LG Launches 84-inch Ultra High Definition 3D TV in India

LG Electronics India launched its new 84-inch 3D TV in the country at the Stuff Gadget Show being held in Mumbai. The gigantic SmartTV flaunts a 4K resolution (3840 x 2160), and sports the same bunch of cutting edge features that has made LG a leader in the 3D space.


LG is not the first to release a 4K TV; however, it is the world’s first to offer an 84 inch 3D television with a 4K display resolution. The enhanced resolution means that pixels are barely discernable even when viewed from a close distance. LG’s latest offering sports all of the swanky new features we saw in the previously released 2012 range of LG 3D TVs. This includes dual-play, smartshare plus, 2D to 3D conversion, and magic remote. Check out our previous coverage for a more in-depth look at each of these features.


LG utilizes polarized passive glasses for its 3D technology. This has enabled it to overcome one of the biggest pain points of 3D – picture quality. Even with the glasses, color reproduction and contrast is excellent. During my brief hands-on time, I didn’t notice any significant display artifacts. Viewing angles were also pretty good. In brief, when it comes to picture quality, LG’s 3D TV offers very little room for complaint. However, 3D viewing on the larger screen did appear to be more stressful for the eyes.


The biggest problem with an 84-inch 4k display is not something that LG can control – the lack of source material. HD content is rare, but Ultra HD is almost impossible to get. As far as I know, DTH service providers in India only offer 720p or 1080p streams. Presumably, LG will leverage the dual-core processor powering its 84-inch monster to upscale the content. However, I couldn’t test how well this works, since LG was not demoing any live television streams. One also has to wonder how well a 720p or 1080p 3D content will look on a display this big. However, these are the prices one has to pay for staying on the cutting-edge, and this beast from LG is certainly cutting-edge.

LG 84LM9600 will be available in select stores in the metros, and is being released with a MRP of Rs. 17,00,000. However, I am told that you should be able to pick it up for something in the range of fourteen to fifteen lakhs.

HTC Droid Incredible X Leaked; Will Go Heads-On Against Samsung Note 2

I am not a big fan of the phone-tablet hybrid segment that Samsung has been pushing with its Galaxy Note series of products. These devices, which are often referred to by the awkward sounding moniker phablet, are too large to be used comfortably as a phone and are too small to realize the benefits of a tablet. However, I must be in the minority as the Note has been doing pretty well.

If rumors are to be believed then HTC is also preparing to join Samsung. HTC Source has learnt from a tipster that the HTC hybrid device bears a codename DIx (which might stand for Droid Incredible X), and will sport a Qualcomm S4 Pro chip with four Krait cores. Other rumored specs include a 5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This actually amounts to a pixel density of 440 ppi; however, somewhat confusingly, the source believes that the DIx will have a pixel density of 480 ppi.

The DIx will offer 1.5 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. Unfortunately, no expansion slot will be provided. The battery is also said to be non-removable.

As always, take these rumors with a pinch of salt, but we do have a leaked snap of the device in question, which is embedded below.


Dell XPS Duo 12: a Windows 8 Ultrabook That Can Swivel into a Tablet

This year’s Mobile World Congress saw a flurry of ultrabooks with manufacturers queuing up to compete with the Apple MacBook Air. Now, at the IFA 2012, the trend seems to have shifted towards convertibles or hybrid devices – ultrabooks with detachable display units that can also be used as tablets.


We have already covered Samsung’s Smart PC and HP’s Envy x2. A short while back, Dell also got into the game with its XPS duo 12. Unlike others, the XPS doesn’t have a detachable display unit. Instead, you can flip the display unit over to use it in a tablet like form factor. The distinctive disadvantage of this is that even when you are using the XPS duo 12 as a tablet, you will have to put up with the additional weight of the keyboard.

The XPS duo 12 is built using Aluminum and Carbon Fiber, and sports a 12.5-inch full HD multi-touch display, which is covered from edge to edge by Gorilla glass. The XPS duo will be a premium device, and processor options will go all the way up to Ivy Bridge based Intel Core i7.

The XPS duo 12 is an interesting device, but it seems to be a notebook first and a tablet second. The large form factor and bulk might make it a bit too bulky to be used regularly as a tablet. However, it will be among the most powerful hybrid devices around. Dell will be releasing the XPS duo 12 when Windows 8 becomes available on October 26.

HP Envy x2 is Another Tablet-Laptop Hybrid

Samsung is not the only one who is trying to blend the notebook and the tablet. Hours after Samsung introduced the Ativ Smart PCs, HP announced its own hybrid device – the Envy x2.


The HP Envy x2 promises to deliver the power of a notebook and the freedom of a tablet owing to its innovative hinge with magnets that allows the display to be effortlessly detached from and reattached with the keyboard dock. The Envy weighs less than 1.5 kg with the tablet component weighing only about 700 grams. The detachable display unit features an 11.6-inch, multi-touch capable IPS display with a resolution of 1,366 x 768.


Under the hood, the Envy is powered by a Clover trail based Atom processor. Both the display unit and the dock have a battery. When powered on, the battery embedded in the display unit gets charged first. Conversely, when running without power, the battery in the dock gets discharged first. The objective is to ensure that the tablet is ready to be detached and used as quickly as possible.

Other features include NFC, pen support, Beats audio, 8 megapixel rear camera, HDMI output, 2 USB ports, and expandable memory (SD in the dock, and microSD in the tablet). Launch date and price are not yet known, but HP is obviously hoping to have the Envy x2 ready for the holiday season.

Samsung Announces Tablet-Notebook Hybrids: Ativ Smart PC and Smart PC Pro

Samsung unveiled a boatload of stuff at its IFA 2012 event. We have already written about the Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy Camera, the Ativ S, and the Ativ Tab. Two other stars of the Ativ line-up that Samsung introduced yesterday are – Ativ Smart PC and Ativ Smart PC Pro.


Samsung Ativ Smart PC

The Ativ Smart PC is a hybrid device that can act as both a tablet and a notebook. The Ativ PC features an 11.6-inch ten figure multi-touch display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels that can be easily removed from the keyboard dock to function as a neat looking tablet. Under the hood, the Ativ PC is powered by a Clover Trail based Intel Atom processor, which might not be the fastest chip around, but is efficient enough to extract 13.5 hours of battery backup. There is a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2 mega-pixel front cam.

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro

Samsung Ativ Smart PC Pro

Ativ Smart PC Pro packs in more power thanks to the Intel Core i5 processor, and lasts a respectable 8 hours on battery. Other specs have also been beefed up in the Pro edition. The tablet comes with a full HD (1920 x 1080) display, and the rear camera has been upgraded to 8 mega-pixels. Both the devices will ship with Windows 8 and are being touted as fully Windows 7 compatible.

Samsung is also bundling the S Pen that we saw in the Note 2 with the Ativ hybrids. The Smart PC includes a USB 2.0 port, while the Pro edition ships with an USB 3.0 port. Additionally, the keyboard dock for both features two extra USB 2.0 ports. Other known features include mHDMI and miniSD compatibility. The devices will probably be released in the US on October 26 when Windows 8 starts shipping. The Smart PC will cost $750 (a hundred bucks less if you don’t want they keyboard dock), while the Smart PC Pro will cost $1119.

LG Cinema 3D 2012 – Indian Launch Dates and Prices

LG will be launching its Cinema 3D range (3D LED, 3D Ultra Slim LED, 3D Home Theater systems, 3D Blu-ray players and the futuristic 3D OLED TV) in India over the coming months. We have already explored the major new features of the 2012 range of Cinema 3D products. Check out our earlier coverage for a hands-on first impression, if you haven’t already. Listed below are the Cinema 3D LED TV models that LG will be launching along with their launch date, price, and major features.


LG Cinema 3D 72LM9500
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, MCI 1000 (Motion Clarity Index), Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play, Smart Share Plus, 2nd Display, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 700,000


LG Cinema 3D 55LM8600
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 800, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play, 2nd Display, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 265,000


LG Cinema 3D 55LM7600
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 800, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 201,000

LG Cinema 3D 47LM7600
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 800, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 144,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM7600
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 800, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 110,000


LG Cinema 3D 55LM6700
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 174,000

LG Cinema 3D 47LM6700
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 124,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM6700
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 102,000

LG Cinema 3D 47LM6690
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 124,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM6690
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 102,000

LG Cinema 3D 47LM6400
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 114,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM6400
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 95,000

LG Cinema 3D 32LM6400
Features: LED Plus, Cinema 3D, Cinema Screen, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Magic Remote, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 59,000


LG Cinema 3D 65LM6200
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 400,000

LG Cinema 3D 55LM6200
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 165,000

LG Cinema 3D 47LM6200
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 104,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM6200
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 87,000

LG Cinema 3D 32LM6200
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 400, Full HD 3D, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready, Skype.
Launch Month: May
Price: Rs. 55,000

LG Cinema 3D 42LM3410
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 100, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready.
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 70,000

LG Cinema 3D 32LM3410
Features: LED, Cinema 3D, MCI 100, 2D to 3D, Dual Play Ready
Launch Month: June
Price: Rs. 46,000


LG Introduces Cinema 3D Smart TVs in India

LG Electronics India Limited (LGEIL), which is the current 3D TV leader in India with about half the market share, is gearing up to launch its new 2012 series of Cinema 3D Smart TVs. Mr. Soon Kwon, MD of LEGIL, heralded the 2012 lineup as “a significant step forward, thanks to a series of new and upgraded 3D features”.

LG Cinema 3D 72LM9500

There are three principle techniques employed by 3D TVs to provide a perception of depth. They are – Shutter, Color Anaglyph, and Polarized. While the latter two are called as passive 3D, the former is dubbed as active. 3D TVs from the likes of Samsung and Sony fall into the first category. These TVs essentially use glasses that are synced with the TV and have a shutter that alternately opens and closes to deliver different frames to different eyes. The problem with this technique is that the glasses require batteries as well as an infra-red sensor to be able communicate with the TV set. This makes them both heavy and expensive. This technique also reduces the effective refresh rate of the TV. Anaglyph 3D content has two differently filtered colored images, one for each eye. The glasses are specially tinted to allow only one image and block the other. Thus, each eye receives a different image. Anaglyph glasses don’t have any complicated circuitry, and hence are lighter and cheaper. The disadvantage of Anaglyph is that due to the tinting, the viewer often gets a dimmer image with poor contrast and color reproduction. Moreover, since both the images are delivered at the same time, there is a possibility of artifacts being present. Polarized 3D TVs work in a similar fashion; however, instead of altering the color, it alters the frequency of the image. Polarized glasses are expected to alleviate contrast and color reproduction issues; however, it still can suffer from the presence of artifacts.

LG’s Cinema 3D display uses polarization technique (they prefer to call it Film Type Patterned Retarder 3D or FPR). As a result, LG Cinema 3D is able to deliver full 240 Hz refresh rate, which on paper means that you shouldn’t observe any flickering. The glasses are also super light (15 grams) and extremely comfortable. For folks with spectacles, there is a clip-on lens that’s even thinner and lighter.

LG Cinema 3D FPR Glasses
LG Cinema 3D FPR Clip-On Glasses

Now that we understand how LG’s Cinema 3D works, let’s have a look at some of the new features it will be introducing in its 2012 line-up.

Cinema Screen: In its LED 3D TVs, LG has managed to trim the bezel down to a phenomenal 1 mm. Thus, the actual display almost extends from edge to edge. LG is calling this Cinema Screen, since it believes that the new design will facilitate a seamless and immersive viewing experience à la the big screen.

LG Cinema 3D LM8600 with Cinema Screen

2D to 3D Conversion: 3D content is still pretty rare in the market. In order to tackle this problem, LG developed an algorithm to convert 2D content into 3D on the fly. The new models will feature an improved 6-step algorithm that should offer better 3D viewing experience.

Dual Play: Last year, we saw Sony allowing gamers to play PS3 games against each other on the same television screen by using special glasses. Now, LG is following suit with Dual Play for Xbox. As discussed earlier, 3D TV essentially works by displaying two different images to two different eyes. Somewhat similarly, dual play works by displaying two different images to two different players.

Magic Remote: LG has enhanced its remote by adding gesture support and a scroll wheel to it. The latter is particularly handy while surfing the web, while the former makes issuing complex command simple.

Smart Share Plus: While most current generation TVs come with DLNA for displaying multimedia content from mobile phones, tablets, and PCs on the big screen, LG has added support for a host of new technologies to differentiate itself. MHL (Mobile HD Link) allows compatible smartphones to be connected to the TV through micro HDMI to play HD content on the big screen. WiDi (Intel’s Wireless Display) enables fast and easy connection between TVs and Laptops without any wires or internet network. Wi-Fi Screen Share enables the content on the TV screen to be shared with multiple devices including smart phones and tablets. And finally, 2nd Display enables you to watch TV programs or Blu-ray content on your smartphone or your tablet PC, even if that content is not being displayed on your TV. So, you can watch a cricket match on your tablet, while your mom is watching her favorite soap on the television. This feature will not be present out of the box, but will be made available by mid-2012 through an automatic software update.

LG Cinema 3D in Action

So, the LG Cinema 3D displays are packed to the brim with fun and useful features. However, how does it perform in real life? Earlier this week, I got a brief opportunity to check out the new displays in action, and the good news is that when it comes to picture quality, LG’s offerings perform mostly as advertised. Brightness, contrast and color reproduction, which have been some of the major caveats of 3D TVs, are excellent. Flickering also didn’t rear its ugly head. However, I can’t vouch if LG has managed to address the headache issue, without using the 3D displays for prolonged periods. The 2D to 3D conversion is quite neat and adds a perceivable amount of depth to existing content. However, I didn’t get a chance to check out the 3D conversion algorithm in action on a live stream. LG only had a music video for demonstration purposes. I am told that the effectiveness of the conversion process is heavily dependent on the quality of the source material. LG allows the user to control the intensiveness of the 3D effect. As you move the slider towards the right, depth of the picture increases; however, so does the amount of observable interlacing. Presets are available to help you tune the conversion settings according to the content that you are watching.

Apple Attempts to Reinvent Textbooks with iBooks 2 and iBooks Author

After disrupting the entertainment industry, Apple has now set its sights on the education sector. In an event held at the Guggenheim museum in New York City, Apple announced its plans to reinvent the textbook industry.

At the heart of Apple’s textbook strategy is the iPad. The iPad’s potential as an educational device was apparent from the very beginning. More than 1.5 million iPads are currently being used in educational programs. However, the lack of structured content has prevented students and teachers around the globe from realizing its full potential. All this is set to change with today’s announcement of iBooks 2.

Textbooks are informative and comprehensive. Unfortunately, they are also dull and boring. “There is no reason to assume today that kids need to use the same tools they used in 1950”, explained Apple. iBooks are essentially full-fledged iPad applications that are designed to make learning fun by tapping the intuitiveness of learning on a multimedia capable touchscreen tablet.

iBooks will feature interactive graphics, 3 dimensional models, videos, search, interactive quiz, glossary, and more. Apple’s iBooks makes highlighting content, taking notes, and creating study cards as simple as a few taps and swipes on the screen. Additionally, books purchased will be perpetually available in the library, and will continue to be updated as the publisher releases new editions.



The advantages of Apple’s new digital textbook platform are several. However, none of that would have mattered if they were not priced right. Thankfully, Apple is again adopting its already proven model of undercutting the established distribution model with smart pricing. All textbooks will be available for $14.99 or less, which is an astronomical price reduction when compared to their dead tree counterparts. Currently, college students often end up spending upwards of thousand bucks on textbooks alone.


Apple is not only making it easier to consume information, but also to create information. It is releasing a new application for Mac called the iBooks Creator. As the name suggests, the iBooks Creator is aimed at publishers looking to create iBooks (which may or may not be textbooks). It is a WYSIWYG editor that makes creating gorgeous and interactive textbooks drop dead simple. Most of the stuff can be accomplished by simple drag and drop, and more advanced features can be added through HTML and JavaScript widgets. The iBook Author is available as a free download.


Apple is launching its new initiative with all the big guns on-board. Pearson, McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, which account for 90 percent of textbooks sold in the US, are among its launch partners.

[images via Engadget]

Logitech Introduces Harmony Link App for Ipad

Yesterday, in a blog post by  Ashish Arora, Vice President and General Manager, Digital Home Group, Logitech introduced the Harmony Link and the Harmony Link App. The Harmony Link is a device that allows you to remotely control up to eight devices in your home. It is a sleek looking device with a slim profile. You can see a picture of it compared to the iPad and iPhone below.

Harmony Link
Photo Courtesy of Logitech Blog

The most impressive addition, however, is the Harmony Link App. The app is free to download and works seamlessly with the Harmony Link device. It basically turns your iPad into the coolest remote control ever! The app is available for the iPod Touch, the iPhone, and Android devices too. However, there are features that will only work on the iPad. One of the coolest features is the ability to get in-app TV listings. Pictured below, you can see what the TV listings look like in the app.

TV Listings
Courtesy of Logitech Blog

With a swipe of a finger, you can navigate through TV listings on your iPad. Want to see a show you like? Just tap the picture and the app will tune your TV to the show that you want to watch. You will also notice, in the picture above, an “Activities” menu. Here is a list of one-touch commands that will automatically power on the devices that you need in order to perform the activities.

Setup is easy. You connect Harmony Link to your wi-fi network and then tell it what devices you have. The device comes ready to control 5,000+ devices. It has the ability to learn commands from other remotes. It also comes with a “Mini Blaster” accessory, which allows you to connect to devices that might be hidden from view.

I have to admit, the gadget geek in me loves this new offering. It has a nice design and appears to be easy to use. It will be interesting to see how well the device works.  The Harmony Link device is set to hit the shelves in October. You can pre-order the device  here.

What do you think? Is this an app you would like to have for your iPad? Personally, I can’t wait until they come up with an app that feeds the dog. ;)



Sony Reader T1 Leaked by Overzealous Retailer

The Dutch web retailer bol.com has revealed Sony’s next Reader – the PRS-T1. Although Sony still trails Amazon by a large margin, it has been doing reasonably well in the eBook reader market. At the very least, Sony has managed to offer stiff competition to Barnes and Noble, which has managed to innovate its way into the segment with the Android powered Nook readers.


The T1, which was spotted last month in an FCC application, will have an E-Ink screen just like its predecessors. E-Ink screens mimic the appearance of ordinary ink on paper, and are easier on the eyes as well as the battery. According to the specifications revealed by Bol.com, T1 will have a 6 inch dual-touch screen with a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels and support for pinch-to-zoom gesture for adjusting font size. A stylus shouldn’t be necessary; however, Sony has opted to include one nonetheless. The 2GB internal memory should be sufficient to store more than a thousand books. However, if you find yourself needing more memory you can add additional storage through microSD cards. Wi-Fi support along with Google Search and Wikipedia have also been added to the T1. Another interesting enhancement spotted by Mike Cane is that the T1 will display the cover of the book you are currently reading in standby mode.


All in all, the T1 is a nice update to the current generation Sony Readers. With T1, Sony will have another well rounded reader in the market. However, it will definitely not set the e-reader segment on fire. While T1 seems good enough to maintain status quo, it doesn’t do anything that can help Sony in establishing its superiority over the Kindle or the Nook.