Sony launches XBR-A1E BRAVIA OLED TVs at 55", 65" and 77" powered by the Sony X1 Extreme 4K HDR processor (see also my other video about the X1 Extreme processor), to enhance the picture quality potential of self-emitting wide viewing angle OLED panels, producing deeper blacks and brights for an optimal contrast. Sony A1E series is also equipped with Sony's new Acoustic Surface that vibrates the display to create sound from the whole display surface not needing to use traditional speakers on the side of the display.
Sony BRAVIA X940E 75" 4K HDR TV with full array local dimming LEDs for more brightness and contrast with X-tended Dynamic Range Pro, runs on Sony's 4K HDR X1 Extreme processor, 40% more real-time image processing compared with the previous X1 processor, with HDR remaster for upscaling standard dynamic range (SDR) content to near 4K HDR quality. Sony Bravia X930E is for 65" and 55" with same processing capabilities as X940E. X930E has Slim Backlight Drive+ technology doing edge-lighting giving near full array local dimming performance. Sony launched the first X1 processor in 2015, enabling possibly the industry best noise reduction and upscaling quality, now with X1 Extreme, Sony expands on the features for improved 4K HDR quality for high picture clarity, higher contrast, and wider colors support. X1 Extreme introduces Dual Database Computer Vision Processing for improved noise reduction and upscaling using tens of thousands of references that Sony generates from its archive of knowing how recognizable things are supposed to look like. X1 Extreme also introduces Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR removes banding creating a smooth, natural picture. X1 Extreme also introduces Object-based HDR remastering recognizing objects in the image to adjust contours, textures, depth for a more natural look.
Here's a booth tour at the Qualcomm CES 2017 Booth, showing some of the features that Qualcomm is introducing with their 10nm Snapdragon 835 processor, the first processor to use the "Built on Cortex" technology ARM License. Qualcomm's 10nm Kryo 280 might be built (my speculation) on quad ARM Cortex-A73 and quad ARM Cortex-A53, but customized by Qualcomm with their own design features on top, or throughout, including also Qualcomm's own memory controllers and Qualcomm's new X16 Gigabit LTE Baseband system. Qualcomm X16 Baseband supports up to Gigabit 1000mbit/s download speed and 150Mbps upload speed. It can function over a mix of licensed and unlicensed carrier spectrum. At the Qualcomm booth, this video also shows off some of the other awesome features that Qualcomm is making available with Snapdragon 835, includingn HDR10 4K60p HDMI 2.1a support and potentially HDR ready displays for smartphones to come, Project Tango and similar depth sensing for 6-degrees of freedom VR experiences merging the virtual world with the real world, turning VR into AR. Some other new multimedia features include live real-time stitching of 360 video at 4K 60 frames per second (possibly encoding with H265) which could enable the most advanced 360 video recording, also possibly recording 360 audio. Then combining 3 microphones to design directional audio recording similar to a shotgun microphone, improving the electronic image stabilization functionality (now to version 3.0) and deep neural networks run on the device for integrating advanced computer vision in the smartphone.
Here is my interview with Sir Robin Saxby, the founding CEO and Chairman of ARM (1990-2007). He talks as if he is lecturing to students answering unprepared questions straight off the cuff. He describes how from humble beginnings headquartered in Cambridge UK, ARM became the global standard for embedded RISC microprocessors used in many everyday devices, such as, phones, tablets, cars, printers, and TVs. Robin Saxby talks about the technology, people, culture, business model, failures and successes, partnership, strategy and global challenges, that helped make ARM successful. The total time is 1hr45min including an introductory review and a list of errors and corrections at the end. Robin hopes it will inspire other technologists and engineers to have as much fun and excitement as himself as well as to improve understanding of technology and business for all.
Samsung releases the nicest ARM Powered Chromebook in the world ($449 at Amazon.com), the Samsung Chromebook Plus is powered by the OP1 ARM Processor optimized for Chromebooks (Rockchip RK3399) dual ARM Cortex-A72 and quad ARM Cortex-A53 Hexacore 64bit with ARM Mali-T860 GPU. This Chromebook is ultra-thin at 14mm, ultra-light at 1.08kg yet runs 10 hours on the battery even with its amazingly nice and bright 3:2 aspect ratio 12.3" 2400x1600 Quad-HD ultra-bright 400nit LCD Display durable with Gorilla Glass 3.
Xiaomi is a 6-year old startup from China that has shipped hundreds of millions of Smartphones, but mostly in China. Xiaomi is trying to expand to Europe and the USA. Here presenting the Xiaomi Mi Mix that uses a bezel-less 6.4" 1080p Sharp IGZO display, on Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM, 16Megapixel back camera, 5Megapixel front camera, 128gb or 256gb of storage.
Huawei Honor President George Zhao presents Huawei Honor 6X, 5.5″ Kirin 655 Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53
Huawei Honor 6X ($249 at Amazon.com) is based on the 16nm Hisilicon Kirin 655 octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 with ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU. Here it's presented by George Zhao, President of Honor, introducing the Honor marketing strategy, its prospects for growth in Europe and the USA.
California based Blue Microphones launched the Blue Raspberry Mobile USB Microphone ($199 at Amazon.com) for PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad. Blue Ella planar magnetic headphone with built-in 250-megawatt audiophile amp powering 50mm x 50mm drivers, which are self-tensioned for fast response and accurate sound. Blue Sadie headphones have 50mm dynamic drivers featuring a built-in amplifier. Blue Satellite Headphones use Bluetooth 4.1 with aptX with a built-in amplifier, with adaptive noise cancellation using separate, dedicated ANC drivers to deliver high-fidelity wireless sound.
The Panasonic GH5 is the highlight of CES 2017 according to many media. The Panasonic GH5 records 4K60p at 150mbit/s 4:2:0 8bit, 4K30p at 150mbit/s 4:2:2 10bit, 4K30p at 100mbit/s 4:2:0 8bit and a 400mbit/s firmware coming. In this video, I try to ask Matt Frazer of Panasonic what the GH5's 6K anamorphic H265 video is going to be like. Also watch my 45min Panasonic GH5 Interview with Sean Robinson Panasonic Marketing Specialist.
Now selling at $599 retail unlocked in the USA on Amazon.com, Huawei Mate 9 features the Hisilicon Kirin 960, the world's first ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Mali-G71 in a Smartphone. With a beautiful 6" 1080p display, runs Android 7 Nougat with Huawei EMUI 5 UI that features machine learning in the system to prevent any sort of lag, tracking behavior to provide a faster response on mostly used apps and not slowing down with long use. Huawei partnered with Leica to create a dual-lens camera giving a clear image and allowing bokeh effect using wide aperture effect and post-focusing on any point of interest in the image. 4000mAh battery and full day 20min fast charge. Available in 5 different colors, works on 1334 carriers in 217 countries & regions, Nano SIM+MicroSD slot or 2x SIM slots supporting GSM and WCDMA.