CES 2009: LG Display 480Hz LCD TV Panel

LG Display 480Hz LCD Specifications

Frequency: 480Hz Trumotion
MPRT (Motion Picture Response Time): 4ms
Availability: 2H’09

lpl_480hz

LG Display‘s (LPL) Trumotion 480Hz combines two technologies: scanning backlight and 240Hz. When the LED backlight is progressively scanned and combined with LPL’s 240Hz technology, the LCD can refresh images at a rate of 480 per second. LPL is making good use of the LED backlight by incorporating local dimming to improve contrast ratio and reducing the overall brightness (assuming it has an ambient light sensor) to decrease power consumption.

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CES 2009: LG LG-GD910 – First 3G Watch Phone

LG LG-GD910 Specifications

Display: 1.43″ Touch LCD
Connectivity: 3G HSDPA
Other: TTS (Text to Speech), MP3
Availability: Korea, Europe

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LG will be unveiling its LG-GD910 watch phone at CES 2009. The LG-GD910 will be the very first watch phone capable of 3G HSDPA connectivity. With that fast connection the LG-GD910 allows for video conferencing via its 1.43″ touch enabled LCD!

Source: Akihabara News

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CES 2009: LG LH95 – Slimmest LED LCD TV

LG LH95 Specifications

Display: TFT LCD with LED Backlight
Frequency: 240Hz (4x 60Hz) TrueMotion Drive
Contrast Ratio: 2,000,000:1 (dynamic)
Dimensions: 24.8mm thick (<1″)

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LG will showcase its LH95 LCD TV at CES 2009. LG will be touting the LH95 as the world’s thinnest LCD TV with a LED backlight. The LH95 is just 24.8mm thick; that’s thinner that 1″. The LH95 will also have a frequency of 240Hz and will completely obliterate any motion blur. The 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio is ridiculously high and should generate some amazing pictures. I’m looking forward to spending some time with this one at CES 2009.

Source: AVING

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VIS: Viewable Image Size

VIS, the term for Viewable Image Size, might have been developed to thwart uncooth business practices by monitor and TV brands. When the tube was king, there were 17″ monitors but you could only use and see 16″. Why? The tubes themselves were actually 17″ but there was a black border around them, due to the technology, that made the viewable image size just 16″. Hence VIS was needed. The same situation applied to TVs. 32″ TV? Well, that’ll be just 30″ or 31″. At least there was a good technical reason for why different people had different ideas about what the actual size of the display was. Fast forward to 2008. Continue reading →

Sony UK Taps Grundig for Two BRAVIA LCD TV Models

Sony UK Ltd. made an agreement with Grundig Elektronik AS to manufacture two BRAVIA LCD TV models. Grundig made the announcement that it had signed a letter of intent on December 26 in a filing with the Instanbul Stock Exchange. Sony will be selling the two BRAVIA LCD TV models starting from 2009. Grundig, a Koc Holding’s subsidiary and formerly Beko Elektronik, is a Turkish TV manufacturer. Grundig AG, established in 1945, is a German manufacturer of consumer electronics under Turkish control. After purchasing a controling stake of the Grundig brand in 2007, Koc Holding Group renamed Beko Elektronik to Grundig Elektronik.

Just a few days earlier on December 22 Grundig fired 25% of its workforce (432 staff) and announced that it will stop manufacturing CRT-based TV sets. Grundig’s largest shareholder is Arcelik. Arcelik’s largest shareholder is Koc Holding. In 2007, Grundig had 3.4 million units in LCD TV sales with almost all of them exported to Europe.

Source: Bloomberg, Reuters

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Innolux Delays G6 TFT LCD Fabrication Plant by One Quarter

Innolux, a Taiwan-based TFT LCD manufacturer and a unit of Hon Hai Precision Industry (Foxconn), will be delaying volume production at its G6 TFT LCD fabrication plant by about one quarter according to industry sources. The reason? Weak demand. Typically, G6 fabs are used to manufacture small LCD TV panels and large LCD monitor panels.

Originally the newly built G6 LCD fab was to commence operations in Q2’09. With the new schedule the G6 fab will most likely start volume production in Q3’09. Monthly capacity for the new G6 fab was originally planned for 90,000 glass substrate input per month but that has come down to just 60,000. Innolux is the only local LCD manufacturer that also assembles LCD monitors for brands such as Dell, HP and Acer.

Source: Reuters

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Dell Adamo: DisplayPort, Blu-ray

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Dell‘s Adamo will sport a DisplayPort connection. This is not that big of a deal since Dell has been pushing DisplayPort for a long while. I don’t know why we need to move to yet another “standard” for connecting displays, but Apple and Dell are on the DisplayPort bandwagon while the rest of the IT world is trying to create a globally merged connection standard via HDMI. Who knows who will win.

The Adamo will also have a Blu-ray drive: 2x DVD-RW/BD-ROM combo drive to be a bit more exact. Now this is good news. But hopefully Dell will follow this up with a LCD (or OLED?) that will be able to showcase ALL of the Blu-ray content. So, let me see a 1920 x 1080 LCD. 1920 x 1200 is good too.

Source: Dell (Google search: “adamo site:dell.com”) via Electronista via Engadget

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Samsung 52″ LCD HDTVs One of Best-Selling Items at Amazon

Amazon announced its 14th record holiday season with 72.9 items ordered every second, a substantial increase from 62.5 last year. Orders peaked on December 15: 6.3 million items (up 17% Y/Y from December 10, 2007) were placed on Amazon’s checkout carts. Amazon also listed some of the best-selling items in 2008 and those include the Nintendo Wii, Razor scooters, Samsung 52″ LCD HDTVs, The Dark Knight DVD, and the Twilight Saga books by Stephanie Meyer.

I did a quick search for 52″ LCD TVs by Samsung (this isn’t an exhaustive list):

LN52A530 (Amazon.com link): $1717.95, 52″, 1080p
LN52A550 (Amazon.com link): $1574.00, 52″, 1080p
LN52A630 (Amazon.com link): $1799.96, 52″, 1080p, 120Hz, ToC (Red)
LN52A650 (Amazon.com link): $1863.70, 52″, 1080p, 120Hz,ToC (Red)
LN52A750 (Amazon.com link): $1921.00, 52, 1080p, 120Hz, ToC (Red)
LN52A850 (Amazon.com link): $2249.98, 52″, 1080p, 120Hz, Ultrathin, ToC (Red)
LN52A860 (Amazon.com link): $2549.99, 52″, 1080p, 120Hz, Ultrathin, ToC (Blue)

Source: Washington Post

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Review: Griffin Clarifi iPhone 3G Case

Griffin Clarifi iPhone 3G Case

I just received the Griffin Clarifi, an iPhone 3G case with a built-in lens that gives you clear close-up pictures. The iPhone 3G (as well as the first generation iPhone) did a very poor job of taking close-up pictures. No matter how good your display is, if you feed it garbage that’s what you’ll get. I tried on many occasions to take pictures of magazines with the iPhone (and iPhone 3G) but the text in the pictures would turn out illegible or just barely readable. Not any more.

Griffin Clarifi iPhone 3G Case

The Clarifi as a case is quite handsome and comes with a screen protector and a cleaning cloth. After applying the screen protector, which resulted in a couple of bubbles (no worries), I proceeded to put the Clarifi on the my iPhone 3G. The bottom 1/3 of the case detaches and you simply slide your iPhone 3G into the top 2/3 of the case. The feeling when the iPhone 3G slides into the Clarifi is best described as “fits like a glove”; it feels premium. Very well done. Once the iPhone 3G is in place, place the bottom 1/3 back on and you’re protected. The case exposes all the necessary ports and buttons of the iPhone 3G. I’m not sure if you can use Apple’s iPhone 3G dock with the Clarifi on. I can’t test it since I simply use the USB cable. The Clarifi will come in handy as it will both protect my iPhone 3G and allow me to take quick shots of close-ups when I go to the Consumer Electronics Show in a couple of weeks. Picture comparisons after the jump.

To make use of the built-in lens, all you have to do is slide the lens to the left and cover the iPhone’s lens. Some have complained that there isn’t a lock mechanism for the Clarifi lens. I didn’t feel as though you needed one since the Clarifi lens slid with enough friction that I didn’t think it would slide back by itself.  The sliding action, again, is very nice and of high quality: those folks at Griffin did a lot of usability studies, I’m sure.

griffin_clarifi_04Clarifi lens: OFF

griffin_clarifi_03Clarifi lens: ON

As you can see from the first set of pictures, the Clarifi really does work quite well. I took pictures at the same distances (+/- a tiny little bit). The first picture (top) of the insert that came with the Clarifi is quite blurry; you can read it but is difficult. The second picture is sharp and quite legible.

griffin_clarifi_02Clarifi lens: OFF

griffin_clarifi_01Clarifi lens: ON

I then took a picture of the top-left portion of a page out of BusinessWeek (page 92, December 29, 2008, “Tech & You”). As you can see the Clarifi lens does help quite a bit in sharpening up the text; even the picture of HP’s Mini 1000 Vivienne Tam Edition looks sharper. Not all of the text is super-sharp but the text is generally much sharper and to the point where I can actually read it without having to try too hard.

I think Griffin has a winner here. Not only is Clarifi a very decent case the close-up lens significantly improves the iPhone 3G’s capability to take sharp close-up pictures, something the iPhone 3G does very poorly.

When I first wrote about Griffin’s Clarifi, the price on Amazon.com was just $17.64. I don’t know what the difference is now but it seems the lowest price is $23.49 from a retailer. Ah! You can get the Clarifi from SPACE2SHOP for just $17.46 plus $4.99 shipping: just click on “xx used and & new” and when the new page comes up look at the “New” merchants below the “Featured Merchants”. Hopefully you’ll find a price that’s $17.46 or even lower.

LG CYON LU1400: 2.8″ DMB TV Phone

LG CYON LU1400 Specifications

Display: 2.8″ TFT LCD
Pixel Format: 800 x 480 (landscape)
Camera: 3MP with flash
Connectivity: DMB TV, CDMA, Bluetooth
Battery: 150 hours (standby)
Colors: White, Deep Green, Pink

LG CYON LU1400: 2.8

LG‘s CYON LU1400 is a DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting) TV phone. That means you can watch TV on your phone wherever you are, as long as you are where there is DMB TV service. In terms of voice service the LU1400 allows you to roam not only in Korea, Japan, Southeast Asia but also in the United States.

The LU1400 sports a very big 2.8″ TFT LCD that can be pivoted so you can watch TV in wide format. The 2.8″ LCD features a 800 x 480 pixel format which is very nice and should be enough for watching DVD-quality TVs and movies. The pictures you take with the intgrated 3MP camera will show up nicely on the high-resolution 2.8″ LCD.

Source: Akihabara News

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