Hybrid tablets and 4K TVs top trends at IFA in Berlin

Hybrid tablets and 4K TVs top trends at IFA in Berlin

Original post by Mikael Ricknäs via Tech World

But getting onboard these new trends come at a cost

This year at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin vendors introduced and demonstrated a plethora of ultra-high resolution TVs, hybrid tablets based on Microsoft’s upcoming operating systems, as well as the first device based on Windows Phone 8.

Here are some of most interesting trends at IFA 2012 and the products they have spawned:


LG Electronics, Sony and a number of other vendors all showed so-called 4K TVs, which increase the resolution from the current 1,920-by-1,080 pixels to 3,840-by-2,160 pixels. The term 4K comes from the horizontal resolution.

To take full advantage of the format a big TV is needed, which the TV manufacturers have realised. The screen on Sony’s XBR-84X900 (above) measures 84 inches, as does LG’s UD (Ultra Definition) 3D TV.

But despite how beautiful the carefully-selected video clips looked on the show floor, there are a few obstacles, including price. LG’s TV will cost about $22,000 when it starts to roll out in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America starting in September. There’s also a lack native 4K content to watch, which will make it even harder for the technology to take off in the near future.

Hybrid tablets

IFA 2012 was definitely the party for tablets based on Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 and Windows RT operating systems, which have been developed with tablets in mind. The Windows 8 tablets use Intel processors and the Windows RT devices use processors from ARM.



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