In the grand scheme of things, ten years is nothing; an insignificant slice of our planet’s long timeline. But when it comes to technological innovation, a lot can change in a decade, and some of the gadgets, software, and silicon you relied on back in 2010 now seems almost ancient and ready for the antique market.
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I’m one hundred per cent in support of a future where screens are flexible and foldable instead of fragile and easily shatterable. I’m just not willing to spend $3,000 on a folding phone or $15,000+ on a rollable TV. I will, however, happily drop $3 or $4 on a plastic bottle with a glowing lightsaber on the label.
There are a lot of big and fancy gaming monitors on the market, but Alienware’s newest high-end display is something else. Not only is this thing eye-meltingly gorgeous, Alienware says its new monitor is the first 55-inch OLED gaming monitor in the world.
At this point, the promise of a device with a tablet-sized screen that folds to the size of a smartphone for easy pocketing is starting to sound too good to be true. After missing the promised June release for its Mate X, Huawei now says the folding phone won’t be available until after November but is optimistic it could still arrive before the end of 2019.
Aside from maybe Apple’s MacBooks, there isn’t a line of laptops with as much brand recognition as IBM’s ThinkPads — now manufactured by Lenovo. They’ve been around for almost 30 years now and were responsible for some real innovations in laptop design, including the TrackPoint nub in the middle of the keyboard that Paul Klinger has lovingly recreated as part of this custom miniaturized ThinkPad he created.
The HP Spectre x360 15-inch laptop is a lovely machine. Impeccably designed, powerful enough for most big tasks, and featuring a new 15.6-inch OLED display that will make your eyes weep with joy. Too bad HP put a terrible trackpad on the thing.
There’s more bad news for all you bleeding edge early adopters hoping to have one of the first folding smartphones to show off to friends. The Galaxy Fold has not only missed its original ship date, in a recent letter to those who pre-ordered the device, Samsung now seems to have no idea when the Fold will actually see the light of day.
In the brave new world of folding touchscreen devices, companies are throwing every random design at the wall, hoping one of them will be the device that consumer’s embrace. Sharp, who started producing flexible OLED screens back in June of 2018, recently showed off a prototype of a smartphone that folds vertically, like the clamshell mobile phones of yesterday, or the modern Game Boy I hope Nintendo actually makes.
While we're not expecting any major phone news to come out of WWDC (aside from the possible appearance of the iPhone SE 2), all sorts of iPhone rumours are hitting the street as Apple's annual developer conference nears. The rumours range from some plausible changes and upgrades to some very silly-looking new colours.
After last year's delayed iPhone X release, Apple is trying to snag a few extra screens for its 2018 batch of iPhones. Unfortunately, the company is apparently running into trouble with its OLED display manufacturing partners, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The CES show floor might be filled with hundreds of TVs that put your local electronics store to shame, but the real treasures of the show, the TVs packed with technology we'll have to wait for years to buy, are hidden in back rooms away from greasy fingers. Except ours, of course, as we had a chance to treat our eyes to the concepts LG Display brought to CES 2018.
Whenever I think 'OLED', I think $$$$$. Whenever I think Hisense, I think 'cost-effective'. So what might happen if those two things were to collide? We're about to find out, as Hisense Australia has announced a brand spanking new OLED TV for the AU Market, to land alongside its already available ULED 4K TV models.
The new high dynamic range 165-centimetre OLED televisions from Panasonic and Sony will stop you in your tracks. They're stunning. Pin-sharp definition, beautiful colour balance (to my eye the Sony has a fractional edge) and detail just a tad short of real life. But it's the contrast that blows everything else away. With no backlighting, OLEDs – organic, light-emitting diodes – make blacks utterly black and present excellent detail in dark scenes. OLEDs are also super thin, adding almost nothing to the thickness of the surface they're applied to.