Displays & Projectors News - Page 9
The HDMI Licensing Administrator has confirmed that a new version of HDMI 2.1 is coming -- HDMI 2.1a -- and with it, will enhance and optimize the HDR experience through Source-Based Tone Mapping (SBTM).
This new technology requires source and target devices to both be supported in the new standard (as in, the console/PC and the TV/monitor) but the HDMI LA expects that there will be a slew of SBTM firmware updates throughout 2022. SBTM will be a boon for PC users and gamers, especially for those working with multi-window systems.
The source of the image (the GPU for example) has control of the tone mapping, as HDMI 2.1a-enabled devices will let users have separate windows with SDR or HDR optimized content... at the same time. HDR technologies like HDR10, HLG, etc will remain -- HDMI 2.1a isn't adding anything there -- instead, it improves the HDR experience across the board.
The world of 8K gaming is both simultaneously here, and oh-so-far away but now the 8K Association has published an updated performance specification of the 8K ecosystem.
The 8K Association has used its 8K rubber stamp of approval to add new decoding requirements, new image quality metrics, and a new game mode that will usher in the future of 8K gaming. New members that have joined the 8KA include Prime Video (you know, Amazon), as well as content creation company 4by4, testing service provider UL, and TV maker Changhong.
KG Lee, Chair of the Technology Work Group explained: "We have been discussing ACR more than a year as a new item and it was finally included in V2.1.0. While passing the ACR spec is optional now for certification, members are required to provide the data so we can optimize the pass/fail criteria for a future mandatory requirement".
LG has just unveiled its latest Transparent OLED display technology ahead of CES 2022, with the South Korean giant unleashing its innovative new display technology to "normal everyday spaces" like commercial facilities, offices, homes, and transportation.
LG Display will be showing off its new "Shopping Managing Showcase" during CES 2022 next week, where we'll see the new Transparent OLED display inside of a wooden display stand... which according to LG will "reinvent the offline shopping experience". The company says its new Transparent OLED display is ideal for "luxurious department stores, the Shopping Managing Showcase can display eye-catching visual content on the screen that harmonizes with the products on display behind to better grab the attention of shoppers and elevate the ambience of the place".
"To modernize home life, LG Display is preparing to take the wraps off its latest concept, 'OLED Shelf,' which combines two Transparent OLED displays, one above the other, and seamlessly blends into any living room decoration while adding a touch of elegance as it is hanging off from the shelf on the wall. The innovative OLED Shelf is perfect for displaying TV shows or gallery paintings while running in its Always on Display Mode, further demonstrating Transparent OLED displays' ability to transform any home interior into a living space that exudes modernity".
LG has just unveiled its new UltraFine Pro OLED monitors in 27-inch and 32-inch form, both with some beautiful OLED panels and suited for professionals and workstation PCs.
The new LG UltraFine OLED Pro monitors offer 4K 60Hz with a huge 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and 99% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage. The new displays have independent pixel control for what should be beautiful color fidelity and coverage, where we should also lose the halo effects -- aka blooming -- that other premium LCD monitors have.
Because this is a professional monitor, LG includes a detachable self-calibration sensors and hoods of the monitor. LG includes a free-to-download Calibration Studio software, something that will calibrate sensors and calculate light emitted from the monitor at specific moments that you schedule, and then it'll immediately adjust to stay perfectly accurate -- providing you with the very best color possible. LG includes a hood that can be used to limit reflections and glare.
MSI has just revealed its new Optix MAG281URF gaming monitor, which rocks a 28-inch panel with a native 4K 144Hz resolution and refresh rate that's driven by its HDMI 2.1 connectivity.
The new 28-inch 4K 144Hz gaming monitor with HDMI 2.1 connectivity also has built-in KVM functionality, which lets you control up to 2 devices at once -- 2 keyboards, 2 mice -- all from your new MSI Optix MAG281URF gaming monitor. There's 95% of the DCI-P3 coverage, and 124% sRGB coverage, making it better than over 90% of other gaming monitors.
We have VESA DisplayHDR 400 support on top of that, as well as the HDMI 2.1 connectivity which enables the MSI Optix MAG281URF gaming monitor to work with next-gen Sony PlayStation 5, and Microsoft Xbox Series X/S consoles.
Acer has just thrown its hat into the Mini-LED gaming monitor ring, announcing its new Acer X32 FP gaming monitor.
The new Acer X32 FP gaming monitor packs a 32-inch Mini-LED panel with a native 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) and 120Hz refresh rate (which can be overclocked right up to 165Hz). Acer says its new X32 FP is HDR compatible with VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification, covering 99% of the AdobeRGB wide color gamut.
Mini-LED technology is a huge step up from traditional LCD and LED panels, battling the good fight with image quality and speed with beautiful OLED panels. Mini-LED displays have hundreds of dimming zones, with Acer packing in 576 dimming zones into its new X32 FP gaming monitor.
Eve had the world's first HDMI 2.1 gaming monitor with its Spectrum rocking 4K and up to 144Hz over the single HDMI 2.1 connector, but now the crowd-funded company is back with another tease: the world's first glossy 4K gaming monitor.
In a new post on its website and on its Twitter, Project: Spectrum has been teased as the first-ever glossy 4K gaming monitor. It might not seem like much, but traditional (see: virtually all) gaming monitors use matte displays but Eve is going to be doing things a little different with a glossy panel from LG Display.
Eve has been working with LG Display, with the South Korean giant reaching out to Eve about their new glossy polarizers. It's a first for gaming monitors, but you probably look at glossy panels all day -- TVs, laptops, smartphones, wearables, and many other devices -- have a glossy coating or glass cover (and normally has an anti-reflective film over it... just like the monitor I'm sitting in front of right now, and I'm sure you are, too).
First off; there is a gigantic difference between the HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 2.1 standards and cables, so if you have a HDMI 2.1-enabled TV or monitor... it's very, very different to a HDMI 2.0-enabled TV or monitor.
HDMI 2.1 is capable of up to 4K 144Hz through the single cable, where HDMI 2.0 taps out at 4K 60Hz -- a very, very big deal for high-end monitors and TVs. But now the HDMI Licensing Administrator has just opened up the floodgates to all monitor manufacturers using "HDMI 2.1" on their displays when they're not capable of HDMI 2.1.
Xiaomi's new 24.5-inch 240Hz monitor was the first spotted with "fake HDMI 2.1" that just launched in China, and while the marketing materials don't push HDMI 2.1 too far, it is mentioned in the specifications with an asterisk. The only thing that this "HDMI 2.1 monitor" supports from the feature set of HDMI 2.1 is support for the TMDS signaling protocol (which is, funnily enough, part of the original HDMI 2.0 spec) but it doesn't support FRL (Fixed Rate Link) which is needed to hit higher bandwidth -- and because it doesn't -- there's no support for higher refresh rates at higher resolutions (you know, like 4K 144Hz as I mentioned above, because 4K 120/144Hz requires HDMI 2.1 and that's the big, big difference).
AOC has launched its new G4309VX/D gaming monitor, boasting a native 4K resolution and super-slick 144Hz refresh rate all running over its included HDMI 2.1 connectivity.
The new AOC G4309VX/D has debuted in China with a VA panel offering up to 4000:1 contrast ratio, 720 nits of brightness in SDR mode, and 1100 nits of brightness in HDR thanks to it having VESA DisplayHDR 1000 certification. AOC has quantum dot coating and 100% sRGB, with 95% DCI-P3 color gamut coverage.
But this is all for gamers... so we have the native 4K res, 144Hz refresh rate, and HDMI 2.1 connectivity. This means the AOC G4309VX/D gaming monitor will work on your PC as long as you've got a new AMD RDNA 2-based Radeon RX 6000 series GPU or NVIDIA Ampere-based GeForce RTX 30 series GPU -- or alternatively, a next-gen Sony PlayStation 5 or Microsoft Xbox Series X/S console.
Samsung has a big discount on its gargantuan 85-inch 8K TV, offering an instant savings of $3500 bringing the original $9000 price down to "just" $5500, and that this is the last chance to save $3500 on the 85-inch 8K TV.
This is the very latest 2021 model with the 8K side of things giving you a huge 7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz, while 4K is offered at a much-smoother 120Hz. In Samsung's own words: "Feel the power of every frame with 33 million pixels that provide an incredible sense depth and clarity, all with four times the resolution of 4K".
You can buy the 85-inch Class QN800A Samsung Neo QLED 8K Smart TV for $3500 discount right here.
For watching 8K content you're going to be stretching it... there's no native 8K movies out, but there are plenty of gorgeous 8K videos on YouTube and then there's 8K gaming on the PC. I've run a bunch of 8K benchmarks across the years, and you're going to need (not just want) the very best graphics card you can find which is the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 with its 24GB of ultra-fast GDDR6X memory.