Consumer Electronics Show: Samsung Freestyle and Zenbook 17 Fold among the hottest gadgets for 2022 – The Australian Financial Review

January 9, 2022 by No Comments

Noveto promises the technology reduces the noise other people hear by up to 90 per cent, as long as they’re 1 metre away from the intended listener.

The N1 speakers have motion-tracking cameras on them, to track your head and make sure the air pockets are always formed near your ears, even as you move your head.

In the hybrid office- and home-based work environment it looks like we’re stuck with, the benefits of invisible headphones are obvious. You’ll be able to sit at your desk at work, and still have private(ish) Zoom calls with colleagues, collaborators and customers, without having to ruin your look with ugly headphones.

Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, by Asus

Almost as improbable as invisible headphones, and probably not quite so useful, is Asus’ Zenbook 17 Fold OLED, the world’s first 17.3-inch foldable OLED laptop.

The Zenbook is essentially a 17.3-inch, 2.5K OLED touchscreen tablet that folds in half to create two, 12.5-inch, full HD displays.

When fully open, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED can work either as a huge, 17.3-inch Windows tablet, or, with the addition of a Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad, a compact desktop PC.

Think Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold3 folding phone, but bigger, and with Windows rather than Android as the operating system.

Fully open, it works either as a huge, 17.3-inch Windows tablet, or, with the addition of a Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad, a compact desktop PC.

Half open, the Zenbook 17 Fold OLED is like a clamshell notebook PC, with a 12.5 inch display at the top, and an on-screen keyboard created from the other 12.5-inch display at the bottom.

Typing on virtual, on-screen keyboards rather than on physical keyboards has never been ideal, but for people who need access to a big screen while they’re away from their desk, as well as for people who need controllers such as video and audio mixers rather than keyboards, the Zenbook could be a compromise worth making.

QD-Display TV, by Sony and Samsung

Something better than an OLED TV? How is that possible?

In the strict sense, it’s not.

Sony’s A95K will use a QD-OLED screen made by Samsung Display. 

Technically, the new QD-Display TVs revealed by Sony and Samsung at this year’s CES are still OLED TVs. They still use Organic Light-Emitting Diodes to create self-illuminating pixels on the screen, and indeed QD-Display also goes by the name QD-OLED.

But the Sony and Samsung TVs use a very different type of OLED from the LG OLED screens that have set the standard for TV picture quality these past eight or nine years.

Rather than use colour filters to create the red, green and blue pixels that make up an on-screen image, QD-Display screens use red- and green-emitting quantum dots, layered over a blue OLED display, to create the picture.

The new technology should have at least two advantages over traditional OLED: whites should be whiter and brighter; and colours should be more vibrant, and brighter.

If LG’s OLED had one major weakness compared to LCD TV, it was brightness. If QD-Display overcomes that, it will be a big leap forward for TVs. A huge leap.

While Sony’s A95K QD-OLED TV is definitely coming out …….



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