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iPhone 8 hands-on: not quite X, better than 7s

iPhone 8 hands-on: not quite X, better than 7s

The iPhone 8 is what we expected to be the iPhone 7s - but just a little bit better. Or a whole lot better, if you're Apple making the case for skipping this year's expected "s". The iPhone X, on the other hand, has a few innovations that make it a monster compared to previous iPhone models - even compared to the iPhone 8. Or is it?

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JDI FULL ACTIVE FLEX Full HD screen show LCDs can bend too

JDI FULL ACTIVE FLEX Full HD screen show LCDs can bend too

There seems to be a concerted effort among device manufacturers to switch to OLED display technologies, from TV to smartphones. Even Apple, ever the champion of LCDs on mobile, is believed to be making the switch this year, if not next. But while LCDs and OLEDs usually balance out their pros and cons, there is one area where OLEDs trump LCDs: flexibility. Well, not anymore. Japan Display, Inc., more popularly known as JDI, is showing off its new FULL ACTIVE FLEX panel, boasting of 1920x1080 pixels of flexible LCD.

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HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

HTC U Ultra price, specs, and unique features

The folks at HTC have released a new set of devices, the most powerful of which is the HTC U Ultra. We had the opportunity to go hands-on with the HTC U Ultra and its closest relative, the new HTC U Play, getting up close and personal to see all the details. These devices have been created in a vein similar to the LG V10 and V20 devices, made to cater to users with a very specific set of features on their "must have" list for a smartphone.

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iPhone 7 display named best mobile LCD ever

iPhone 7 display named best mobile LCD ever

As is usually the case with any major phone release, DisplayMate is back with another display shootout. This time it's comparing the iPhone 7 to the iPhone 6, and it has some significant praise to lap onto the iPhone 7's display, naming it the best mobile LCD it's ever tested. While the displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 may appear to be mostly the same at first blush - and indeed there are quite a few similarities - there are a number of improvements that led DisplayMate to award the iPhone 7's display with this distinction.

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JDI “Full Active” LCD panel has nearly no bezels

JDI “Full Active” LCD panel has nearly no bezels

Although it seems that even Apple is getting into OLEDs soon, there was a time when the holy grail of mobile displays wasn't exactly about LCD versus OLED technologies. It was about banishing those wide bezels. JDI, one of the leading LCD manufacturers, hasn't lost sight of that goal yet. In fact, it has just announced a new 5.5-inch Full HD LCD display module that utilizes the company's new "Full Active" technology, practically removing bezels on all sides, even on the bottom edge.

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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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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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New liquid crystal mixtures keep touchscreens from freezing

New liquid crystal mixtures keep touchscreens from freezing

Researchers from the University of Central Florida have been working to develop new liquid crystal mixtures for use in LCDs inside cars and other devices that are able to operate at both high and low temperatures. The goal of the team of researchers is to create a display screen that performs just as well in temperature extremes as it does in moderate climates. According to the team, current LCDs have images that blur and displays are slow to respond in extreme temperatures.

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Moto 360 Sport Review Part II: what no other device has

Moto 360 Sport Review Part II: what no other device has

While my first inclination was to title this post "what no other smartwatch has", that just wouldn't be accurate. What we've got here is a bona-fide piece of technology in the Moto 360 Sport that's never been released in any device before. Here, according to Motorola, the Moto 360 Sport equips a "first of its kind LCD display." It's a first of its kind, that is to say, in that it "combines a traditional backlit transmissive screen with a front lit reflective technology." The best of both worlds - always visible.

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Apple could be moving iPhones to OLED by 2018

Apple could be moving iPhones to OLED by 2018

Long overdue change or wishful thinking? Chances are, Apple fans, particularly those who pay much attention to technical details such as this, might be split over this latest rumor. According to Japanese site Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun, the Cupertino-based tech company is planning to launch iPhones with OLED screens in 2018, which would be named the iPhone 8, with Japanese display maker JDI said to be in talks to be Apple's supplier when that time comes around. That is, of course, it if comes around at all.

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