LG to Release a Rollable OLED TV next Year

LG Electronics is currently working on developing an OLED-based rollable TV, which should be ready for an official release next year. Measuring in at 55-inches, the TV will probably be unveiled during the International Consumer Electronics Show in January 2016, but mass-producing it will definitely require more time. The news of a rollable TV should not come as a surprise, especially since LG has already manufactured a fully operational rollable display not too long ago. I don’t know if this new TV will be extremely impressive as far as visuals are concerned, but it will definitely be better than standard LCD TVs because OLED technology does not require a backlight.

Regarding the gadget’s launch and availability, an industry official has stated the following:

“Usually, it takes a year from the development of a new display to the release of a TV. As the rollable display is already available, there is the high possibility that LG Electronics will unveil the rollable TV at ICES, which has great ripple effects on the whole world.”

LG Electronics is not the only company that’s working on OLED-based TVs. Chinese manufacturers such as Skyworth, Panasonic, Hisense and Changhong are also developing their own similar products, not to mention Turkey’s largest home appliance manufacturer, Vestel.

Thank you BusinessKorea for providing us with this information.

LG Electronics Starts Promoting 8K UHD Displays

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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LG Shows Off G Watch, a Google Android Wear Smartwatch

The first Google Android Wear-powered smartwatch to be released will be the LG G Watch, and indicates the South Korean electronics company is ready to throw down in a competitive market.

The LG G Watch has the following specifications: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1.65-inch LCD, 512MB RAM, 4GB memory, and Bluetooth 4.0.  It measures 37.9×46.5×9.95mm and weighs 63 grams. The smartwatch is running the Android Wear.

Here is what Dr. Jong-seok Park, LG Electronics Mobile Communications president and CEO, said in a statement:

“As one of the first to market with Android Wear, LG wanted to develop a product that functions as an essential companion device but most importantly, was simple to use.  We wanted a device that would be simple to learn and so intuitive that users wouldn’t even have to think about how to use its features.  That’s what the LG G Watch is all about.”

Interested consumers can pre-order the watch via Google Play for $229 (£135).

The smartwatch market is getting crowded, with Samsung, Pebble, and multiple other companies competing with one another.  Don’t forget Apple also wants to make a big splash in the surging market, to carve out a piece of the pie for itself.

Thank you to LG Electronics for providing us with this information

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Nokia, LG Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications To Stick With The Tablet Market

According to an article posted by Digi Times, Nokia, LG Electronics and Sony Mobile Communications are more inclined to stick with the tablet sector rather than with smartphones. Of course this does not mean we are not going to see anymore smartphones from the latter.

Nokia plans to expand its tablet range, after the initial release of the 10.1-inch Lumia 2520 tablet, by releasing an 8-inch model, the Lumia 2020, in the first quarter of 2014. The Lumia 2520 and Lumia 2020 both target the mid-range to high-end segment.

LG has announced that it will begin marketing its new tablet, the LG G Pad 8.3, in Taiwan on November 25 with a suggested retail price of $335 / €289 / £207. Sony Mobile is also expected to release more tablets in 2014 after launching its Xperia Tablet Z in 2013, targeting the high-end tablet segment, while China-based Huawei and ZTE have been stepping up their cooperation with telecom operators to promote entry-level and mid-range tablets.

Others such as HTC, Motorola Mobility and BlackBerry have announced that they will remain firmly focused on smartphones. However, since a number of vendors including Acer, Asustek Computer, Lenovo, and Samsung Electronics have already launched tablets with price tags below $200 / €149 / £124, competition in the tablet segment will be stronger compared to the smartphone sector.

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