New 4K-capable televisions include optional DVR with 6-channel recording
Toshiba has revealed it will be launching a new set of 4K-capable televisions in Japan. The Regza Z8X range of UHDTVs, measuring 58, 65, and 84 inches, will include native support for NHK's "Hybridcast," a system the Japanese broadcaster is trialling which adds more information to TV programming through an Internet service.
Fujitsu T-02D gets OLED touchscreen, 13.1-megapixel cam and Japan-only launch
Fujitsu has just introduced a new handset for the Japanese market, the NEXT-series REGZA Phone T-02D. It gets a 4.3-inch OLED touchscreen with 960x540 resolution that Fujitsu calls new AMOLED Plus. The display works with a sensor that measures the color of ambient light to change its own color as needed.
New Toshiba tablets range from 7.7 to 13.3 inches
Toshiba has launched its Regza tablet line for the Japanese market, releasing four tablets ranging between 7.7 and 13.3 inches. All four offerings will launch running Android 4.0, and come with 1GB RAM, a two-megapixel front camera, and a five-megapixel rear camera. All models will also have Wi-Fi capability, Bluetooth compatibility, USB2, and an SD card reader.
Toshiba unleashes PVR with massive 5TB HDD
Toshiba has used the CEATEC trade show in Japan to unveil the Regza Blu-ray DBR-M190. The device stands out from the Blu-ray player/personal video recorder crowd in that it packs a massive 5TB hard drive. This, along with its mult-tuner capability, makes it good for simultaneously recording up to six digital broadcasts for up to 15 days.
Fujitsu WP7 Mango device rumored shipping early
Fujitsu's first Windows Phone device may be one of the first to ship if a claim by Japan's Nikkei newspaper is accurate. The device, briefly seen atWPC this week, is purportedly arriving in August. If so, it would come earlier than Microsoft's official fall window for Mango and could be the first to carry the new OS.
comScore shows Android doubling sales in half year
Android is holding on to its place as the most popular platform in Japan, comScore determined on Thursday. Google's platform more than doubled its user base in the country between December and March to hit 4.6 million devices, overtaking the iPhone in the process. Apple also saw its base go up but budged by just over 100,000 phones to reach 3.9 million.
Toshiba Android 3.0 tablet in Japan this June
Toshiba has gone into detail for the Japanese launch of its first Android 3.0 tablet, the Regza Tablet AT300. First teased in late January, the 10.1-inch device will be out in Japan late in June and is estimated to cost the equivalent of $729 (60,000 yen). The device promises a 1280x800 resolution, a full USB port, HDMI output and a five-megapixel, rear-facing camera along with a front-facing camera.
Toshiba shows Regza phone with Android, 12MP cam
Toshiba has just introduced its first Android smartphone, carrying the Regza brand usually reserved for the company's TV sets. The relatively high-end T-01C has a four-inch, 480x854 resolution screen and skews to the high end elsewhere with a 12.2-megapixel camera with 720p video recording, a 1Seg TV tuner and a waterproof body. The phone supports HSPA-based 3G, and otherwise has built-in GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 2.1.
Glasses-free 3D TV due out in Japan by year’s end
Toshiba Japan today that it will be the first company to bring a glasses-free 3D TV to market. The launch is planned for late December, and in Japan only. Two initial models, the 20-inch 20GL1 and 12-inch 12GL1, will both be based on the parallax barrier approach found in the Nintendo 3DS. The approach requires that viewers sit in "sweet spots" but is more comfortable over long periods and cheaper for multiple viewers.
Toshiba WX800 brings 3D, 7m to 1 contrast
Toshiba exported its new 3D TVs to the US today to keep its Regza line on par with rivals. Its WX800 series becomes its new flagship and is its first North American 3D set; it doesn't include the active shutter glasses but gives the option for those using the BDX3000 Blu-ray player or another 3D source. Regardless of the display mode, the sets have some of Toshiba's best image quality with a 240Hz, LED-backlit LCD that produces a high 7,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.
Toshiba Cell Regza X2 and XE2 arrive
Toshiba committed itself to its high-end TVs in large fashion on Wednesday by adding the full-size Cell Regza X2 and the Cell Regza Slim XE2. Both take advantage of the PS3-derived Cell chip's performance to enhance 3D. On top of displaying 3D, they can upscale standard definition 3D to near HD and even convert some 2D content to 3D by studying movement in the scene.
Toshiba shows new Regza HDTVs in Japan
Toshiba in Japan introduced three new lines of REGZA HDTVs, including the R1, H1 and entry-level A1. The R1 sets can record to or playback content from external hard drives thanks to a USB port. There are 32-, 37- and 42-inch models, each with IPS panels and a gaming mode, along with DLNA streaming support and four HDMI ports, a PC and analog inputs. Resolution is set at 1080p for the larger sets, while the 32-inch model has a 720p panel.
Toshiba outs Wi-Fi equipped LED TVs, more
Toshiba on Monday said it has released its new UX600 series of LED TVs, along with the G300, E200, C100 LCD TV, and CV100 families. The UX600s include Net TV, which brings built-in Wi-Fi for access to VUDU Movies, a library of more than 3,000 1080p movies with 5.1-channel surround sound. Net TV also streams Pandora Internet radio and creates custom music channels.
Toshiba details BD TVs, recorders, for Japan
Toshiba today introduced its first products incorporating Blu-ray drives in Japan, including two HDTVs with integrated Blu-ray drives, three models of Blu-ray recorders and one Blu-ray player. The TVs include the 26-inch 26R1BDP and 32-inch 32R1BDP; each has a side-mounted, slot-loading Blu-ray drive that lets them play HD movies at the sets' native 720p resolutions.
Toshiba CELL TV coming to US in 2010
Toshiba at its pre-CES keynote discussed what it sees as the core of its future, the CELL TV. The company bills it the "ultimate TV." The first ZX900 CELL TV will be offered at an unspecified date later this year, but will use the eight-core, 3.2GHz Cell processor to convert regular TV to multiple stereoscopic 3D formats thanks to a technology Toshiba calls TriVector. A Net Super Resolution+ feature will also upscale the quality of Internet video for viewing on large panel HDTVs where previous TVs only handled regular video.
Toshiba Cell Regza and 4K appear
Toshiba took the lead at Japan's CEATEC show by unveiling its most advanced TV to date. The Cell Regza 55X1 uses a variant of the same Cell processor found in the PlayStation 3 and can handle tasks that were previously difficult or impossible in regular sets: it can record up to eight simultaneous digital over-the-air TV shows at once using a special DVR box and will even display those images simultaneously. Image correction also moves up with self-congruency adjustment at the edge of the display, better color balance and sharper upscaling for DVDs and other sub-HD video.
Toshiba XV648 and shipping
Toshiba today started shipping the highest-end of its Regza HDTVs first shown at CES and added a new mid-range series to its line at the same time. The SV670 is the range leader with an LED backlight that supports local dimming on individual areas of the screen, giving it contrast levels as high as 2,000,000:1. It also has a 240Hz panel and 14-bit internal color processing. The SV670 comes in 46- and 55-inch variants that sell for $2,300 and $3,000 respectively.
Toshiba Cell TV and REGZAs
Toshiba this afternoon outed its CES offerings and centered them on its TVs. The Japanese firm says it has produced the first prototypes of TVs that use a Cell processor to handle its image processing. The performance of the chip, which is already shared with the PlayStation 3, is strong enough to handle very high resolution video processing but can also encode live HD and easily handle network video streaming. An example 55-inch set can not only play 4K (3840x2160) resolution video but upscale 1080p footage to the higher resolution while reducing the amount of noise and other artifacts.
Toshiba upconverting HDTVs
Toshiba showed off a fresh line-up of its REGZA line of LCD HDTVs at the CEDIA expo, which encompasses 12 new TV sets in the company's XV545, RV535, RV525, AV502 and AV500 series of REGZA LCDs, ranging from the 22-inch 22AV500U to the 52-inch 52VX545U. The XV545 and RV535 series HDTVs are significant for their use of the company's own built-in up-converting technology Toshiba calls Super Resolution Technology, or SRT. The technique automatically enhances standard TV signals, non-HD video game sources and videos viewed from camcorders to near HD quality, the company claims. The announcement follows a similar release of a couple of sets Toshiba released at IFA in Germany recently, though it called that up-converting tech Resolution+.
Toshiba intros REGZA lines
At the IFA 2008 show in Berlin, Toshiba unveiled two new REGZA-branded LCD HDTV lines, including the ZF series which is capable of up-converting standard definition video files into high-definition ones all by itself. The TV line does this by way of what Toshiba is calling Resolution+ technology that uses the same type of Cell processors as the ones used in Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console to enhance edges and details in images. The ZF-series displays will be available in a 40-inch size with the 40ZF575D and the 46-inch 46ZF575D.