Hisense presents their latest range of affordable 65″, 55″ and many other sizes 4K HDR TVs such as the new Hisense H65N6800 with quantum dot sub-€1000, Hisense H65N5750 is a 65″ 4K HDR at sub-€800 or possibly sub-€700 without quantum dot. Hisense H55NU8700 and H65NU8700 that can do up to 1000nits brightness and BT2020 with HDR10 and HLG. Hisense H55N5700 is a very entry level 55″ 4K HDR TV possibly sold at sub-€500. Hisense ULED LED65NU7700 uses Hisense’s latest ULED technology. Hisense is a sponsor of the Russia 2018 Fifa World Cup, selling 4K HDR TVs ready for the upcoming football World Cup. Hisense HZ75U9A is a 75″ ULED with Quantum Dot with up to 2200nits brightness, wide color gamut 75″ 4K HDR TV. Hisense has their own VIDAA Linux based smart TV UI, not Android TV for now. Hisense also shows their 8K ULED LED65MU9800V not for sale yet. LED75NU7700 ULED narrow frame, HDR Supreme.
Hisense $799 65″ 4K HDR, $499 55″ 4K HDR, ULED, Quantum Dot, HDR Supreme
Skyworth 100″ 4K HDR Android TV, 77″ OLED, cheap 55″ Android TV
Skyworth shows their latest and upcoming 4K HDR TV range with Android TV. Including a 100″ Android TV. Skyworth also sells 77″, 65″, 55″ OLED TVs (probably manufactured by LG) with JBL audio. Skyworth 65″ 65Q8 LCD LED. 55″ 55G7 and 55G6 with Android TV with HLG support, cooca sound bar.
Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 970, 10nm, AI computing
With 5.5 Billion transistors, this is one of the most advanced ARM Processors for smartphones in the world, included in the Huawei Mate 10, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A73, quad-core ARM Cortex-A53, Mali-G72MP12 GPU, featuring the built-in neural network processing.
Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program at IFA 2017
HDMI Licensing Administrator shows some examples of the HDMI cables that get to be part of the Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program from such brands as Hama and Avinity brands which are popular in Europe, Rocketfish which is Best Buy’s HDMI cable brand, blackweb and GE which are Walmart’s HDMI cable brands and the affordable monoprice brand too.
€299 Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset with binaural ASMR microphones
Listen to this video using headphones for best effect! The Sennheiser Ambeo Smart Headset allows you to capture your world in 3D video sound as the ear pieces are fitted with microphones that record the 3D sound atmosphere around you into the video when recording on an iOS device. These earphones are thus actually turning into a binaural omnidirectional microphone system. The resulting 3D audio recordings for the “just as being there” video experience can be enjoyed through any pair of stereo headphones and make you feel like you are actually there listening live.
Sony RX0, 1″ sensor, waterproof, crushproof camera
Sony releases the ultra-compact RX0 ($698 at Amazon.com) with a 1″ Exmor RS CMOS sensor (3:2 aspect ratio), 15.3MP, BIONZ X image processor, super slow motion movies at high frame rates up to 1000fps, uncompressed high-quality 4K data can be recorded on an external recorder, comes with a wide-angle 24mm ZEISS lens (F4.0 aperture), and a tough, rigid body that is IPX8 waterproof down to 10m/33ft, shockproof when dropped up to 2.0m/6.5ft above ground, and up to 200kg/440lb/2000N crushproof.
$1329 Lenovo Yoga 920
Lenovo launches the Yoga 920 running on the 8th Generation Intel Quad Core U Series. starting with 8GB DDR4 RAM and 256GB PCIe SSD and a FHD display that has 15 hours of battery life but it can go with up to 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD with a 4K display that can have about 10 hours of battery life. It includes a microphone array to support long-range Windows Cortana voice-assistant that responds to spoken questions and instructions in standby mode from up to 4 meters away. The 4K version has a nearly edgeless 4K display, an optional Bluetooth-equipped Lenovo Active Pen 2 digital pen with Windows Ink that is more sensitive than the first version, that they claim to have no discernible lag with 4096 levels of sensitivity. Built with polished CNC aluminum available in Copper, Bronze and Platinum. It uses a sturdy “watchband hinge” design, two 40Gbps Thunderbolt3 enabled USB Type-C ports with multi-display and fast data transfer.
Panasonic Robots, IoT, AI: Better Living Tomorrow
Panasonic presents their kids robot, robot fridge, laundry robot with clothes folding, smart kitchen features and more.
LG OLED TV 4K and LG NanoCell LCD 4K TVs at IFA 2017
LG Booth Tour at IFA 2017 featuring the latest LG OLED and LCD TVs, with HDR10, HLG and DolbyVision support, the LG Signature OLED TV W Wallpaper OLED, the OLED TVs for Art Gallery. LG Nano Cell Display featuring LCD Advanced Color Super UHD technology, which LG claims is capable of delivering better results than Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology. LG claims that Nano Cell LCD displays employ uniform particles just one nanometer in diameter to create more subtle, accurate colors that retain their integrity from wider viewing angles (up to 60 degrees) than you typically get with Quantum Dot enhanced LCD TV.
LG V30 with Plastic OLED
Here’s my view on the LG V30, a quite nice looking phone with Bang and Olufsen high quality DAC audio, FullVision Plastic OLED nearly bezel-less LG Display (see my LG Display video filmed at SID Display Week 2017 featuring LG’s Plastic OLED display here), it has a nice fingerprint reader on the back (unlike iPhone X). The price is possibly going to be very high (depending on LG’s pricing strategy), something like $699 or $799 maybe.
Kino-mo Hypervsn Holographic effect displays floating image
Kino-mo Hypervsn is a visual solution for creating, managing and displaying 3D video content with holographic effect.
LaMetric Air real-time Smart Dashboard Clock
Nazar Bilous, CEO and Founder of http://lametric.com presents their prototype for their next generation LaMetric smart clock/dashboard, their current version is a very nice looking Smart Clock, notification dashboard with a very readable and colorful LED display, hackable with APIs, IFFT behaviors, to receive and to act on notifications, tasks, workout timers, business metrics, emails, news and more. You can have your LaMetric clock always on in the back of your room and it can activate, make a sound, each time for example that your YouTube channel gets a new subscriber, each time that you pass a certain YouTube views amount, each time Donald Trump tweets, or any other notification that you would like to be always aware of in your home or in your office.
Thule Covert DSLR, Laptop Accent Backpack, Subterra Carry-On and more
I’ve been using my Thule Covert DSLR Backpack ($199 at Amazon.com) for the past few months as my main video-blogging backpack. Here’s a tour of all the latest Thule Backpacks including the Thule Covert DSLR Backpack, the Thule Accent Backpack, the Thule Travel Backpack and the Thule Subterra Carry-on and Check-in bags that Thule of Sweden currently has on the market. Thule claims to provide a high quality testing and materials guarantee on their bags, something that is not easy to do. Thule claims to provide the best high quality/value bags also compared with brands like Samsonite in the carry-on and check-in luggage market. You can see all the Thule bags at http://thule.com
Smart Mike wireless Microphone for iPhone (BT+Wi-Fi sync)
Smartwave Tech presents the Smart Mike, a compact microphone that records wirelessly perfectly and then automatically synchronizes the audio into the video using the smartphone app. As smartphones are getting amazing 4K video recording capabilities, even perhaps some with their dual-cameras soon enabling smooth video-bokeh in 4K (perhaps with the upcoming iPhone8), yet all Smartphones record bad sound quality on board. The Smart Mike is currently only working on any iPhone from iOS9 upward, later hopefully soon with Android support (once they get the Bluetooth-trigger incompatibilities and the sound synchronization video editing app acceleration in Android sorted out in software), it’s got an omni-directional but distance limited lapel microphone type sound recording that cancels all surrounding noise, they say they will later be able to support up to 7 microphones, currently only supporting one and also enabling the user to choose the volume for the internal iPhone microphone compared with the Smart Mike volume as the user merges the audio with the video in the app. Since it records on board the microphone’s 8GB of storage, it can currently record up to 2 hours before needing to be synchronized to the iPhone with the video (of which then the audio storage is each time cleared from the Smart Mike). Film making experts often do post-production sound synchronization from wireless audio recorders in software, the Smart Mike automates that procedure automatically. While they are also tweaking the sound sync to hopefully remove any type of echo when synchronizing the Smart Mike audio with the built-in Smartphone microphone audio. They say they might also release a version of the Smart Mike that has a mini-jack audio input so any microphone can be used with their system. You can read more about it at http://smartwave-tech.com
Distributors and industry insiders can contact Smart Wave Tech here:
Jeff Liu, VP
+8613923787020 / +886 932369210
€4999 Sony 4K SXRD Projector VPL-VW260ES
Sony VPL-VW260ES is a 4K SXRD Projector currently being sold at €4999 in Europe. It uses Sony’s native 4K (4096 x 2160) SXRD panel technology, with 1,500 lumen brightness, HDR support. This video also features the €20’000 ultra short throw 4K Laser projector Sony VPL-VZ1000ES with 2500lumen and the €15’000 Sony VPL-VW760ES 4K SXRD Home Cinema Projector with laser light source, 2,000 lumen brightness, ∞:1 contrast and HDR compatibility.
Sony Xperia XZ1, Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact
Sony has launched the same functionality as in the 5.5 Sony Xperia XZ Premium (which I filmed here) but in a more compact 5.2″ form factor in the Sony Xperia XZ1 and in a 4.6″ form factor in the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact. One new feature is the 3D Creator which uses Sony’s stacked image sensor to create a 3D scan of any object or person in front of the camera. The Sony Xperia XZ1 has a 19 MP Motion Eye camera with Super slow motion, 5.2” Full-HD HDR display, IP65/68 water resistant2 design and runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform.
WD My Cloud Home, Personal Cloud Storage Solution
Western Digital launches their new WD My Cloud Home Personal Cloud Storage Solution, Smart NAS and easy home backup system designed to be used and controlled easily from the smartphone or laptop at home and while you are on the go synchronizing and backing up your data remotely to your Home Cloud. The device has a USB 3 port to plug in and transfer files from local storage, smartphones to backup. Pricing starts at $159 for 2TB single drive to $899 for 20TB dual drive and its available now at Best Buy in the USA.
70″ Sharp 8K TV launched for €8000, Sharp is back.
Sharp is back. Sharp had a press conference at IFA 2018 announcing that they are back, together with their new investor Foxconn Group, Sharp has so many awesome technologies that they are planning to bring in a strong way to the European market in the months to come. The 8K display is 70″ and will be available in October in China, Japan, Taiwan and in Europe it will be available in March 2018. Sharp will also introduce 8K cameras providing end-to-end solutions for 8K. Also providing solutions for 8K video editing. By Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Sharp expects that by 2020 more than 50% of people buying larger than 60″ TVs will buy 8K. They are considering if maybe they might release Sharp Robohon pocket robot phone in Europe, they would need to implement Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Firmware 2.0 on Panasonic GH5 at IFA 2017
The new upcoming firmware update 2.0 for the Panasonic GH5 to be released at the end of September 2017 will hopefully fix and much improve auto-focus speed/performance/reliability on the camera, it adds also a 72mbit/s H265 HEVC 4K30p mode with 4:2:0 10bit Hybrid Log Gamma HDR recording mode that is said to be totally compatible with direct YouTube upload! (I’m hoping that since this new HEVC is 10bit 4:2:0, and not 4:2:2, then it would be nice if that would support 60p recording also, but I guess that it probably won’t ever support HDR (HLG) at 4K60p) The new firmware also adds 400mbit/s all-i 4K30/60p recording on new V-90 SD cards (possibly support from some V-60 rated SD cards for sustained guaranteed bandwidth support). This new firmware might also add new Dual image stabilization tracking improvements when locking onto a subject and moving around it. A function to remote control the device over Bluetooth and over USB Type-C host with an application for Windows and Mac that lets users remote control and preview photography onto the computer in real-time, maybe it can also be used for real-time video previewing perhaps even real-time video recording over the USB Type-C port to a computer (I’m hoping even directly to an external USB Type-C hard drive), to be confirmed. The firmware is not yet ready to let me put my SD card in the camera to test out the actual new auto-focus performance and HLG HDR H265 mode. Some other Panasonic approved YouTube users have posted some samples though already.
65″ and 55″ TCL Xess X2 QLED Android TV
TCL is the third largest TV manufacturer in the world, aiming to be third most popular TV brand in Europe/USA by 2020. At IFA 2017, TCL presents the U65X9026 (65″) and U55X9026 (55″) Xess X2 65″ and 55″ TCL QLED Android TV, the only Android QLED TV in the world with JBL sound. With very small bezels, Quantum Dot technology, TCL QLED enables their TVs to display richer colours, contrast optimised with Ultra Micro Dimming, 10bit, HDR Pro, 3-channel acoustics on the front from JBL provide high quality sound immersion, with Android TV voice control voice command support. With Android 6.0 support currently, with Android 7.0 support to be added through a firmware update.
In the first quarter of 2017, TCL ranked in top three for global TV shipments, with a market share of 7.3%, according to IHS. In the first half of 2017, TCL LCD TV total sales volume rose by 12.2% year-on-year to 9,603,392 sets (excluding commercial display). LCD TV overseas sales volume reached 5.74 million units, up 34.1% year-on-year, while sales value rose 51.0% year-on-year. TCL ranked the third in France and the Philippines, fourth in Thailand and fifth in Vietnam, Australia and the USA.