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November 6, 2013

Samsung Eyes 4K Devices With Foldable Displays by 2015

Samsung 4K Displays

Samsung made a lot of promises at a recent analyst event, from fully foldable screens and hugely pixelated devices to, unfortunately, something named the "fonblet."

At this week's Analyst Day — Samsung's first in eight years — the Korean tech giant highlighted upcoming plans that it hopes will entice investors and customers to stick with the popular brand.

Only a month after unveiling the curved Galaxy Round smartphone, Samsung this week shared plans for new device form factors. According to a slide posted online (below), Samsung will moved into "bended" displays starting next year, followed by "foldable" screens. But the chart acknowledges there are "technology barriers" Samsung must get past before foldable gadgets become a reality.

August 15, 2013

Acer Unleashes New Ultra High-Resolution Monitors

Acer T272HULTo prove that bigger means better, Acer today released three large, high-resolution LED displays. These 27-and 29-inch models, the Acer T272HUL, B276HUL, and B296CL will let users easily multitask or replace a multi-monitor setup.

Aimed towards consumers, the 27-inch Acer T272HUL is a Windows 8 compliant, 10-point multitouch-screen enabled monitor with a 2,560-by-1,440-pixel WQHD resolution. It is also supported by an asymmetrical stand that allows users to view images tilted back from 30 to 80 degrees. The monitor is outfitted with VGA, DVI, HDMI, and a USB 3.0 hub.

Acer states that its two VESA compliant non-touch monitors, the B276HUL and B296CL, are both professional and consumer-oriented. The Acer B276HUL is 27 inches with a WQHD 2,560-by-1,440-pixel resolution and the B296CL is 29 inches with a 2,560-by-1,080-pixel resolution. Both have a storage tray for office supplies, a magnetic surface on the stand base for paper clips, and a release button to change the display location from stand to wall.

The monitors have a multi-function ErgoStand with tilt, swivel, pivot, and height adjustment capabilities. The displays can be spun 90 degrees clockwise, tilted from -5 to 35 degrees in high position, and -5 to 25 degrees in low position. You can move the panel 60 degrees to the right or left without moving the base, and the monitors can be rotated up to 120 degrees. The two non-touch monitors also have a DVI-D, DisplayPort, USB 3.0 hub, and two HDMI ports. An additional feature for both includes Acer ComfyView, which reduces light reflection and glare.

June 2, 2013

ASUS Readies First 31.5″ 4K Computer Display, Debuting Late June

ASUS 4K MonitorAnd here you thought you were all fancy with your 1080p-capable monitor. Or, if you're a member of the "one percent" of computer users that demand more pixels (and more size), you might even be the king of the hill among your techie friends with a huge 30-inch panel (or two).

Well, you were king of the hill, at least.

Asus has official announced the world's first consumer-focused 4K resolution monitor. The PQ321 arrives at a slightly larger 31.5 inches but, unfortunately, the company's been mum about the monitor's price so far. It's expected that you'll likely be paying around $5,000 for the chance to own the 3847-by-2160-pixel display, but just how much will an average consumer (really, enthusiast) truly benefit from the 140-pixel-per-inch upgrade?

For starters, it's not as if the market is overly saturated with 4K-friendly cinema at the moment. And while gaming shouldn't be a problem in theory, so long as a game supports said gigantic resolution and doesn't muck up when you're trying to crank the details up to full bore – you're still going to want a pretty hefty videocard setup to ensure that your gaming session doesn't turn into the digital equivalent of a flip book.

And then there's the issue of resolution independence. Windows 8 should natively support a 4K resolution sans ugly issues, but it's unclear just how great of an experience you'll have within standard apps that don't scale all that well. It's akin to switching over to a 30-inch panel, only to find that your favorite app appears to have shrunk (or at the very least, wastes tons of space) as a result of its inability to scale to better fit the increased pixel count.

June 20, 2012

Global LCD TV Shipments Fall for First Time Ever

Samsung TFT-LCD TV

In the steepest rate of decline since 2009, worldwide TV shipments totaled 51 million units in the first quarter of 2012, an almost 8 percent drop, according to DisplaySearch.

The biggest contributor was a slowdown in shipments of LCD TVs, which declined 3 percent from last year to 43 million units. In the first quarter alone, LCD shipments dropped 33 percent, though the sets still nabbed 84.2 percent of the market, DisplaySearch said

LCD units are, however, picking up the slack in the 40-inch and larger screen arena. The average LCD TV screen size increased 5 percent this year, surpassing the 35-incher for the first time.

"Soft demand and cautious expectations about the upcoming year in many parts of the TV supply chain have led to a slowdown in shipments," Paul Gagnon, NPD DisplaySearch director of North America TV Research, said in a statement.

Oddly, retailers sold more than 5 million of the bulky cathode-ray tube (CRT) sets this year, more than plasma display (3 million) and rear-projection TVs (25,000) combined. DisplaySearch attributed this to a "seasonal shift to emerging markets where CRT demand is higher."

"The popularity of plasma TV among consumers is waning," DisplaySearch said, adding that a large majority of the recent shipment volume remains centered on low-cost 2D HD models, indicating shoppers are focused on price when looking at plasma TVs.

February 20, 2012

Samsung Spins Off LCD Business

Samsung TFT-LCD TV

Samsung confirmed Monday that it will spin off its LCD business.

"Currently, the display market is undergoing rapid changes with OLED panels expected to fast replace LCD panels to become the mainstream," Samsung said in a statement.

As a result, changes "are essential to improve our competiveness for our Display business," Samsung said.

With this in mind, Samsung's LCD business will be spun off from Samsung Electronics and become a subsidiary. In the future, this new business "will consider adopting various restructuring measures including a merger with Samsung Mobile Display and S-LCD Corporation," the company said.

The company's board approved the move earlier today. Shareholders are expected to meet to approve the deal on March 16, with the spin off becoming official on April 1.

Reports of a Samsung LCD spinoff made the rounds last week. At the time, NPD analysts said such a move could impact everything from HDTVs to notebooks and tablets.

February 16, 2012

Report: Rumors of Samsung LCD Spinoff Point to Price Cuts

Samsung TFT-LCD TV

Industry buzz suggests that Samsung may soon be planning to spin off its LCD division. If that happens, the impact could be felt in the prices of everything from HDTVs to notebooks and tablets, according to a new report from NPD DisplaySearch.

Currently, Samsung sources more than half of its LCD panels for its television products internally and also purchases millions of panels a year from itself for its notebooks, displays, and tablets, according to NPD. The Korean tech giant's LCD manufacturing division is the industry's largest in terms of revenue, and supplies panels to Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, and a host of other major computer and consumer electronics manufacturers.

But rumor has it that the company is planning a major restructuring of its display business as it makes the gradual transition from LCD technology to more energy-efficient OLED displays. Reports indicate that Samsung may be preparing to spin off its LCD division and then merge it with already independent Samsung Mobile Display, which OLED products.

January 11, 2012

Viewsonic Announces Touch, Wireless, 3D Displays

Viewsonic TDI2340

LAS VEGAS – Viewsonic has announced at CES three new displays for work and play that offer a wide array of features and display options.

The first in Viewsonic's 2012 line is the TD2220, a 22-inch LED (250-nit brightness) monitor that displays in full 1,920-by-1,080 HD resolution. It features a two-point multi-touch user interface, allowing you to interact with your work without the use of a mouse. The TD2220's stand offers 360 degree swivel and full tilt to adjust your viewing accordingly. There are several input methods available: two USB ports and a VGA/DVI video input.

The TDI2340 is a 23-inch e-IPS LED monitor. Its biggest feature is its ability to connect wirelessly mirror or extend your smartphone, laptop, tablet, or other device's display. The TDI2340 has an ARM 11 processor inside, and it comes with Viewsonic's own customize user interface for navigating the menu to share photos or stream YouTube or Netflix videos (via the 802.11b/g/n built-in Wi-Fi). It also has a 10-point capacitive touch interface.

December 14, 2011

Is Apple Adding a Retina Display to Next MacBooks?

Is Apple cooking up a new batch of MacBooks with retina display? According to a Digitmes report, the company is planning to roll out refreshed line of notebooks in the second quarter of 2012 that boast a resolution of 2880-by-1800.

However, approach this rumor with skepticism as Digitimes regularly comes out with new Apple rumors from unspecified, unconfirmed sources; when it comes to being correct, the paper's record is spotty.

The default resolution of the 15-inch MacBook Pro, for example, is 1440-by-900, which means if Digtimes were correct, Apple would be doubling the pixels per inch (ppi) included in the notebook's display to 220ppi.

On the iPad front, an upgraded display has also been a much-discussed item; for every report that claims the next-gen tablet will feature a retina display, there's one that says it's not possible to pack that many pixels into the tablet's 10-inch screen.

December 8, 2010

Top PC, Chip, Display Makers to Ditch VGA, DVI

By Mark Hachman

A number of the top PC companies said Wednesday that they will phase out analog display connections in the next few years, meaning that the PC's future will likely be a digital one.

VGA Connector

AMD and Intel, two of the top graphics companies, joined PC makers Dell and Lenovo as well as display manufacturers Samsung and LG Display to announce that they would phase out support for the Low Voltage Differential Signaling (LVDS) display technology by around 2013, and the legacy VGA connection by about 2015. Nvidia, the other top graphics company, did not join the others.