Last week at CES, ASUS showed off a new monitor designed for professional artists and photographers, the ASUS VA278Q. The VA278Q is a 27-inch, sporting an LED backlight, IPS-based panel, a native resolution of 2560x1440 pixels, and 178/178-degree viewing angles.
ASUS' widescreen includes a "Smart Contrast Ratio" of 80,000,000:1, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity, a stand enabling tilt, pivot, swivel, and height adjustments. This is something most monitors don't have, which is something professional users crave for.
Splendid Video Intelligence Technology also provides six pre-set modes which are Theater, Scenery, Gaming, Night View, sRGB, and Standard, these "optimize colors and image fidelity for onscreen content". No information on pricing or availability of the VA278Q.
CES 2012: BenQ's two XL Series Gaming Monitors have been teased previously, but have now been announced to launch in North America at CES. The XL Series comes in a bunch of sizes, 17-, 19-, 21.5-, 22-, 23- and 24-inch, with pricing at of the XL2420T and XL2420TX at $549 and $649, respectively.
The XL2420T and XL2420TX were engineered in conjunction with ZOWIE GEAR, who are a manufacturer of high-end professional gaming gear and R&D partner to BenQ. President of BenQ America Corp., Lars Yoder, says:
The new XL Series models prove that 'gaming is in the details,' building on the technology of our popular XL2410T monitors, which were featured at huge gaming events such as DreamHack Summer 2011, Global Starcraft II League, and GamesCon 2011, ESEA. Offering a 120-Hz refresh rate, 2-ms GTG response time, and 12M:1 dynamic contrast ratio, the XL2420T and XL2420TX not only provide the fundamentals essential to mastering FPS gaming, but also possess exclusive features meticulously constructed to provide FPS gamers with the ultimate sense of ease and control.
CES 2012: LG have announced during CES 2012 that it is adding voice recognition and 3D gesture control to their Cinema Screen range of 3DTV products in 2012. Not only are LG putting the Smart in TV, but they're adding interactivity.
They unveiled an 84-inch "ultra-resolution" TV that has a 1mm bezel, other displays will arrive in 55- and 60-inch and will be slimmer than 5mm. The new Cinema Screen lineup sports an upgraded LG Smart TV platform with a redesigned Magic Remote and touch-screen plasma. It will also include voice recognition and a 3D gesture interface to enable gaming and searching by gesture. You'll be able to talk to the TV and gesture commands at it, too.
LG didn't stop there with the unveiling and announcements, they also mentioned Smart Share Plus with Wi-Fi, which lets you watch whats on your TV, directly on your mobile device. The new platform will also reportedly make it easier for developers to create new apps for the TV.
CES 2012: LG just never stop with monitor releases, where at CES 2012 they've just announced four new series of monitors, all sporting IPS-based panels for your quality, and viewing angle needs. On top of this 2D to 3D conversion is included, wow.
At the top of the pack, we have the DM92 which is a 27-inch screen with slim bezels that is optimized for gaming, but there are currently no details such as refresh rates, etc. Oh, and by "thin bezels", I mean just a super-slim 1mm. Second off the rank is the 23-inch DM82 which has a "chic and futuristic design" and includes 7-watt speakers.
The DM52 has both 27- and 23-inch models with "versatility and efficiency", which should equate to budget pricing and lastly we have the D43 which is "optimized for cinema" with its "Super resolution" upconversion technology. At the moment, there's no full spec list, so we're unable to confirm resolutions or the pixel density compared to others. Pricing, as usual for CES is unknown but as it flies through, we'll let you know.
CES 2012: Samsung's president of consumer electronics took the stage of CES in an Apple-like fashion to tell the world the future of where Samsung's Smart TV's are headed. He said that they will eventually be able to "listen, see, and do" without any interaction with a remote control.
Samsung showed off a demo video which teased the motion control capabilities, with Kinect-like controls of the TV. Tim Baxter, president of Samsung America then introduced something we should be seeing and hearing much more of: the Samsung ES8000 Smart TV. This isn't just a name, either, "Smart TV". The Samsung ES8000 Smart TV includes a dual-core processor and support for multi-tasking. It also sports a built-in camera and microphone.
It also includes a revamped Smart Hub with a "cleaner, more intuitive design" for navigating, and finding apps. There's also a new U-shaped stand as well, that got quite a few gasps from the CES crowd. Baxter also announced something that will keep the casual gamers happy: Angry Birds will be available on their Smart TV platform, as well as a free channel featuring Angry Birds cartoons.
Fans of Star Wars will get a huge kick out of this news and the video below. Microsoft have shown off a prototype project, called the "Vermeer Interactive Display", where the research project combines Microsoft's Kinect motion sensing technology to allow you to directly 'touch' and interact with the virtual image being projected, which Microsoft describes as a '3D volumetric/light field display'.
What it does, is create an image between two facing parabolic mirrors, which then creates the optical illusion of a color 3D image floating above them, which can be viewed all the way round. This technology could eventually see the light of day for PC gaming, which would really give PC gaming something that consoles just couldn't have in the near future.
Imagine a new next-gen RTS game where you could have one of these as a controller... or a new adventure game where you could have an additional display, or use for an interactive display. Maybe a Fallout-type, PIPBOY display, where you could press buttons to the side of you with the interactive display. All we need is one serious, thinking-outside-the-box developer to use this and it could really take off.
Samsung have an exciting screen to show off at CES next week, where they'll unveil for the first time its new Series 9 premium monitor. It's a new slim widescreen called S27A970, which is a 27-inch PLS (Plane Line Switching) panel capable of a resolution of 2560x1440.
The Samsung S27A970 also sports an anti-glare edge-to-edge glass display, an aluminum stand and base, a response time of 5ms, 178/178-degree viewing angles, a static contrast ratio of 1,000:1, a maximum brightness of 300 cd/m2, two 7W built-in speakers, a 2-port USB 2.0 hub, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort inputs, as well as a Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) enabling connectivity with MHL-supporting smartphones and tablets.
The Samsung S27A970 is expected to launch in March priced at $1,200. Now all we need is Samsung to release this identical screen at 120Hz, and I'll buy three of them, tomorrow.
Let's keep going with some display news, shall we. The industry, customers and everyone in between have been excited for the next-generation OLED display technology for not only consumer TVs, but computer monitors and should roll out this year.
LG are set to show off some OLED TVs at CES over the next few days, and Sony were also due to intro some OLED TVs to consumers. But, Sony kept their face mangled and the wind changed, so now they have to live with the following consequences: their OLED plans have been shelved, according to The Daily Yomiuri. Sony will only continue to sell the technology to corporate customers like broadcasting companies, as well as associated research and development into better displays.
The reason for dropping the consumer market is said to be due to poor business performance in this area, with Sony cutting back on capital investment, which in turn reduced its price competitiveness with its Korean-based rivals such as LG and Samsung. It's a strange move indeed, but maybe Sony see the market not being strong in 2012. There's sure to be a number of investment, banking and debt problems throughout this year and the last thing people are going to spend their money on is some next-gen OLED displays.
Just when I'm looking to upgrade my TV, LG have announced a new TV. LG have of late been pushing their 3DTVs as Cinema 3D, but now they're introduced some new 3DTVs that include a 1mm thin LCD bezel called "Cinema Screen".
LG claim that this brings the experience closer to the theater, but that's not the only cool feature this new range sports. LG have also announced it will throw in Dual Play, which uses polarized glasses to allow two different players only view their perspective on the full screen at once in games that support it.
President and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company, Havis Kwon, chimes in with:
The 3D experience is still evolving and we at LG intend to push the limits of what 3D can deliver. With our 2012 CINEMA 3D Smart TVs, we have been able to take a significant step forward, thanks to a series of new and upgraded 3D features led by the CINEMA SCREEN Design.
You may remember this kind of technology, as Vizio have "Versus" and Sony have the same tech in their PlayStation 3D display. CES should be a very, very good time for screen technology. I wonder if I'll see something I want and will wait for, or whether it will drop the prices of the current 65-inch screens I've been looking at. Although, a 1mm thin bezel is damn sexy indeed.
Welcome to 2012, where the end of the world is higher TV prices. This is what TV manufacturers such as LG want to bring, after being hit by profit declines over the years, this year will start with even thinner and lighter TVs in the hopes of sparking new customer interest and driving the average TV price, higher.
LG said on Friday that it plans to sell a 55-inch TV that is just, wait for it, 3/16 of an inch thick and only weighs 16.5 pounds. Samsung are expected to unveil a similar TV at the industry's biggest trade fair, Consumer Electronics Show, in just a few days time in Las Vegas.
Both companies have yet to discuss the thing we rub between our fingers as a gesture for... money. Of course, this new technology is expected to have a nice premium. NPD DisplaySearch estimates the new 55-inch TV models will begin at around $8000 in Q3 2012, and fall below the $4000 mark by the end of 2013 as sales volume increases and companies find new ways to manufacture the TVs less expensively.
LG have announced that they will be throwing an 84-inch TV into their truck when they drive over to CES next year. 84-inch may sound impressive, but that's not all that is coming to Las Vegas next year. The new 84-inch TV is 'ultra definition' sporting a resolution of 3840x2160.
It includes LG's usual Cinema 3D and Smart TV features built-in, including support for the upgraded Magic Motion remote and voice control. At the moment it's just a tease, with no information like pricing, or availability. There are also no easy sources of 4K-res video content, not even games. One of the biggest pushes by LG for this new set is 3D.
LG's Cinema 3D technology uses a Film Pattern Retarder screen and passive glasses that result in lowered resolution, but with the plentiful amount of pixels, there's no question about whether viewers are still getting at least an HD picture. What I want now, is 3 of these screens, in portrait, an new hover-chair for my PC, and eleventy-million AMD Radeon HD 7970's in CrossFire. Battlefield 3 would never be the same...
CES 2012 waves it starting flag in just a few days, and ahead of the show, LG has promised the "world's largest" OLED panel for the show. LG will be showing off a 55-inch OLED HDTV for mid-2012, with this news virtually guaranteeing that LG is ready to go mainstream with OLED technology.
LG's technology uses white OLED overlaid with colors, which they claim makes for a lower error rate and clearer "ultra definition" screen, with more colors than standard LCDs. The screen is shown off in a picture below where it is thinner than a pen. A damn pen!
I think the only way I'll be able to accurately report on this HDTV in the future is to use one myself, right, LG? E-mail address is available on our website, and my shipping address I'm happy to give away over e-mail, I mean, I'll take one of these, but I won't be happy with it. Sarcasm all the way, of course. These screens looks impressive and I can't wait to get more details on them when CES starts on January 9.
Toshiba release my Christmas present, Toshiba 55X3 4K 3DTV, launches December 10 in Japan, glasses-free 3D
Toshiba are set to launch their 55-inch, 4K resolution 3DTV in Japan. The 55X3 will cost 900,000 yen (or $11,578 US) on December 10th. There's no current North American shipping date, so you can get a mop for your drool while I prep the next bit to this news.
Back? Ok good. The 55X3 is super-high res, 4K resolution and autostereoscopic (glasses-free) 3D that adjusts for its viewers' location based on face tracking technology, although the resolution drops to 1280x720, which is quite pathetic considering the screen's native res.
Power consumption is quite high, at 410W and just 0.12W when in standby mode. The beast weighs in at 30kg.
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We all know that Apple and Samsung's relationship has been a bit... interesting, over the past few months, but today's news is actually quite the surprise. Apple is reportedly shifting production of iPhone and iPad displays to Sharp in Japan, and may even introduce a television with Sharp-based screens as early as the middle of next year.
Jefferies & Co were behind the latest report, with New York-based analyst Peter Misek giving the skinny on Apple's new foray into display production. Apple moving its business to Sharp will be at the expense of Samsung, as they are the current partner for Apple's displays.
Misek said in an interview:
It's a huge deal for Sharp because they spent significant amounts of capital to try and expand capacity and upgrade their facilities. It gives Apple a partner that they can control manufacturing and secure supply at a lower price.
Samsung Electronics are reportedly in last-stage talks with Google to roll out its Google TVs. Samsung have previously displayed Google TV-enabled Blu-ray players and companion boxes at CES in January this year, but they never commercialized those offerings.
But, president of Samsung's TV division, Yoon Boo-keun, has said that Samsung plan to unveil its Google TV at an event next year without elaborating on the schedule, only saying that they were working with Google on the upcoming rollout.
He also said that Samsung's Google TV products would differ from competitors products. Google just last month unveiled a revamped version of their Google TV service, in the hopes that it would be pushed into living rooms across the world. Yoon has also confirmed Samsung will unveil TVs featuring next-generation OLED displays at the upcoming CES in Las Vegas in January.
And hopefully one for me? Both Samsung and LG are set to flood the halls of CES 2012 with 55-inch OLED TVs, with South Korean sources believing that they will launch just in time for the 2012 Olympics. Prototypes of the 55-inch OLED screens, which are promising less power consumption, thinner profiles, and perfect response times (YES!), were tested and approved earlier this year.
Samsung have thrown away its existing Fine Metal Mask (FMM) process and replaced it with Small Mask Scanning (SMS) to create the large-screen OLED TV. LG on the other hand has gone with white OLED with color filters to create the prototype.
The TVs are quite expensive to produce, so a pilot-run is expected to launch next summer followed by the launch of more units by the end of 2012. Sources suggest that Samsung and LG will hit mass-production of the TVs by 2014. CES 2012 kicks off in Las Vegas on January 10, 2012. I obviously know what I'm getting next year. Surround Vision setup? Three 55-inch OLED screens with amazing response times, uh yes thanks!
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Everyone is waiting on Apple to "reinvent" the television set, but Sony CEO Howard Stringer has recently confirmed that Sony are stepping up to battle, too. Stringer recently said during a breakfast hosted by The Wall Street Journal, that:
There's a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set. We can't continue selling TV sets [as we currently do]. Every TV set we all make loses money.
Stringer said that he has "no doubt" that Steve Jobs had intentions of designing a brand-new kind of television, but also stated that "it will take a long time to transition to a new form of television". Reports have floated around that Apple would use its Siri voice control engine on their yet-to-be-announced television set, where Stringer wasn't specific on how Sony would reimagine the television set.
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