Updated: The 2013 TVs will arrive in April and May and retailers are starting to clear out inventories of 2012 TVs. This means that you can save big money on the 2012 models – if you are quick. FlatpanelsHD has found some of the biggest savings on popular TVs.
The TV industry is already pushing for Ultra HD / 4K, which is the next step after Full HD. But what does it actually mean for our TVs, media boxes, movies & games? We explain why Ultra HD is important and why there is much more to it than just higher resolution.
Samsung will release new LED and plasma TVs, as well as its first Ultra HD TVs. Samsung’s OLED-TV could be released in 2013. 2013 is all about Smart TV and new smarter features but Samsung also promises improvements to picture quality.
LG has a massive line-up of TVs in 2013. The Smart TV features will be expanded to even more TVs and LG will release its first OLED and Ultra HD TVs, along with new LED and plasma TVs. Some of the new Smart TV features include Miracast and NFC.
All touch screens suffer from a delay – or input lag. Microsoft's research team wants to make touch screens much faster and has set a goal to reduce input lag on touch screens to just 1 ms (millisecond).
1 ms touch panels
Microsoft’s Applied Sciences Group conducts research into new technologies, including touchscreens. They dream about a future where touchscreens in smartphones & tablets will be lightning fast.
Microsoft wants to make touch screens much faster
Microsoft notes that most touch screens in tablets and smartphones suffer from input lag (delay) of 100 ms or more. In the video at the bottom Microsoft demonstrates the difference between 100, 50, 10 and 1 ms - and the difference is more significant than you might think. The demonstration has not been conducted on an actual touchscreen but instead on a surface with a projector below. It reveals that Microsoft still has some work to do but the official goal is to reach 1 ms in the future.
Microsoft’s premise that smartphones and tablets suffer from 100 ms input lag or more is not false. Input lag is provided on the specifications sheet and is rarely measured. Input lag is also affected by processor power and operating system and for example Tom's Hardware notes that the iPhone 4 had input lag of 120-140 ms but that the iPhone 4S only suffers from 80-90 ms. This might suggest that the added processor power in the iPhone 4S has a lot to say. We should also point out that input lag typically increases for the second, third and fourth touch command in a sequence.
The operating system can also prove to be a bottleneck. One Android programmer reveals how the Android operating system does not prioritize touch commands. Sometimes touch commands are queued which results in lag. This happens because the Android system was originally designed for physical buttons and later upgraded with touch capabilities.
See Microsoft's video demonstration below and judge for yourself: