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LG expands its 4K TV lineup in Singapore

4K is becoming more accessible than ever

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4K TVs are becoming more accessible to the masses. LG is expanding its 4K TV lineup in Singapore with new models that cater to a wide range of viewers. These TVs — UN71, UN72, UN73, UN80, and UN81 — all offer immersive viewing experience and AI enhancements.

A more immersive viewing experience

All of LG’s newest 4K TV models have slim and sleek designs that fit any space. Their tiny bezels allow for a more immersive viewing experience of any media content. On top of that, each TV comes with a quad-core processor that reduces image noise and enhances image clarity. The processor also supports upscaling technology, converting low-resolution media and reproducing them with a close to 4K quality.

Unique to UN80 and UN81 is the inclusion of in-plane switching (IPS) technology. With a 4K IPS panel, viewers can only expect vibrant and punchy colors every time they watch a media. All of LG’s TV models include a wide viewing angle so big families can enjoy watching no matter the content.

AI smarts for the user’s convenience

LG also packed its ThinQ AI into its new TV models. ThinQ AI integrates all LG connected appliances and devices, enabling seamless use between each other. Users can take advantage of this integration on their LG TVs by accessing the Home Dashboard and controlling connected devices. A user can control the room’s temperature or see the laundry’s progress just with their LG 4K TV.

Google Assistant is also built right into the new TV models, curating shows, and movies based on a user’s watch history. Various apps and services allow users to watch their favorite content right on their TVs.

Features for the big game

All 4K LED TVs also have low input lag for an uninterrupted gaming session. Plus, LG has included an HGiG mode that optimizes the TV’s viewing mode for gaming. These features combine with AI Sound and Ultra Surround, allowing viewers to hear more details out of the dialogues in games or sports.

LG’s newest 4K TV lineup is now available on all stores and dealers nationwide. For the UN81, LG is pricing SG$ 9,999 for the 86-inch model, SG$ 4,499 for the 82-inch model, and SG$ 3,499 for the 75-inch model. To know more about the newest TV lineup, visit LG’s website.

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Trump administration blacklists Xiaomi, 10 other Chinese companies

Xiaomi headed the Huawei way?

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The US has added Xiaomi and 10 other Chinese companies to a blacklist amid national security concerns. The current blacklist is only focused on companies that have military ties and strategic importance in China.

The Defense Department released names of additional “Communist Chinese military companies” operating directly or indirectly in the United States.

Although adding Xiaomi to the list is surprising, the company has largely remained apolitical and focuses on making affordable smartphones. Considered to be China’s answer to Apple, Xiaomi plays a crucial role in progressing China’s telecommunication industry. It surpassed Apple in global smartphone sales in the third quarter, according to IDC.

Xiaomi is China’s second-largest smartphone maker and dominates multiple developing markets like India. Xiaomi’s stock plunged more than 10 percent following the announcement, although it’s considered to be a knee-jerk reaction at the moment.

The ban means that Xiaomi risks getting delisted from global benchmarks like MSCI and American stock exchanges. Just last week, China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom were removed from MSCI indexes. This largely affects their ability to raise capital from the open market in the future due to global compliance complications.

In response, a Xiaomi spokesperson told GadgetMatch, “The Company has been in compliance with the law and operating in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations of jurisdictions where it conducts its businesses. The Company reiterates that it provides products and services for civilian and commercial use. The Company confirms that it is not owned, controlled, or affiliated with the Chinese military, and is not a “Communist Chinese Military Company” defined under the NDAA. The Company will take an appropriate course of actions to protect the interests of the Company and its shareholders.”

Other companies banned

Apart from Xiami, the additional companies blacklisted include Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment, Luokong Technology Corporation, Beijing Zhongguancun Development Investment Center, GOWIN Semiconductor, Grand China Air Company, Global Tone Communication Technology, China National Aviation Holding, and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC).

Furthermore, the ban is a stepping stone for US authorities to curb Chinese companies’ growth in the international market. The US took a similar step with Huawei and gradually pushed it out of every possible industry. Today, Huawei can’t use Google Mobile Services, cannot ship phones to the US, and has lost significant ground in supplying 5G equipment to telcos worldwide.

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Western Digital launches new portable SSDs with 4TB capacity

Also comes with an NVMe interface

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Western Digital has launched new portable SSDs with a capacity of 4TB. These portable SSDs are geared for consumers and professionals alike with up to four distinct models to choose from.

The first up in this portfolio is the SanDisk Extreme Pro. The SSD offers blazing NVMe performance with 2GB read and write speed. Professionals who regularly deal with large files will benefit the most from those speeds. Thanks to its forged aluminum chassis, it can even sustain those speeds for longer without generating too much heat.

Then, there’s the SanDisk Extreme. Unlike its Pro counterpart, it only offers up to 1.5GB read and 1GB write speed. It also has IP55 water and dust resistance along with two-meter drop protection.

Both aforementioned SSDs are perfect for professionals, but there are also models for everyday consumers looking for high-capacity storage.

First up is the WD Black P50 Game Drive targeted specifically for gamers. The SSD is compatible with any PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One game library. As a bonus, it even comes with a read speed of up to 2GB to decrease loading times for games.

Last but not least is the WD My Passport SSD. This popular line of portable storage now comes in a range of gray, blue, red, gold, and silver colors.  Plus, it is shock, vibration, and drop resistant up to 1.98 meters. Built on the NVMe interface, it features a fast performance of 1.5GB read and 1GB write speed.

Price and availability

Western Digital’s portable SSDs will arrive later in Singapore by March 2021 on key retailers and distributors. The SanDisk Extreme Pro will cost SG$ 1,499; SanDisk Extreme at SG$ 1,099; and the WD MyPassport SSD at SG$ 1,099. Meanwhile, the price and availability for WD Black P50 Game Drive are yet to be determined.

Consumers may visit the Western Digital website for SSDs to know more about the complete portfolio.

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Samsung teases laptop with under-display camera debut

Comes first before smartphone debut

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Though most of the spotlight today is on the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung has also teased another upcoming innovation: the under-display camera. In a surprise video from Samsung Display, Samsung is developing an under-display camera debut for an upcoming laptop, rather than a smartphone.

In the Weibo video, Samsung Display teased a notebook called the Blade Bezel. As mentioned, the device will have a hidden camera in the middle.

However, besides the new feature, the Blade Bezel looks like a marvel for the display engineering industry. The laptop in only a single millimeter thick. Plus, it has a 93 percent screen-to-body ratio, redefining what it means to be all-screen. Whatever the Blade Bezel will look like on release, it’s a beauty.

Despite the huge promise, Samsung Display’s confirmation is a big surprise given what we were expecting in the past. Years ago, Samsung was one of the earliest teasers for under-display camera technology. Now, the company has lagged far behind more aggressive adopters of the technology. To date, the company still doesn’t have a smartphone with such a camera.

Hopefully, Samsung is just testing the technology for quality’s sake. However, since laptop cameras are usually lackluster compared to smartphone ones, it might take a while before we get a workable smartphone camera from the company. If anything, past rumors have speculated on the technology’s smartphone debut with the Galaxy Z Fold 3 later this year.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Hands-on

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