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Sony Xperia X Premium tipped to be first HDR display phone

Sony Xperia X Premium tipped to be first HDR display phone

Sony may have just redefined its Xperia brand to encompass more than just smartphones, but that doesn't mean its limiting its number of Xperia models. In fact, sources are claiming that the OEM is about to unleash a fourth "Xperia X" model. After the base Xperia X, the beefier Xperia X Performance, and the more budget-friendly Xperia XA comes the Xperia X Premium. If that name reminds you of the Xperia Z5 Premium, then you'd be correct. It takes after its "predecessor" not by having a 4K screen but by having the first HDR screen on a smartphone.

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DisplayMate crowns 9.7-inch iPad Pro the best LCD display

DisplayMate crowns 9.7-inch iPad Pro the best LCD display

It is really no surprise that the newest and smaller 9.7-inch iPad Pro would outperfrom the iPad Air 2 in the display department, since it does outrank it everywhere else except in price. It is, however, perhaps unexpected that this iPad Pro would also trump all other LCD displays, including the larger 12.9-inch iPad Pro (except in one case). That is definitely the finding that DisplayMate reached with the iPad Pro, claiming unambiguously that it was by far the best performing LCD screen they have ever tested.

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Imagine flying with 21-inch touchscreen seatback displays

Imagine flying with 21-inch touchscreen seatback displays

The state of in-flight entertainment has been steadily improving over the last few years, with WiFi increasingly being offered by more airlines, and a wide range of movies and TV shows available from the built-in seatback displays. But what if airlines went all out and provided flyers with luxurious-sized touchscreens to help distract them from the miserable amount of legroom? Well, it might look like these 21.3-inch screens in a prototype from Thales, a French aerospace company.

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LG 34UC98 Curved UltraWide and 27UD88 4K monitors launch

LG 34UC98 Curved UltraWide and 27UD88 4K monitors launch

LG has unveiled a pair of new monitors that are aimed at folks wanting high resolution and all the space they can get for apps and programs. The new monitors include the 34UC98 Curved UltraWide monitor and the 27UD88 4K monitor. Both of these displays were first spied during CES earlier this year and both are now available in stores for fans to purchase.

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iPad Pro’s new True Tone display adjusts to ambient light

iPad Pro’s new True Tone display adjusts to ambient light

Introduced for the newest iPad Pro - the 9.7-inch version - Apple has shown a new True Tone display. This is the first time such a technology has been delivered on a tablet, says Apple, and it's going to change the way your eyes react to the tablet's display. This technology uses the tablet's light sensors to see ambient light and color temperature and adjusts the display to compensate. No more headaches.

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Researchers create robotic octopus skin that’s soft, stretchy, and changes colors

Researchers create robotic octopus skin that’s soft, stretchy, and changes colors

A team of scientists at Cornell University have developed a skin-like material that is not only soft, flexible, and capable of stretching to six times its original size, but features robotics such as color-changing displays and pressure sensitivity. If you've had a fear of robot octopuses before now, your nightmares are coming true. With cephalopods as their inspiration, the engineers imagine the technology could not only lead to soft, adaptable robots, but to stretching and folding display screens.

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Apple said to make iPhone switch to OLED in 2017

Apple said to make iPhone switch to OLED in 2017

One of the longest running questions about the iPhone in recent years has been when Apple will make the switch from LCD displays to OLED. The most recent reports from last fall had pegged Apple as working with parts manufacturers for a change in display in either 2018 or 2019, but a recent report from Japanese business publication Nikkei says Cupertino has moved up their plans, and is now aiming for a OLED iPhone debut in 2017.

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Acer Predator XB321HK 32-inch 4K gaming monitor launches

Acer Predator XB321HK 32-inch 4K gaming monitor launches

Acer has announced the US launch of its latest gaming monitor called the Predator XB321HK gaming monitor. The monitor is a 4K unit with resolution of 3840 x 2160 and a 32-inch viewable image. It offers 100% sRGB color accuracy and reproduction. Acer builds in NVIDIA G-Sync tech to decrease screen tearing and minimize display stutter and input lag for better looking images and improved play.

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Sharp chooses Foxconn over government-backed fund

Sharp chooses Foxconn over government-backed fund

It might mark the end of a mostly Japanese control over one of the country's biggest LCD panel makers, a company that has held its ground for nearly a century. According to a filing made by the company, Sharp has agreed to accept Taiwanese company Foxconn's bid to own a majority stake in the company. This decision edges out Innovation Network Corporation of Japan, a government-backed fund that rescues ailing Japanese businesses and tries to turn them around. INCJ's solution, however, would have seen Sharp sold in pieces, which the company considered less favorable than having Foxconn control a still whole company.

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DisplayMate: Samsung Galaxy S7 is top OLED dog, better brightness

DisplayMate: Samsung Galaxy S7 is top OLED dog, better brightness

Each release of a new flagship smartphone is always a race to get the highest scores on independent benchmarks, whether it be for the camera or, in this case, the display. DisplayMate has been singing Samsung's praises for a few years now, so it is not surprising that the Galaxy S7 is once again at the top of the list. And while, at first glance, the Galaxy S7 might seem to have the same 5.1-inch QHD display as the Galaxy S6 before it, it's the subtle improvements, especially in brightness and contrast, that make all the difference in DisplayMate's world.

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FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

Flexible displays may be a mainstay of science-fiction, but it's only recently that they've started to filter through into production. FlexEnable hopes to overshadow Samsung's curved OLED with its own technology, relying on cheaper LCD panels that use plastic substrates rather than glass so as to be both more imaginatively-shaped and more resilient to impacts and other damage.

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Japan Display updates Pixel Eyes touchscreens with thinner bezels, wet skin support

Japan Display updates Pixel Eyes touchscreens with thinner bezels, wet skin support

Display manufacturer Japan Display recently announced that it had developed the second generation of its Pixel Eyes LCD modules, complete with details on improvements, including slimmer bezels and the ability to function with wet fingers. As a supplier for many smartphone companies, including Apple, the new touchscreens hint at some features and designs we might see on devices over the next few years, including future iPhones.

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