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Samsung Smart TV with Google TV on display at IFA 2012, ships ‘later this year’

September 3rd, 2012

Samsung Smart TV with Google TV on display at IFA 2012, ships 'later this year'

It wasn’t a part of Samsung’s IFA 2012 press conference, but Samsung is showing off Google TV hardware for the first time since CES 2011 (pictured above), and will release a Smart TV with Google TV later this year. According to its press release and a blog post by the Google TV team, it will “enhance the Smart TV experience” with premium content from its Samsung Apps services. How exactly it will be merged we should see soon, but now that ARM chips are powering a cheaper, more conventionally built experience we figure whatever hung up the deal has been squashed. We should get an eye on it if it’s anywhere on the show floor soon, as well as the Google TV box from Hisense, and Sony’s NSZ-GS7 which already launched in the US and UK, but is coming to Germany, France and the Netherlands soon.

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Haier celebrates IFA with ultra high def 3D, transparent and eye-controlled TVs

September 1st, 2012

Haier celebrates IFA with ultra high def 3D, transparent and eye-controlled TVs

Haier was a bit of a sleeper hit at last year’s IFA, and the company looks to be taking on 2012′s Berlin-based show in way. For 2011, TV maker showed off its futuristic transparent and brain-controlled TV technologies. This year’s selections are set to follow in that vein, beginning with the debut of a new 46-inch transparent TV built on last year’s technology, capable of detecting six points at the same time. As before, Haier’s seeing business potential in the device, and will be showing it off in the context of a window display at this year’s show. Also on the slate is the company’s first 3D LED Ultra High Definition set, a 55-incher that will be displaying Ultra High Def footage of booth visitors.

Haier will be showcasing even more 3D stuff at the show, including a 55-inch glasses-free LED set with 28 viewing angles and 3D Multi-View, “which allows two people to watch two different images at the same time, on the total surface area of the screen,” according to the company. Also on the docket is an eye-controlled set that lets viewers take charge of volume and channels with their peepers and a 3D gesture control system that has a camera built into the set’s frame. On a more old school tip is the “high performance sensitive” remote, which has a nine-axis gyroscope inside.

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Sony unveils latest HX950 flagship HDTV in Japan with ‘Intelligent Peak LED’ backlighting

September 1st, 2012

Sony unveils latest HX950 flagship HDTV in Japan with 'Intelligent Peak LED' backlighting

While Sony’s current lineup of HDTVs has so far topped out with the HX929/920 series that’s been kicking around since 2011, in Japan it has just unveiled a new top of the line model: the HX950. Often rumored in the last few months, it’s available in 65- or 55-inch varieties and features Sony’s now-trademark monolithic style as well as “Intelligent Peak LED” backlighting. Although Sony’s brand name for the tech doesn’t exactly reveal how it works, information leaks have suggested it is full array LED backlighting and not edge based, although we don’t know how many zones (individually controlled light sources) are in play. What we do know, however is that it claims to outperform the LED backlighting in the old 929 quite handily, although we’ll let our eyes be the judge of that.

It also includes MotionFlow XR960 (800 in the US) motion processing tech that can create 240fps from 60 frames and a glass panel mounted to the LCD itself with a special type of resin designed specifically to reduce glare. Finally, there’s also the usual add-ins like 3D and Sony Entertainment Network streaming video. We haven’t seen any European or US information for this model yet, although with IFA 2012 under way and CEDIA coming up that may change quickly. Currently pricing in Japan for the 65-inch is expected to be around 650,000 yen or $8,269 when it ships November 10th, but we should mention actual US prices are typically much lower than a direct conversion. Unofficially, one retailer is already listing the 55- and 65-inch models for sale in the US for $3,499 and $5,499, respectively, although we’d take that with a grain of salt until we know for sure.

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Zotac refreshes Zbox Nano with AMD Brazos 2.0 APU

August 24th, 2012

Zotac refreshes Zbox Nano with AMD Brazos 2.0 APU

Zotac revealed on Wednesday a version of its Zbox Nano mini-PC packing AMD’s “Brazos 2.0″ E2-1800 dual-core APU clocked at 1.7 GHz. This chip refreshes the Zotac device with AMD Radeon HD 7340 graphics which delivers DirectX 11 gaming and HD video playback while boosting computational and graphical processing capabilities for lightning-fast system responsiveness.

“The Zotac Zbox Nano series proves itself as a user favorite with full-scale PC usage in all rooms and locations,” the company said. “The pocket-sized form factor comes extremely versatile given its new dual-core 1.7 GHz AMD Brazos 2.0 E2-1800 APU. The Brazos 2.0 platform significantly improves performance-per-wattage, incorporates native USB 3.0, native SD reader and SATA 6 GB/s support, while simultaneously reducing idle power usage. The Zbox Nano AD12 delivers more performance and provides additional connectivity while maintaining the same compact footprint.”

The new Zotac Zbox Nano AD12 arrives in two favors: standard vanilla AD12 and extra beefy AD12 Plus. The overall specs include the AMD SoC, two USB 3.0 ports on the back, two USB 2.0 ports on the front, two USB 2.0 ports on the back, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11n connectivity, Bluetooth 3.0, one eSATA port, a bundled MCE-compatible remote with integrated and USB IR receivers, and a bundled VESA75/100 mount.

“High-amperage USB 2.0 ports come new in the Zbox Nano AD12, capable of replenishing the batteries of devices requiring more power for quicker charging. A pair of front-mounted USB 2.0 ports provides easy expandability to portable devices with the Zbox Nano AD12 while supplying up to 1.5-amps of high-amperage power for easy plug-and-play charge and syncing with the latest smartphones and tablets.”

As for other features, both offer a 7-in-1 card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC/MS/MS Pro/xD), DisplayPort and HDMI video output, a shared video memory architecture, and a combo analog stereo / mini-Optical S/PDIF/HDMI audio (bitstream). Both are Windows 7 with Aero user interface and DirectCompute compatible, but they don’t actually come with an OS pre-installed.

The only difference between both models is that the AD12 Plus includes 2 GB of DDR3 memory and the standard “barebones” AD12 version has an empty 204-pin DDR3 SO-DIMM slot (supports up to 8 GB). The AD12 Plus also has a pre-installed 320 GB 5400RPM HDD whereas the standard AD12 doesn’t, merely providing an empty slot for one 2.5-inch SATA 3-compatible HDD.

Currently pricing and availability for both are unknown (out of stock), so stay tuned.

SOURCE via Zotac

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Angry Birds with gesture controls collides with select Samsung Smart TVs

July 26th, 2012

Angry Birds with gesture controls collides with select Samsung Smart TVs

The war against pigs is now available as a free download on some of the company’s silver screens. Thanks to a built-in camera and the firm’s Smart Interaction tech, which typically help users navigate menus and browse the web, gamers can smash through swine defenses using gesture controls. In order to download the app from the Samsung Smart Hub, you’ll need a television in the Plasma 8000 range or a 2012 LED 7500 or higher. If your TV’s not as intelligent as Samsung would like, however, the avian protagonists can already stage their skirmishes on your tube with a Roku, and come this holiday season, they’ll be soaring on the Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Samsung announces 75-inch ES9000 smart TV for Korea, with similarly gigantic price tag

July 7th, 2012

Samsung announces 75-inch ES9000 smart TV for Korea, with similarly gigantic price tag

Anyone looking to fill half of their lounge with Samsung LCD just got a new size to choose. The 75-inch ES9000 is the bigger brother of the ES8000 ahead of the official launch in Korea. In short, if you loved the LED-backlit display of the 55-inch model, you’re going to adore the ES9000, which features the same smart TV brains alongside a retractable webcam unit housed on the top edge.

The picture was pleasingly rich and sharp — presumably due to the aforementioned backlighting and the ES series’ edge-to-edge design. The bezel is a mere 7.9mm and Samsung has decided to coat the frame in a gentle Rose Gold coating which, due to the TV’s slightly shady location, was a little trickier to pick out.

That premium finish is matched by a premium price tag, however, and will hit checkbooks for 19.8 million won (around $17,450). Despite the UK appearance, retailer John Lewis (which hosted the event) couldn’t confirm whether retail models would be coming to its stores in the future. But if you can afford 75 inches of TV, you can also afford a quick flight to Seoul to pick one up.

SOURCE via Samsung

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Sony, Panasonic OLED partnership is official, aims for mass production in 2013

June 26th, 2012

Sony, Panasonic OLED partnership is official, aims for mass production in 2013

The rumor that Japanese electronic giants Panasonic and Sony would team up on OLED HDTV technology has been confirmed by a press release (included after the break), and the two plan to establish mass production in 2013. Together, they’ll be able to utilize the core and printing techniques that each has so far developed separately to roll out HDTV-sized OLED panels. Still, while they will be BFFs behind the scenes don’t expect any crazy cross-branding of releases, as the release notes each company plans to “develop and commercialize its own competitive, high-performance, next-generation OLED televisions and large-sized displays.” Can this combination help them catch up to Korean counterparts Samsung and LG? Those two will individually put super-skinny, ultra high contrast ratio OLED HDTVs on store shelves this year, but if Panasonic / Sony can get prices down from the $10k~ range then we’re sure most consumers will be able to overlook their tardiness to market.

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Infinitec updates Pocket TV to 1GB RAM, settles on final design and reaffirms October shipments

June 19th, 2012

Infinitec updates Pocket TV to 1GB RAM, settles on final design and reaffirms October shipments

It’s another wondrous success story from within the walls of Kickstarter, but honestly, meeting its funding goal was just the start for Infinitec. The outfit’s second product, the Pocket TV, is well on its way to becoming a commercialized reality, but backers will be pleased to know that a few changes are being made in order to address some of the most frequently voiced concerns. For starters, the company’s doubling the included RAM from 512MB to 1GB. We asked its founders why it’d make such a change, and were told that the boost in memory would enable “snappier performance” throughout, and ensure that it’ll handle “the next versions of Android” when updates become available. Wise move. Contrary to the belief of many, such a decision requires more than a simple tweak on a purchase order; Infinitec will be redesigning the final product to look like the item pictured above, and it’s bringing on staff in order to adhere to its original shipment month of October.

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NDS’ Surfaces turns your wall into a TV, or a TV into a wall… one of those two

May 12th, 2012

NDS' Surfaces turns your wall into a TV, or a TV into a wall... one of those two

Remember the wall that was also a television in Total Recall? That’s the inspiration behind Surfaces — a concept device produced by British cable mavens NDS. Abandoning the idea of a single screen, the company mounted six displays into a wall that offers up TV and internet content when on, and blends into your wallpaper when off. The setup will even control your room’s lighting for those particularly emotive X Factor performances and you control the whole thing with your iPad (while tweeting, bitchily about the show). However, before you storm the company’s Staines headquarters looking to buy one, there are a few obstacles you should know about. Firstly, this amazing setup cost over $30,000 and secondly, it only really works if you’ve got plenty of content filmed in 4K — but don’t worry, Peter Jackson’s working on it.

SOURCE via Wired

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Samsung shows off production 55-inch OLED HDTVs at the 2012 World’s Fair

May 11th, 2012

Samsung shows off production 55-inch OLED HDTVs at the 2012 World's Fair

Samsung shows off their stunning 55-inch OLED HDTV prototypes earlier this year during CES, but now it’s surprising the world by showing off the first mass produced ES9500 models at the 2012 World’s Fair (which is apparently still a thing?) in Korea.

Beyond the Smart Interaction voice and gesture control, Smart Content and Smart Evolution upgradeable dual-core CPU features found in its other high-end HDTVs, Samsung has also built in Smart Dual View technology. This lets users watch two different programs (2D) on one screen at the same time using the set’s 3D glasses and sound fed through headphones. Since each pixel is individually lit, Samsung says its OLED tech has 20 percent better color reproduction than existing LED-backlit LCD HDTVs.

There’s still no word on exactly when these will ship and for how much, however with competition on the way from LG, these fresh-off-the-factory-line flat panels are a sign we won’t be waiting long. Other than new display tech, Samsung also took the opportunity to officially announce bigger LCD models on the way in sizes from 60- to 75-inches. According to the Associated Press, company officials expect it to go on sale in the second half of the year for over 10 million won, around $9,000 US.

SOURCE via AJC

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