Samsung has whipped the covers off its lineup of 2018 TVs, just a day after LG did the same. Along with some OLED devices, the flagships of the range are built with Quantum dot light-emitting diode (QLED) display technology, and the entire line varies in size from a modest 40 in up to a monstrous 88 in. Since they can take up so much living room real estate, Samsung has also packed in a few new features to let the TVs earn their keep even while not in use.
Samsung Electronics will be debuting its latest Powerbot vacuum cleaner, the VR7000, at CES next week. The VR7000 is not only 28 percent slimmer than previous Samsung robotic vacuums, but can be operated by voice commands using Amazon’s Echo smart speaker.
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.
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.
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. 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
iPhone facing its biggest threat yet with the launch of new Samsung Galaxy which could be controlled by the eyes
The iPhone is to face its biggest challenge for supremacy in the smartphone market this week with the launch of the new Samsung Galaxy.
In what has been described as the most eagerly awaiting technology release of the year, the Galaxy S4 will be unveiled in New York on Wednesday and rumors are the device will feature eye control.
The S4’s predecessor, the S3, already had a feature called Smart Stay that detected if users were looking at the screen.
But the S4 is expected to have revolutionary functions such as ‘eye pause’ and ‘eye scroll’, which will let users scroll around apps and websites simply by moving their eyes.
Since its launch last year, the S3 briefly outsold the iPhone 4S but after the release of the iPhone 5, Apple have regained the top spot.
However, the S4 is predicted to become the biggest seller when it hits the stores in a few weeks thanks to rumored technological improvements such as wireless charging,
It is also expected to be powered by an eight core processing chip, compared to the iPhone’s two, and to have a larger screen – 5in compared to 4.8in on the S3.
Other leaks suggest it will have a 13 megapixel camera, as opposed to the iPhone’s eight.
Francisco Jeronimo, from technology analysis firm IDC, said: ‘Apple is not the one leading the market. I wouldn’t be surprised if the new Samsung device sells more than the new Apple device over the next two years.’
The S4’s launch ceremony will be held at the famous Radio City music Hall and will be broadcast live in Times Square.
South Korean electronics giant Samsung have released a few teaser advertisements for the phone, which show a boy’s face being lit up by a golden glow as he opens a box containing the S4, with the catchline ‘one of the most amazing products to hit the market since TVs went color.’
Attribution: Rebecca Evans, Daily Mail