CSOT (China Star Optoelectronics Technology) shows their latest 4K2K LCD screens, which they are right now manufacturing in their Shenzhen-based 8.5th generation LCD factory. They currently make about 10 million screens per year. Their LCD panels are used by Chinese brands Skyworth, TCL and Hisense among others.
Konka is showing their latest 4K screens, at 50", 65" and 84" sizes.
AUO debuts their 5-inch FHD OLED smartphone display with a 443ppi pixel density, as well as they are showing off a full range of smartphone displays from 5" to 5.7" adopting AHVA technology with LTPS production process, or Hyper LCD technology, with resolutions of 1080p, 720p, providing super narrow bezel with 1mm-width from display area to touch panel border. AUO is also some of their latest transparent and mirror displays for digital signage applications, for smart vending machines and other. For better touch screens, AUO is introducing One Glass Solution Touch, integrating the cover lens and sensor glass into the ultra slim and light module. The direct bonding manufacturing process simplifies the production procedure of the integration of the touch structure, panel and backlight to provide slimmer and lighter, high optical and anti-glare performance LCD modules.
You can now buy this Skyworth 50E780U 4K HDTV in China for under $1500. It's for sale right now. $1453 (8999rmb) is just the official suggested retail price, it seems to be sold for as cheap as $1323 (8198rmb) online at taobao (which I think is kind of China's Amazon).
This 4K display is made by Taiwanese Chimei Innolux, it's sold by the Skyworth brand, the number 1 TV brand in China (in front of Samsung in China). The only sad thing about this 4K display is that you are only getting a 50" size, not 55" nor 65", I have been talking about my wish of seeing sub-$2000 4K 55" during 2012/2013, now we've got sub-$1500 4K, but for now it's 50". I'm seriously considering buying one of these for myself, if I can somehow have it safely shipped to myself in Europe with UPS or some other shipping method, do you think that would be a good idea or will I regret not having at least a 55" screen size for my 4K home screen resolution? Maybe if I wait another 2-3 months, sub-$2000 55" 4K screens are going to be broadly available? I am very excited about the possibilities of 4K displays, simply because the demonstrations of 4K at trade shows that I have seen over the past few years have always been the highlights of the shows for me. 4K is way, way more interesting than 3D. I also expect to be able to buy sub-$2000 4K camcorders later this year, maybe Panasonic is working on a GH4 with 4K high bitrate video recording resolution. And I am convinced that YouTube, BitTorrent and other online sources for above 16mbit/s compressed 4K video streaming or downloading can provide for awesome 4K video content online in the months and years to come. So I am not worried about 4K content. I am sure Hollywood already has digitized most of their movies in 4K resolution and it wouldn't be hard for them to release them all in 4K as soon as the home movies industry decides how to release them, I'd say they should just turn on 4K video-on-demand right now. $20/month for unlimited 4K movie streaming/downloading/progressive-downloading, I'd pay for that Hollywood! To save on bandwidth costs, Hollywood should just use BitTorrent for their 4K VOD movie distribution. All 8 megapixel pictures can already provide for great 4K slideshows today. I would consider placing my 4K display on an adjustable arm that easily allows the display to be used for office use, home cinema use and when raised a bit higher it can be a constant amazing 8 megapixel slideshow display in the living room. I wonder though what will be with the 30fps limitation of HDMI 1.4a that is the 4K interface used by these new 4K displays, I wonder if a firmware update can transform those to a possible HDMI 1.5 with at least 60fps or maybe 120fps support and maybe also higher bitrate if needed. I'm also worried about the built-in ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core M-star processor system not being user-replaceable once faster processors get available, because the solution to the limitation of HDMI 1.4a would be to directly stream all the contents from Ethernet or USB, but if the built-in processor needs update for the user interfaces, the 4K Google TV UI that I am expecting and perhaps especially the video decode performance being upgraded in the future. There, I'd prefer if the ARM SoC platform was easily user replaceable in all new 4K TVs, that I think would make the 4K panels more future proof regardless what happens with the eventual limitations of HDMI. What do you think is the future-proof 4K solution to the current 30fps@4K limitation of current HDMI 1.4a?
Nvidia is releaing their quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor, here demonstrating their Chimera camcorder and photography engine that enables fast and easy HDR photography and video recording. They have a special sensor and technology that allows one optical system to record enough range to create HDR video at full 1080p 30fps framerate enabling also HDR photography on all upcoming Tegra4 devices without needing to take more than one picture. Tegra4 can playback 4K video, it has a 72-core GPU enabling advanced graphics and GPU Compute and a lot of other features.
Allwinner released the Allwinner A31 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 processor with SGX544MP2 back in December, and tablets have been shipping with it since January. Now at Mobile World Congress 2013, Allwinner announces the Allwinner A31S for use in Phablets, to support the modem module from ZTE and be optimized for Phablet use, Phablets are described as 3G/LTE phone devices between 5" and 7" in screen size. Allwinner also talks about the Allwinner A20 dual-core ARM Cortex-A7 with Mali-400 that is pin-compatible with Allwinner A10 tablet designs, thus the A20 is expected to replace all Allwinner A10 tablet designs from March onwards.
Qualcomm talks about their release of the Snapdragon 600 in devices unveiled at Mobile World Congress that are the Asus Transformer Infinity, LG Optimus G Pro and HTC One. At MWC 2013, Qualcomm also detailed more about their upcoming Snapdragon 200 and 400 series and they are also talking about the upcoming Snapdragon 800 series that increases GPU performance by 50%, supports 4K video encode and decode and many other new advanced features for the fastest smartphones and tablets to come later this year.
Silicon Image showcases the WiHD standard for Wireless HD, full 4Gbitps bandwidth over the 60Ghz unlicensed spectrum. The WiHD consortium consists of Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, Samsung, LG, TP Vision and Silicon image and it is an older more established alternative to Intel/Microsoft's WiGig system which also functions on the same 60Ghz spectrum. Silicon Image here showcases their UltraGig 6400 sub-500mW WiHD processor which they have here installed in some modified Samsung Galaxy S3 and Kindle Fire HD to showcase how such devices can have built-in WiHD support to wirelessly stream the full HD 60fps full bitrate HD signal to a HDTV wirelessly.
Video-blogging last month at CES was awesome. I've posted 75 videos filming with the ultra-high quality Panasonic GH3 camera on a Tiffen Steadicam Merlin 2 with vest and using the Kopin Golden-i 3.8 for augmented video-blogging. At the CES 2013, there were some significant ARM related announcements, demonstrations and releases. Here are some of my highlights:
1. Samsung announcing the Samsung Octa ARM Cortex-A15 and ARM Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE processor. (I didn't get to film any interviews about Samsung Octa yet, here's the 1-hour Samsung keynote) I did film the Samsung 2013 HDTV series (which features perhaps a latest newest ARM processor built-in for its smart tv and features)
2. Nvidia announced Tegra4, quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 with companion-core, Nvidia's new 72-core GPU, huge new features, the Nvidia Shield gaming console, Nvidia Grid for cloud-streamed high-end gaming.
3. Rockchip RK3188 quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 on 28nm HKMG process node launched for about Exynos4412-level performance in cheap tablets. Rockchip RK3066 dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 also reaching more devices on the market like the Archos Titanium tablet series at $7" 1024x600 $119. 8" 1024x768 $169, 9.7" retina $249 and 10.1" 1280x800 $199, the $169 Archos Gamepad and the Minix HDMI stick.
4. Allwinner A31 quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 in tablets being released: Archos launching Allwinner A31 Powered Platinum Tablet series in 8" $199 and 9.7" Retina $299, Allwinner A31 also shown by Eken and Sungworld.
5. Qualcomm launches Snapdragon 800 series, Qualcomm's next generation ARM Processor records and playsback 4K video.
6. Nufront reaching maturity with their NS115 dual-core ARM cortex-A9 in many thin and light 7" tablets coming out of China.
7. Infotmic launching iMAPx15 dual-core ARM Cortex-A5 processor for low-cost tablets and phones.
8. ARM Powered Set-top-boxes launched like new Marvell Powered Google TV boxes from netgear, Hisense, Asus and TCL and the OMAP4470 Powered Archos TV Connect.
9. E Ink on the backs of Smartphones being launched by Russian Yota Devices, can extend battery life on your smartphone by 10x (talking about weeks of battery life for your smartphone). E Ink was also showing their new awesome higher resolution and front-lit e-reader screens like in the awesome new Kindle Paperwhite (which I've got and that I'll video-review) and the interesting super thin CST-01 E Ink wrist watch.
10. One Laptop Per Child's latest XO-4 Touch ARM Powered laptop release with Neonode IR touch on Pixel Qi screen using Marvell's Armada PXA2128 dual-core with companion core processor. OLPC also launches their XO learning OLPC XO Tablet, optimizing Android for productive use of Tablets in Childrens education worldwide.
13. 4K coming to the market: HiSense introducing $2000 4K 50", $3500 65" 4K and shows up to 110" 4K TVs, Panasonic shows their first printed 4K OLED promising affordable high yield mass manufacturing, Panasonic showing an impressive 20" 4K Tablet, Panasonic talking about 4K camcorder and showing a 4K 46" and 20" LCD TV, Sharp launching 32" 4K Tablet, 60" ICC-4K and showing 13.5" 4K OLED, Samsung's 4K 84" TV for actual release, LG releasing 55", 65" and 84" 4K and StreamTV upscaling and auto-3D.
16. Ubuntu Mobile OS launched, although I prefer their Ubuntu on Android implementation.
Pansonic is showing off their 4K Camcorder prototype, displaying real-time 4K 30fps video to their 20.4" prototype 4K IPS alpha LCD display, they are also showing playback of recorded 4K video to their 47" 4K prototype IPS alpha LCD display.