Emblaze Mobile Edelweiss: Touch Smartphone with 854 x 480 Pixels

Emblaze Mobile Edelweiss: Touch Smartphone with 854 x 480 Pixels

The Edelweiss, one of the most popular European mountain flower, is the name of a touch smartphone that will begin shipping in about a month. Emblaze Mobile is on to something. The large screen, which I would guess to be around the 3.5″ range, sports a pixel format of 854 x 480 (landscape). 854 x 480. Think about that. That’s quite a bit. From what I can tell from the picture, you can drag windows around the main screen. As long as the UI and the hardware is working in tandem (and quickly), this Edelweiss smartphone seems to be a winner. Continue reading →

Chi Mei EL (CMEL) Shifting to Larger Active Matrix OLED (AMOLED) Displays

LCD technology is the 600 pound gorilla in the world of displays. LCDs range from the tiny to the very large and are incorporated into the latest smartphones as well as the biggest LCD TVs and digital signage displays. Any company with a different technology will need to find ways to not only compete but to survive. Such is the case with Chi Mei EL (CMEL). CMEL manufactures OLED displays. The company will be shifting to larger active matrix OLED (AMOLED) displays due to intense price pressures from TFT LCDs at the smaller sizes. Since AMOLEDs are more difficult and expensive to manufacture than TFT LCDs, it is almost impossible to compete. So CMEL is moving toward larger sizes from its current 7.6″ AMOLED to 10″ and beyond. Continue reading →

Fujitsu Magnetic Modular Smartphone

Fujitsu Magnetic Modular Smartphone

Akihabara News: Fujitsu and Docomo showcased a very interesting concept smartphone during CEATEC 2008. The smartphone has two parts. Both parts have displays. One is used as the main display while the other is used as the keypad or keyboard. The two parts are physically stuck to each other via magnets and communication duties between the two parts are accomplished via Bluetooth. The keypad shows up in portrait mode and in landscape mode a QWERTY keyboard shows up. Naturally, both of these units have touch-enabled displays.

Fujitsu Magnetic Modular Smartphone

One question I have is regarding the strength of the magnets. When these units are connected in portrait mode, it would seem to be easy to shift them and bring them apart. I am sure if this is the case that the strength of the magnets can be easily increased. Also, I wonder if Bluetooth currently has enough bandwidth to support streaming video. Although I am not sure of the pixel format on the display, I would guess it to be around 3″ in size and about 320×480 in pixels.

Fujitsu Magnetic Modular Smartphone

This is a very interesting concept and might be the precursor to “foldable” displays in the future. Imagine a notebook PC that is composed of two separate displays just like this concept from Fujitsu. Pretty cool.

Samsung Pixon: 8MP Touch Smartphone

Samsung Pixon Specifications

Display: 3.2″ Touch TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 240 x 400 (portrait)
Colors: 262,144
Camera: 8MP stills with LED flash, auto focus, face detection, geo-tagging
Video: 720 x 480 at 30fps, 320 x 240 at 120fps
Video Playback: MPEG4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Audio Playback: MP3, AAC, eAAC, WMA
Memory: 200 MB (built-in)
Connectivity: GSM, EDGE, HSDPA (7.2Mbps, 2100MHz), Bluetooth 2.0, FM Radio, microSD, TV-Out, USB 2.0
Battery: 1000 mAh Lithium Ion (3.66 hours talk, 290 hours standby)
Dimensions: 4.2 x 2.1 x 0.5″, 107.9 x 54.6 x 13.8 mm
Weight: 4.3 oz (121 g)
Availability: October 2008

Samsung Pixon: 8MP Touch Smartphone

Samsung‘s Pixon is a stylish touch smartphone looks like it has all the requisite parts to challenge Apple‘s iPhone for the throne. Just looking at the round button makes me think that the Pixon is quality built. The brushed aluminum (?) surface where those buttons are looks very nice too. The Pixon has a 3.2″ touch LCD with a pixel format of 240 x 400. The number of pixels is a bit lacking for my taste. The iPhone beats it here with a 320 x 480 pixel format. I would like to see more pixels and maybe even powerful and upgradeable discrete graphics processors in the future. Maybe Android can move in that direction since it is so open. Continue reading →

Sharp AQUOS LC-65XS1U-S: 65″ 1080p LCD TV

Sharp AQUOS LC-65XS1U-S Specifications

Display: 65″ TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Contrast Ratio: 1,000,000:1 (dynamic)
Brightness: 450 cd/m2
Availability: October 15, 2008 i Japan

Sharp AQUOS LC-65XS1U-S: 65

At CEATEC 2008, Sharp introduced its AQUOS LC-65XS1U-S LCD TV. The LC-65XS1U-S is a huge 65″ LCD TV that was jointly developed by Pioneer, the folks that bring you the KURO super-black plasma TV technology. Dynamic contrast ratio is an outrageous 1,000,000:1. Its smaller sibling (but not that small) is the LC-52XS1U-S at 52″. Both of these units feature a pixel format of 1920 x 1080. The claim to fame for these Sharp LCD TVs is the super thinness: at just 2.28 cm or just 0.9″. Another important feature is power consumption: down 26%. Continue reading →

Westinghouse Digital LTV-46W1: 46″ LCD TV for $799.99 at TigerDirect

Westinghouse Digital LTV-46W1 Specifications

Display: 46″ TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1336 x 768
Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
Brightness: 500 cd/m2
Color Gamut: 72% NTSC
Viewing Angle: 178/178
Response Time: 8ms
Connectivity: HDMI, VGA, Component (2), S-Video, Composite
Tuner: NTSC, QAM, ATSC
Dimensions: 46.0 x 31.5 x 9.0″ (w/stand), 46.0 x 29.3 x 5.5″ (w/o stand)
Weight: 73.9lbs (w/stand), 70.0lbs (w/o stand)
Price: US$799.99 at TigerDirect

Westinghouse Digital LTV-46W1: 46

There have been many studies that have shown that the human visual system is not sensitive enough to make the distinction between a display with a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 and 1366 x 768 when viewing video content at normal TV viewing distances. Of course if you were a LOT closer to the display, you would be able to tell. So, with that, the 46″ LTV-46W1 that is up for sale at TigerDirect for just $799.99 has a pixel format of 1366 x 768. The Westinghouse Digital unit does not have any fantastic technology but it has all the requisite features for normal HD viewing. And for a rock-bottom price of just $799.99, it’s a steal.

Source: TigerDirect

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Samsung Haptic 2 Touch Smartphones: SCH-W550, SPH-W5500, SCH-W555

Samsung Haptic 2 Specifications

Display: 3.2″ Touch TFT LCD
Camera: 5MP with Flash, Image Stabilization, Macro Mode, Autofocus, Timer
Internal Memory: 4GB (W550, W5500), 16GB (W555)
Connectivity: DMB, Bluetooth 2.0, Mobile Banking
Availability: September 27, 2008
Price: About KRW 70,000 (W550, W5500) and KRW 80,000 (W555)

Samsung Haptic 2 Touch Smartphones: SCH-W550, SPH-W5500, SCH-W555

Samsung‘s original Haptic smartphone was unveiled to the world back in March and sold for KRW 700,000, which is quite a lot. Even at such a premium price, Samsung sold more than 500,000 units in 1H’08 in the South Korean market. Samsung is now launching its Haptic 2 smartphones. Continue reading →

Panasonic Toughbook T8: Rugged 12.1″ Touch Notebook PC

Panasonic Toughbook T8 Specifications

Display: 12.1″ TFT LCD with Touch
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Pixel Format: 1024 x 768
CPU: 1.20 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SU9300, 3MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB
HDD: 120GB Shock-mounted
Optical: DVD Super-multi
Connectivity: WiFi (802.11a/b/g/n), Gobi 3G WWAN (EV-DO and HSUPA, optional), SD (SDHC), USB 2.0 (3), Gigabit Ethernet, VGA, Modem, Bluetooth 2.0
Battery: About 7 hours with Lithium Ion 5800mAh
Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.4 x 1.4 – 1.9″
Weight: Around 3.3lbs

Panasonic Toughbook T8: Rugged 12.1

Yes, it seems all displays are transitioning to wide. So what’s up with Panasonic‘s Toughbook T8? It’s got a 4:3 LCD with a pixel format of 1024 x 768, which is good for surfing, but not so good for wide stuff, like HD. Well, the Toughbook T8 is geared for folks that work and work hard, literally. With a shock-mounted HDD and a semi-rugged magnesium alloy exterior, the Toughbook T8 is drop and spill-resistant. It is classified by Panasonic has ‘business-rugged’, which is a tad bit less rugged than semi-rugged and then there’s the fully-rugged machines. The 12.1″ LCD is also touch capable. I am assuming it is resistive. I’ve always wanted a notebook PC that can weather the drops, spills and curious children. 🙂 For that, I would probably need a Toughbook 52 or 74 (semi-rugged).

Source: Panasonic via crave

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Canon 5D Mark II: Full Frame DSLR and 1080p Video Recording

Canon 5D Mark II: Full Frame DSLR and 1080p Video Recording
Image courtesy: Digital Photography Review

Canon‘s 5D Mark II is a full frame digital SLR (DSLR). It improves on the original 5D on many accounts. The full frame CMOS sensor has a total of 22.0 million pixels with 21.2 million of them effective. The largest files will have a pixel format of 5616 x 3744. The image processing duties will be done by the latest generation DIGIC 4. The live view LCD is 3″ and sports 920,000 pixels with a viewing angle of 170/170. There are three brightness levels that adjust automatically depending on the lighting conditions. Very impressive for a LCD stuck to a DSLR. All of these improvements are not earth-shattering for a high-end DSLR, but there is one feature that blows all other DSLRs out of the water. And that’s the 5D Mark II’s video recording capabilities. Continue reading →

Casio 2″ Quarter Full HD (960 x 540) LCD

Casio 2

Casio developed a 2″ LCD with a pixel format of 960 x 540 resulting in a pixels per inch resolution of 546ppi. The 960 x 540 pixel format is being called Quarter High Definition or QHD. It would be more accurate to call it Quarter Full High Definition or QFHD. The reason being that the term Full HD refers to a pixel format of 1920 x 1080 and Casio’s 2″ is exactly a quarter of it. Imagine the possibilities… Continue reading →