Get Ready for HDMI 2.0

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The folks at HDMI Licensing leaked released what will be known as the HDMI 2.0 specification just prior to their official announcement at IFA. Actually, AVForums reader Vism found this in Google cache.

The new HDMI specification looks to be able to handle 4K displays and above. Panasonic – who hasn’t come out with a 4K TV – will be debuting their new line at IFA.

HDMI 1.4 (current version) only supports 4K content at 30 fps. HDMI 2.0 looks to allow 60 fps, which will be great for UHD movies and more.

Panasonic is keeping the wraps on their 4K WT600 TV until keynote time. One things for sure – HDMI 1 cables are going to get a lot cheaper now…

Sony Announces 2 New Tablets

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Today, at the IFA trade show, Sony announced their first two tablet computers.  The Sony Tablet S and Sony Tablet P are both powered by Android.The Tablet S is available for pre-order today and will ship next month.  The Tablet P will be available later this year.

The Sony Tablet S has a 9.4 inch screen, NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, weighs just 1.33 pounds, and is Wi-Fi enabled.  The Sony Tablet P has two folding 5.5 inch screens, an NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, weighs just 0.83 pounds, and has both Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity.  The 4G works exclusively with the AT&T network.  While both devices currently run on Android 3.1, Sony promises that both will have version 3.2 of the OS by the time they ship.  Both devices have front and rear facing cameras for video and still images.  Both also have micro USB ports and support SD cards.

Sony’s press release states that “Sony Tablet devices are also distinguished by four key features that set them apart from any other tablets on the market. These include: optimally designed hardware and software, a “swift and smooth” experience, network entertainment services and cross-device functionality.”

Sony will also include their own services which include Video Unlimited, Music Unlimited, PlayStation, Reader Store, and Personal Space.  To get more information on these services and more, you read the full Sony Press Release.

Panasonic Expands 3D Camera Line with Lumix FZ150, HDC-Z10000

Panasonic 3D cameras

Panasonic 3D cameras

Last Friday, Panasonic introduced the LUMIX FZ150 Digital camera. It is part of their 3D camera line as a digital point-and-shoot. With a 24x Optical zoom and 25mm Ultra Wide-Amgle Leica lens, the 12.1 megapixel MOS sensor camera can also shoot HD video (1920 x 1080 60p).

“Panasonic continues to strive to meet the photography demands of its consumers by providing unique features and advanced technology in all our LUMIX digital cameras,” said Darin Pepple, Senior Product Manager, Imaging, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.

Panasonic Lumix FZ150

Panasonic Lumix FZ150

Their adding to the line of Pro handheld cameras, too. A prototype of a future Lumix  camera (yet to be named) was displayed at IFA 2011. The video camera can shoot in 2D and 3D, and has two – 4x optical zoom lenses. Video is recorded in the AVCHD format.

Panasonic also announced their HDC-Z10000 camera, another 2D/3D camcorder with low-light and macro shooting ability. You will be able to record close in low light, thanks to the f/1.5 lens and focus as close at 17.8 inches. The Z10000 has a 10x zoom for 3D and 12x for 2D. It contains a dual 3MOS sensor  (each with 6.57 MP resolution).