Electronista: NEC unveiled a new processor it says should significantly bolster the media capabilities of cellphones. The CE143 can process photos at 12 megapixels but also supports decoding 1080p video, letting any equipped device play full HD without needing a more advanced graphics chipset.
The still photo mode also has features normally reserved for still cameras, such as fast face detection for portraits, image stabilization and a “super resolution” technique that can reduce the blur and pixelation when using digital zoom.
The Japanese chipmaker plans to demonstrate CE143 at this month’s Mobile World Congress show and will start giving phone manufacturers samples in March with a goal of mass production in April.
HD News: With a Full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution along with three HDMI inputs there is nothing remarkable about the XV series until you look at the competition in its price bracket. Only LG’s 42LG3000 and Panasonic’s TH42PX80 come close and neither of them offer a Full HD resolution.
The XV series also features ‘Active Vision’ picture processing engine which has established a track record for producing strong picture performance across Toshiba’s flat panel range.
Elsewhere, ‘Dynamic Contrast’ automatically adjusts the TV’s backlight to maintain fine detail whatever the brightness of the incoming video signal.
Toshiba’s innovative ‘Luma Sens’ technology complements ‘Dynamic Contrast’ by adjusting the screen’s brightness optimizing for the current ‘ambient’ lighting in your living space.
Techradar: Philips has launched its latest flatscreen effort, the Essence 42PES0001, and hopes that the TV-buying public will finally get on board with hanging their sets on the wall.
It features a single cable carrying the sound, picture and power from a separate connectivity hub, which can be placed up to four metres away.
It’s just 38mm deep at the thickest point, with three HDMI inputs and Full HD with Philips Perfect Pixel HD Engine, 2ms response time and a nice 60,000:1 contrast ratio.
It also features a 2x 15W speaker bar, which can be connected to the bottom of the TV or removed if you’d rather use an existing set up.
There’s connectivity to a DLNA set up if you ‘re one of the four people in the world that’s worked out how to make your devices talk to each other using the network.
T3: Like a long soak in the bath, but don’t want to miss your favourite TV shows? Well, the Aquavision S4 is just for you.
It’s claimed to be the first full HD TV waterproof TV, offering 40 inches of viewing, along with an integrated Freeview tuner and all the connectivity you’ll ever need, including component video, S-Video and analogue PC input, twin HDMI inputs and scart.
The TV itself does come custom fitted for safety, complete with a waterproof remote and best of all, a ‘Mirrorvision’ finish, which means you can use your premium telly as a shaving mirror.
HDTV UK: Panasonic has announced that its TH-65VX100 and TH-50VX100 (65- and 50-inch, respectively) VIERA plasma TVs will be arriving in the UK from January.
According to the press release, there’s new-generation plasma technology on board including a “Dynamic Black Layer” positioned at the front end of the panel which is supposed to reduce the amount of predischarge to one-sixth that of conventional models.
In English, this means that the contrast ratio is a self-proclaimed 60,000:1, offering deeper, richer blacks and expanding the colour gamut.
Also on board is an 18-bit digital signal processor, “Digital Colour Reality” technology for fine gradation from light to dark.
HDTV News: Sharp’s LC-65SE94U HDTV is setting a new standard in today’s television market. The Special Edition AQUOS SE94U Series sets a new standard for large-screen flat-panel LCD TVs. Instead of single-colored bezel, the LC-65SE94U sets a new design with its graceful, artistic form that enhances any room’s decorations.With its FULL HD 1080p resolution, enhanced black levels, and a fast response time, it also produces breathtaking picture quality.
With the AQUOS LC65E94U, you get Sharp’s next generation Advanced Super View/Black TFT Panel with Multi-Pixel Technology. This technology divides each pixel into two sections and develops an advanced driving system to deliver more natural and accurate color reproduction when viewing the screen from virtually any angle.
With this, it improves extreme-angle viewing by about 60 percent. Not only that, but the contrast ratio is 27,000:1 and the fast 4ms response time make your favorite action scenes as clear and smooth as they should be.
I4U: NEC announced a new 52-inch (132cm) LCD HDTV today called the LCD5220. NEC uses a “U” shaped backlight for even lighting and heat distribution in the set. The 5220 is capable of full 1080p resolution.
The TV can also display 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i as well. The bezel of the TV is very thing and the set can be used in a TileMatrix video wall of up to 25 displays. The set is also sealed to keep out smoke, dust and other contaminants.
The TV also features SpectraView II color calibration and a variety of input options.
HDTV News: Every person looking for a new TV set would definitely want the one with the best quality, great picture performance and excellent viewing experience. Well, with the Sony KDL46XBR5, you won’t go wrong. The KDL46XBR5 is a full HD 1080p with 1920 X 1080 pixels and 1080p video inputs.With BRAVIA Full HD 1080 you get it and so much more. This panel’s resolution, with over 2 million pixels is exactly what’s needed to reproduce the 1080p content that can be delivered by products like Sony’s 1080p Blu-ray disc players. Working with BRAVIA Engine Pro, everything from standard definition and high definition is upconverted to 1080p for a picture so real it’s like you’re actually there.
Sony’s KDL46XBR5 not only pushes resolution to the limits but also brings color reproduction to new heights. Live Color Creation achieves more precise and wider color reproduction using a combination of advanced chroma signal processing algorithms along with Sony’s WCG-CCFL (Wide Color Gamut Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp). The results are clearer blues, more natural and broader range of greens and vibrant colors throughout any scene.
HiddenWires: Establishing a new benchmark in flat panel TV design, JVC on Wednesday unveiled the world’s thinnest LCD TVs with built-in tuners. The new line of super-slim Full HD TVs also weigh less and consume less power than conventional LCD TVs.
JVC’s new slim LCD TVs feature a cabinet that across most of its width measures a mere 1.5 inches (39mm) deep, with a maximum depth of just 2.9-inches (74mm) at the panel’s center. The design ensures that from nearly any angle, the sets present a super-slim appearance. Complementing the slim design is a thinner bezel, further minimizing the presence of the cabinet.
The slim design was made possible through the use of a new JVC-developed slim panel backlight unit and power supply substrate, or chassis. The new slim LCD panel backlight unit is 40 percent smaller in depth and bezel width compared to a conventional LCD backlight, measuring just 0.79 inches (20mm) deep and 0.51 inches (13mm) wide. In addition, the unit weighs only 26.4 lbs (12kg) and consumes a mere 145W.
Efforts to reduce the depth of an LCD panel backlight result in uneven hot spots appearing on the LCD screen surfaces because CCFL light sources are brought closer to the liquid crystal panel. To overcome this problem, either light-diffusing plates are applied or more CCFL tubes are used. But the former approach can result in lower brightness, while the latter approach can be costly and increases power consumption.
HDTV News: With the long lasting LED light engine of the Samsung HL-T5687S DLP HDTV, its Full HD (1920 x 1080p) picture will last for a very long time. An ultra-thin, piano-black bezel around the 56″ (142cm) screen lets you enjoy more screen and less frame. Its slim depth, light weight and hidden speaker system allow the set to fit through tight spaces and ideal for any home entertainment systems.Samsung’s Cinema Smooth light engine delivers the widest range of brilliant colors, while a 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio renders every picture in perfect detail, from the darkest darks to brightest whites, and every tone in between. SRS TruSurround XT delivers sound that is clear and full.
This TV is equipped with three HDMI inputs in version 1.3 that will render your digital movies, photos and more with greater color depth, while a USB 1.1 port and other inputs allow full connectivity. Game Mode optimizes performance, so avid gamers will marvel at the lifelike action. And even with all these advanced features, the HLT5687S is remarkably energy-efficient.
HDTV News: JVC has launched the LH905-series of HDTVs, featuring the Genessa Premium 36-bit video engine.The LH905 TVs feature a full HD 1,920 x 1,080 resolution LCD panel in all three of the 37in (94cm), 42in (107cm) and 47in (119cm) models, Deep Colour support, and an Ethernet port with DLNA support which allows the TVs to play media from a compatible network device.
Other features include dual ten-watt speakers, a built-in analog / digital terrestrial tuner, three HDMI 1.3 ports and an integrated SD slot.
JVC’s LH905-series TVs are scheduled for release in February.