OLED lawsuit dropped, settlement details unknown
Samsung is reportedly dropping its lawsuit against LG over the alleged leakage of details relating to Samsung's OLED and LCD technology. Part of an ongoing feud between the two companies, the suit has apparently been laid to rest, after both parties were supposedly in discussions over the matter this month.
Six companies fined over alleged misconduct
China regulators have levied fines against Samsung, LG and several other companies accused of colluding to artificially inflate LCD panel prices. Six companies will share the 353 million yuan (~$56.7 million USD) combined penalty, however Samsung and LG face the brunt of the punishment with respective fines of 118 million yuan (~$18.9 million USD) and 101 million yuan (~$16.2 million USD).
Deals on digital cameras, printers, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on digital cameras, printers, and more. Amazon.com today is offering a discount on the Panasonic Lumix 16.1MP Waterproof Digital Camera, complete with 2.7-inch LCD display, four outdoor scene-modes, and support for 720p HD video recording. Currently featured at DealNN, the camera has dropped $80 off its original list price and can be purchased for only $99.
LG smartphone display uses AH-IPS to reach 440ppi
LG Display has introduced a full HD LCD screen for smartphones. The new display packs a higher pixels-per-inch count than the 326ppi Retina Display used on the iPhone, and is a 30 percent increase compared to LG's own 4.5-inch predecessor. Based on an Advanced High Performance In-Plane Switching (AH-IPS) technology, the screen can push out 440ppi at a resolution of 1920x1080. The previous 4.5-inch LG screen could only muster 329ppi and a resolution of 1280x720, by comparison. A wide viewing angle, stable display image and rapid response speed when touched is claimed by LG, with a brighter light transmission and low power consumption to help with outdoor viewing.
Drop in demand affecting other LCD makers as well
For the second time in a year, Sharp has announced that it will be cutting production of LCDs screens in its Sakai City (Osaka) Japan production facility. Nikkei is reporting [subscription required] that the company plans to reduce its output by one-half. Sharp will continue pushing out the screens at these levels for at least one month, and possibly longer.
Deals on HDTVs, iPad cases, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include discounted HDTVs, iPad cases, and more. Tigerdirect.com has recently lowered the cost on a wide range of electronic devices as part of its Top 12 for 2012 sale, one of which is the refurbished 55-inch Toshiba LCD HDTV with three built-in HDMI ports and a 120Hz screen refresh rate. Currently featured at DealNN, the Toshiba HDTV has now dropped $900 in price and can be purchased for only $699.99.
Black Friday prices on HDTVs
If finding the right HDTV deal out in the retail stores didn't quite work out this Black Friday, don't worry, there are still plenty of great low prices online. Amazon.com today has the LG 32-inch LCD HDTV which features 720p resolution and LED backlighting technology for $299 after an impressive 46% price break from the list price of $549. Get the latest 3D technology with the LG 47-inch 3D LCD HDTV which features 1080p resolution and includes four pairs of passive 3D glasses, it has seen a massive 61% price cut from $2499.99 down to only $969.99 with FREE shipping at Buy.com.
Transflective LCDs much more visible outdoors
3M's New Ventures organization has invested in Pixel Qi Corp., a developer of next generation LCD panels. Pixel Qi's unique screens can generate either e-paper output or high-intensity images for much better outdoor visibility than other contemporary LCDs. Mary Lou Jepsen, co-founder and CEO of Pixel Qi, said the funding would accelerate the company's product into the mass consumer market. She also said the company would continue to pursue mobile device manufacturers and digital signage applications.
HP sues AU Optronics in US price fixing case
HP has initiated a lawsuit against Taiwanese LCD manufacturer AU Optronics in the Northern District of California over alleged price fixing for thin film LCD panels. According to Reuters , HP’s general manager for the Display Business unit confirmed that the complaint was filed under seal to protect HP’s LCD procurement processes. HP’s lawsuit follows similar action being taken by the Korean FTC against AU Optronics and several other LCD panel makers from Taiwan and Japan.
Deals on HDTVs, monitors, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include discounted HDTVs, monitors, and more. Buy.com has a wide range of HDTVs on sale this week, however the Coby 32-inch LCD HDTV with built-in HDMI digital connection, 15-pin interface, 8ms response time, and 1366 x 768 maximum display resolution, is currently being featured at DealNN. This particular HDTV has recently dropped 37% in price and can now be purchased for only $249.99; free shipping is included as well.
20-inch monitor offers 3D view from wide angle
LG today announced what it claims to be the world's first glasses-free 3D computer display with eye tracking. The 20-inch D2000 LCD combines cameras with the company's parallax barrier 3D displays. The technique allows not just glasses-free viewing, LG said, but wide viewing angles that aren't always the case.
Deals on HDTV's, speaker systems, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include discounted HDTV's, speaker systems, and more. Cowboom.com today is offering the Dynex DX-L19J-10A 19-inch LCD HDTV with maximum screen resolution of 1366 x 768, built-in HDMI and S-Video connectors, 5ms response time, and 1000:1 contrast ratio as its deal of the day. Currently featured at DealNN, this HDTV has now dropped in price from $219.99 down to $89.99 and delivers up to $130 in savings.
Deals on HDTV's, Blu-ray Players, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on HDTV's, Blu-ray players, and more. Onsale.com has recently lowered the cost of the refurbished Vizio 32-inch LCD HDTV, complete with 1366 x 768 maximum resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 8ms response time, and four built-in HDMI ports. Currently featured at DealNN, this HDTV has dropped to $247.99 in price and offers savings of up to $202.
Deals on HDTVs, camcorders, and more
Today’s Deals from DealNN include price breaks on HDTVs, video cameras, and more. Abt.com today is offering a $229 price break on the Samsung 40-inch Series 6 Flat Panel LCD HDTV, which is currently featured at DealNN and includes a 1080p HD maximum resolution, built-in USB and HDMI ports, and Auto Motion Plus 120Hz technology. As a result of the discount the Samsung has now dropped to $668 in price, and has free ground shipping available.
Six new displays from 18.5-inch to 23-inch
AOC has unveiled a new ultra-slim range of LCD displays all measuring only half an inch thick. There are six models in the Razor lineup with display sizes ranging from 18-5-inches to 23-inches. The displays all incorporate a 16:9 aspect ratio and LED backlighting. In keeping with the minimalist styling, the displays have eschewed buttons for touch-sensitive keys integrated into the base, which light up as soon as a finger is near them.
Ends series of suits going back to 2007
Samsung today announced a cross-licensing deal with Sharp that ends a series of disputes between the two companies. The deal also gives each company access to technology covered by patents owned by the other, according to a regulatory filing made by Samsung. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Support staff urged to deny problem
Apple has allegedly notified its support staff of issues relating to yellow-tint LCDs on certain iMac models, according to an internal document posted on Gizmodo. The work order describes symptoms such as a slight color variability or a yellow tint, which is consistent with a number of customer complaints posted on Apple's support forums.
Smart USB Monitor
DoubleSight Displays has revealed a new line of display screens, the Smart USB Monitor. Available in either 7-inch, 9-inch, or 9-inch webcam versions, each LCD monitor is designed to work with any desktop or notebook with a USB port and up to as many as six of the displays on one computer. Like most USB displays, it requires no video chipset and works both in landscape and portrait modes. Most apps will work properly, including some Internet and offline videos.
Hitachi HDTVs announced
Hitachi has announced several new plasma and LCD televisions to be released in the coming months, the P-XP035 Series and the L-XP035 Series. Both televisions feature a 500GB internal HDD, an iVDR slot and DLNA support, while an light sensor is used to automatically adjust the display brightness to suit the ambient lighting. The devices support 1080p video signals which can be recorded directly onto the internal hard drive.
LG LH90 LED LCD HDTV
LG on Wednesday shipped the LH90 series of 1080p LCD HDTVs, the first it says feature both LED backlighting and which pass the THX Display Certification process. Each TV supports contrast rations up to 2,000,000:1, while TruMotion technology converts the refresh rate to 240Hz. The integrated THX Movie Mode is designed to optimize the color, black levels and signal processing.
Sharp intros AQUOS TVs
Sharp on Tuesday introduced its latest AQUOS LCD TVs, including several models featuring LED backlighting. New models in the E77 series include the The 65-inch LC-65E77UM and 60-inch LC-60E77UN, each featuring 1080p resolution and the company's Advanced Super View technology designed to reduce haze and reflectivity. Both offerings support 120Hz frame-rate conversion and a pixel response time of 4ms.
3D-ready LG LH50 LCD
Having only recently introduced a regular version of the LCD to North America, LG is now shipping a 3D edition of the 47LH50 in South Korea. The 47-inch TV requires special glasses, but handles processing on its own when displaying supported 3D content. The set is also classified under the XCanvas brand in Korea.
Vizio leads LCD TV market
According to first quarter reports, Vizio has surged into the leading position in the North American LCD-TV market. This is likely due to consumers with dwindling disposable incomes buying the company's price competitive models. Vizio has surpassed even Samsung and Sony, with unit shipment shares rising 21.6 percent since the end of the third quarter last year. iSuppli has suggested the economic downturn has caused people to look for more inexpensive brands of LCD-TV's with relatively good quality, and as such has turned to Vizio.
Philips unveils new series
Philips on Wednesday evening unveiled its stylish new FlatTV 6000 and 7000 series that feature an ultra-thin bezel surrounded by a rounded acrylic edge. The new televisions are available in sizes between 32- and 52-inches, and deliver 1080p resolutions using a 120Hz ClearLCD panel. Philips boasts what it says is the "fastest refresh rate on the market" on its LCD panels at 2ms for improved viewing during high-motion content as well as improved shadow detail and black levels in dark scenes.
Samsung 9 TV leak
Some information has emerged on Samsung's new 9 Series TVs, a report claims. The sets (not pictured) are expected to replace current A950 LCDs, and use a B9000 designation. Distinguishing the models from other Samsung hardware is said to be LED backlighting with local dimming, as opposed to edge lighting. Local dimming provides better contrast, by removing light entirely from black sections of an image.
DealNN: 17-in. monitor
Today's featured DealNN deal is on the HP 17-inch LCD flat panel monitor from TigerDirect.com. It is regularly priced at $149.99, but has been reduced to $99.99, and until 4/30/09 a mail in rebate offer is available that cuts the price again to $68.99. The HP monitor has a contrast ratio of 800:1, a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024 and 5ms response time.
ViewSonic 1080p LCD TV
ViewSonic on Wednesday announced the release of its VT2230 LCD TV, which offers 16:9 resolutions up to 1080p, on a panel measuring 22 inches. The display is meant for use in locations where a larger set would not physically fit, such as kitchens, dens or small bedrooms. The TV achieves a 5ms response time, with 300cd/m2 brightness.
2009 Samsung TV prices
The costs of various 2009 Samsung LCDs have leaked in advance of an official announcement, a site claims. The information is said to have become available because products are now shipping to dealers, and show sometimes wide disparities in pricing. 3 Series sets, measuring between 19 and 32 inches, should cost anywhere from $300 to $550, while the 22- to 32-inch 4 Series sets range between $400 and $650. Prices begin to rise sharply with the 5 Series, which come in models varying from 32 to 52 inches at costs of $800 to $1,800.
Samung LCDs at CES
Korea's Samsung has introduced two new LCD monitors at CES, the P2370L and the 2233RZ. The former is a 23-inch display, whose main feature is a white LED backlight instead of the flourescent type used in most LCDs. This is claimed to produce better color results, as well as contrast, which is listed as an extremely high 2,000,000:1. The monitor additionally sports a 2ms gray-to-gray response, and resolutions up to 1080p; input comes in the form of DVI-I, which supports both DVI-A and DVI-D sources. The display should ship in the first quarter of the year for $399.
LG monitors from CES
LG has announced a host of new LCD monitors at CES, concentrating on the M237WD, a new 23-inch display. The panel is unusual in that it doubles as an HDTV set, mainly through the inclusion of 1080p resolution and an ATSC tuner. It is designed in the cinema-standard 16:9 ratio instead of 16:10, and features built-in stereo speakers as well as a bundled infrared remote. Dynamic contrast is rated at 30,000:1, and response time is pegged at 5ms.
LG to intro thin LED LCD
Korea's LG says it will unveil the world's slimmest LED-backlit LCD TV at next week's CES show in Las Vegas. While the screen size of the LH95 is unknown, the TV does not get any thicker than 24.8mm, or just under one inch. Also confirmed is that the set will feature an extremely high 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, and LG's 240Hz TrueMotion Drive technology, used for better representation of motion.
LG intros first 480Hz LCD
Korea's LG on Tuesday announced it will display the first LCD TV panel with a 480Hz refresh rate at January's CES show. The company is branding the display under the Trumotion 480Hz name, and promises it will deliver smooth, high-speed playback thanks to a 4ms response time. The refresh rate was accomplished through a new scanning backlight, integrated into the panel and able to double the performance of existing 240Hz sets.
V22 Verfino LCD monitor
Display maker AOC has unveiled a new LCD monitor, the V22 Verfino. The screen measures 22 inches, and is a part of the company's Gamer Certified line. Accordingly the monitor is equipped with high-end features, such as HDMI input, LED backlighting, a 100,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and a response time of only 2ms. Conventional contrast and response figures range closer to 2,000-3,000:1 and 4-6ms.
First 28-inch 1080p LCD
TV builder HANNspree has announced the HT09, a new LCD TV set. The display is claimed to be first 28-inch model in the world capable of 1080p, a resolution normally reserved for TVs measuring 40 inches or larger, with some exceptions. The difference between 1080p and 720p is normally said to be indistinguishable below that size, but may make the HT09 usable as a computer monitor.
Dell confirms SP2309W LCD
Dell's SP2309W LCD, first revealed quietly through a Canadian website listing, has now been formally launched in the US. The monitor is notable mainly for supporting resolutions up to 2048x1152, a figure beyond the 1080p maximum common to most modern displays. Dell also claims an unusually high 80,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and a built-in two-megapixel webcam with twin microphones.
NEC P221W LCD wide gamut
NEC has unveiled the first display in its MultiSync P Series of LCD monitors, the 22 inch P221W. The new LCD monitor offers 1680 by 1050 pixel native resolution, while presenting 96 percent of the AdobeRGB color gamut for image or video editing that requires color precision. The integrated 10-bit color look-up tables are programmable if corrections are needed. The P221W offers a slightly wider viewing angle of 178 degrees from the S-PVA LCD panel.
Pioneer LCD TVs in US
Pioneer recently announced it would start selling its LCDs in North America and Asia during the first half of 2009, after unveiling the 32- and 37-inch models in Europe last month. CE Pro reveals that Pioneer will follow up the North American and Asian releases with Japan in 2010, opting to focus mostly on small- and medium-sized LCDs for the Japanese. Pioneer also said it would offer a high-end range of LCDs, manufactured with Sharp LCD panels.
Sharp AQUOS LCD TVs
Sharp on Wednesday unveiled several new AQUOS LCD high-definition televisions to the North American market, including two limited-edition models. Sharp's D65U lineup offers a native 1080p resolution, and spans between 42- and 52-inches, featuring a 6ms response time. Sharp touts the energy-saving features of the line, saying it is Energy Star-compliant, with active backlight and contrast controls to reduce energy consumption while the set is in use.
LG and Amtran partnership
A Monday report has LG Display and Amtran – maker of Vizio LCDs – agreeing to set up a joint production plant to manufacture LCD panels and TV sets for their brands in China. Under the agreement, Amtran's existing facility in Suzhou, China, will see a $20 million initial investment. The new plant, due to commence operation early next year, will produce 3 million LCD modules along with 5 million LCD TV sets.
Sony intros BRAVIA LCDs
Japanese electronics giant Sony today introduced four new lines of BRAVIA LCDs, including the XR1 series, which sports a new LED backlight to endow the sets with a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio; the ZX1 series, featuring a sub-0.4-inch LCD thickness at the thinnest point; the W1 line, with Sony’s Motion Flow 240Hz display panel, and the X1 collection, which relies on existing CCFL backlighting technology to deliver 3,000:1 contrast. All are capable of 1080p resolution.
Epson intros LTPS LCD
Epson Imaging Devices on Tuesday announced it has developed a high-resolution low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) TFT LCD for use in its next-generation P-6000 and P-7000 photo viewers. The new 4-inch, 640x480 VGA display combines a wide viewing angle of 80 degrees from horizontal and vertical and covers 94 percent of the Adobe RGB color range, achieved thanks to what Epson calls its Photo Fine Premia technology.
Samsung 40-inch LED LCD
In its effort to maintain a market share in the global sales of HDTVs, Samsung demonstrated three new HDTV lines utilizing the company’s backlight LED technology. With the release of the PAVV Bordeaux 780, the Korean company is bringing its second-generation LED backlight technology further downmarket, as the LCD TV is available in 46- and 40-inch sizes. In the fall of 2007, the company released 52- and 57-inch LED-backlit LCD HDTVs, and a 70-inch version before that, in June.
Users angry over iMacs
Apple is facing scrutiny for ignoring long-standing issues with the flatscreen iMacs, going back as far as the iMac G5, where vertical lines surface in the LCD displays of the popular desktop [2|3|4|5|6|7|8]. While some users were fortunately covered by either the limited AppleCare or AppleCare Service and Support Plan, others have been told to either cover the repair themselves or work out a compromise for living with the issue (such as purchasing an external LCD display).
Sharp's new LCD HDTVs
Sharp on Thursday announced the upcoming release of a pair of its newest AQUOS LCD HDTVs, the 20-inch LC-20E5 and 16-inch LC-16E5. Both are capable of displaying 720p (1366x768 resolution) images and feature two HDMI connections for HD sources such as Blu-ray players. While a digital TV tuner is built in, the TVs can double as computer monitors thanks to their necked stands that allow them to swivel from side to side.
JVC launches thin LCD TVs
JVC recently announced it will launch the industry's thinnest LCDs with built-in TV tuners. At 2.9 inches deep at the center, slimming down to 1.5 inches at the edges, the 42-inch LT-42SL89 and the 46-inch LT-46SL89 offer 1920x1080 (1080p) resolution. At the same time, JVC claims the new sets are lighter and consume less power than traditional LCD TVs, thanks to a new backlight panel and power supply substrate, respectively.
Sanyo's waterproof HD LCD
Sanyo unveiled the CE52SR1 52-inch LCD monitor at Infocomm 2008 today. The monitor's headline-grabbing feature is its usability in outdoor environments, thanks to marine-grade construction and an LCD that is legible in direct sunlight thanks to 1500 cd/m2 brightness. The second-generation monitor is meant for commercial applications and will support 1080p HD (1920x1080) resolution and features a 6.5ms pixel response time suitable for fast movements in video.
Acer P244W 1080p monitor
Computer manufacturer Acer has announced a new LCD monitor, the P244W. The display is being aimed at high-end buyers, and as such measures 24 inches, with support for 16:9 widescreen resolutions up to 1080p (1900x1080). Appropriately the monitor is equipped with an HDMI input, which lets users connect the likes of game consoles and Blu-ray movie players. Regular computer inputs should also be included.
Sanyo turns to Sharp LCDs
Sanyo is switching to Sharp LCD panels for its HDTV sets, the former company has announced. While Sanyo is well-known as a brand in general, its TVs have not been able to compete against the likes of those from Samsung and Sony. The Japanese electronics market has been consolidating as whole, and has forced the adoption of strategies similar to Sanyo's on the part of companies like Pioneer. In Sanyo's case its consumer electronics division has done poorly, and Reuters notes that on Thursday, the corporation announced its first profits in four years.
82-inch Samsung UDTV
Korean electronics giant Samsung is using the 2008 SID symposium in Los Angeles to demonstrate a new LCD TV, formatted to an original resolution standard. While commercial LCD panels are currently limited to HD resolution (up to 1080p, or 1900x1080), the Samsung set is claimed to operate at "ultra-definition," with a maximum resolution of 3840x2160. This is however below the forthcoming 4K standard (4096x1716), and not to be confused with the experimental ultra-high definition resolution (7680x4320).
Hitachi UltraThin TVs ship
Hitachi has announced that its UltraThin LCDs, first announced at January's CES expo, are now beginning to ship in American versions. Their name derives from their thickness, which measures only 1.5 inches at the deepest point; this may come at a cost of screen size however, as only 32, 37, 43 and 47-inch models are planned. The sets are further divided into regular V (UltraVision) and high-end X (Director's Series) models, though aside from an extended warranty, Hitachi has not specified what makes the Director's Series special.