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The new Sony E-mount lenses from Tamron. (Source: PetaPixel)

New Sony E-mount lenses from Tamron are on the way

The Japanese lens-maker Tamron already makes 17-28mm and 8-75mm f/2.8 products for Sony full-frame cameras. Now, it has released a video teaser hinting at 4 more of the same to be launched soon. Their specs are left to the imagina...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 21 Sep 2019 17:29:00 +0200
The Huawei Vision TV. (Source: YouTube)

Huawei's first own-brand TV represents the OEM's Vision of the smart home

Huawei also unveiled a new smart TV at its Mate 30 launch. It is called the Huawei Vision, and will come in 55- to 85-inch variants. The OEM asserts that it can also act as a full smart home control, and has AI-powered user intera...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 19 Sep 2019 19:25:00 +0200
Bus Simulator 18 has come to consoles. (Source: Astragon Games)

Bus Simulator: now for Xbox One and PS4

Astragon Entertainment has announced that its popular PC title, Bus Simulator 18, has come to the Playstation 4 (PS4) and Xbox One. This game involves a fictional city with 12 "vibrant" districts, 8 high-fidelity models of the veh...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 17 Sep 2019 23:05:00 +0200
The new Mi TV 4X. (Source: Xiaomi)

Xiaomi launches the new Mi TV 4X series

Today, (September 17, 2019) Xiaomi has unveiled its latest Android TVs in India. The are of the new 4X series, and come in 65-, 55- and 43-inch variants. They include the latest features from their OS, including an in-built Chrome...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 17 Sep 2019 18:59:00 +0200
The OnePlus 7T Series' 1st promo. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus sets dates for 7T Series launch

The OEM OnePlus has made its anticipated 7T series of phones official, and has also announced dates for its launch around the world. The first of these will be in India on September 26, 2019. The 7Ts will then get a 2nd event in L...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 16 Sep 2019 15:38:00 +0200
16K Sony Crystal LED tech is ready for the TV room. (Source: Sony)

Consumer-grade Sony 16K Crystal LED panels are now available

Sony is ready to release its Crystal LED technology to home theater systems. These next-gen panels are capable of both 8K HDR and 16K resolutions. With specs such as 140% of sRGB coverage and 120 frames per second, they are also r...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 14 Sep 2019 17:13:00 +0200
G-SYNC is coming to big-screen LG OLED. (Source: LG)

LG announces NVIDIA G-SYNC support for select 2019 OLED TVs

LG has revealed that certain 2019 OLED TVs will gain G-SYNC compatibility via a firmware update. This will apply to 55- to 75-inch C9 and 55 or 65 inch E9 variants. The OEM asserts that this development will enhance immersion in g...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 13 Sep 2019 20:28:00 +0200
Apple Arcade goes live on November 1, 2019. (Source: Apple)

Apple's TV+ and Arcade titles, formats and pricing structures are outlined in full

The latest Apple keynote introduced the new iPhones and iPad, yet did not stop there. It also outlined the company's new gaming- and TV-streaming services in detail. They will both go live in November 2019, cost US$4.99 per month ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 11 Sep 2019 21:13:00 +0200
MSI launches Prestige PS341WU 34-inch HDR600 5K monitor, costs the same as the Apple stand after rebates (Source: MSI)

MSI launches Prestige PS341WU 34-inch HDR600 5K monitor, costs the same as the Apple stand after rebates

Although well-known for its curvy LED-heavy gaming monitors, MSI wants to prove that it can still design sleek no-frills monitors for professionals, too. The 34-inch Prestige PS341WU is expected to ship on September 16 with a $200...
Allen Ngo, Tue, 10 Sep 2019 20:33:00 +0200
The back of the OnePlus TV will look like this. (Source: Twitter)

OnePlus reveals carbon-fiber backing for its TV, among other specs

A OnePlus executive has been spilling more details on its first-gen smart TV, in order to build hype ahead of its launch. The latest of these hints is that its back panel will be finished in a carbon-fiber effect. It will also sup...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 10 Sep 2019 19:40:00 +0200
The Hisense 85-inch QLED XD 8K TV in Berlin. (Source: Hisense)

IFA 2019 | Hisense showcases its new QLED XD and Sonic Laser TVs

Hisense has brought some new and large TVs to show off at this year's IFA. They include an 85-inch QLED XD panel that is also 8K and voice-command responsive. The company also showed off a new Sonic Laser product, which is the fir...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 08 Sep 2019 19:25:00 +0200
The new TCL PLEX. (Source: TCL)

IFA 2019 | TCL claims to have applied its display know-how to the new PLEX smartphone

TCL, a name perhaps better known for TVs, has unveiled its latest mobile device at IFA. The PLEX is a 6.53-inch FHD+ phone with a 24MP punch-hole camera. It has triple rear cameras, one of which is 48MP, and AI enhancements for th...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sun, 08 Sep 2019 18:04:00 +0200
VESA's DisplayHDR standards can improve a screen's performance. (Source: Pinterest)

VESA's updated HDR standards may improve the display panels of the future

The Video Electronics Standards Association (or VESA) is the body that can confer official certifications for state-of-the art quality standards such as DisplayHDR on new screens. Its latest update to the criteria by which they ar...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 05 Sep 2019 18:43:00 +0200
Do you really need a 240 Hz or 300 Hz laptop display? The common misconception about high refresh rate monitors

Do you really need a 240 Hz or 300 Hz laptop display? The common misconception about high refresh rate monitors

No, you don't need a stable 144 FPS to take advantage of a 144 Hz display. For gaming laptops in particular where CPU and GPU power are limited, these 240 Hz and 300 Hz high refresh rate panels are more useful for their wide range...
Allen Ngo, Thu, 05 Sep 2019 04:51:00 +0200
A new Nitro XV3 monitor. (Source: Acer)

IFA 2019 | Acer's Nitro XV3 series of monitors brings NVIDIA G-SYNC-compatibility and various eye-saving features

Acer's new series of XV3 gaming monitors offer modern refresh rates of up to 240Hz and response times of as low as 1 millisecond. They are also G-SYNC ready with the variable refresh rate (VRR) necessary to handle either the RTX o...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 04 Sep 2019 20:06:00 +0200
MageDok 15 Portable Monitor Review

MageDok 15 Portable Monitor Review

Too dim. The crowdfunded-Indiegogo MageDok portable monitor feels solid to the touch with a strong chassis design. Almost everything about the actual display, however, is a letdown at this early development stage.
15.6" | 1 kg
Allen Ngo, Mon, 02 Sep 2019 06:31:58 +0200
The Canon EOS 90D. (Source: Canon)

Canon releases the EOS 90D, a new 32MP crop DSLR

The EOS 90D is Canon's latest APS-C camera that can shoot at 32.5MP with a crop of up to 1.6x. It is powered by a DIGIC 8 image processor and can shoot at up to 11 frames per second continuously. This camera's core unit will go on...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 31 Aug 2019 20:12:00 +0200
AUO presented an impressive number of new display technologies at this year's Touch Taiwan expo. (Source: sixteen-nine.net)

AU Optronics previews new AMOLED foldable screens and ink jet printed OLED 4K @120 Hz laptop displays

AUO's improved folding AMOLED screens come with increased durability and smaller folding radius, while the laptop OLED display sporting 4K resolution and 120 Hz refresh rates are advertised to be among the first to use the ink jet...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 29 Aug 2019 15:53:00 +0200
The new Sony a6600. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases the a6600, its new APS-C flagship camera

The a6600 is the latest premium camera from Sony. It is an APS-C mirrorless unit with a 24.2MP Exmor sensor, Fast Hybrid autofocus (AF) and a 3-inch 180-degree touchscreen. The OEM has also unveiled an entry-level a6000-series cam...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 29 Aug 2019 00:16:00 +0200
The OnePlus will be released first in India. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus TV now officially slated for September 2019 launch; codename and specs leaked

The CEO of OnePlus (Pete Lau) has confirmed that the first-gen TV from this OEM will launch in a month from now (August 2019). It will be released to the Indian market initially. A Twitter tipster claims to have dug its CPU, GPU a...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 23 Aug 2019 18:39:00 +0200
A recent leak purporting to show the Redmi Note 8. (Source: XDA)

The 64MP Redmi Note 8 series - and the brand's first 4K TV - will launch soon

Redmi has packed a number of exciting details in its latest official announcement. Firstly, it has confirmed that its promised 64MP camera will debut in the Redmi Note 8 Pro. It will be released alongside the base Note 8 at an eve...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 21 Aug 2019 17:21:00 +0200
One of Huawei's newly certified devices may be the Mate 30. (Source: Trusted Reviews)

Honor and Huawei get new TVs approved, along with many more Bluetooth products

Huawei and its sub-brand Honor has attracted attention recently as it has sent what seems to be a whole generation of new smartphones, tablets and assorted wireless accessories to the Bluetooth SIG for certification simultaneously...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 17 Aug 2019 13:51:00 +0200
Sony has won an award for its Real-Time Eye AF technique. (Source: Sony)

Sony smashes through records at the 2019 EISA Awards

Sony has announced that it has hit a new record for wins at the Expert Imaging and Sound Association (EISA) awards for this year. The company won 7 times at this event, 3 of which were for its innovative, extensive G-series FE len...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 16 Aug 2019 18:50:00 +0200
C-Force CF015C Portable Monitor Review

C-Force CF015C Portable Monitor Review

Portable, but not that portable. The 15.6-inch CF015C 4K UHD portable monitor is sleek and lightweight for easy carrying. Unfortunately, it relies on a clunky external hub and several cables to actually work.
15.6" | 700 g
Allen Ngo, Thu, 15 Aug 2019 07:45:00 +0200
OnePlus sketches out its smart TV ambitions. (Source: OnePlus)

OnePlus TV now slated for late-September 2019 launch, with multiple SKUs in tow

OnePlus has just introduced its first large-screen product as the...well...OnePlus TV. Leaks from other sources have claimed that this new product will be released in the last week or so of September 2019. It is also rumored to co...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 14 Aug 2019 18:36:00 +0200
Samsung needs EUV photoresist chemicals in order to manufacture its SoCs, CPUs and memory chips. (Source: Golem.de)

Trade war journal: Japan resumes high-tech chemical exports with South Korea

Japan claims that it never imposed an export ban on South Korea, explaining that export approvals now require a period of 4-5 weeks, or roughly the same period of time that has passed since the escalation of the diplomatic relatio...
Bogdan Solca, Tue, 13 Aug 2019 15:56:00 +0200
Lepow USB-powered Portable Monitor Review

Lepow USB-powered Portable Monitor Review

15.6-inch 1080p for cheap. The lightweight and narrow bezel 15.6-inch portable monitor has an attractive design with a high quality feel when held. The actual display, however, is reflective of the inexpensive price point.
15.6" | 770 g
Allen Ngo, Tue, 13 Aug 2019 09:19:00 +0200
Eurocom Nightsky RX15 gaming laptop now shipping with 60 Hz OLED and 240 Hz IPS options (Source: Eurocom)

Eurocom Nightsky RX15 gaming laptop now shipping with 60 Hz OLED and 240 Hz IPS options

It's a tough call between OLED and IPS if you're a gamer. While the former allows for deep and accurate colors, the latter offers faster refresh rates for smoother and more responsive movement. Eurocom will let you choose between ...
Allen Ngo, Fri, 09 Aug 2019 19:36:00 +0200
The Honor Smart Screen TV. (Source: Honor)

HongMeng OS could debut on the Honor Smart Screen TV

Huawei's first TV is in fact slated to be released by its sub-brand Honor, and is to be called the Smart Screen. It may be reasonable to assume that this product will run Android for these larger devices. However, the OEM is now r...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 08 Aug 2019 16:30:00 +0200
The Asus ProArt monitor. (Source: Asus)

Asus showcases its ground-breaking ProArt PA32UCX monitor at SIGGRAPH 2019

Asus has gone to the SIGGRAPH conference this year to put its creator-focused hardware in full view. It consists of PCs such as the ZenBook Pro Duo and the new StudioBook series. However, the star of this show may be the new ProAr...
Deirdre O Donnell, Mon, 05 Aug 2019 22:01:00 +0200
The 'new' LG UltraFine 5K monitor. (Source: LG)

LG refreshes the UltraFine 5K monitor for 2019

The UltraFine 5K monitor by LG is typically marketed as an ideal companion screen for Macs or MacBooks. However, it mysteriously vanished from Apple's website not long ago. Now, it is back as a new model for this year.
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 31 Jul 2019 18:59:00 +0200
PSA: Laptopmedia charges $5 USD for a calibrated laptop display profile. We offer them for free

PSA: Laptopmedia charges $5 USD for a calibrated laptop display profile. We offer them for free

You don't need to spend any money if you want your laptop display to be more color accurate despite what other websites may suggest. For the most color accurate display, you would have to calibrate your own laptop individually. If...
Allen Ngo, Mon, 29 Jul 2019 09:34:00 +0200
Honor wants its smart screen to look a little like the new 9X series. (Source: ProPakistani)

Honor's 'Vision' is a smart TV with a pop-up camera

Honor now plans to release its first smart TV in the near future. This product is to be called the Vision, and will be powered by a newly-announced SoC, the Honghu 818. It will also incorporate a pop-up camera for user authenticat...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 27 Jul 2019 18:07:00 +0200
The new Sony RX100 VII. (Source: Sony)

Sony releases the RX100 VII, a new compact camera with full-frame powers

With up to 60 auto-focus (AF) or auto-exposure (AE) calculations per second and 20fps shooting, Sony claims to have packed flagship speeds into its latest compact camera. The RX100 VII has a 20.1MP Exmor RS sensor and the latest g...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 25 Jul 2019 19:24:00 +0200
The Google Stadia controller will also have a 3.5mm jack. (Source: Latest World Trends)

Reddit AMA reveals more details on Google Stadia

Google's Director of Product for Stadia, Andrey Doronichev, completed an AMA on Reddit yesterday (July 18, 2019) to shed more light on the company's new streaming-based gaming platform. The executive took pains to liken it to Xbox...
Deirdre O Donnell, Fri, 19 Jul 2019 19:58:00 +0200
The IP camera market may grow to a multi-billion-dollar worth in the next decade. (Source: Alert Watch)

The IP camera market is now projected to be worth approximately US$20 billion in 6 years

Internet-protocol (or IP) cameras shipments are thought to grow to over 100 million by 2025, or 20% more than there are now. These projections are part of newly-published research on the IP surveillance market. It is thought to be...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 18 Jul 2019 23:19:00 +0200
The Polymega base unit. (Source: Playmaji)

The Polymega is a new modular console that can offer various different classic gaming systems in one

Playmaji, Inc. and extreme Co., Ltd. have announced the release of their new product: the Polymega. This new kind of console supports various classic CD-gaming platforms, including Neo Geo, PS1 and Sega Saturn. However, it also al...
Deirdre O Donnell, Thu, 18 Jul 2019 20:19:00 +0200
The new Sony Alpha 7R IV. (Source: Sony)

The new Sony Alpha 7R IV camera comes with a "world's-first" 61MP sensor

Sony has launched the Alpha 7R IV (or a7R IV), its latest 35-millimeter full-frame camera. It is the first such product to feature the new, back-illuminated, Exmor R CMOS sensor with a 61.0MP resolution. The a7R IV is also capable...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 16 Jul 2019 20:28:00 +0200
Razer Blade 15 OLED is 60 percent brighter than the Blade 15 IPS despite not being advertised anywhere

Razer Blade 15 OLED is 60 percent brighter than the Blade 15 IPS despite not being advertised anywhere

(Update: Cursor bug fixed.) Having a tough time choosing between the Blade 15 IPS or Blade 15 OLED? We go over the core visual advantages and disadvantages of each to give a better idea of what you can expect.
Allen Ngo, Mon, 15 Jul 2019 23:00:00 +0200
A new Dragon Quest Builders game has been released to the PS4. (Source: Square Enix)

Dragon Quest Builders 2 launches on PlayStation 4

Square Enix has released Dragon Quest Builders 2 for the PlayStation 4. This title builds on its predecessor with a unique setting within the relevant universe, and all the new crafting and battle opportunities that come with it. ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Sat, 13 Jul 2019 21:23:00 +0200
The Xiaomi Mi TV 4A now has a preliminary update to Android Pie. (Source: Digit)

An early-access build of Android Pie for the Xiaomi Mi TV 4A is now available

Those who own the Mi TV 4A can now apply for a kind of Android Pie beta-test. Xiaomi is working on what it calls an 'early-access build' for this 32- or 43-inch device, and is currently inviting users to install and test it. The 4...
Deirdre O Donnell, Wed, 10 Jul 2019 18:28:00 +0200
Downright cheap laptops with a 4K 100% sRGB HDR display are going to become more common for at least the next few months. (Source: Chuwi)

Analysis | Expect to see more mismatches of 4K IPS panels on cheap budget laptops

We've already posted a few articles about Chuwi's LapBook plus, a $439 USD budget laptop that distinguishes itself with a 15.6-inch 4K HDR 100% SRGB display and unibody metal build. There's a reason why Chinese budget laptops are ...
Douglas Black, Wed, 10 Jul 2019 04:46:00 +0200
Razer Blade 15 OLED battery life and power consumption comparison

Razer Blade 15 OLED battery life and power consumption comparison: Bigger differences than expected

IPS vs. OLED: The difference between minimum brightness and maximum brightness on an OLED display could be as much as 15 W compared to about 5 W on a typical IPS display. On the other hand, the difference could be as small as 2 W to 3 W when displaying dark-colored web pages.
Allen Ngo, Sun, 07 Jul 2019 05:48:00 +0200
Besides offering a more immersive gaming experience, the TRIO display module improves multitasking and productivity. (Source: MobilePixels)

MobilePixels announces dual and triple laptop display setups

With the upcoming TRIO from MobilePixels, laptop users will soon be able to benefit from multi-screen setups, just like desktop users. Besides the obvious advantage offered in games, a dual or triple-screen setup can also improve ...
Bogdan Solca, Fri, 05 Jul 2019 16:23:00 +0200
Looking to buy an OLED laptop this year? Here's what you need to know

Looking to buy an OLED laptop this year? Here's what you need to know

(Updated 06/07/2017) To OLED, or not to OLED: That is the question. Manufacturers are heavily pushing OLED displays in notebooks for 2019, but should you make the leap? We examine the Samsung SDCA029 panel to be used by all 15.6-inch notebooks this year to help you decide if the advantages are worth the drawbacks for your usage.
Intel Core i7-8750H | NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q | 15.6" | 2.2 kg
Douglas Black, Wed, 03 Jul 2019 20:27:28 +0200
AOC launches Agon AG251FZ2 TN monitor with 240 Hz refresh rate and 0.5 ms response times (Source: AOC)

OLED not needed: AOC launches Agon AG251FZ2 TN monitor with 240 Hz refresh rate and 0.5 ms response times

Response times for TN or IPS panels have gotten so fast now that one of the main advantages of OLED is beginning to fade. These new AOC Agon monitors target professional gamers who need the super-fast response times and refresh ra...
Allen Ngo, Tue, 02 Jul 2019 20:52:00 +0200
The new Sony UBP-X1100ES Blu-ray player. (Source: Sony)

Sony launches its latest flagship Blu-ray player

Sony has unveiled the UBP-X1100ES, its latest 4K/UHD Blu-ray player. This machine supports HDR, Dolby Vision, 4K upscaling and the new BT.2020 color-space standard. Sony also asserts that this new disc player has every kind of con...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 02 Jul 2019 20:22:00 +0200
The first DisplayPort 2.0 devices should be available in 2H 2020. (Source: VESA)

DisplayPort 2.0 standard announced

The latest iteration of the DisplayPort standard will allow for 80 Gbps bandwidths that enable support for 8K, 10K and even compressed 16K resolutions. DisplayPort 2.0 will also introduce new USB-C cables based on the Thunderbolt ...
Bogdan Solca, Thu, 27 Jun 2019 16:00:00 +0200
OnePlus is entering the TV market, but in which category? (Source: Twitter)

The OnePlus TV may not be OLED

Last year, OnePlus announced that it was to release its first ever TV. However, not much has been heard about this product since then. Now, a renowned leaker claims that it is "not very far away", but that it is likely to have an ...
Deirdre O Donnell, Tue, 25 Jun 2019 21:35:00 +0200
Asus giving away ZenBook Pro 15, ZenBook 14, ROG Phone and more to celebrate its 30th anniversary

Asus giving away ZenBook Pro 15, ZenBook 14, ROG Phone and more to celebrate its 30th birthday

A prize pool of over $16000 USD will be spread across 30 products for 30 lucky winners in North America. Try your luck by following Asus on one of several social media sites each week from now until July 23rd.
Allen Ngo, Tue, 25 Jun 2019 05:26:00 +0200

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