FlyBook V5: 8.9″ UMPC

FlyBook V5 was unveiled at CeBIT. The V5 is a ultra-portable notebook PC (or you can simply lump it into the UMPC category) that has a 8.9″ wide LCD sporting a pixel format of 1024 x 600. I like this pixel format because most web pages are designed around a width of 1024 since a lot of the monitors before the popularity of 17″ and 19″ LCD monitors with 1280 x 1024 pixels had, instead, 1024 x 768. Think 15″. I dislike scrolling left-right and with 1024 pixels horizontally, surfing the Internet will require only up-down scrolling most of the time.

Image source: Engadget

The V5 weighs only 1.2kg (~2.65 lbs) and is powered by Intel’s Core Duo ULV U2400 running at 1.06GHz. RAM can be expanded to 2GB and has an integrated Intel 945GM GPU. Another good thing about the 8.9″ LCD is that it is a touch screen that allows you to use either your finger or a stylus. I think the FlyBook V5 might end up being the ultra-portable Internet communicator that we have all been waiting for… at least for those of us that have average to slightly smaller-than-average hands. I don’t think the diminutive 80-key keyboard will be all that comfortable to type especially if you have fairly large hands. Of course, you can simply use the V5 as a tablet and write instead. As long as the price is right (<$1000), I will put the V5 very high on my gotta-have-it list.

Other notable features are: 1.3 megapixel swiveling camera, 3.6Mbps UMTS/HSDPA and quad-band EDGE/GPRS/GSM in addition to Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11a/b/g. You can find more info at Engadget.

Technovision 205″ Luxio LCD HDTV

Technovision, an Italian company in operation since 1987, showcased a mammoth 205″ LCD TV! Most likely they have perfected the art of stitching as there are no LCD manufacturing fabs in the world that can produce such a size. Although four 102.5″ LCD TV panels could have been stitched together, there is the possibility of nine 68.3″ LCD TV panels. I really don’t know. The size is impressive and the company seems to be targeting the yacht market according to Gizmodo.

With this size, I can now realistically (but not financially) envision an entire wall being a screen. Does it have multi-touch?

Sharp 108″ LCD TV

Sharp exhibited its manufacturing prowess by showcasing a 108″ LCD TV during CeBIT 2007. The 108″ LCD TV panel is produced at the company’s G8 fab located in Kameyama, Japan. The G8 fab is the world’s largest and only one in volume production. The pixel format is 1920 x 1080, which is quite good. But quite good isn’t good enough, especially if you’re dealing with a screen that is 108″ diagonally! How about a pixel format of 3840 x 2160? That would be similar to having four 54″ 1080p LCD panels in a 2×2 matrix. I digress.

Sharp has a history of breaking records in the LCD industry. Back in 1998, Sharp was the first to introduce a 14″ color TFT LCD TV. In 2004, the company was the first with a 45″, which was built from its G6 LCD fab that is also located in Kameyama, where its G8 is. I think Sharp will be breaking another record with the price of its 108″ LCD panel. Most likely the panel will not enter into mass production, but if the company decides to begin selling the behemoth, sources say that it might fetch around $80,000 and be available this summer. Wow.

Source: The Future of Things

Samsung Q45, R20, R70: Stylish Notebook PCs

Samsung’s Q45 is a 12.1″ wide notebook PC. The R20 sports a 14.1″ wide. And the R70 has a 15.4″ wide LCD. All three run Vista and is powered by Intel’s Core 2 Duo CPUs. Interesting tid bits for each are as follows: The R20 has a silver-nano antibacterial coated keyboard. This might sound quite weird, but unless you remember to wash your hands every time before you start typing away, the keyboard becomes a pretty dirty place in no time. I wonder how long the antibacterial effect will last? The R70 has an HDMI port. The Q45 has WiBRO (Korea’s version of mobile WiMax) and HSDPA.

The design is impressive: gives me the black MacBook feel. The black high glossy coating makes it look nice with simple and straight lines. There is a 6-in-1 memory card reader and the AVS Multimedia feature allows the user to view movies, photos and music without booting up Windows.

Q45 Specifications
12.1″ 1280 x 800 Super Bright Gloss LCD
Intel PRO/Wireless LAN
HSDPA, WiBRO, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR
512MB-2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
Intel GPU with DVMT or nVidia GeForce 8000M Series
2x USB 2.0, VGA, 4-pin IEEE 1394, Auido out, Mic in, PCMCIA, 6-in-1 Memory Card Reader (Memory Stick/Pro, SD, MMC, HS-MMC, XD)

R20 Specifications
14.1″ 1280 x 800 Super Bright Gloss LCD
Atheros Super G: 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (optional)
1GB – 2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
ATi Radeon Xpress 1250 UMA
3x USB 2.0, VGA, Audio out, Mic in, PCI Express Card Slot (54mm)
6-in-1 Memory Card Reader

R70 Specifications
15.4″ 1280 x 800 or 1680 x 1050 Super Bright Gloss LCD
Intel PRO/Wireless LAN
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR (Optional)
1GB – 2GB DDR2 667MHz RAM
nVidia GeForce 8000M Series
3x USB 2.0, HDMI, VGA, Audio out, Mic in, Kensington Lock
6-in-1 Memory Card Reader
Camera (optional)

Source: Engadget

Samsung SyncMaster 940UX: 19″ LCD Monitor via USB

Samsung‘s SyncMaster 940UX is a special 19″ LCD monitor. The 940UX doesn’t have a VGA port. Nor does it have a DVI port. No HDMI either. What it does have instead is a USB connection. The USB cable connects to any USB port (probably needs to be the Hi-Speed USB 2.0 variety) on your computer. You don’t need a separate graphics card. For the 3D gamer, this is definitely not an option at the moment. But for folks that work with 2D most of the time, the 940UX can bring down the cost of the entire system by quite a bit. The 940UX looks to be a 5:4 variety with a pixel format of 1280 x 1024.

More photos at Engadget.

The technology has a name: UbiSync. And UbiSync can work up to six simultaneous connections off of USB. It can be configured in two ways: each 940UX connects directly to the PC or they can be daisy-changed. According to Engadget‘s talk with a Samsung rep at the CeBIT booth, a dual-core CPU running at 2GHz with 2GB of RAM can easily handle six displays. Just having two or three displays via USB sounds good enough to me!

Kolin KLT-4268: 42″ 1080p in Taiwan

Kolin celebrated its one million LCD TV shipments by introducing its KLT-4268, a 42″ LCD TV with Full HD 1080p capability. The pixel format, of course, is in a 16:9 aspect ratio with 1920 x 1080 pixels. The price in Taiwan is NT$59,900 or about US$1800. Not terribly cheap, but on the aggressive side.

The KLT-4268 features a brightness of 500 cd/m2, a contrast ratio of 1,500:1 and viewing angle of 176 degrees. Kolin follows up with Chi Mei’s announcement of a 42″ Full HD LCD TV offered at NT$54,900 just last month. Here is a list of other brands and prices for 42″ Full HD LCD TVs:

Asus: NT$82,900 (~US$2500)
BenQ: NT$68,900 (~US$2090)
Microtek: NT$54,900 (~US$1660)
Tatung: NT$68,900 (~US$2090)
Teco: NT$56,900 (~US$1724)

As you can see Microtek and Chi Mei has the lowest prices. I am led to believe that price declines will not be as drastic in the coming months, but maybe prices will fall to below $1499 for major brands like Samsung and Sony by the time Black Friday comes around in the US.

Source: DigiTimes 

Syntax-Brillian Olevia LCD TV in Japan: Digital Signage

Syntax-Brillian announced the launch of its Olevia brand of LCD TVs in Japan. The company is working with Japan-based HD VOD equipment and services provider BMT. Olevia TVs will debut in Japan in late March 2007. NTT Group, one of the largest telecommunications company in Japan, will purchase 3,000 42″ LCD TVs for the public display and commercial markets. NTT Group is expected to be a major customer for Olevia Japan.

BMT will support Olevia Japan, the Japan branch of Syntax-Brillian, in marketing, logistics and support. BMT also ordered 20,000 42″ LCD TVs from Syntax-Brillian with delivery expected to begin during the second quarter of 2007.

In the second half of 2007, Syntax-Brillian is planning to introduce 42″, 47″, 52″ and 65″ Olevia 1080p LCD TVs in Japan. The company anticipates strong sales of about 50,000 units for Olevia Japan in 2007. With the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Syntax-Brillian expects a strong increase in demand, around 60,000 to 80,000, for its Olevia LCD TVs.

Shinichi Hirabayashi, a former general manager of Toshiba, will lead Olevia Japan that is located near Tokyo. Hirabayashi will collaborate with BMT on the design and development of the new LCD TVs for the Japanese market. This announcement by Syntax-Brillian follows a recent introduction of Olevia LCD TVs in Taiwan on March 2, 2007.

Syntax-Brillian is no household name in many countries, but the company seems to be executing its expansion plans exceptionally well. The company also has a strategic supply agreement with LG.Philips LCD which explains the choice of sizes for its LCD TVs.

Source: DigiTimes

ByD:sign, EyeFi LF-4200DFK, LF4700DFK: Affordable 1080p 42″, 47″

ByD:sign / EyeFi introduces their LF-4200DFK and LF-4700DFK. As the model names suggest the LF-4200DFK is a 42″ LCD TV and the LF-4700DFK is a 47″ version. Both are able to show Full HD 1080p content with a pixel format of 1920 x 1080. Impress (Japanese), via Engadget, is stating the LCD TV panel supplier to be Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO). The LCD features a 1200:1 contrast ratio and a brightness of 500 cd/m2. The 47″ has a slightly faster response time (6.0ms) compared to the 42″ (6.5ms). Both response times are respectably fast, however, it is not response times alone that reduce motion blur problems.

On the TV electronics side, both TVs have a Faroudja DCDi scaler, integrated analog and digital tuners, HDMI, VGA (D-Sub 15) with composite and S-Video too. The price for Full HD 1080p capability is quite affordable at around $1900 for the LF-4200DFK and about $2300 for the LF-4700DFK. The identical design for both is very simple and all black, which is a combination that I appreciate.

Both TVs are billed as one of the cheapest Full HD 1080p HD sets so it is unreasonable to expect 120Hz, blinking or dimming backlights, and improved color gamuts via LEDs or Wide Color Gamut (WCG) CCFLs. But, these features have become essential for optimum viewing of fast motion video, especially those who are looking for Full HD 1080p sets.

Meizu miniOne Update

Meizu’s miniOne is a smartphone that looks remarkably like Apples iPhone. The CEO of Meizu, J. Wong, stated that the miniOne will come in two versions: 4GB and 8GB. Just like the iPhone! But unlike the iPhone the price will be much much smaller: $195 to $400. There is another big difference: the LCD. The LCD on the miniOne will be a 3.2″ LCD with a whopping 720 x 480 pixels! The added number of pixels will definitely enhance the “Internet communicator” function of the iPhone miniOne.

Source: Engadget

Sony NWA806: Multimedia Players

Sony Europe: Sony claims the NWA806 is the world’s smallest and lightest video player. Dimensions are 43.8 x 88.0 x 9.1 mm (W x H x D). Of course, because the NWA806 is being introduced in Europe the dimensions are in the metric system, which I prefer. Apple’s iPod nano on the other hand has a dimension of 40.64 x 88.9 x 6.604 mm. The nano is considerably smaller in all dimensions except that it’s a bit taller than Sony’s NWA806. But we are comparing Apples to oranges. The nano is one of the slickest MP3 players around, but unfortunately cannot playback video. The NWA806 (what a name) beats the nano in performance with a size that is competitive but Sony’s claim of it being the world’s smallest and lightest video player is probably not the case.

The cute little NWA806 sports a 2.0″ LCD with 240 x 320 pixels, which is considerably more than the nano’s meager 176 x 132. You’ll need to get the full-blown iPod to get that many pixels, but of course you’ll be getting something quick a bit bigger too. The NWA806 comes in 2GB and 4GB models and can play 60 hours of music and 15 hours of video; lasts quite a bit! It has a USB 2.0 connection and comes with a headphone, headphone extension cable, USB cable, SonicStage CP 4.3, Image Converter 3 and some instructions. Now for the price: a whopping pre-order price of $291 for the 4GB model!  I don’t know about you, but I’d rather get the larger iPod with 30GB and play videos that I purchased with the $40 or so that I saved!