[IFA2014] Future of LG is OLED

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LG unveiled the smart watch LG G Watch R and 77-inch 4K OLED TV at the IFA.

 

Equipped with the 1.3-inch round display using the advantages of the plastic OLED, the LG G Watch R with the round plastic OLED (flexible OLED), distinguished itself from existing smart watches of a square screen resulting from the properties of display. Furthermore, its design approach has improved from the assumed notion of typical crude smart watch shape, presenting the all new circular display which is by no means inferior to conventional analog watches.

 

One of the critical issues regarding a smart watch is battery life. While an analog watch requires battery replacement once in a year or even 2-3 years, the smart watch needs to be charged at least once or twice a day minimum. So the screen turns off whenever it is not in use. LG enhanced the battery capacity from300mAh to 410mAh, emphasizing that it is a smart watch available all day by providing it with the Always On function that never turns off the screen to check time like an analog watch.

 

Unlike the Tizen, another smart watch for Galaxy Gear with AMOLED, it is installed with the Android Wear OS. With the voice control function of Google, it lets you search, message, and email.

 

The 4K OLED TV exhibited at the LG booth was total ten products with one 55-inch 4K, three 65-inch 4K, one variable 77-inch and six Curved OLED TV.

LG touted the OLED TV with three concepts titled Life like color, True black, and Self-lighting pixel. Providing lifelike and true to form experiences with videos magnifying the high contrast ratio, the 77inch 4K flexible OLED TV is the largest 4K OLED TV at present.

 

More than 50% of LG booth was comprised of the G watch S and OLED TV, demonstrating the scope of OLED business in the present and also the future of LG.

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Galaxy Note 4 with thoughtful consideration to unveil worldwide

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Samsung Unpacked Event Episode 2 was held in three countries of Belin, Beijing and New York simultaneously on September 3. With a high anticipation of the world, the Galaxy Note 4, Note Edge, the Gear S, and Gear VR were revealed.

Compared to the Galaxy Note 3, the Galaxy Note 4 has improved in its resolution, S Pen function, and camera and battery performances. The resolution has been enhanced from FHD to QHD and the resulting increase of battery power consumption issue was resolved through the advancement of battery performance and power consumption. Though there were not much to pay attention in terms of specifications, what stood out was the sense of careful consideration of users in the Galaxy Note 4’s.

One among those is the battery charging time. Most of the people spend a substantial amount of time using smartphones in daily life. Therefore, the battery charging time is as important as the battery capacity. And the Galaxy Note 4 has decreased the time for charging 50% from 55 to 30 minutes.

Another improvement was a camera software which is the most frequently used function of a smartphone. Assuming that the use of front camera is as common as the back one, the self-camera function was upgraded, featuring 3.7 megapixel resolution, the maximum aperture of F1.9 allowing vivid photographing, 120 degree self-camera function and a function of taking pictures by tapping the HR Sensor.

Samsung has been announced the Galaxy related accessories from the Galaxy S5. For this time with the Galaxy Note 4, the luxurious image was emphasized by releasing products like battery covers created in collaboration with the high-end brands such as Swalovski and Monblac.140904_[IFA2014] 삼성전자 갤럭시노트4 전세계 공개

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One more product is the Galaxy Note Edge, characterized with a display that curves over right side enabling the information check not only on the front display but also on the side screen. It is possible to see push notifications and launch applications even when the smartphone cover is closed. In addition, the entire front display can be used as a photographing screen and the side screen removes any distraction from any notifications while surfing the internet or watching videos.

 

Galaxy Note 4 will be on sale worldwide sequentially starting this October.

 

The future market response is expected to see how the Samsung’s meticulous concern for users presented in the Galaxy Note 4 will be delivered to the customers.

 

 

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LG Electronics to release the world’s first ‘Ultra OLED TV’

LG Electronics unveiled the Ultra OLED TV on August 25 at the Conrad Hotel in Yoido where Ha Hyun-hwoi, president of Home Entertainment (HE) and Choi Sang-gyu, head of Korea sales and marketing at LG Electronics were in attendance.

 

□ President Ha Hyun-hwoi announced a shift in generation

“The Ultra OLED TV is an epitome of TV technology combining the best display and resolution,” the president Ha Hyun-Hwoi said, adding that “The future OLED TV market will be expanded, leading the display technologies.” Regarding the curved surface of OLED competitive with LCD, he explained “The priority is given to the resolution of a TV” and “There is no distortion of color or change of picture quality in the curved surface of the OLED TV”. Saying that “OLED TV will play a role of a game changer replacing the LCD within 2-3 years with various merits like color reproduction rate, contrast range, viewing angle, etc.” he also emphasized “The next generation of TV market trend will led by the state-of-the-art premium Ultra OLED TV in existence”.

 

□ Concentration of hardware competitiveness and platform capacity of LG

The LG Ultra OLED TV provides the most lifelike graphic picture quality with ultra HD resolution of its unique WRGB technology and 33 million sub-pixels. For the characteristics of the self-lighting pixels, the indefinite contrast rate is allowed, reproducing perfect black color. With rapid response speed, it also reproduces natural image without any afterimages. This product is also equipped with a sound quality which is appropriate for the flawless picture quality. Designed with the world-renowned professional audio company Harman, it delivers balanced wide-range sound quality of exhilarating effects with multi-channel ultra surround technology. In addition, the sense of immersion and the aesthetic effect were maximized for the innovative design approaches of ultra slim curved screen and leaf-shaped stand. Due to its own attribute, there is no distortion or change of color in OLED TV watching from every direction. It can be installed on the wall depending on the surrounding environment and preferences. Loaded with innovative web OS, this product offers significant values more than the existing smart TV. The web-based smart TV is recognized as a new strong point of TV platform of reorganizing the smart TV market by the ‘simple usability’ through ▲simple transition ▲simple search ▲simple connection which is the essence of a TV.

 

□ Establishment of next generation TV market pioneering base

LG Electronics plans to lead the next generation TV market by securing medium-and long-term growth momentum through OLED TV. And through the continuous innovation in manufacturing technology, R&D, and investment on marketing, the OLED TV era is to be advanced and the OLED TV will be the new growth engine for display industries through the expansion of ecosystem. Established the OLED TV manufacturing line in major cities over the world from the last year, LG Electronics will release the Ultra OLED TV at the beginning next month in North America, Europe, etc. sequentially.

 

□ Presales to begin on 26th at LG Electronics distributors nationwide

LG Electronics will take pre-orders for 65-inch Ultra OLED TV (Model: 65EC9700) from the 26th to 29th of next month at the LG Electronics distributors nationwide. The 65-inch Ultra OLED TV will be sold at a price of 12,000,000 won through the cashback benefit. The delivery starts from the end of September. And LG will consolidate the lineup of the Ultra OLED TV as releasing 77-inch (Model: 77EG9700) model in the fourth quarter.

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Samsung Electronics Released the ‘Galaxy Alpha’ Smartphone Equipped with Metal Frame

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The premium smartphone ‘Galaxy Alpha’ released on 13th of this month is the first to feature the specialized design approach with a metal frame.

According to the Samsung’s own website, the ‘Galaxy Alpha’ unveiled its new design approach applying metal frame material for solid finish.

The grip is emphasized measuring at just 6.7mm thick and the weight of 115g, and it comes with 4.7-inch HD super AMOLED (1280X720) display.

Samsung says that the Galaxy Alpha takes the Exynos 5430 and the model number is Exynos Modem 303 which is the Application Processor (AP) that Samsung developed independently with the world’s first 20nm manufacturing process and as a result the power consumption reduces to 25% compared to its predecessor based on a 28 nm process.

Also, the Galaxy Alpha has connectivity with the Samsung wearables such as Gear 2, Gear Fit, etc. and includes the latest features like ultra-power saving mode, finger print scanner, S-health, etc.

“Samsung always tries to provide consumers with a new product that they want,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics, and added “The Galaxy Alpha is a distinguishing device of combining beautiful and functional design with a unique user experience of Galaxy smartphone.”

The Galaxy Alpha will be available at the beginning of September in over 150 countries sequentially.

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Launching of Gionee’s ultra-thin AMOLED smart phone (5mm) is imminent

Ctimes, a Chinese medium, reported that a Chinese smart phone maker, Gionee, will introduce an ultra-thin smart phone modeled GN9005.

GN9005 used AMOLED panel and is 0.55mm thinner than 5.55mm of the previous model, which was introduced as Elife S5.5 last February.

It is noticeable that 4.8” HD AMOLED panel is applied which is smaller than the 5” FHD Super AMOLED applied to the previous Elife S5.5. In general, the AMOLED panels produced by Samsung Display are named super AMOLED. However, no particular name for the AMOLED panel applied to GN9005 and its low performance indicate that the panel is highly likely to be supplied by AUO.

It is known that AUO has started supply to a Chinese maker from last June but any specifics on the maker has not been revealed.

A Chinese smart phone maker, BBK, drew attention with 5.75mm VIVO X3 after the launch of 6.18mm Ascend P6 by Huawei last year. Followed by launching, Gionee introduced the 5.55mm Elife S5.5 in February and will launch 5mm GN9005 and that fierce competition will begin soon in the ultra-thin smartphone market in China.140722_GioneeElifeS5.5vsGN9005

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<Gionee’s the world’s thinnest smartphone, ‘5mm’ GN9005, Source : TENAA>

Sony unveils Head Mounted Display (HMD) for medical care

Sony displayed a system, which enables you to check endoscope video through Head Mounted Display (HMD) at International Modern Hospital Show 2014 held from July 16th to 18th, 2014. For the existing endoscopy surgery, posture restriction exists because the procedure requires external monitoring. With Sony’s new product, surgery, however, can be performed without the posture restriction.

This specialized product for medical purpose weights only about 490g which enables an operator to perform in a standing position. It doesn’t fully cover eyes of an operator by changing the shape of wearable belt so that the operator can visually check surgery device by lowering the eyes without taking it off.

This medical HMD is installed with Sony’s OLED display and shows images on the OLED display individually thus crosstalk is not that large and doesn’t induce dizziness during its use.

 Sony consulted with doctors to develop this system and said that demand for this competitive system will increase as 3D endoscope increases.

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Oculus Rift’s DK2 shipment just begins

Oculus, an American VR business, began shipment of the 2nd generation product, DK2.

According to OLED info, pre-order of DK2, the 2G product of Oculus, began in March, 2013 and 45,000 units were ordered by June, 2014. Ten thousand out of 45,000 units has been shipped on July 1st and the remaining will be shipped in the middle of August.

Oculus used LCD display for the first prototype but OLED display was used for the new product on the market. A video clip uploaded on Oculus’ homepage (http://www.oculusvr.com/) explicitly shows why Oculus used the OLED rather the LCD for faster response speed. Also replacing the LCD with the OLED greatly reduced motion sickness due to 3D while adding a positional tracking feature by mapping you movements with a camera and infrared light.

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LG Electronics’ 77” Curved OLED TV for£20,000

LG Electronics’ 77” UHD curved OLED TV displayed at CES 2014 attracted attention of many foreign visitors. According to a Chinese medium, Shanghai Hotline, LG Electronics (LGE) officially launched the 77” UHD curved OLED TV, for £20,000 (about 34.6 million Kwon) in the British market. Official from LGE says, however, we are just planning to sales 77” UHD curved OLED TV.

With 4K UHD resolution (3840×2160), the 77” OLED TV offers a high picture quality, providing close to nature images, and comfortable viewing experience. Its unique design of curved screen and ellipse shape stand also allows you to enjoy high-contrast colorful pictures from any angle. This 77” UHD OLED TV won ‘Best of Innovations” award at CES 2014, and moves 7.5cm to bend so it moves 8cm to bend from flat and its angle is also adjustable.

LGE plans to launch 65” UHD curved OLED TV for £6,000 (about 10.3 million Kwon) with the same features as the 77” TV in this October.140704_LGCES201477inchamoled

 

<LG Electronics’ 77” UHD flexible OLED TV at CES 2014>

Samsung, introducing ‘Galaxy S5 mini’ targeting the world market

Samsung Electronics announced Galaxy S5 mini, a new Galaxy series. Its design is similar to the previous model but not the specifications.

Compare it with the previous model, its panel is a 4.5” HD AMOLED which is smaller than the 5.1” FHD AMOLED panel, and lighter by about 25g weighting 120g. Main specifications include quad core 1.4GHz CPU, LTE, 1.5GB memory, 16GB storage, Android 4.4 and 8 mega pixel camera. Galaxy S5 mini has features are waterproof, dustproof, finger scanner and ultra-power saving mode like Galaxy S5.

The galaxy S5 mini colored as the Galaxy S5 is planned to hit the global market after launching it in Russian market in early July.

Samsung Electronics has been continuously introducing new models from the Galaxy S3 to S5 including an entry-level model, mini.140703_GalaxyS5mini

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<Comparison of Galaxy mini series>

Imminent release of the world’s first hybrid smart watch, TalkBand, in UK

TalkBand, a band type wearable device released by Hauwei at MWC 2014 in the last February, is introduced on Amazon, a large online retailer.

One of the TalkBand’s strength is that it can be transformed into a Bluetooth earphone and that gave a title of the world’s first hybrid smart watch to the TalkBand. 1.4” Curved PMOLED by Futaba is applied to the TalkBand. It is expected to draw more customers’ attention by adding a health care feature (tracking calorie intake, sleep pattern and fitness).

According to Amazon UK, TalkBand will be available on June 30th for $99.9 (about 173,000 WON).

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