, has a 6.2mm aluminum bezel, and is just 15.5mm thin. The 4K-capable set is so thin that the company had to push the sound system outside of the TV, providing a separate sound bar and subwoofer. Inside of the 49-inch TV is a MediaTek MStar 6A918, which is 1.45GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and the Mali-450 MP4 GPU.
It has 8GB of storage built-in, something that is expandable by microSD card right up to 64GB. Those based in China can place pre-orders starting on May 27, but those across the pond will have to wait for Xiaomi to announce an international version, unfortunately.
ASUS has just unveiled its new PB287Q monitor, which is a 4K-capable display that is priced at just $799. The new monitor is a 28-inch, 4K display, with a resolution of 3840x2160 at 60Hz.
The ASUS PB287Q has 330cd/m2 brightness, 100,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 1ms grey-to-grey response time and 170/160-degree viewing angles. On the connectivity side of things, we have DisplayPort 1.2, two HDMI ports - with one of those being MHL-capable. ASUS has baked in a range of adjustment, with swivel, tilt, pivot and height adjustments as well as VESA mounting capabilities for wall and stand mounting.
ASUS will be pricing the new 4K-capable PB287Q starts at just $799, and is available right now in Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.
A new patent application from Apple has shown up online that is for a new holographic display for devices that allows the user to interact with 3D objects. Those 3D objects appear to flat in the air above the surface of the display. The patent application is titled "Interactive three-dimensional display system" and shows a method that Apple has created that allows the user of a device to manipulate 3D objects with gestures and touch.
The display system that patent app outlines has three major parts. One is a display system that creates a primary 3D image. Another is an optical system to translate that first image into a secondary 3D image that floats in the air. The final part is a sensor that logs user input.
Panasonic Enterprise Solutions has announced that it is installing the largest 4k display in the world at Churchill Downs in the US. Churchill Downs is a horse racing track where the Kentucky Derby is held each year. Panasonic is installing a gigantic 4k screen at the track so that people can see the races up close along with other details.
The giant screen will have 15,224 square feet of space. Overall dimensions of the screen are 171-feet wide by 90-feet tall. Panasonic says that the screen will stand 80 feet off the ground and promises viewing angles that will let anyone in the park get a good view.
Yesterday, we visited the Taiwan-based offices of VIA, where they showed us a massive Video Wall Solution that used 8 x 1080p TVs, pushing enough pixels to easily display 4K content in a very, very unique manner.
VIA is pushing the technology in Taiwan, but will be offering it up to consumers in more countries as time goes on. VIA's Video Wall Solution even has an app that communicates with the screens, where you can send messages or even play games on them. The massive video wall is powered by VIA S3 Graphics, which is shown toward the end of the video.
VIA even goes as far as offering it as a complete solution, where a customer can order a massive display of TVs, with VIA coming in and installing everything for the customer, including custom content to display on the massive Video Wall.
As you can see above, it really is a unique way of showing off video content.
Today the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) and the MIPI Alliance announced the finalization and release of the new Display Stream Compression (DSC) Standard version 1.0. DSC is designed to be a low latency, and lossless performance compression standard for today's high-bandwidth video content. DEC has been adopted into VESA's embedded DisplayPort v1.4 and into MIPI Display Serial Interface (DSI) Specification v1.2 technologies.
"VESA recognized the need for display interface compression in mobile devices to extend battery life without compromising visual quality," said Dale Stolitzka, VESA Display Stream Compression Task Group Chairman and member of Samsung Display America Laboratory. "In addition, on-going development of DisplayPort standards, which includes 8K resolution support, foresaw the need for compression because of inherent limits in the existing display interface cables. VESA realized that compression was becoming a common need in the industry, and that a standard compression coding system could meet these common display interface needs."
Sony has announced the pricing for its latest line of Bravia TVs which are 4K-capable, with the entry-level 49-inch model, the XBR-X850B starting off at $2,099.
Moving our way from the 49-inch model, we have the 55-inch XBR-X900B priced at $3,999. The 79-inch model will set you back $8,999 and if you have money that you simply need to burn, you can opt for the 85-inch model for $24,999. Each 4K-capable Bravia TV will be shipping in June. Sony's 4K media player, the FMP-X10, will be getting upgraded, but the company hasn't announced pricing on that just yet.
During the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas just recently, Japan's public broadcasting organization, NHK, showed off an 8K test. This test, according to Mashable, was "so dense with detail that the human eye will not detect additional resolution".
NHK was showing off some footage that included a Japanese fireworks display, a short film by a performing arts troupe, a fashion show, and footage from a soccer game between Brazil and Spain. Mashable editor Josh Dickey said that this footage looked "real" and that it was "spectacular". Dickey talked more about the 8K footage: "The clarity and depth of field truly is uncanny, yet the picture had none of the harsh edges, strange light and "video" vibe of other super-HD displays and high frame-rate demos I've seen. It's somehow cinematic; yet you can focus in on any face in a large crowd and make out every feature at varying distances. It really is like being there".
He continued: "3D is already wobbling off to international markets, and if something like 8K ever catches on here, it won't help it. During the fireworks display footage, birds that fly into the shot had me thinking some sparrows had gotten into the place. Stereovision would be overkill". When will 8K penetrate more into the market? Well, the displays and TVs have no current ETA as we need broadcasts and movies to catch up.
HP has been making a line of monitors that aim at very high levels of color reproduction for years now. These monitors fall into the DreamColor range and are aimed at pros that need the most color reproduction possible. Two new monitors have been added to the range including the Z27x and Z24x.
These screen swill work with Mac or PC systems and each support up to 1.07 billion colors on the screen. HP says that the amount of color error the screens produce is so small that the human eye can't even see it. Both of the monitors have 10-bit color accuracy and are made for easy color calibration using commercially available sensors.
The Z27x supports 100% of the sRGB gamut, 100% of the AdobeRGB gamut, and 99% of the DCI-P3 gamut. This monitor also supports HP Night vision interface that has fading button backlights and a red backlight color for better visibility in low light.
This morning, AOC announced a new 24-inch class monitor designed with serious gaming enthusiast in mind. The new GP2460PQU is a 24-inch 1080p monitor that features a 144Hz refresh rate and a response time of just 1ms. These features produce crystal clear visuals and smooth motion even under the most intense gaming scenarios.
"The AOC G2460PQU is the ultimate gaming monitor with ample connectivity options and a sleek design to meet your competitive gaming needs. The wall-mountable monitor has a black hairline textured design with a sleek red bar at the bottom bezel, and comes with Display Port, HDMI, DVI-Dual Link, VGA, with four USB 2.0 ports," AOC said in a release. "The USB hub includes a fast-charging port for mobile devices that is three times faster than a standard USB port. Plus the monitor's four-way adjustable stand allows gamers to change the monitor height by 130mm, swivel left and right, tilt the screen angle, and pivot 90 degrees to landscape or portrait view to maximize the gaming experience."