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LG Introduces G Flex Curved Screen Smartphone
Tags: LG, Smartphones, OLED (all tags)
The new mobile device features a curved 720p screen designed to better fit the contours of a user's face.
After weeks of speculation, LG has officially detailed its G Flex curved-screen smartphone. Samsung also recently revealed its own curved mobile device, the Samsung Galaxy Round, but that phone features a horizontally inward curve. The G Flex, however, features a vertically curved design that draws inspiration from traditional telephone handsets, reducing the distance between a consumer's mouth and the microphone.
"The LG G Flex is the best representation yet of how a smartphone should be curved," said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. "The LG G Flex with its distinctive design, innovative hardware and consumer-centric UX represents the most significant development in the smartphone space since smartphone became part of our regular vocabulary."
The mobile device uses a 6-inch 720p Real RGB OLED display, and runs on a 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU with an Adreno 330 450MHz GPU. 2GB of RAM and 32GB of memory are also included, along with a 13MP rear camera and a 2.1MP front camera. In addition, the G Flex once again features LG's Rear Key design that was first introduced on the G2, moving all the buttons to the back of the phone. Finally, the new smartphone is the first device of its kind to feature a "Self Healing" back cover that uses a special elastic coating to help reverse daily wear and tear.
US pricing and availability have not been announced yet, but the LG G Flex will debut in Korea in November.
Samsung Introduces Galaxy Round Smartphone
Tags: Samsung, Smartphones, OLED (all tags)
The new mobile device is the world's first smartphone to feature a curved-screen design.
Samsung has detailed the latest addition to the Galaxy family, the Galaxy Round smartphone. The phone is most notable for its curved-screen that promises several unique features.
The Galaxy Round includes a 5.7-inch 1080p Full HD Super AMOLED screen that curves inward slightly within its rigid body to better fit the contours of a user's face. The phone is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and a 2800mAh battery running Android 4.3. In addition, a 13MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera are also included. The device measures 7.9mm thick and weighs 154g.
Due to its curved-screen, the Galaxy Round offers consumers several new features that take advantage of this unique design. The Roll Effect lets users access information like the date, time, missed calls and battery levels when the home screen is off by rolling the phone to its side. Likewise, the Gravity Effect offers visual interaction with the display through titling the phone. Similar tilts and rolls can also be used to control music playback through the Bounce UX feature, or videos and pictures through the Side Mirror feature.
The Galaxy Round is set to launch in Korea on October 10. A U.S. release date and pricing have not been detailed yet.
Sony Details Third Generation Head Mounted HD Display
Tags: Sony, OLED (all tags)
The wearable Personal 3D Viewer features twin OLED screens and is now available for pre-order.
Sony has announced plans to release it latest Personal 3D Viewer, the HMZ-T3W. Lighter than its predecessors, the new head mounted display offers users an entire theater experience in a portable, wearable package.
Featuring dual OLED screens, the 720p display simulates a 750-inch screen from 65 feet away. The device also offers 3D capabilities and support for Blu-ray players, tablets, smartphones, PCs, and gaming consoles.
Full 7.1 virtual surround sound options are also integrated through Sony's Virtual Surround Technology, letting customers use the headset's included 16mm driver in-ear phones or their own headphones to create an immersive soundstage. In addition, the HMZ-T3W comes with a mobile battery and gives users WirelessHD support for cordless playback.
The HMZ-T3W Personal 3D Viewer is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Sony Stores, and select retailers for a suggested list price of $1,000.
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LG Begins Production of Flexible Smartphone Displays
Tags: LG, Samsung, Smartphones, OLED (all tags)
A bendable OLED panel for mobile devices is now being mass produced.
LG announced today that it will commence mass production of the world's first flexible screen for smartphones. The impressive new display is also said to be unbreakable.
In addition, the flexible OLED panel is only 0.44mm thin and weighs about 7.2g, making it the thinnest and lightest mobile screen option. The display uses plastic substrates and film-type encapsulation technology to achieve its bendable abilities, and is vertically concave with a radius of 700mm.
"LG Display is launching a new era of flexible displays for smartphones with its industry-leading technology," said Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of LG Display. "The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is expected to expand further into diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices. Our goal is to take an early lead in the flexible display market by introducing new products with enhanced performance and differentiated designs next year."
The announcement comes amid rumors that LG will soon introduce its first curved-screen smartphone, the G Flex, which is expected to be detailed in November. Likewise, Samsung is also rumored to be preparing its own curved smartphone option, the Galaxy Round, which could be revealed as early as this week. Though both models will likely use flexible display technology, the screens will be placed in contoured yet still rigid bodies, allowing the panels to be curved but remain stationary.
Samsung and LG Resolve their Legal Issues
Tags: LG, Samsung, OLED, LCD (all tags)
After battling over display patents, both companies have decided to end their disputes.
In a somewhat unexpected move, Korean electronics manufacturers LG and Samsung have settled their legal squabbling. The two companies had been fighting over claims of patent infringement and technology theft in relation to their LCD and OLED displays. This decision comes after several lawsuits and a year of legal maneuverings.
“It was agreed that we two should focus more on cementing our leadership in the global market by cooperation, instead of engaging in all-consuming patent disputes,'' Samsung said in a statement.
LG, in its own statement, continued, “What's most important for both of us is upgrading our competitiveness globally.''
While their legal battles are thankfully now over, the two technology giants will of course continue to compete in the display market. Most recently, both companies have released their own 55-inch curved screen OLED TVs, promising superior contrast, black levels, and colors. Samsung's KN55S9C currently retails for $9,000, and LG's 55EA9800 currently retails for $10,000 as a Best Buy Magnolia Store exclusive.
Source: The Standard via Engadget
Samsung Offers Video Tour of New Displays
Tags: Samsung, OLED, 4K, UHD, Ultra HD (all tags)
The company has released a new video showing off its latest 4K and OLED TVs from the IFA trade show.
Last week Samsung unveiled a new lineup of Ultra HD and OLED televisions at the IFA trade show, and while most of us weren't in Berlin to see the displays in person, we can now get a small taste of what all that buzz has been about. Samsung Tomorrow, the electronic company's official blog, has released a video tour of their booth, spotlighting all of their new innovations.
Highlights include a good look at Samsung's new 110-inch and 98-inch UHD gigantic displays, giving viewers a great sense for their immense space. Also demoed, is the company's 55-inch curved screen OLED TV, showcasing the display's subtle curved design which is said to enhance immersion. Lastly, we also get a look at an actual 4K OLED set, which combines the benefits of both technologies, offering a glimpse at the future of the television market.
There's still no word on official release dates or pricing for the 98-inch or 110-inch Ultra HD TVs, but the company's smaller UN55F9000, UN65F9000, and UN85S9 are all on sale now. Likewise, the 4K OLED is assumed to be a prototype for the time being, but Samsung's HDTV KN55S9C OLED is currently available for $9,000.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
First Comparison Shot of the Old PS Vita and New PS Vita's Screens Surfaces
Tags: PLaystation, PlayStation Vita, The Walking Dead, OLED, Telltale Games (4 posts) (all tags)
It may be premature, but it might be a good time to decide.
Ever since the new PS Vita was revealed, many have expressed interest and concern over the new model's LCD. After all, the original Vita's OLED screen is one of its strongest features, and the switch to LCD for the new model has many declaring the change a cost cutting measure. Of course if it is a cost cutting measure, the savings does seem to make it to the customer. After the recent price drop, the new Vita is priced the same as the old Vita.
As for the comparison image, it is as reliable as taking a personal launch Vita and holding it next to a store display of a new Vita (heavy duty plastic screen protector and all) and snapping a shot with a cell phone.
While not the most accurate comparison, it does lend credence to the idea that getting a hold of an OLED Vita while it is still available and at the new price point may be the smart play. The most promising current classic PS Vita system offering seems to be the 'The Walking Dead Bundle,' which includes a classic Wi-Fi PS Vita, a 4GB Vita memory card as well as Telltale's 'The Walking Dead' with the Bonus episode '400 Days' for $200.
Author: Brian Hoss
LG Reduces OLED and 4K TV Prices in U.S.
Tags: LG, OLED, 4K, Ultra HD (all tags)
The company's 55-inch OLED and 55-inch UHD displays have both received price cuts.
After weeks of speculation, LG has finally confirmed a price reduction for its 55EA9800 OLED TV. The 55-inch curved screen display will now retail for $10,000, a full $5,000 less than its debut price of $15,000. The price cut comes in response to Samsung's competing 55-inch OLED display, the KN55S9C, which currently retails for $9,000.
In addition, LG's 55-inch 4K TV, the 55LA9700, has also received another price reduction, bringing it down from $4,999 to $4,449. This is now in line with Samsung's similar UN55F9000, but is still more expensive than Sony's XBR-55X900A which retails for a slightly more affordable $3,998.
The larger 65LA9700 has not received any further price cuts at this time, and is still set at its previous price of $6,499.
LG Shows off World's Largest Ultra HD OLED TV
Tags: LG, OLED, Ultra HD, 4K (all tags)
The 77-inch curved-screen 4K display is making its debut at IFA 2013.
Joining its currently available 55-inch curved OLED and its upcoming 55-inch flat OLED, LG has unveiled an even larger 77-inch OLED. And perhaps even more impressive than its massive size, unlike those previous models, this new set features an Ultra HD display.
The curved-screen 4K OLED is said to be the world's largest and is now being demoed at the IFA trade show in Berlin. With a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160, the TV has about four times the pixels of a traditional 1080p display. Likewise, the set combines the benefits of Ultra HD with the superior contrast of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology and LG's proprietary WRGB four-color pixel system.
"LG was proud to be the first company to commercially launch an OLED TV and we are once again setting our sights high with the ULTRA HD CURVED OLED TV," said Havis Kwon, president and CEO of LG Home Entertainment Company. "This 77-inch TV is proof that we will never stop pushing the boundaries and exploring new possibilities."
While this is an exciting development, much like Samsung's smaller 55-inch 4K OLED TV which is also on display at IFA, LG's new set is assumed to be a prototype, and there is no word yet on actual availability or price.
Samsung Reveals New 4K Lineup and Demos its First UHD OLED TV
Tags: Samsung, 4K, Ultra HD, UHD, OLED (all tags)
A curved screen 4K set and an Ultra HD OLED are among the company's new innovations on display at the IFA trade show.
Samsung has unveiled several new Ultra HD televisions this week, offering larger sizes and updated designs. Joining its already available UN55F9000 and UN65F9000 55-inch and 65-inch sets, and its massive UN85S9 85-inch display, the company is adding even larger 4K options to its lineup with new 98-inch and 110-inch Ultra HD televisions.
In addition, Samsung has also revealed the world's first curved screen Ultra HD display. Available in 55-inch and 65-inch models, the TVs promise to offer a more immersive experience, though this benefit does come at the cost of wall mounting capabilities. While they share a similar design, unlike the recently released curved-screen KN55S9C, these new models will likely be LCD displays, not OLED.
With that said, the company is also demoing a proof of concept Ultra HD OLED TV that combines the benefits of 4K resolution with the superior contrast and color of an OLED. Both flat and curved screen 55-inch models are on display. Sony and Panasonic have demoed similar UHD OLED prototypes in the past, and like those previous sets, this new Samsung display is not planned for the consumer market at this time.
There's no word yet on release dates or pricing for the new large screen and curved screen 4K sets, but Samsung has said that they will base availability on the evolving demands of the growing Ultra HD market.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
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