Category Archives: TVs
Happy New Year, in the coming months of 2013 there will be a large amount of new tech news with CES13 coming up when big tech companies try to sell suppliers there new products they will make available this year. This brings new tablets, tvs, computers, phones, and lots of other gadgets.
Hope you have a good year, and Tek4.Me will be here to bring you tech news that is useful, while getting things back up and going now that the holidays are over. Were working to get more content every day.
Sony announced an update to the PlayStation store for PlayStation 3 coming October 23rd 2012. This update is said to improve the user interface, better search, and more content discovery. They also included some numbers on the number of games, and DLC that the store has at more than 20,000 and 100,000 movies and TV shows. The date of October 23rd is the US release date and no information was listed on other countries. Check out some shots of the new store they have included.
Today LG at IFA announced they will have their OLED TV out before the end of 2012. They showed off the OLED TV at CES 2012 and got a lot of press talking about how thin and good looking it is. But now you can expect to find it for the holidays. There was no set price but expect it to be very expensive since the OLED technology only this year has been perfected to the point they could make bigger screens then a few inches. What makes OLED so cool is that there is no backlight so each pixel makes its own light not a back light or LED behind it. What that means is better colors, blacks and way thinner screens because they don’t need any more room but the space the OLED pixels and the backing take up.
Look for these expensive OLED TVs to come out before the holidays and most people may not see one for the next two years when the price will drop and more companies will be making them.
Last week LG put out there 4K 84-Inch TV that dose 3D and has smart TV features. Sony introduced there 4K TV yesterday, and is almost old news but the price has been more closely figured out, The Verge has found this TV to be around $20,000.
This TV dose 3D at a resolution of 3840 x 2160, Resolution Upscaler Plus, Magic Remote to use with 1,400 apps for their Smart TV. It also has a 2.2 speaker system with 2 10W speakers and 2 15W woofers. It will be available in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America in September.
Sony today introduced the first 4K TV that will be available to consumers and is 84-inches corner to corner. The 4K resolution is 3840 x 2160 and is running using LCD panel technology. It has up scaling technology to bring 1080p video too run on the 4K screen that will make video look not too bad. The strange model name (XBR-84X900 4K TV) will be in select stores and Sonly Stores in North America later this year, most likely before the holidays, and there is no price set but expect it to be expensive and something that most people won’t be getting for one to two more years when all the other TV makers start putting out there new 4K TVs.
Update 9/6/2012: Sony release the price today of $24,999.99. This price isn’t easy for most people to get one, but 10 years ago that’s what a HDTV cost when they first came out.
Now that CES 2012 is over lets look over what came from the show. There were a lot of new products introduced over the week, but it wasn’t anything all that new.
Some of the most innovative things out were the OLED TV’s that were 55″ from LG and [OTHER NAME]. These were very thin screens with great colors, and they were looking as if they were going to be put into production not just showing that they could make it but will be selling it soon. But I would have to say hold off on getting one of these screens when they first come out and give it one to two years from when they come out so that the price will drop, sizes will increase, and more options on who makes them will increase.
Another big deal at this CES was the Ultrabooks being introduced. These were thin and light laptops that are built to exceed the Ultrabook spec by Intel in most cases. What makes these different from normal laptops is that they are thin, light, long battery, and fast. Most of the laptops that were thin and light were slow and didn’t get much in the way of battery, but most of the ones shown looked very nice. If you were looking at a nice portable system then these would be one to get, and the prices weren’t all that much more than a normal laptop with the same specs.
There were a lot of Android phone announcements most having big screens, LTE, and having fast processers. One thing to look past on these when hearing the hype matchean is that they will be running Android 2.3, while this sounds bad because Android 4 just came out, it has to do with the fact that Android 4 is only a few months old and these were developed when Android 3 was a tablet only version and Android 2.3 was all there was. I’m sure by the end of the year a new set of phones will come out in the summer and will be all build running Android 4 and also be faster. But for now these phones will be running faster processers, have more storage, and be able to run on LTE 4G networks for the carrers who are working on setting them up. But one thing to know about LTE is that it is only avalible in a select set of Major Cities and you would want to see if your city is on their list.
Android tablets were also a big item, but not as much as last year, most of these will run Android 3.2 and be able to update to Android 4 at some point. There are a few good looking ones, and also a bunch of cheep tablets that are also lacking in a lot of specs. The less expensive, but better tablets are contract locked with phone companies.
Windows 8 was a big thing for some of the tablet makers and PC makers, they were showing it running and talking about products that will have it when it is out, but Microsoft talked only a little on it and how it is part of their phone stratigy coming up. But from what I see it may be good on a tablet but not so good on a desktop.
Windows Phone 7 had some press and also a few new phones including Nokia making a comeback, but we will have to see if anyone will every buy these phones. I think all the hype seems a lot like the Palm Pree [FIX NAME]. Most people only know the iPhone and they want an Android Smartphone, but that may change because Microsoft will be paying the people at stores commissions to sell the phones so who knows marketing is what sells products, that’s why the iPhone is doing good.