Thin TVs are In at IFA 2008
Samsung has just unrelieved a laptop that it says is lighter than "Air"--the MacBook Air that is. Engadget reports that the X360 is an ultraportable that weighs just 2.8 pounds (with the optional SSD and six-cell battery) and is only 0.66 inches at its thinnest section (it is 1.2 inches thick at the other end). The notebook is powered by a Centrino 2 ULV processor and chipset, and comes standard with 1GB of RAM, upgradable to 4GB. The 13.3-inch display has a native resolution of 1280x800, driven by an Intel X4500 integrated GPU. Hard drive options include a 5,400-rpm 120GB hard drive or 64GB or 128GB SSDs. The X360 does not include an optical drive, but it does come with "7-in-1 card reader, three USB ports, PCI ExpressCard/34, HDMI, VGA, LAN and a docking port. There's naturally WiFi, Bluetooth 2.0+ EDR and a 1.3 megapixel camera." Shiny Shiny states
|Sharp XS1 Aquos|
Obviously not quite as portable--but equally impressive--is Sharp's new 23-mm thick (about 0.9 inches) XS1 Aquos series 52-inch and 65-inch LCD panels, as reported by Gizmodo. The XS1 features a 1920x1080p resolution, with a 100MHz refresh rate, a 6ms response time, a 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 100Hz motion processing and a detachable speaker system. The XS1 is due out in the U.K. in October. Pricing has not been announced yet, nor has Samsung stated if or when the XS1 will be available in the U.S.
It's not just LCD TVs that are getting skinny, but so are plasma TVs as well. Slashgear reports that Panasonic showed off two prototype plasma displays that are just 24.7mm thick (about 0.97 inches).
|Panasonic prototype |
|Philips 42PFL9803 |
Another thin display is the 42-inch Philips 42PFL9803 that T3 reported on. At 34mm thick (about 1.34 inches), it's not quite as skinny as other thin TVs, but the 42PFL9803 has a few things going for it that the others don't. Not only does the 1080p display feature a mind-boggling 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio, but instead of using Plasma or LCD, the 42PFL9803 uses a technology Philips call LED LUX, "which equips screens with 1152 individual LEDs making up 128 segments, each of which can be dimmed independently allowing certain parts of the display to produce bright whites and the rest to remain deep black." Philips claims that this technology delivers the deepest blacks because when a pixel is displaying "black," the pixel is actually off and therefore not generating any light at all. Register Hardware reports that the 42PFL9803 will start shipping at the end of September for €2,500 (about $3,675 USD).
|Sony KDL-40ZX1 |
(Credit: Engadget HD)
|Sony's Bravia BDV-IT1000 |