Panasonic will soon stop TV production with sales waning. And the company may completely pull out of the plasma tv business by 2014. Panasonic hasn’t turned a profit in the past five quarters and will focus instead on focus its efforts on airplane entertainment systems, automotive parts, and enterprise products.
LG has announced details of its highly-anticipated 55-inch OLED TV. But it is Sony that unveils the world first 4K OLED TV which cost $12,000.
The 4mm thick Sony 4K OLED TV features 55-inch screen, four-color pixel system, color refiner and infinite contrast ratio and weighs less than 22 pounds.
LG commenced selling a 55-inch OLED TV in South Korea that uses new display technology for $10,000.
The model featuring organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, technology is currently only available in Seoul, South Korea. LG will expand sales to North America, Europe and other Asian markets during the next three months. OLED technology uses less power than LCD displays and displays more vivid images. And costing more than double the average for an equivalent LCD set.
Samsung will soon revealed their series 8 range of smart TVs for 2013 with new user interface. The new UI will also be available for older model series. New UI will come with a brand new background and a slightly smoother-looking interface overall.
There will also be a new version of ChatON that turns its cross-platform messaging app into a social media network. Users can create personal profiles and post status updates for friends to comment on.
LG has unveiled two brand new Google TV devices for 2013, GA7900 (55-inch, 47-inch) and the GA6400 (60-inch down to 42-inch). The TVs will be available in sizes ranging from 42” up to 60”.
These TVs will have QWERTY motion remote controls with an integrated mic for “natural” voice commands. Passive Cinema 3D will also be part of both models.
The top-of-the-line GA7900 features an edge-lit LED with local dimming and a 240Hz refresh rate. And the GA6400 is simply edge-lit and includes a lower 120Hz refresh.
Google TV will run on Honeycomb 3.2 OS, which enables users to use tablet and smartphone apps on their TV.
During CES 2012 keynote, Samsung unveiled a connected TV with voice and gesture recognition. The Smart TV 2.0 has WiFi-enabled cameras and integrated microphone. You can change channels using your voice or hand gestures.
Three giant TV makers, Samsung, LG and Sony are working on Google TV. Google powered TV will be shown at the consumer electronics show (CES) next week at Las Vegas.
LG will come with passive Cinema 3D capability and 2D to 3D conversion on the fly.
Google TV allows users to access the Internet on TVs, using its popular Chrome browser. In addition, it allows users to search a pay-TV provider’s listings and offers about 150 apps to shuttle people to digital media.
Sony, the maker of PS3 and Bravia TV, has agreed to sell 50% stake in an LCD joint venture to Samsung Electronics for $940 million. Sony was negotiating an exit, aiming to switch to cheaper outsourcing for flat screens for its TVs while Samsung pushes ahead with next-gen TV displays.
The Toshiba REGZA G1 3D TV will not need to be viewed with a pair of 3D eyewear. The 12-inch ($1,443 USD) and 20-inch ($2,885 USD) model will only be on sale in Japan by the end of 2010. No news when this tv will appear outside of Japan.
The 3D effect is available within a 40-degree area in front of the set and viewers must also sit two feet from the 12-inch LCD and three feet from the 20-inch LCD to view 3D content.
Toshiba is working on a glasses-free 3D TVset. This will give users the freedom to watch without wearing those glasses. Toshiba is planing to release 3 models by end of this year.
How are they doing this? Toshiba has created a new system that emits a number of rays of light with various angles from the screen so that viewers can see stereoscopic images without glasses