Sony teased it's gigantic bus-sized 16K TV earlier this year, and has now unleashed it to consumers -- uber-rich consumers, as it could cost millions of dollars.
LG has a cheaper 88-inch 8K OLED that 'only' costs $30,000 but if you really wanted to show off then you'll spend up to $5 million on Sony's gigantic, and superior 16K TV.
Sony is using Crystal LED technology that uses micro LED modules, each 16x8 inches at 360x360 resolution and 3 small LEDs per pixel. This allows for a very bright 1000 nits of brightness, 10 bit grayscale, superior color reproduction (140% of sRGB) and what Sony says is "spectacular" 3D.
Thanks to the modular tech, Sony can provide various sizes that span in 4 different sizes and resolutions:
- 1080p - 18 modules at 8 feet wide
- 4K - 72 modules at 16 feet wide
- 8K - 288 modules at 18 feet wide
- 16K - 576 modules at 63 feet wide (!!!)
LG has announced its larger-than-life (and most wallets) 88-inch 8K OLED and 75-inch 8K LED smart TVs are available in some US retailers priced at $29,999 and $4999, respectively.
The flagship OLED88Z9 is the largest OLED TV ever made coming in at a huge 88 inches, perfect for that 8K resolution -- it's a far cry from the smaller 75-inch 8K NanoCell TV, but those 13 inches are going to cost you another $25K. Remember the 88-inch is also a beautiful OLED panel while the 75-inch model is 'just' LED.
LG is reinforcing that it has a "true 8K" TV in that it has worked with the International Committee for Display Metrology (ICDM) to make sure its 8K TVs meet their strict minimum standards. I went into detail on that here, but a TL;DR version is that LG has a "true 8K" TV and its competitors do not.
GIGABYTE has just released its new AORUS CV27Q Tactical Gaming Monitor, if you couldn't already tell from the name its their new gaming display.
The new AORUS CV27Q features a 27-inch 1500R curved 8-bit VA panel offering 2560 x 1440 at 165Hz with a 1ms response time, with GIGABYTE adding that it covers 95% of the DCI-P3 color space.
One of the big bonuses here with the AORUS CV27Q Tactical Gaming Monitor is that you have AMD FreeSync HDR technology, but it is also NVIDIA G-SYNC compatible. This means you can have an NVIDIA GeForce or AMD Radeon series graphics card and still tap the adaptive refresh tech in the AORUS CV27Q.
GIGABYTE is including its own "secret sauce" in the new AORUS CV27Q in its Black Equalizer 2.0 technology, something that divides the screen into 1296 sub areas and equalizes each sub area individually. This means you'll get beautiful black areas, all without overexposing the bright areas.
MSI is ready to launch its new PS341WU Prestige monitor, with a 34-inch panel offering 5120 x 2160 (5K wide, 4K high -- so not quite 5K which is 2880 wide) at 60Hz.
We have a native 5120 x 2160 @ 60Hz providing a 21:9 aspect ratio, with a 5ms response time and 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, as well as 100% sRGB. MSI is even including DisplayHDR 600 certification, which will provide some great HDR content.
MSI uses an anti-glare Nano IPS panel, and on the back provides 1 x DisplayPort and 2 x HDMI inputs, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A, USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-B, 3.5mm headphone jack, and a mic in and an audio jack combo. The new PS341WU Prestige monitor is targeting creatives, with its slick white design and premium color.
5G is already exciting on its own, and the same goes for 8K -- but the world's of super-fast internet connectivity and ridiculous amounts of pixels are being joined.
Samsung has announced a new partnership with SK Telecom in which the two companies will develop, and commercialize the world's first 8K-5G TV. Huawei has teased it would announce the world's first 8K-5G TV later this year, so it looks like the race is on between Samsung and Huawei right now.
Park Jin-hyo, Chief Technology Officer and Head of ICT R&D Center at SK Telecom explains: "The 5G-8K TV is the culmination of ultra-low latency 5G networks combined with ultra-high definition TV technology. 5G technology will help make the world of hyper media a reality".
LG will be pushing out a new firmware update for its 2019 OLED TVs in the coming weeks, something that will add NVIDIA G-Sync support.
The new firmware update will be compatible with LG 2019 OLED TVs including both the E9 and C9 series TVs in 55, 65, and 77 inches. LG includes HDMI 2.1 connectivity, variable refresh rate (VRR) and Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) on its 2019 OLED TVs, so adding in NVIDIA G-Sync smooths out the gaming experience even more.
NVIDIA marketing executive Matt Wuebbling explains: "We are excited to bring G-SYNC Compatible support to LG's 2019 OLED TVs and HDMI Variable Refresh Rate support to our GeForce RTX 20-Series GPUs".
LG pulled out the big monitor guns at IFA 2019 this year, unveiling a trio of new gaming monitors in its UltraGear family of displays.
The new displays all have an IPS-based panel with 1ms gray-to-gray (GtG) response time, NVIDIA G-Sync technology, and three resolutions and refresh rates. The first of the threer is the 27GN750 which is a 27-inch 1080p panel with a huge 240Hz refresh rate.
LG's second new monitor is the UltraGear 27GL850 which is based on a Nano IPS panel, is also a 27-inch monitor, but bumps the native res up to 2560x1440. The refresh rate gets knocked down to 144Hz in the process, while retaining its G-Sync and 1ms GTG response time. Both of these monitors have HDR10 support.
But I want to draw your attention to the star of the show: LG's new UltraGear 38GL950G -- the flagship 37.5-inch Nano IPS-based monitor with a larger native resolution of 3840x1600 and impressive 175Hz refresh rate.
Amazon has been pushing for its living room takeover for years now, but has just made another big stride towards that by unveiling its new OLED TV in a new partnership with Grundig.
There will be two models -- one without microphones, and another that will have far-field voice microphones built into the TV for some hands-free Alexa action. The model without the microphones will include a normal Alexa voice remote control.
Grundig will be using "last-generation" LG OLED panels in the new Amazon OLED Fire TV Edition, which will have support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision.
LG had two world-first acheivements at IFA 2019 this year, with the world's first 8K OLED TV and world's first 8K NanoCell TV.
These new TVs both offer the insane native resolution that 8K provides at 7680 x 4320 -- 4x the pixels of 4K, and 16x the pixel count of 1080p. LG stands out from the growing crowd of 8K TVs, with the South Korean giant stating that its new 8K TVs push past the picture quality required of the Information Display Measurements Standard to "real 8K".
It gets a bit detailed, but the standard requires that resolution isn't just bound by pixel count -- but rather the neighboring pixels need to be indistinguishable from one another. This is something called the Contrast Modulation measurement, and it needs to be higher than 25% for images and 50% for text.
ASUS has just unveiled the world's first gaming laptop with an incredible 300Hz display, with the new flagship ROG Zephyrus S GX701.
ASUS's new ROG Zephyrus S GX701 will be the first with a 300Hz display and will roll into gamers' hands next month, with the 300Hz refresh rate joined by a 3ms GtG response time.
The company hasn't confirmed which panel manufacturer is making the 300Hz panel for ASUS, but we should expect it to be a normal 240Hz display that overclocks up to 300Hz. Impressive nonetheless.