The 21:9 aspect ratio emulates a multi-monitor configuration without the hassle of large bezels or having to manually tweak software to support two displays. The end result is phenomenal for productivity as you can easily view multiple applications due to the huge screen real estate. On another note, gaming on a 21:9 panel is difficult to describe and provides an enthralling experience. Rather surprisingly, the majority of games already support this fairly new aspect ratio although you might need to apply a few UI tweaks. After trying a number of monitors including 4K 16:9, 144Hz 16:10 and 21:9, I’ve come to the conclusion that 21:9 is perfect for my needs. It’s also becoming more popular but there’s certainly a hefty price point attached which might make its adoption take some time.
AOC has just announced their latest 21:9 panel which features a 35-inch MVA display, 160Hz refresh rate and 2560×1080 resolution. This is a little disappointing as most 35-inch 21:9 displays utilize a 3440×1440 resolution. Perhaps, the reasoning behind this is it wasn’t possible to achieve 160Hz at 3440×1440. Another unique feature is the screen’s noticeable curve measuring a radius of 2000mm. This is significantly larger than existing curved units on the market and theoretically provides more immersion in games. I tested this particular screen during CES 2016, and felt overawed by the curve at first. However, five minutes later, it felt so natural and enhanced my ability to quickly glance at the monitor’s extreme edges.
The panel supports AMD’s FreeSync technology with a range between 40Hz-160Hz to reduce screen tearing, and stutter. AOC have provided connections for two HDMI (MHL) ports and two DisplayPorts. As you might expect, the product is capable of 178 degree wide viewing angles and improved colour reproduction compared to TN options. In terms of pricing, the AOC C3583FQ will be available in February 2016 with an MSRP of £579.
AOC is one of the leading monitor manufacturers in the industry and offers a huge range of screen sizes, resolutions and display technologies to suit various customers’ requirements. Today, the company announced their latest range of products will be showcased during CES 2016. This is exciting news and I cannot wait to see these new models on the show floor in Las Vegas. The new AOC C3583FQ features a whopping 160Hz refresh rate, 35 inch curved display and support of FreeSync technology. In the press release, there wasn’t any information about the panel’s resolution, but it should be 3440×1440 given the screen size and 21:9 aspect ratio.
The AOC I2771FM9 produces unbelievable colours via Quantum Dot technology on a 27 inch IPS display. This should make it an excellent choice where accurate colour reproduction is essential. I’ve personally not seen a Quantum Dot monitor before, and cannot wait to try it out during our visit to CES 2016. Another new addition is the U2879VF, which employs a 4K panel and huge array of fast connectivity options. For example, the product boasts DisplayPort 1.2a and HDMI 2.0 to enable 4K content at 60Hz. This model also utilizes AMD’s Freesync technology.
Finally, the AOC I2781FH opts for an ultra slim frame with luxurious styling. The monitor is almost borderless and equipped with a unique symmetric metal stand. Also, this particular product will be available in March 2016, and comes in 21.5″, 23″ and 23.8″ configurations.
Acer recently unveiled the world’s first 34-inch curved IPS gaming monitor featuring NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology. The display utilizes a refresh rate of 60Hz and supports overclocking up to 100Hz to reduce motion blur. Furthermore, the panel’s 178-degree viewing angles and 3440×1440 resolution offers an immersive gaming experience. Other features include an adjustable stand which allows for height and tilt tweaks. The display also is capable of 100 percent sRGB coverage and opts for a brightness of 300 cd/m2. According to Acer America’s product manager, Charlotte Chen:
“We believe the Predator X34 offers one of the smoothest, most thrilling game experiences available today,”
“NVIDIA G-SYNC technology and up to 100Hz overclocking deliver extremely sharp moving pictures, while 14W stereo audio enhanced with DTS Sound enrich gameplay with powerful sound effects.”
In terms of connectivity, the monitor contains two 7W speakers, a HDMI port, DisplayPort 1.2 and four USB 3.0 ports. Obviously, you will need to use the DisplayPort for G-Sync and high refresh rates at 3440×1440. The monitor also employs a zero-frame-design to maximize the viewing area. The Predator X34 is now available from leading retailers in the United States and priced at $1299.99.
The explosion of online HD and 4K downloaded content has rendered the typical DVD and Blu-Ray player in many respects obsolete, Samsung hope not and they have unveiled the world’s first Ultra HD player at the IFA show in Berlin.
So, what does this player have to offer? The image detail is rather impressive and offers four times the resolution of Blu-ray and 64 times as many colours. There is no detail on price, but I would have thought it would have to be competitive and comparable in relation to other tech for it to be successful. The player also has a curved design which integrates with its brand of TVs and it also includes a number of UHD streaming services. Below is an image to convey the new player, as you can see, they look stylish to a point.
Samsung has also announced that its new 4K Televisions will be the first to upgrade to the new standard HDMI 2.0a, this is essential to be able to receive the information from the Ultra HD players.
It will be interesting to see how this player is received by early adopters of this tech, are consumers interested in buying a standalone player instead of an all in one piece of tech i.e. computers. Other info includes Fox studios who are committed to releasing a cache of upcoming movies in Ultra HD, which includes Fantastic Four, Maze Runner, Kingsman: The Secret Service and more.
Samsung hopes to launch this player in the first half of 2016.
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Philips has announced the latest additions to their monitor line-up and intends to showcase the new models at the IFA trade show in Berlin. Included is Philips’ first 34-inch curved monitor which opts for a 3440×1440 panel and ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio. Unfortunately, there is no specific details about the panel type used but I would presume it’s either an AH-IPS or VA screen. From an aesthetic point-of-view, the monitor’s curve adds a sophisticated touch and the edge-to-edge glass allows for an extremely narrow border. However, I’m not overly fond of the stand which seems rather cumbersome and might not have any adjustability.
The next major upgrade in backlighting revolves around Quantum Dot technology. Quantum Dot supported monitors can produce a higher colour gamut by more than 50% compared to traditional LEDs. Additionally, QD monitors consume 25% less power and cost a fraction of the current LED based panels. Philips is probably the first company to push this technology into the mainstream market and readying a 27-inch QD IPS-ADS Adobe RGB monitor.
There are a number of other products on the show floor such as the Ambiglow Plus Base. This unusual feature forms a halo of light which syncs with the display image. Furthermore, the base’s illumination can be adjusted to suit the your mood or fit in with a room’s lighting levels.
Do you think Quantum Dot technology will make a noticeable difference in monitor image quality?
Panasonic is finally back from a long sleep. After they stopped selling those awesome Plasma TVs, they pretty much lost the market share. But finally they are back and are offering new products such as Firefox OS-powered 4K Smart TVs. Panasonic’s VIERA Smart TVs are the first ones to run Firefox OS on such platform and are being offered in Europe. Mozilla offers several unique advantages that other players like Google’s Android TV platform, Samsung’s Tizen and Roku doesn’t provide (yet), such as HTML5 web apps including Netflix and Hulu, along with the ability to share content from any device with a Firefox browser.
“We’re happy to partner with Panasonic to bring the first Smart TVs powered by Firefox OS to the world,” said Andreas Gal, Mozilla CTO. “With Firefox and Firefox OS powered devices, users can enjoy a custom and connected Web experience and take their favorite content (apps, videos, photos, websites) across devices without being locked into one proprietary ecosystem or brand.” he added.
Coming to the products, curved 4K Viera 65-inch CR850 and 55-inch CR730 with CX series 4K flat TVs. Panasonic is also bringing a new wide color phosphor “4K Studio Master” picture engine to the table. It will deliver professional color accuracy using 3D look-up tables (LUTs) used by film industry color professionals. The CR models will also feature HDR and 10-bit color capability for more detailed gradations between colors.
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Racing simulation fans are some of the most dedicated you’ll find, well that actually goes for most real-simulation genres, but this news is more for the racing fans. BenQ has launched their newest monitor and it’s a large on. The curved XR3501 LCD monitor spans 35-inch, sporting a 2560×1080 extra wide resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate for the best and most immersive racing experience.
The BenQ XR3501 features a 2000R curvature, the most of any LCD monitor. That with the 21:9 aspect ratio puts you right into the drivers seat for an optimal racing experience that includes every tiny detail. The 144Hz refresh rate removes any kind of stutter that might take you out of the moment while you slide through the tight corners while the crowd cheers you on.
The XR3501’s Color Vibrance feature allows you to easily adjust color and detail settings based on your personal preferences. Lighting changes can hide critical details such as opponent cars that seem to vanish in the darkness of a tunnel. BenQ’s eQualizer helps boosting the brightness of darker regions of the screen without blowing out the well-lit areas, allowing you to see every detail without sacrificing image quality.
BenQ had to tease with three of these amazing looking monitors next to each other, as if one of them wouldn’t already be cool to have. But then again, why settle for one when you can have three and enjoy a 7680-pixel wide image for the most immersive gaming experience. The XR3501curved LCD gaming monitor is expected to retail in the second quarter of 2015, but no word on pricing or further details yet.
There are several big innovations happening in the world of digital displays right now, two of the biggest are curved displays and G-SYNC, so why not go for double the fun and create a monitor that sports both of these technologies! Acer has just announced its new 34″ curved 21:9 ultra-wide XR341CKA monitor, making it the first monitor in the world to support both a curved display and the impressive G-SYNC technology.
This is great news for gamers as the 21:9 ultra-wide form factor is excellent for providing extra immersion while gaming, G-Sync will provide you with tear-free performance should your frame-rate take a dive and 34-inch of screen real estate will be fantastic for productivity.
The panel supports a 3440×1440 resolution, an IPS panel, a 178-degree viewing angle, 100% of the sRGB colour gamut; so it certainly ticks all the right boxes for a great monitor.
“Acer continues to showcase its commitment to PC gaming with the introduction of their new NVIDIA G-SYNC-enabled XR341CKA gaming monitor,” said Jeff Fisher, senior vice-president of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA. “The preferred choice of PC gamers everywhere is a GeForce GTX GPU, which when paired with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology is the only platform to deliver an ultra-smooth gaming experience across the entire spectrum of PC games.”
The monitor will also support a 6-axis colour adjustment, on-screen refresh rate readout, an adjustable stand, DisplayPort and HDMI input, built-in USB 3.0 hub and more. The downside? The monitor will take a chunk of $1299/1399 EUR out of your wallet. The new display is expected to launch in North America in September and Europe in August.
We know Samsung has its thing with curved displays, one of the examples being the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. However, now the company appears to take its curved display technology to the PC market as well, having planned to launch a new all-in-one PC, the Ativ One 7, featuring the technology on the 8th of March.
The company first showcased its design at CES, featuring a 27″ curved display with a curvature of 4000R. In terms of specs, the Ativ One 7 comes equipped with an Intel i5 CPU, 8GB Ram and 1TB of storage, classifying it as a ‘good family PC’.
The price will be a bit steep though. Even if the specs do not look so amazing, the curved display technology will still add extra to the price. Samsung is said to be selling the PC for $1299 in the US, with pricing for the UK and Europe still unconfirmed.
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One of the most dividing technological upgrades regarding television screens in 2014 is coming to computer monitors in 2015.
The curved television screen, despite some buzz being generated, received a lukewarm and largely disinterested reception by the mainstream consumer upon its release. Meanwhile, technology experts and fans were quick to criticise the realities of the device.
These criticisms stemmed from the ineffectiveness of the curvature of the screen from the majority of viewing positions, lack of products being created specifically for the format and a generally low level of notable difference to most experiences when viewed on the screen.
The latter of those could also be a problem which will extend to the curved computer screen. This is because many popular and everyday web activities -like Facebook, search engine research, eBay browsing or online gambling, such as Cheltenham festival betting – will not benefit from being viewed on a curved screen and will therefore make the product seem needlessly extravagant.
However, it could argued that the larger and more perceptively encompassing display could allow viewers to combine these popular web activities with others related pursuits. For example, users could access a betting website whilst, simultaneously, watching live-streams of the sport itself, mixing both interlinked activities together for a richer overall experience. This concept can also be applied to watching popular reality shows, whilst users are Skyping their friends, which would enhance both activities through this communal bonding.
It is perhaps these possibilities which have meant that the potential risk has not worried hardware companies – with everyone from Samsung to HP planning to release curved monitors in 2015. Whilst the respectability of the curved screen has been damaged by it being tested through TVs first, the notion of it being used within a computer monitor is considerably more logical.
This is due to the advantages of a truly panoramic display being more useful in the realm of video-gaming, where the additional perspective could give a distinct competitive edge, than within the watching of television.
Samsung is the hardware manufacturer seemingly most keen to get curved screens into the computer market. The company revealed the SE790C – a Window’s All-in-One computer with a curved display – at the International Consumer Electronics Show. This is unsurprising considering Samsung’s love of this type of display, having also developed curved smartphones and smartwatches in the past year.
Samsung will doubtlessly be hoping that this transfer from TV screen to computer monitor will correct some of the issues previously found with curved screens. One such problem that will be resolved is the need for a specific layout in order for the screen to function correctly for the viewer.
Many of the manufacturers of curved screen TVs, including Samsung itself, promoted its more immersive viewing environment, likening it to an almost IMAX-like viewing experience. The problem was that to make it work you needed an equally theatre-like layout to your living room. If you did not, the curving of the screen distorted the image for any viewer not perfectly positioned. Therefore, the natural, more uniform position of the general computer user, directly in front of the screen, will mean that the curved screen will always be viewed from the optimal position.
However, other issues – such as the curvature of the screen creating excessive reflection – will still need to be corrected if the PC monitor variation of the curved screen is not to suffer the same fate as its TV predecessor.
Vizio is one of the US’ biggest TV manufacturer and they make some amazing screens, but it seems they don’t believe in the new curved screens. Not only are they not producing any TVs with the new “thing”, they are taking quite a poke at it with their latest advertising video.
The advertisement “Introduces the revolutionary Anti-Curved Glasses, a remarkable and radical piece of technology that will blow your mind and change the way you see technology forever.” The new Anti-Curved glasses are unisex and age independent; they even work for your pets and come in various colours. While these glasses are fake, of course, the advertisement is in my personal opinion both hilarious and spot-on.
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We had to be patient since we saw the gorgeous Dell U3415W unveiled about 3 months ago considering there weren’t that many details given at that time. The monitor has now finally been listed on Dell’s page, at least fully on the Hong Kong version with the rest looking to be in the update progress.
“Enter a new dimension of multitasking with a curved monitor that delivers an immersive, panoramic screen that surrounds your senses with amazingly detailed edge-to-edge WQHD (3440×1440) imagery and crystal-clear sound.”
The monitor allows for both Picture-by-picture as well as Picture-in-picture and has a built-in USB 3.0 hub and KVM switch for 2 computers. This way you can attach the monitor to two different systems and control both with the same keyboard and mouse combo.
The display can perform a resolution of 3440 x 1440 with 60Hz support. The IPS panel inside has a native grey to grey response time of 8ms with a boost mode to 5ms. It has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 1.07b colour depth. The screen has a standard gamut of 99% sRGB coverage.
You could also connect your smartphone or tablet to these monitors using the mini-DisplayPort. The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments, but due to the shape of the screen there isn’t any rotation.
The full connectivities are 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x MHL, 1x mini-DisplayPort, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x DisplayPort out and 4x USB 3.0 ports with 2x USB 3.0 upstream ports. It also has integrated speakers with 9W output. The expected MSRP is less than $1200 and release date is expected within the next couple of month, maybe already in December.
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Samsung have revealed details of their new 1080p curved monitor; which is geared towards a more immerse entertainment experience. The 27-inch Samsung S27D590CS is aimed at gamers and heavy video-watchers where the curved screen is meant to create a more subtle 3D effect with a greater sense of depth and wider field of view.
The monitor has a wide 178-degree viewing angle and a 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution. The grey-to-grey response time is 4 ms and the screen has a refresh rate of 60 Hz. It has plenty of connection options with VGA D-sub, HDMI and DisplayPort. Besides a set of 5 watts dual speaker the monitor also has pass-through for headphones.
The monitor has a sleek design with a metallic silver stand and the thin black bezel; it doesn’t have many ergonomic options or abilities, but it can be tilted up and down from -2 to +20 degrees and it also supports 100 mm VESA wall mounts. I believe the size to be very fitting for a curved display, as the larger screens the effect is barely noticeable due to the width and on phones it’s more of a gimmick than anything else.
In theory at least, the curved design should allow for a smother view to the corners of the screen, as your eyes don’t need to refocus for the change in distance. This factor will be heavily increased when running multi-monitor setups, giving you a smooth view all the way to your peripheral vision.
The monitor has a MSRP of $430 and will go on sale in the US on October 1st. As for the rest of the world, your guess is a good as mine. While the specification don’t impress too much when looking at the price, you have to consider the fact that curved monitors still are a niche market; a premium has to be expected, but does it offer enough to convince you?
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If curves are more your style, Samsung have recently announced a release of their 27-inch curved S27D590C display, to be priced at around $450 USD.
As per Phil Gaunt’s words as Samsung’s Director of Display in UK & Ireland:
“Our new, 27-inch curved monitor takes movie watching and gaming to new heights, from the monitor’s unique curved screen and comprehensive entertainment features, to the incredible picture quality and the impressive sleek design. The S27D590C further emphasises our focus to create a truly immersive and unforgettable entertainment experience.”
The curved design allows for an “ultra-wide” viewing angle of 178 degrees horizontally and vertically, along with providing you a high contrast ratio of 3000:1 and 350 cd/m2 brightness in this new model. As for mounting and installation, the screen can be tilted in most directions and supports 100 x 100mm VESA standard brackets for wall or table mounting capabilities.
Why a curved screen? Alongside the extended viewing angles, curved screens are marketed to give you a “3D-like effect”, which Samsung claim to be a great advantage in video game enjoyment especially in genres such as shooters, simulations and racing games.
Are you caught up in the curved craze, or do you think this is another technology fad that will pass? Other big name companies don’t seem to have any current plans to release curved monitors, but there’s a large possibility there are many in the works without us knowing.
When it comes to curved screen that waters are split. While many people believe them to be the future, there are just as many who wish it to stay flat. For those who can’t or won’t decide, Samsung has the option, make it bendable. The new screen has a 21:9 aspect ratio and Samsung’s fancy dimming and upscaling technology, in a bid to get you a better viewing experience. There’s no word yet on pricing or availability, but expect this enormous screen to carry an equally enormous price tag around $120.000.
“We have tripled our lineup,” a Samsung spokesperson announced at IFA, Europe’s biggest technology show. While Samsung is betting big on the curved screens with 17 different models at the moment, ranging from 48 to 105 inches in size, they know it isn’t for everyone. There actually isn’t any shortage of models to chose from in this screen-size, which is a bit surprising. Samsung and LG are battling it out with one stunning model after another since CES in January.
It’s probably highly unlikely for any of us to ever get a screen size like that, but it’s sure fun to think about. I’m sure most of you knew exactly how and where you would use it. But assuming I could afford it, I’d very much welcome that the curved screen only is an option and not permanent. Cause I haven’t made up my mind yet if I like it or not, I guess it depends on the the usage and situation.
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Dell have blown the covers off of their latest monitor, the Ultrasharp U3415W. Their new panel is a whopping 34 inch curved display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and a tasty 3440 x 1440 resolution.
Dell say that the wide field of view that you get with this aspect ratio on a panel of this size is matched with the curve to give gamers a better experience, helping you play better by filling your peripheral vision. It should mean your eyes can see more of the screen real estate without having to shift your eyes around as much, which is no bad thing.
Dell are planning to ship their new panel in December and while there are no details on price just yet, you can bet it isn’t going to be cheap given size of the panel. We expect more details such as the full specifications and price will be revealed soon.
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Rumors have been circulating of Apples apparent plans to release their iWatch on the 9th of September, in conjunction with their iPhone 6. Doing so has thrust smartwatches directly into the limelight. As with many other markets that Apple are involved in, Samsung wants their ‘thumb in the pie’, thus, they are introducing another smartwatch to their range – the Samsung Curved Gear S.
All things curved seem to be a big Samsung led trend these days. They’ve released curved televisions and curved smartphones with competitor LG said to be releasing a curved laptop into the mix. Following this trend, the Samsung Curved Gear S will feature a 2-ich curved AMOLED display, complete with 3G technology all connected via Bluetooth and WiFi.
The watch will provide you with similar functionality as all other smartwatches, allowing you to answer phone calls, utilize its GPS functionality and monitor select applications. As with many other smartwatch plans, this product will once again be targeting the health and fitness consumer audience, providing their new product with S Health features and marketing it as a fitness tracker.
Samsung’s new smartwatch is set for release this October – the price is yet to be announced. For more information, view the official release.
LG Electronics (LG) will be unveiling its newest IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor (model 34UC97) and other compelling monitor offerings at IFA 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The world’s first monitor to incorporate a curved IPS screen with a 21:9 aspect ratio, the eye-catching 34-inch monitor provides remarkable picture quality and a range of convenient connectivity options. Also to be introduced at IFA 2014 will be the stunning Digital Cinema 4K Monitor (model 31MU97) and the feature-packed Gaming Monitor (model 24GM77), both combining superior performance with modern style and versatile functionality.
LG’s flagship IPS 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor is a complete monitor solution, equally suited to the needs of professional users and home entertainment enthusiasts with extra screen real estate so users can get more done in less time. By adding a gentle curve to a 21:9 aspect ratio monitor, LG has created a unique product that delivers a more immersive experience. The Quad HD resolution display with 3440 x 1440 pixels gives digital photographers and filmmakers the level of detail and accuracy that their work demands. Compatible with both PCs and Macs, the LG 34UC97 monitor easily handles heavy graphics and videos with ease on either system and supports Thunderbolt 2 for high-speed data transfers, four times faster than USB 3.0, and allows multiple devices to be daisy chained together. The monitor also features MAXX AUDIO and 7W stereo speaker system guaranteed to deliver peak audio performance across all frequencies.
In addition to the world’s first 21:9 Curved UltraWide Monitor, LG will be unveiling its Digital Cinema 4K Monitor for the first time at this year’s IFA. LG’s Digital Cinema 4K Monitor meets the Digital Cinema Initiative’s standard for 4K resolution displays, squeezing 4096 x 2160 pixels into a 31-inch screen, for resolution equivalent to four Full HD monitors. The 31MU97 model allows professionals such as movie editors to watch original 4K content the way it was meant to be seen. The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor employs an LG IPS 4K display that provides ultra-sharp images with a wide viewing angle. Able to reproduce 99 percent of the Adobe RGB colour space, this monitor is an ideal choice for film professionals as well as for those working in design and photography. The Digital Cinema 4K Monitor comes hardware calibration-ready and also features Dual Colour Space and LG’s exclusive True Colour Pro calibration software.
“Many people spend more time in front of computer monitors than they do in front of TV sets and yet the industry’s biggest monitor manufacturers don’t seem to innovate at the same pace as TV manufacturers,” said Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics’ Home Entertainment Company. “At LG, innovation in display technologies isn’t just limited to our market-leading TV products but are actively being implemented in our advanced PC monitors. And that’s why we’re particularly proud to be introducing at IFA the world’s first 21:9 Curved UltraWide monitor with a curved IPS display which delivers a wide 178-degree viewing angle for an immersive viewing experience.”
Gamers will especially appreciate LG’s 24GM77 new Gaming Monitor which is specifically designed to handle the fast-paced action of the latest first person shooters (FPS). A refresh rate of 144Hz ensures that even the most intense action appears smooth and flicker-free, while LG’s Dynamic Action Sync (DAS) Mode drastically cuts input lag, enabling the player to respond faster to what’s happening on the screen. Other notable features include Black Stabilizer for consistent blacks across different scenes and Game Mode, which offers three optimized settings that can be applied quickly by pressing a hotkey on the monitor, with the option to create customized presets. And Motion 240, developed exclusively for the Gaming Monitor, helps minimize motion blur with a fast response time of less than 1ms.
LG’s next generation advanced PC monitors will be on display at IFA 2014 in Hall 11.2 of Messe Berlin from September 5-10.
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Anyone with the space and budget, of course, looking to buy themselves a new TV should consider saving up for Samsung’s 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV. Though this is not your ordinary living room apartment TV, it does fit very well in a spacious estate or mansion. People owning such a property and are movie marathon enthusiasts should know that Samsung just made the TV available for pre-order at about the same price as us common folks would loan from a bank to buy a car, namely $120,000.
For anyone that missed its reveal back at CES, the TV is one of the largest in the world and boasts both Ultra HD resolution and curved OLED technology. The resolution on the TV is said to be 5,120 x 2,160, with about 11 million pixels and a 21:9 aspect ratio. Though many 4K videos have some black bars on the side, given the small resolution compared to the humongous screen, it is said that many blockbusters are shot in 21:9.
It is said that besides the TV that will amaze all your friends, family and even dog, owners of the Samsung UN105S9W are also provided with the “Samsung Elite Service”. What the service does is send a Samsung engineer to your home, estate mansion, etc, to help you install it, optimize it for the room your want to put it in and show you all the features it bears. Samsung is said to also provide an optional wall mount for the TV for those who want to have the giant on their “Berlin wall”. The ‘optional’ feature does state that the mount has to be paid for separately, but if you are willing to give this much for a TV, it surely means you can afford a wall mount as well.
Proud owners of such a TV should also be relieved to know that Samsung has added its Evolution Kit support to it, meaning that you can upgrade its hardware (such as connectors) as soon as new technologies appear on the market.
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When we were at CES 2013 and more recently, CES 2014, we saw endlessly impressive curved OLED displays that were nothing short of amazing to look at, yet the only that that made our jaws drop even further were the prices being asked for these digital behemoths. Prices were often in the region of $15,000 to $40,000 for some of the latest displays and that meant that mean mortals would likely never see one.
More recently we’ve seen LG’s first commercial OLED TV take a massive price drop from $15,000 down to just $10,000. That’s still an insane amount of money for a TV, but still makes a 1/3 price drop for the set, not a discount to be sniffed at. Yet with five figures still in the price tag it was clear that the technology still had a long way to develop before it reached the level of your average consumer. Now LG have slashed the price of their 55″ curved display once again, bringing the price down to $7000 (after an instant $1000 rebate).
$7000 is still damn expensive, but at least the displays are now down to the same level as the early 3DTV models, give it another year and we should be looking at less than half of that price for the curved display. Yet as long as you can pick up a bigger 4K display without a curved screen for less money and the curved OLED, we suspect that even enthusiasts will be feeling more inclined to keep their screens curve free.
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Samsung Electronics has announced that it would be unveiling the world’s first, largest and most curved 105-inch Curved UHD TV at the upcoming CES 2014, a global consumer electronics tradeshow in US city of Las Vegas.
The Samsung 105-inch Curved UHD TV adopts a new proprietary picture quality algorithm that delivers optimized color and greater feeling of depth. As the curved panel has been further upgraded and TV circuit technology has been added, the combination of the upgraded curved panel with a greater picture quality engine provides the ultimate immersive experience, a statement said.
“We are happy to unveil the 105-inch Curved UHD TV, the culmination of Samsung’s advancements, following the world’s first Curved UHD TV at IFA 2013,” said HS Kim, executive vice president of Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics. “You will experience a true curved TV optimized for consumer viewing environments at CES 2014.”
The new UHD TV provides almost two times vivid images when viewed from the side and the best possible TV viewing experience from any angle, according to the statement.
Also, the 105 incher adopts ‘Quadmatic Picture Engine’ to deliver all content in UHD-level picture quality no matter what the source is. Samsung’s 105-inch Curved UHD TV features an 11 million pixels (5120×2160) screen resolution with a 21:9 aspect ratio.
LG’s G Flex has been put on sale in South Korea by LG starting at an eye-watering price of 999,900 South Korean Won – that converts into $940 at current exchange rates. LG confirmed this in an official press release and it also went on to elaborate that the LG G Flex would be made available in Europe too. By logic of currency conversion Europe will probably see the LG G Flex start at a hefty €700.
For a quick recap on specifications the LG G Flex is LG’s first smartphone with a curved display. The LG G Flex has a 6 inch 720p P-OLED display, Snapdragon 800 SoC, 32GB of internal storage and 2GB of RAM. That Snapdragon 800 SoC includes a 2.26GHz quad core CPU and an Adreno 330 GPU clocked at 450MHz. There’s also a 13MP rear camera and a couple of rear control buttons beneath it. LG’s G Flex curves from top to bottom, not side to side like the Samsung Galaxy Round. Other specifications include a 3500 mAh non-removable battery, the Android 4.2.2 OS (with an Android 4.4 update coming next year) and a 2.1 MP front facing camera.
The Galaxy Round which was released earlier this month has a short battery-life given the 2,800 mAh battery it packs. It was criticized for the smaller capacity compared to most recent smartphones with batteries well over 3,000 mAh. Even the Galaxy Note 3 has a battery-life ration with its 3,200 mAh battery.
This is due to the curved body of the phone´s shape and the battery being flat. They could not increase the battery capacity since they could not fit bigger flat batteries into the round frame. In contrast, LG will be releasing their curved smartphone, the G Flex, with the curved battery that LG Chemistry developed. The handset packs a 3,300 mAh battery, greater than the Galaxy Note 3 itself.
But there is some good news in all this. President Sangjin Park of Samsung SDI said that Samsung are now able to mass produce curved battery too. President Park’s statement of the batteries´ availability gives hint that producing the new battery is not the problem. The part they’re concerned about is creating room and fitting them into the phone. They have recently produced over 80,000,000 phones in the recent quarter. It is hard to modify all of them just to fit the flexible battery.
That given, Samsung will not be able to fit the new batteries into their actual released handsets, but we must definitely will see them in their new smartphones. Both Samsung and LG are trying to produce stylish phones such as the Galaxy Round and G Flex to get through current saturation in the phone market and it looks like battery innovation may be part of the solution to their ideas.
Thank you ZDNet Korea for providing us with this information.
Samsung is preparing to launch a revolutionary curved OLED screen device, codenamed “Youm” this October. This news comes after Samsung announcing the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 3 model with curved display.
According to The Inquirer, DJ Lee, head of strategic marketing for Samsung Mobile spilled word of the announcement to Reuters, saying, “We plan to introduce a smartphone with a curved display in South Korea in October.”
The “Youm” device is rumored to feature a 5.5 inch display and given its curved surface, the size in 2D could appear compact and closer to a 5-inch displays. Since Samsung is looking to score big on the aesthetics front by releasing a cutting-edge display, maybe it could even be enough to change user perspective away from the iPhone 5S and HTC One. The manufacturing of the curved OLED panel for the device has solely been done by Samsung, and even demonstrated its prototypes at this year’s International CES.
In the meantime, the Galaxy S5 development codenamed Project Design 3.0 is still in progress.