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The silver screen has pretty much become the epitome of production value. Big budgets, great cameras, talented operators and months of post production will certainly give Hollywood blockbusters a polish you won’t find in many other places.
That said, short of catching these epic flicks in the theatres, it can be quite difficult to get the full visual experience a feature film can bring. But it’s not impossible. In fact, it just got a whole lot easier because now you can actually buy the same TV that Hollywood professionals use as part of their work process. You can buy the Panasonic FZ1000 OLED TV.
Have you ever looked at the TV that’s hanging on your wall, or standing on your cabinet, or even the one chilling on the floor, and wondered: “Gee, if only it could also double as a painting.”
No? Me neither. But Samsung has, and this is their latest concoction in the television space. It’s called The Frame TV and yes, although that’s a very peculiar name, there is a reason for that.
As more things begin to come online, the risk of having your personal information collected without you knowing also increases and these dangers are very real. So real, in fact, that Smart TV maker Vizio was just fined USD2.2 million (around RM9.8 million) for connecting viewer information on a second-by-second basis without consent.
The Samsung Galaxy View is a huge. At 18.4 inches, this is the biggest Galaxy device yet and it even comes with a handle to carry around this 2.65kg behemoth.
Thanks to our eagle-eyed reader, the Galaxy View has just gotten the green light from SIRIM and it is very likely to hit Malaysia very soon.
Samsung has a knack for making devices of various screen sizes. The Galaxy View is their biggest yet with a gigantic 18.4″ screen and it runs on Android. In their latest ad, Samsung isn’t calling it a TV or a Tablet, but simply “entertainment reimagined”.
Xiaomi very recently teased that they were launching something super slim, releasing teaser images about this new device that looked a lot like a flatscreen TV. With that the super sleek Mi TV 2S is now official, which is claimed to be as thin as their Mi 4 smartphone which was launched last year. The TV is to feature 4K support as well as a unique super compact plughead which is a first for smart TVs.
While the 40″ version is an affordable Full HD option at 1,999 CNY (about RM1,175), the latest version boasts a 4K Ultra HD resolution screen using Samsung’s RGB LCD panel. Like its original 49″ version, it features a 178 degree viewing angle with a 8ms response time along with a static contrast ratio of 4000:1.
Micromax is India’s answer to Xiaomi, offering affordable products for the masses. Just like its Chinese counterpart, they have just announced not one but two Smart TVs that would compete with the likes of the Mi TV2. Both models pushes Ultra HD resolution of 4K (2160p) with the smaller 42″ LED TV priced at Rs. 39,990 (about RM2,353), while the bigger 49″ version is going for Rs. 49,990 (about RM2,942). As comparison, Xiaomi’s Mi TV2 is priced at 3,999 CNY, which is RM2,373 at today’s rates and it comes inclusive with a soundbar and sub-woofer.
Both Micromax TVs run on Android but the smaller 42″ TV runs on an older Android 4.2 Jelly Bean while its bigger model gets Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Google Play Store is included, so you can install any apps including games. Speaking of games, the wireless remote control also doubles up as a game controller as it has a built-in gravity sensor.
“Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.”
This sentence is buried deep inside Samsung’s End-User License Agreement for its Smart TV in the UK, at least the ones with voice recognition technology (here’s the link to the EULA. Read the terms under “Voice Recognition”. Still it’s scary to think that with more devices connected to the internet the more we have to be hyper-aware of our privacy and how it can be violated.
While the future looks interesting with a more connected world and the internet of things becoming a reality, in some form or another, someone is watching almost everything that you do without you even knowing it — and, that’s scary as hell.