Has the 4K trend really reached the mobile industry? Well, yes and no, depending on what you mean. It might still be a while before something like the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium becomes commonplace, but dealing with 4K content, especially videos, is going to become more regular. That is why ARM is announcing early a new mobile graphics chip, the Mali-DP650, that is designed from the get go to handle 4K content, not only on a device's screen itself but streaming to an external display as well.
This week LG revealed the first look at their ultra-premium series of products by the name of LG Signature, and within this collection, the LG G6. The LG G6 is one of two 2016 4K OLED TVs the company is showing off with Dolby Vision inside and a picture-on-glass design. The LG G6 works with an extremely slim 2.57-mm OLED panel up front, attached to the glass sheet that sits in front of it. LG says that this attachment is being done here for the first time, made possible by OLED's "revolutionary" self-lighting technology, requiring (therefore) no backlight.
Just when you think monitors can't excite you any more, along comes something huge, pretty to the eyes, or just plain clever to show you otherwise. Dell has ticked a few of those boxes with its CES 2016 line-up, with the UltraSharp 24 Wireless Monitor and UltraSharp 30 Ultra HD OLED monitor sharing top billing in the range.
Despite the prevalence of DSLRs, point-and-click cameras, and even smartphones, there is still a case for the use of dedicated video cameras, also called camcorders. To make that point, Sony is introducing the FDR-AX53, its first 4K Handycam which also has a few "firsts" up its sleeves. And the moment calls for more action and more sports, Sony's new HDR-AS50 Action Cam will fill in the need for steady footage, no matter movement, whether from human or drone. All for the sake of preserving those once in a lifetime memories and reliving them with family and friends.
Apple's 12-inch MacBook has some real competition, and it's wearing an HP badge. The HP EliteBook Folio G1 might not have the snappy name of its OS X rival, but the Windows 10 ultraportable certainly addresses some of the key criticisms fired at the sleek - but port-lite - Apple machine.
When it comes to streaming video and entertainment, Roku has been competing in set-top box market for some time now, but it's also making progress on adopting the strategy of Netflix and Amazon Video by having its service baked into televisions directly as an app. While the latest Roku 4 box introduced support for 4K content, the company has announced at CES 2016 that it's introducing 4K Roku TV built into new televisions from TCL this year.
Picked up a 4K television yet? If not, you're now even further behind the curve, with LG bringing a 98-inch 8K TV to CES this year. Billed by the company has its first production-ready 98-inch 8K SUPER UHD TV, the unnamed set isn't actually scheduled to hit stores until the second half of this year - presumably to give you time to save up - but there are plenty of Ultra HD models to tide you over.
The age of 4K content is probably finally coming to pass. Although the number of 4K content still pales in comparison to HD and Full HD videos, everyone involved in the industry seem to be making a concerted effort to change that situation. From TV (and at least one phone) makers to content creators to streaming services, everyone's getting the 4K fever. The latest to do so is Vimeo, whose support for 4K content has been rolling out piecemeal. Now it's finally rolling out to everyone at large.
Consumers are increasingly adopting devices with 4k-resolution displays, but UHD content to match is still relatively sparse. That will change for DirecTV subscribers starting next year, with a new report claiming the company will introduce a live 4K broadcast service in early 2016. Ahead of that launch, DirecTV has been testing 4K broadcasts with Ultra HD sports offerings.
Canon has rolled out a new projector that is aiming at a variety of markets where high resolution and bright output are needed. Canon says that the Realis 4K500ST Pro AV LCOS Projector is ideal for training, museums and galleries, industrial design, and higher education. The projector has a native resolution of 4096 x 2400.
California drone-maker Yuneec has just announced a handheld stabilization camera dubbed the Typhoon ActionCam, allowing users to capture the same smooth video footage on the ground as they would in the air via the use of a drone. If the device looks familiar, that's because it's very similar to the handheld Steady Grip unit from the recent Typhoon Q500 drone, which let users transfer the 4K camera from the UAV to the Grip and control it with their smartphone.