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AU Optronics Unveiling 42-Inch "Green" LED Backlit 10mm Thin LCD TV Next Week

1_r.jpgAU Optronics (AUO) will unveil a 42-inch "green" LCD TV powered by an LED backlight at the Society for Information Display conference in Los Angeles May 20-22. The ultraslim LCD TV is less than 10mm thick, 44% lighter than conventional LCD's with LED technology, and still reach a brightness of 450 nits. The 42-inch display uses white LED's which significantly reduce power consumption and simplify the driving circuit.

AUO will also demonstrate its High Dynamic Contrast technology which improves contrast ratios to above 200000:1 by using 16x8 LED blocks that can be dimmed when the backlight is not required, as well as energy saving features integrated into the company's CCFL backlight design. The company also says its new 46-inch LCD TV's reduce power consumption by up to 50% while still boast 500 nits of brightness and a 5000:1 ultra static high contrast ratio.

Via Aving

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May 14, 2008

ad notam Ultimate Rotation Line LCD TV's Rotate 270 Degrees

ad-notam-1_6Hnu5_48.jpgAvailable in 37- and 46-inch screen sizes, the Mirror Image LCD TV from ad notum actually rotates 270 degrees to enable a completely comfortable viewing experience no matter where you are in the room. Touted the Ultimate Rotation Line, the two Mirror Image sets have both mirror and glass screen options, are available in black and white, and feature ad notam's Active Matrix LCD technology. The Ultimate Rotation Line can receive TV, DVD, SAT, and Video signals and has PAL, NTSC, and composite connection options. The sets also have a bunch of base unit options that hide all of the wire clutter so it'll fit neatly into any home decor. Prices aren't listed on ad notam's site, partly due to the custom options available with the Mirror Image sets and partially because they're probably a tad on the expensive side.

Via Born Rich

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Samsung's Blue Phase LCD Panel Has A 240Hz Image Driving Speed, Never Deal With Motion Blur Again

samsung-blue-phase.jpgSamsung is rumored to be unveiling a 15-inch Blue Phase LCD panel next week, the world's first with a 240 Hz image-driving speed. Motion blur has been largely eliminated by 120 Hz panels, but double that and motion will be as real looking as you could imagine. Apparently very cost-efficient to manufacture, the Blue Phase panels don't require liquid crystal alignment layers like popular vertical alignment and in-plane switching panels. The Blue Phase panel actually makes its own alignment layers, cutting a big chunk of the production process out of the picture and reducing the potential for "bruising" on the screen which can affect uniform brightness. Current 120 Hz panels also use an overdrive circuit to improve video quality, while the Blue Phase eliminates the need for that. Getting its name from bluish hues displayed when working, the 240 Hz Blue Phase LCD panel will be mass produced beginning in 2011, headed mainly for LCD TV's requiring high-speed video reproduction.

Via BusinessWire

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Sharp's New TL Professional LCD Monitor Line: 46-Inch TL-M4600, 52-Inch TL-M5200 Feature Internet Connectivity

Sharp_TL-M5200_1.jpgSharp's new TL Professional LCD Monitor lineup features two new models: the 46-inch TL-M4600 and the 52-inch TL-M5200. Developed for commercial use, the TL line would be an impressive addition to any home theater as well. Both sets feature 1080p, 2 megapixel resolution courtesy of Sharp's Advanced Super View LCD panel, which displays fast-moving scenes smoothly thanks to a 6 ms response time, a bright backlight and a 176 degree viewing angle. The smaller display features a contrast ratio of 1500:1, while the larger display a 2000:1 and both have RJ-45 LAN Control for network connection.

One of the highlights of the TL Professional series is its variety of connectivity options. Both displays have an HDCP-compatible HDMI input for accessing HD content, and both have built-in web browsers. Most other popular inputs and outputs are available in both analog and digital formats. Joining Sharp's high-end commercial PN series, the TL line is designed for landscape mode use, offers an optional built-in stereo system, and a fanless cooling system to maximize the life of the backlight.

The 52-inch TL-5200 is available now for an MSRP of $4995, while the 46-inch TL-4600 is set for launch in June with an expected price of $3995.

Via SlashGear

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May 12, 2008

Where Do You Find The World's Brightest LCD Panel? Try Your Local Bus Shack

Samsung_46-inch_1500nit.jpgYou may have hoped that one day you'd have the world's brightest LCD panel in your living room. Unfortunately for you, you'll have a better chance of finding it in the nearest bus shack as Samsung has announced today that they've begun mass production of a 46-inch "high bright" digital signage panel. That's right, not intended for your living room, the 1500 nit, 46-inch panel is instead headed for "transit centers, bus shelters, museums, shopping malls and for use at point of sale in retail outlets, to replace outdated poster advertisings". Quite the wide range of lighting conditions in these places, but with panel brightness 3 times that of the typical living room LCD TV, this digital sign is equipped to accommodate any and all lighting conditions.

The 720p panel produces HD images with 16.7 million colors and a contrast ratio of 3000:1, and can be tiled with other panels to produce a "video wall". The "high bright" panels are expected to ship later this month.

Via SlashGear

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Sony Bravia S4 LCD TV Series Features A Rainbow Of Color Options, Hitting Asia In June

sc001(2).jpgSony's Bravia S4 lineup will hit Asian shelves next month with a variety of color options to choose from. Available in fruity pink, green and orange, blue, black and white, the S4 Series includes 5 new models ranging from 20 to 37 inches, all featuring the Bravia 2 Engine, Bravia Sync, Advanced Contrast Enhancer, 24p True Cinema, and a trio of HDMI inputs. S-force audio can be pumped through a separate home theater system, but the S4 line all have a couple of 10W speakers built in. And what about contrast ratio? It ranges from 2000:1 for the smallest 20-inch model up to 33000:1 for the largest 37-inch model. Prices will be released closer to the June launch.

Via Crave Asia

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May 11, 2008

HDTV Prices Dropping: Samsung First To Chop Prices In Flat Panel Price War

5B5961.jpgTrue to the predictions of HD Guru Gary Merson, Samsung has thrown down the gauntlet in the flat panel price war. An astute AVS Forum member happened to be browsing the Best Buy website and sure enough with the new 650 and 750 series models hitting shelves, earlier models are seeing minimum $200 price drops. Over at Amazon, we found similar price drops and 720p resolution Samsung LCD's are seeing some pretty decent price drops as well, as 1080p sets are pretty well the resolution standard across all manufacturers. We'll keep an eye out for deals!

Via Gizmodo

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Sony's Bravia KLV-32V400A, KLV-40V400A, KLV-46V400A LCD TV's (Asia)

sc001.jpgHitting Asian shelves next month is Sony's Bravia V4 Series featuring 3 new models, sized 32-, 40-, and 46-inches. The three LCD TV's are all loaded with features, typical of Bravia models. The larger 40 and 46 inch models, the KLV-40V400A and KLV-46V400A, boast 1080p resolution, 30000:1 contrast ratio, the Bravia 2 Engine, 1080p24 input-ready also known as 24p True Cinema, Bravia Sync and 3 HDMI inputs. A full complement of other inputs are included include VGA, component, and composite ports. Both sets include S-force audio and a couple of built-in 10W speakers. The smaller 37 inch model features identical specs aside from a 720p resolution and 15000:1 contrast ratio. So far no prices have been released.

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May 9, 2008

Samsung, Sony, And Vizio Battling For North American TV Buyers

samsung-touch-of-color-lcd-monitors1.jpgThe quarter one numbers are in for 2008 and Samsung, Sony, and Vizio are in a close and vicious battle for your dollars. Samsung took the top LCD TV spot in NA with Vizio placing third in the three-company battle, but amazingly between Samsung and Vizio is only 0.3% market share. All three companies are engaging in a price battle, started by Sony looking to gain control of the LCD TV industry with the introduction of some low-cost models you'll be able to find in discount chains like Wal-mart. However, their hand was forced by Vizio who gained wild popularity in North America in 2007 because of their relatively cheap prices. While Samsung hasn't made a big pricing move yet, they did introduce the 605 and 705 series, with that red Touch of Color, bringing a whole new design sense to LCD TV. Here's to hoping prices keep dropping into Christmas 2008.

Via Tech-On

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May 8, 2008

LG's Scarlet Super Slim LCD TV Not Quite The World's Thinnest, Even Though They Say It Is

20080507104351623.jpgLG is calling their new Scarlet Super Slim LCD TV the world's thinnest at 44.7 mm thick, even though the new Hitachi 1.5-inch UltraThin's we told you about the other day are thinner. Aside from the false claim, the 42-inch 42LG61 looks impressive with 1080p resolution, 600000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, a 120Hz refresh rate and 4 HDMI ports. And, in what's becoming a new standard HDTV feature, the new Scarlet Super Slim also has Green EYEQ which reduces the sets power consumption by up to 60%. Price? Currently shipping in Korea for 2500000 KRW or US$2395.

Via Aving

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