LG’s TV Intro: Xcanvas Gallery Wood PDP TVs, Reddot TVs and More

LG introduced two Xcanvas Gallery wood PDP TVs, four Reddot TV (two LCD TVs and two PDP TVs), and two “slim & wave” design LCD TVs with third generation Time Machine functionalityThe 60″ Xcanvas Gallery wood PDP TV uses highest quality wood imported from Italy for its external frame. Wood was chosen to better match the interior design of customers’ homes. The Gallery wood PDP TV can be customized at the time of ordering with an option for wood: walnut or ash. The 60″ wood PDP TV is Full HD capable with a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 and incorporates the third generation Time Machine technology that allows for recording HD video content onto the hard disk while watching another HD channel. The price is set at KRW9.9 million, or just over US$10,500!

LG also introduced four Reddot TVs that incorporate the designs of the company’s 47″ LCD TV and 50″ PDP TV that won Reddot design awards. The new Reddot TVs come in 32, 42″ LCD TVs and 42″, 50″ PDP TVs. The LCD TVs are called Shine Ruby and has a ruby-colored line that goes across below the screen that presents a high-end look. These Reddot TVs also incorporate the company’s TruM technology that doubles the frequency from the normal 60Hz to 120Hz. This is done so that other technologies such as backlight blinking and black frame insertion can be applied to reduce motion blur.

“Slim & Wave” design LCD TVs incorporate the company’s third generation Time Machine technology. Also incorporated is EyeQ that maximizes front screen performance depending on the ambient light environment. The Slim & Wave LCD TVs are just 8.8mm thick and from the sides have a wave design. LG Electronics is planning to export these models in the second quarter of this year.

Here is the list of all the new models. Prices are in KRW and for wall-mount versions (US$1 = KRW941.50):

60″ wood (60PT1DRW):  9,900,000
60″ wood (60PT1DRA): 9,900,000
50″ 2007 Reddot Design (50PB4DR): 3,500,000
42″ 2007 Reddot Design (42PB4DR): 2,300,000

42″ 2007 Reddot Design (42LB5DR): 2,500,000
32″ 2007 Reddot Design (32LB3D): 1,700,000
42″ Slim & Wave Design (42LB5DR): 2,600,000
37″ Slim & Wave Design (37LB5DR): 2,100,000
Source: Donga-Ilbo, Akihabara News, Ubergizmo, LG

BenQ Sells AU Optronics Shares

BenQ Corp (2352.TW) announced that its board of directors (BOD) has decided to sell 100 million shares of AU Optronics Corp (2409.TW) through a block deal. BenQ currently owns 638.03 million shares in AUO (NYSE: AUO), representing an 8.42% stake. The 100 million shares represent about 15% of BenQ’s AUO shares. Proceeds from the share sale will be used to adjust the company’s financial structure. In today’s trade, BenQ closed up NT$0.85 at 13.30. AUO fell 0.80 to 47.60 or down US$0.41 to US$14.30, based on US$1 = NT$33.10. AUO’s stock seems to be about flat YTD. Source: Forbes

Samsung Ultra Slim Module for Ultra Edition II Mobile Phone

AVING: Samsung seems to like the word “ultra” as the company is using its Ultra Slim Module (USM), a mobile phone LCD module that is only 1.29mm thick, and incorporating it into its Ultra Edition II mobile phone. The USM is 0.4mm thinner than its very thin 1.7mm thick mobile phone modules that Samsung is currently mass manufacturing. Samsung will be using the USM in the second quarter of this year for its Ultra Edition II mobile phones.

The picture from the USM’s side is pretty amazing. I look forward to a mobile phone that is not much thicker than the USM and durable enough to put into my small wallet.

I don’t know what HyBus is, unfortunately.

Looking at the back of the USM, it seems most of the circuitry has been integrated onto the glass with only a few chips located externally on the bottom of the module. I wonder if it is possible to integrate even more circuitry into the glass to make it shorter. But even without further development, Samsung’s USM will definitely make mobile phones thinner. Looking forward to Samsung’s Ultra Edition II phones near in the future.

Samsung PAVV Bordeaux

Samsung’s new PAVV Bordeaux LCD TVs come in three sizes: 40″, 46″ and 52″. The model names are LN40M81BD, LN46M81BD and LN52M81BD. All three are Full HD 1080p capable and have Samsung’s Crystal Black Panel technology that quadruples the contrast ratio to 15,000:1. In addition, by incorporating the company’s Wide Color Control Plus technology, green and blue colors become significantly more vibrant than previous models.

The external design improves upon the sleek Bordeaux black by using glossy material all around. These three new Bordeaux models come with ACAP, which allows bi-directional data transmission, and three HDMI inputs. With Samsung’s Crystal Black Panel technology for its LCD TVs and its True Black Panel technology for its PDP TVs, Samsung is planning for a PAVV Black Campaign all through 2007.

In Korea, Samsung will begin TV commercials, initiate a variety of events in subways and strategic areas in late March. Prices will be around KRW3.3M (~US$3,512) for the 40″, KRW4.4M (~US$4,683) for the 46″ and KRW5.5M (~US$5,854) for the 52″, based on a KRW to US$ currency exchange rate of KRW939.50 to US$1.

Source: Samsung

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Toshiba Matsushita Display: Seven LTPS LCD with LED Backlight

Toshiba Matsushita Display (TMD) announced on March 20, seven new LCDs with LED backlights geared for notebook PCs. The LED backlight provides a low-profile, lightweight and low-power consumption. TMD is focused on high-end displays using low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) technology and was the first to commercialize a LED-backlit 11.1″ with a pixel format of 1366 x 768 in October 2005. That went into Sony’s ultra-portable TX series notebook PC.

The LED backlight is Mercury-free and RoHS compliant in addition to having lower operating voltages and increased durability against impacts and vibration. The glass used in the new LCDs are just 0.3mm thick. The 10.4″ 1024 x 768 LCD panel is just 120g while the 12.1″ 1024 x 768 LCD is just 135g. Here are the specifications:

8.9″: 1280 x 768, 130g, 200cd/m2, 2.9W
10.4″: 1024 x 768, 120g, 240cd/m2, 2.4W
10.6″: 1280 x 768, 150g, 300cd/m2, 2.8W
11.1″: 1366 x 768, 146g, 240cd/m2, 3.7W
12.1″: 1024 x 768, 135g, 300cd/m2, 3.1W
12.1″: 1280 x 800, 183g, 300cd/m2, 3.5W
13.3″: 1280 x 800, 225g, 300cd/m2, 4.0W

Most likely the LED used in these LCD panels are White LEDs that use a blue chip and yellow phosphor. The color gamut is not improved but is also not degraded from that of normal CCFL-based backlights. The cost is a factor and notebook PCs incorporating these LED-backlit panels will most likely be slightly higher in price than your normal units.

Of course, I would be very surprised (pleasantly!) if Apple comes out with the 13.3″ MacBook sporting the 13.3″ TMD LED-backlit LCD panel. Imagine a thinner, lighter and longer-lasting MacBook. I would pay exactly $1099 for the base model. Technology gets cheaper by the day. I’m so glad.

Source: TMD

LG’s Prada Phone: Best of the Best, red dot Design Awards 2007

LG Electronics received awards in 29 categories including the “Best of the Best” award for its PRADA phone, at the red dot Design Awards 2007.  The PRADA phone by LG (LG-KE850) is the world’s first full touch screen interface mobile phone and was co-developed by LG Electronics and PRADA. Although Apple’s iPhone was the first to be announced, LG’s PRADA phone is the first to be shipped and available to customers. A technical point, but true nonetheless.

The red dot Design Award, along with the iF Design Award, are prestigious industrial design awards in Europe. The gala award ceremony will take place on June 25, 2007, at the Essen Aalto Theatre in Essen, Germany. I wish I could go.

Source: Digital Daily, The PRADA phone by LG

Samsung SyncMaster XL30: 30″ LCD Monitor with LED Backlight

Samsung SyncMaster XL30

Size: 30″
Aspect Ratio: 16:10
Pixel Format: 2560 x 1600
Brightness: 200 cd/m2
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Response Time: 6ms (GTG)
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Color Gamut: Up to 123% NTSC
Input: DVI-D (Dual Link)

Samsung introduced its SyncMaster XL30 LCD monitor during CeBIT. The XL30 is a 30″ wide LCD monitor with a LED backlight. By using LEDs instead of CCFLs, the XL30 has a color gamut of 123% NTSC, which is much better than your typical monitor with 72% and even better than those that have Wide Color Gamut CCFL (WCG-CCFL) backlights that generate 92% NTSC. I am not sure if there are any benefits to having more than 100% NTSC for video viewing. Video is generated at 100% NTSC. Of course, professionals that are in the imaging industry will welcome the XL30 as they tend to work with color triangles that are much greater than NTSC. Other features include a contrast ratio of 3,000:1 (dynamic), a response time of 2ms and viewing angles of 170/170. Gamma, color temperature and white balances can all be configured based on the user’s needs. You can also choose to work in Adobe RGB or sRGB. Inputs include USB terminal, DVI-D with HDCP.

I would hazard to guess that LCD monitor brands such as Dell, Viewsonic, HP and other are looking forward to incorporating this LED-based LCD monitor panel from Samsung. I doubt Apple will because they generally do not use PVA panels from Samsung for their high-end monitors. Just a hunch.

Source: DigiTimes, Samsung

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Acer x241Wsd: 24″ Wide LCD Monitor

Acer introduced five new LCD monitors in the US. I would like to concentrate on the 24″ wide LCD monitor, the x241Wsd. It has a pixel format of 1920 x 1200, enough to view Full HD 1080p video content, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, a brightness of 400 cd/m2 and a response time of 5ms. The external design is ok but is nothing to write home about: I think some of Dell’s new monitor designs actually look better than this, which is saying a lot about how average this Acer looks from the picture.

The 22″ version (x221Wsd) sports a 1680 x 1050 pixel format that is really good for nothing when it comes to video. That pixel format isn’t all that useful for two-page mode either since each page has only 840 x 1050 pixels. The only useful tool is Excel as you get many more columns to work with. The best, in my humble opinion, is to get 1920 x 1200. Full HD video, two-page (960 x 1200, not ideal, but better than most), and tons of columns in Excel. The x241Wsd is priced right at $600.

Source: Engadget

Samsung Ultra Smart F700

Samsung is upping the stakes for smartphones with its Ultra Smart F700. The F700 follows the simple style of Apple’s iPhone, when closed. The F700 sports a 2.78″ LCD touch display with a pixel format of 240 x 440 in portrait mode (440 x 240 in landscape, as in the picture). Now, unlike the iPhone, the F700 has a full QWERTY keyboard when you slide it out. The picture, it seems, is just a mock up as the backspace and the return key is one single key. The smartphone plays audio and video with these formats supported:

Source: Akihabara News

Update: March 18, 2007
Engadget scored some pictures during CeBIT of the F700 smartphone and really liked the design. A reflective glossy chrome material is used on the back that brings a real classy look. On the technology side, the F700 sports 900/1800/1900MHz GSM, EDGE and 7.2Mbps HSDPA. With the 2.78″ wide screen video viewing will likely be one of the many things that the user can enjoy. Video support includes MPEG4, H.263 and H.264. Cool.

As you can see from this picture (Source: Engadget), the backspace and return keys are separate and different from the previous drawing. I am not sure if I like the location of the shift key. I really do hope the F700 comes to the US and give some competition to the iPhone. Because if it doesn’t, I will most likely get an iPhone. I foresee a market for durable finger condoms. To relieve finger stress from using the iPhone too much, of course.

Panasonic PT-DW10000U: Full HD DLP Projector

Panasonic’s PT-DW10000U is a three-chip DLP projector with a brightness of 10,000 lumens. Hence the model name! The DLP projector can display 1920 x 1200 pixels, which means Full HD 1080p video content will be not much of a problem. Except for the extra 60 lines on top and bottom: not much of a problem at all. Of course, given the 1920 x 1200 pixel format, this DLP projector is designed more for business use (connecting a PC) than viewing video. And you’ll see later on this post why it will be just businesses that buy this.

Contrast ratio is a good 5,000:1 and the video is processed at 10-bit for more color fidelity. The industrial design is simple but not very sexy. If you are living in Arizona without air conditioning, don’t worry. The PT-DW10000 can operate at up to 113 degrees thanks to its liquid-cooling system. There is also a Auto Cleaning Robot (inside?) that cleans the filters for up to 2,000 hours. You will be paying dearly for this as the MSRP is a mind boggling $74,999! More info at Engadget.