Microsoft has always been dedicated towards business solutions and it now shows us that once again with its big brand new Surface Hub touch screen. The company aims to make your workplace more productive and interactive in a world where more and more business meetings take place on overseas conference calls.
Microsoft’s Brian Eskridge said that they are focusing on making content and video sharing faster and easily accessible to people to “get things done”. Of course, you already have similar options already available out there, but none could compare with a big touch surface.
If you ask why you need an oversized touch screen display in your conference room instead of just having a normal Skype meeting on a laptop, here’s the answer. Microsoft’s Surface Hub comes equipped with a high-definition display, touch controls, built-in cameras and microphones, Microsoft’s own business productivity software and even Kinect features built into the cameras.
Aside from the above, the Hub provides support for other business software tools such as Google Hangouts, but more business solution software is bound to be made available for it once it gets released. So you have a big screen full of potential in your office and it isn’t restricted to Microsoft’s deals. Isn’t that pleasing?
The Surface Hub will hit the market this July, but Microsoft already placed it in some companies to get beta testing feedback. The standard Microsoft Surface Hub is said to boast a 55-inch touch display and be priced at $7,000, while the bigger 85-inch model comes with a $20,000 price tag.
While 4K UHD displays haven’t even been adopted properly due to the high prices, lack of content and sufficient performance of graphics adapters, LG goes further ahead and begins promoting the next step in resolution, the 8K UHD.
LG has reminded in a new press release that it is working on releasing 8K UHD 7680 x 4320 pixels displays, namely the 98-inch Color Prime Ultra HDTV presented at CES 2015. The company has also stated that it has improved the brightness of its 55-inch 8K UHD IPS panel boasting a resolution of 7680 x 4320 and 500nit by implementing M+ panel technology, adding textures to the existing RGB sub-pixel structure.
The company did not state when it will start mass production of the displays, but Apple has announced that they will be revealing an iMac 8K later this year. If it is an all-in-one PC or a standalone display, it remains to be seen when Apple decides to reveal its product. At the same time, Microsoft’s Windows 10 has already confirmed it will support 8K resolution displays.
While 8K sounds great at this stage, the market still lacks content in 8K. Currently, the only place that streams 8K resolution is NHK in Japan and the Technical Research Institute of Korean Broadcasting System. Even major Hollywood studios shoot movies in 6K and it will be a while until they adopt the 8K standard. Nonetheless, LG seems to be very optimistic about the future of 8K.
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Huawei has unveiled its new, well I honestly don’t know what to call it, lets just go with TV or smart-display-device for now, named Glory A55. This is unlike any other product on the market as it has no external connections except a power cord. It receives its signal wireless and also has its own system built-in.
The display is a 55-inch big LG IPS 4k screen that has a resolution of 3840 x 2160, a brightness of 300 cd/m², a contrast of 1200:1 and a response time of 9 ms. The body is 18 mm thick and it has a 7.8 mm bezel.
The A55 is powered by a Huawei Hass Hi3751 processor with four 1.5 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU cores and 8 Mali450 GPU cores. It also has 2 VPU cores (video processor) and supports H.265 and H.264 hardware decoding. It has 2GB dual-channel DDR3 memory and 16GB eMMC storage.
Connectivity is provided by 2.4GHz and 5GHz WiFi, support for WiHD wireless display and Bluetooth 4.0. Sources have told that i can perform cold start in 7 seconds and only requires 1 second for a hot start.
While it doesn’t have any connections besides the power cord and doesn’t come with a default remote, it does offer support for IR remotes. It is however designed to be controlled by your smart phones or tablets.
It is running an Android based system and supports connectivity from Android and Apple devices among other wireless transmission protocols. It also supports the MHL function where the phone’s screen is displayed on the big screen.
The official sale should start November 11th and the mentioned price is 6999 Yuan which would equal to about £710 British pounds.
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Ok so maybe the word “just” isn’t quite right when we are talking about something that costs $2,000. Yet with models from Sony’s flagship range costing in excess of $5,000 the new 4K ready smart TV from Hisense sounds like a pretty good deal.
It was only a few days ago that we bought you news of the even more budget friendly Seiki 55″ 4K TV for only $1,500, but that TV didn’t pack anywhere near as many features as the Hisense. It certainly looks like manufacturers are keen to get their models out in time for Christmas to capitalise on the sales and impulse buys over the holiday season.
The T880 55-inch 4K Smart TV from Hisense packs a solid feature range that includes built-in WiFi, smart TV apps such as Netflix and YouTube, a 178 degree viewing angle and of course an impressive Ultra HDTV 4K display panel.
The set will be available at Walmart and Costco, although we are not certain if it will be available in all of their retail outlets.
Are you saving up for a 4K panel, or do you still think the technology is too expensive?
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