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5 Cameras on LG’s V40 ThinQ

LG has unveiled the V40 ThinQ, which is kitted out with no less than five cameras
LG has unveiled the V40 ThinQ, which is kitted out with no less than five cameras(Credit: LG)

Just a few weeks ago Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A7, kitted out with four cameras. Not to be outdone, LG has now upped the stakes with a new premium phone that’s almost more camera than phone. The LG V40 ThinQ sports no less than five lenses – two in the front and three in the back – bringing with it a bevy of new photography tricks and good internal specs to boot. Oh, and the company has a new watch too. read more

LG’s Portable 4K Projector

LG says its HU80KA is portable and about half the size of its competitors
LG says its HU80KA is portable and about half the size of its competitors

With regard to your living room, LG is turning up to CES all guns blazing this year, preparing to show off the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED displaywith its very first 4K projector alongside it. read more

LG’s Massive Flexible Screen

A 77-inch flexible screen for your smart desk, sir?
A 77-inch flexible screen for your smart desk, sir?

It’s an exciting time in display technologies, with flexible and transparent screens popping up regularly, albeit in the lab rather than on our devices. LG just set a new high bar though, with a huge 77-inch OLED screen that you can see through and roll up. read more

Curved Screen

Samsung has officially launched its first super-thin curved TV screen with a price tag of $13,000 – five times more than its flat-screen equivalents.

The 55-inch model has a high-resolution OLED display and its design means the screen is an equal distance from the viewer at all times.

It is now on sale in South Korea but Samsung told Reuters the set will be made available in other countries from July – the first time a curved TV of its kind has been sold outside of Asia.

Samsung has launched its first high-resolution curved TV in South Korea before releasing it worldwide in July.
Samsung has launched its first high-resolution curved TV in South Korea before releasing it worldwide from July. The 55-inch model costs £8,500, has an OLED screen and is the first set to be made available outside Asia

 
Kim Hyunsuk, Samsung executive vice president stands with a model next to the company's new OLED curved TV screen.
Kim Hyunsuk, Samsung’s executive vice president, stands with a model next to the company’s new OLED curved TV screen. The curved display helps eliminate the distortion of images. It is only the second 55-inch curved TV screen to go on sale after rival LG started selling its own version in May
 

WHAT IS OLED TECHNOLOGY?

OLED’s (organic light-emitting diodes) are used to create digital displays in TVs, computer monitors, phones, tablets and games consoles.

An OLED display works without a backlight, which means it can display deep black levels and can be thinner and lighter than a liquid crystal display (LCD).

In low lighting, an OLED screen can produce a higher contrast ratio than an LCD, too.

The Korean company announced the television during the Consumer Electronics Show in January this year.

At the time, Samsung’s curved screen was the world’s first yet delays in the manufacturing process meant that rival LG beat the company to selling the device.

Speaking at the launch event Kim Hyunsuk, Samsung executive vice president, said: ‘We have just introduced our first OLED TV and have to see consumer response to gauge overall market demand.’

Samsung said it will begin selling its curved OLED television outside South Korea from July but did not specify which countries.

It also said it has no plans to offer a non-curved one this year. 

The concave display gives viewers a sense of being immersed in the images.

Samsung claims its ‘Timeless Arena’ design reduces the chance of images appearing pixelated, too.

The 55-inch OLED screen also supports Samsung TV features such as multi-view that lets two people watch different things at the same time.

The concave display of Samsung's new TV gives viewers a sense of being immersed in the images.
The concave display of Samsung’s new TV gives viewers a sense of being immersed in the images. Samsung claims its ‘Timeless Arena’ design reduces the chance of images appearing pixelated, too. The screen also supports multi-view that lets two people watch different things at the same time

Samsung and LG, which are the only TV makers in the world to begin commercial sales of OLED TVs, had promised to launch them in 2012 but delayed the launch to this year.

The two South Korean TV giants tout OLED, short for organic light-emitting diode, as the next-generation display technology that will eventually replace older displays.

But mass producing OLED displays still faces many challenges, leading to high prices.

In addition to curved OLED TVs, Samsung launched two ultra-HD TVs, with four times the resolution of regular high-definition TVs.

Models pose with Samsung's 55-inch curved OLED TV during a press conference at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.

Models pose with Samsung’s 55-inch curved OLED TV during a press conference at its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. The Korean company announced the television during the Consumer Electronics Show in January this year but delays meant it is only now available to buy

The technology has long been touted as the future of consumer electronics displays, offering crisper picture resolution, a faster response time and high contrast images.

Yet televisions with OLED screens are still a niche market and Samsung warned that industry forecasts for sales growth were a bit too optimistic.

Research firm DisplaySearch has forecast global industry-wide sales of OLED televisions at 50,000 this year, at 600,000 next year and rapid growth thereafter to reach 7 million in 2016.

LG, which currently offers both curved and non-curved 55-inch screens, is estimated to have only sold a few hundred screens so far after starting sales earlier this year.

Attribution: Mail Online