Sharp is now shipping its gloriously large and super-pixel-powered 70-inch 8K TV in both Japan and China, a month earlier than the company had hoped for.
The new Sharp LV-70X500E costs 11,199 euros which works out to around $13,800 with tax, but Sharp hasn't announced any plans of making its 70-inch 8K TV available state side.
8K content is sparse, trust me I own an 8K monitor, but the picture quality is worth it. There are a handful of 8K videos available on YouTube which look glorious at 7680 x 4320, but for $13,800 you'd want more content to use on it.
Samsung has just announced its new range of 4K LED theatrical screens that it has branded Onyx, promising cinema goers, directors and studio bosses to enjoy pure blacks on-screen.
The new Samsung Onyx comes in at a large 34-feet with full 4096 x 2160 resolution that provides a much higher-end image with improved colors than the normal 2K projection. Onyx can pump out 2K, 4K, 3D, and HDR with Samsung unveiling the first US locations for Onyx screens at Pacific Theatres Winnetka in Chatsworth, California, just north of Los Angeles.
Samsung is aiming at a few different markets with its Onyx screen, as it is really just a super massive 4K TV that will get built into not just movie theater walls, but other places as well. When it's used in a cinema, it rocks a custom JBL sound system that ensures people will get out-of-the-box audio. The company hopes to see it used for dine-in theatrical experiences, eSports and live gaming events, and more.
NVIDIA will propel themselves into a totally new era of enthusiast gaming displays with their new 4K 144Hz G-Sync HDR displays coming out this year, something they've been working closely with ASUS and Acer on.
These new displays will arrive as 27-inch super-powered gaming displays with a native 4K resolution, super-quick 144Hz refresh rate, HDR technology and dashed with G-Sync. We have heard prices of somewhere in the $1500 to $2000 range, but according to some European retail listings for the new 4K 144Hz displays we could be looking at over $3000 for first adopters.
Acer's upcoming Predator X27 seems the cheapest so far with a converted price of between $2500 and $3068 while ASUS has the even more premium side of things covered with their ROG Swift PG27UQ that is priced between $2500 and $3607. Incredible price, but these monitors will be the most premium (lots of) money can buy.
I exclusively revealed a few weeks ago that NVIDIA would be unveiling their new GeForce GTX 20 series graphics cards during the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) that kicks off next week... and now we have more proof of that actually happening.
NVIDIA teased during GDC this week that ASUS and Acer will be releasing their next-gen 4K 144Hz G-Sync HDR gaming displays, in the form of the Acer Predator X27 and ASUS ROG Swift PG27UQ. Both of these displays rock a native 3840 x 2160 resolution, 144Hz refresh rate, G-Sync technology, and HDR.
NVIDIA said that G-Sync HDR-capable displays will ship by fiscal Q1 2019 that ends on April 29, but without graphics cards that can run 4K 144Hz on the market, what will NVIDIA do? The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti isn't good enough for single-card 4K 60FPS in most AAA games without turning details down, so we'll need some next-gen GPUs... right? ;)
Philips has announced that its massive 49-inch 32:9 display with a native resolution of 5120 x 1440 will be released later this year in the US, launching in Q4 2018.
The upcoming Philips Brilliance 49-inch 492P8 Curved Super-Wide LCD will be priced at $899, and beats out Samsung's CHG90 that rocks a native resolution of 3840 x 1080. Inside, Philips will be using the same VA panel with an 1800R curvature, 600 nits max brightness, 5000:1 contrast ratio, and 178-degree viewing angle.
Connectivity wise, Philips will be including DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C, VGA (D-Sub), USB 3.0 Type-A, and Ethernet.
I'm sure you remember those delicious high-res/high refresh rate gaming displays that NVIDIA teased last year, both rocking NVIDIA's variable refresh rate technology: G-Sync.
Well, a new report teases that we might see these new 4K 144Hz and 3440x1440 200Hz gaming displays from ASUS and Acer in Q3 2018, in the same period that NVIDIA is expected to throw its next-gen Turing GPU architecture into mass production. They will join NVIDIA's upcoming Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD) that will see 65-inch 4K 120Hz HDR TVs with G-Sync enter the living room.
TFT Central says that the ASUS PG27UQ and Acer X27 will be released in Q3 2018, with both of these displays pushing 4K 144Hz, while the UltraWide 3440x1440 200Hz displays in the ASUS PG35VQ and Acer X35 will arrive in Q4 2018.
Samsung has announced that its huge 146-inch 4K TV that they've dubbed 'The Wall', will be available to buy in August.
The huge 146-inch TV features a MicroLED panel, as Samsung switched over to MicroLED over OLED because the latter technology has burn-in and shorter TV lifespans. Samsung will have more details on its new The Wall TV in the coming months, such as price - which right now is unknown.
MSI is preparing two new gaming displays that will fall into their Optix MPG series, with both displays featuring a 27-inch panel and 144Hz resolution.
The new MSI Optix MPG27C is the 1080p version, while the MPGH27CQ ramps up to 1440p, with both displays offering 1ms response and a silky smooth 144Hz refresh rate. The MPG27CQ has a few differences over the 1080p sibling, with 400 nits (up from 250 on the MPG27C), and 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports over the 2 x HDMI 1.4 ports as well as full USB 3.1 connectivity versus the USB 2.0 + USB 3.1 connectivity on the 1080p panel.
MSI has teamed with SteelSeries on the new Optix MPG displays, with MSI President Joseph Hsu saying: "The integration of SteelSeries Engine with the Optix MPG Series Curved Gaming Monitors brings PrismSync Illumination and real-time game alerts which offer an even greater level of immersive gameplay. MSI and SteelSeries are delivering a truly immersive experience to gamers".
SteelSeries boss Ehtisham Rabbani said: "SteelSeries is proud of the strong partnership that we continue to build with MSI and we are excited to bring the gaming community new types of immersive technology like this".
8K TVs are coming much sooner than expected, with AU Optronics promising it will be shipping 8K TVs in sizes that will range between 65-85 inches in the first half of this year.
DigiTimes reports that AUO's video products business group, Liao Wei-lun, said: "Shipments of TV panels in 65-inch and above sizes will be a major focus of AUO as global sales of 65- and 70-inch TVs and display products are expected to grow 40% and 50% on year, respectively, in 2018".
Liao said that larger-than-65-inch 8K TVs will start gaining momentum this year, with 10% of TVs in 2020 being large 8K-capable TVs. Liao added that AUO will begin "volume production" of 8K TVs soon in order to cash in on this "emerging trend".
Liao added: "Demand for 4K TV panels will also remain strong in 2018 as the penetration of 4K TVs is expected to hike to over 40% in 2018, from 30% a year earlier, with 4K displays becoming a standard for 50-inch and larger TV products in the year".
CES 2018 - At CES2018 we saw ViewSonic's new monitors, many of which were targeted at gamers! The first is a ViewSonic XG2560 25" display, which features a 240Hz refresh rate at 1080P, and it comes with G-Sync support. The 32" XG3220 is a new 4K monitor with HDR 10 support and FreeSync.
The XG3540C comes in at 34" and is a curved ultra-wide panel that can go upwards of 100Hz (not default). ViewSonic also has a curved 1080p 27" VX2758-C-MH, which has Freesync technology and support for 144Hz refresh rates. The VX3258-2KC-MHD is a 32" 1440P panel with 144Hz refresh rate and also support FreeSync.