If you've been holding off on buying a big-screen TV in the hopes that something really
impressive would come along, then you might want to look at the latest device to come from Samsung Electronics.
According to the Korea Times
the troubled company
has presented its latest achievement at the Society for Information Display show in Los Angeles – and it's a monster.
Measuring a whopping 82” on the diagonal, the ultra-high definition LCD display can not only muster a 120Hz screen refresh rate – double that of most models, which run at 60Hz – but has a native resolution of 3840x2160, some four times as much as a traditional 1080p display. The display is rounded off with a LED backlight that increases the contrast ratio and improves the black level when compared with a fluorescent backlight.
Kim Sang Soo, executive vice president of the corporation's LCD Technology Centre, stated that he “personally [hopes] that the next-generation ultra-high definition level in the LCD panel market will open soon, with increasing consumer demand for clear viewing in households and public spaces.
” It's clear that he believes this product has a market outside
the business world, but the question is – what would you use to drive it?
Putting aside the possibility of using it as a large PC monitor for the particularly well-heeled gamer, can a display running at a resolution of 3840x2160 really offer an improvement over a 1920x1080 unit when fed with the most common HD sources – 1080p Blu-Ray discs and 720p/1080i HD broadcasts via satellite? I'm not entirely convinced – but that's not to say I would refuse one for the living room, if any Samsung reps are reading this.
Also demonstrating new products at the SID show was LG Electronics, who have perfected a roll-printing technology designed to replace the traditional photolithography process used in the production of LCD panels. The technology holds the promise of reducing the quantity of nasty chemicals required in the production of LCDs and also the possibility of flexible display screens at a sensible price.
The Society for Information Display 2008 International Symposium, Seminar and Exhibition will run until the 23rd May.
Anyone here fancy getting their hands on a quad-HD 82” screen, or are you still suitably impressed by standard 1080p panels? Share your thoughts over in the forums