This year, Samsung will release more Ultra HD TVs than ever before, including the new S'UHD TVs that move beyond 4K resolution. Most of the new TVs are curved and Samsung is changing its Smart TV platform yet again to one running Tizen. FlatpanelsHD brings you a full overview of Samsung’s 2015 line-up.
The big themes are Ultra HD and Android TV that will replace Sony’s current Smart TV platform. Sony’s high-end TV will also support HDR (high dynamic range), which will make movies brighter and more spectacular. Here is a full overview of Sony’s 2015 TV line-up.
Ultra HD will be in the 6 series TVs and up, whereas Full HD is disappearing. LG is still the only TV manufacturer who can produce the amazing OLED TVs. This year, LG will take OLED to the next level with its Ultra HD OLED TVs. FlatpanelsHD brings a full overview of LG’s 2015 TV line-up.
The first big theme is Ultra HD, which will expand to more models than ever. The second big theme is Android TV, which Philips will embrace fully and integrate as its TV platform into two thirds of the line-up. FlatpanelsHD brings you a full overview of the 2015 TVs.
Panasonic has unveiled its 2015 line-up of TVs, and here is a full overview. Most of the new TVs offer Ultra HD resolution and the high-end TVs add HDR and wider colors gamuts. Panasonic will switch to Firefox OS as its new TV platform and launch its first curved TVs.
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: