Talk about multitasking. While LG Electronics gets ready to introduce the world to a 55-inch OLED HDTV at CES next week, the company is also lifting the curtain on the next generation of flat-panel televisions featuring Nano Lighting Technology. Two new sets will comprise LG's new Nano Full LED series, the LW9500 and LW7700, both of which are supposed to produce a brighter, more clear picture than current generation LED TVs.
In the future, we'll all have jetpacks, flying cars, meals in a pill, and affordable OLED televisions. Can you guess which one of those is the front runner to materialize in 2012? If you cheated and read the headline, pat yourself on the back anyway, you got it right (and if not, you're wrong, jetpacks are too much of a TSA nightmare to go mainstream any time soon).
Apparently LG has some big plans for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. Literally. LG on Thursday announced plans to unveil the world's largest 3D Ultra Definition (UD) TV, an 84-inch monster of a screen with Smart TV functions and an insanely high 3840x2160 screen resolution, all wrapped in a relatively slim bezel.
Maybe your budget doesn't allow for a 30-inch IPS monitor, especially after the holiday shopping season left us all a little lighter in the wallet. Or perhaps you don't have room for a ginormous panel, or a strong enough videocard to drive a super high screen resolution. On the other end of the spectrum is Hewlett-Packard's new Compaq-branded LE2002xm monitor, a 20-inch LED backlit LCD display priced at an even $155.
It's tough to get a grasp on where the market stands for 3D viewing because different parts of the world have different attitudes towards 3D. According to market research firm DisplaySearch, Western Europe and China are the most enthusiastic regions for 3D consumption, whereas interest in the United States appears to be waning.
New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman this week announced a $553 million multi-state settlement with seven major technology corporations accused of illegally conspiring with each other to artificially inflate prices for liquid crystal display (LCD) screens used in a variety of consumer and business applications, including televisions, computer monitors, and laptop computers.
The joint LCD venture between Sony and Samsung is undergoing some changes with respect to ownership and who's responsible for what. Under terms of a new agreement, Samsung will acquire all of Sony's shares of S-LCD Corporation, the companies' joint manufacturing venture. Samsung will pay Sony 1.08 trillion South Korean won, or around $940 million, for the share transfer, and the two companies will continue their cooperative engineering efforts focused on LCD panel technology, Sony announced.
With CES 2012 just around the corner, we can expect to see a handful of product announcements trickle out ahead of the convention. Take for example LG's 55-inch OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) TV panel, the largest of its kind in the world, according to LG Display, which announced the TV panel today. LG hopes this will help popularize the OLED TV market.
For every minute that goes by, Samsung sells 120 television sets. That's assuming Samsung's rate of sales is the same as it was in November, a record month for the world's largest supplier of TVs. Samsung said it sold 5.7 million TVs last month, up from 5 million in October and buoyed by a jump in U.S. sales during Thanksgiving weekend.
Intel's Ultrabook form factor is just now getting off the ground, and if the chip maker is correct in assuming this is what Windows users want, chunky notebooks could go the way of the dodo. Also on the verge of legacy are displays without touch capabilities, though only if Windows 8 ends up being a raging success. So, should Ultrabooks employ touchscreen displays?