Among the smattering of wearables news this month comes one that joins the ranks of recent action camcorders: the Panasonic HX-A500, the first wearable 4K 25p camcorder. The device is a two-piece unit of sorts, featuring the lens for head mounting attached to a cable that connects it to the main control unit.
Today at CES, Samsung officially announced its U9500 105-inch curved Ultra HD television's availability dates, as well as that of the smaller, yet no less stunning, U9B 85-inch bendable Ultra HD television. We went eyes-on with the TVs on Monday, which you can check out for a roster of snazzy pictures. The televisions will be available in the second half of this year, specific dates yet unspecified.
In addition to the NVIDIA G-SYNC-harboring 27-inch monitor the company rolled out on Monday, Philips has introduced the 28-inch UltraClear Display, a 4K Ultra HD resolution monitor for professionals in need of high accuracy, as well as those who want a display above and beyond the traditional FHD staple. The monitor will be available some time this spring for $1,119.99 USD.
Samsung hasn't shied away from technology here at CES 2014, bringing along not only huge curved Ultra HD OLED TVs but a bizarre flexing set that goes from flat to curved at the touch of a remote control. The new sets, which span all the way up to 105-inches, take on LG in the "huge and you can't afford it" stakes, just like the 105-inch curved monster LG demonstrated earlier today.
We're used to CES being a battle-ground for huge TVs, but key players LG and Samsung are outdoing themselves this year with vast, curved, Ultra HD models. LG's is the monster you'd expect, nearly as tall as the average person and incredibly bright. While we might normally be a little cynical of curved TVs, meanwhile, at 105-inches it's starting to show its worth.
This year at CES 2014, LG will be bringing on a collection of ULTRA HD TV sets that'll be headlined by a massive 104.69-inch set. This beast of a Model 105UC9 will be curved, working with a 21:9 aspect ratio, and will be the first of its kind to be revealed in the world. Also appearing will be 65-, 79-, 84- and 98-inch class models, and that's just for starters - LG's full collection of Ultra HD TVs includes a whopping 12 units in all.
Whilst gearing up for CES 2014, LG has announced that it will be showing off its first curved Ultra HD television, something that is being hailed as the first ever curved 4K TV with a 21:9 aspect ratio. This follows recent announcements by LG that includes its all-in-one running Chrome OS, as well as some new UltraWide monitors that will also be debuted at the upcoming tech event.
Dell has introduced two new Ultra HD monitors, the UltraSharp 24 and the UltraSharp 32, both of which are available now, as well as the Dell 28 Ultra HD Monitor, which will be arriving early next year. With these monitors comes 4K resolution and ultra-wide viewing angles, as well as pricing that makes the beyond-HD offerings budget-friendly for mainstream consumers.
One thing that is very common for 4K televisions on the market right now is that they tend to cost a lot of money. Some name brand 4K televisions can cost over $10,000. Before most consumers won't start purchasing 4K resolution televisions until the price comes down significantly. Thankfully, some Chinese manufacturers are offering 4K televisions that cost less than some of the full HD resolution TVs on the market today, such as Seiku.
Laptops could be getting smaller and smartphones gaining easier external display connectivity with the news of a new, more compact micro-DisplayPort connection in the works. Expected by VESA to be finalized as a standard by Q2 2014, the smaller port will be backward-compatible with existing DisplayPort and mini-DisplayPort devices, but still offer beyond-4K Ultra HD connectivity for phones, tablets, and ultraportables.
Toshiba has announced that the L9300U series of 4K ultra HD TVs is now available at select retailers the US. The series of 4K ultra HD TVs are available in 58-inch, 65-inch, and 84-inch screen sizes. Toshiba will also be providing a couple very nice upgrades at no additional cost to buyers of the televisions for a limited time.