The New Year means CES, which means new TVs. LG has already announced the launch of a range of 4K and 8K QNED displays with mini LED backlight, and now Samsung revealed that its Neo QLED TVs will feature its own mini Quantum LEDs.
TCL has used the technology in its LCD assemblies to good effect before, and it’s good to see it rolled out in more screens. We don’t really expect it to overtake OLED as the display champion, but as usual Samsung will continue to support it. Perhaps more interestingly, Samsung also revealed that its new SolarCell remote will be powered by ambient light (or USB) instead of disposable batteries and TVs can use an optional camera to run the home workout software. We should find out more about all of this over the next week.
– Richard Lawler
Facebook’s ban is 24 hours.
Twitter temporarily suspended Donald Trump from the social network after the president tweeted his support for a violent crowd that descended on the nation’s Capitol as Congress met to certify the results of the November election yesterday. Trump’s account will be locked for 12 hours, and Twitter has said it will have to delete three tweets he previously tagged for inciting violence. The company added that failure to follow the rules in the future “will result in the permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
Facebook also restricted the president’s ability to post for 24 hours, citing two unspecified policy violations. The president posted a video on Twitter and Facebook that called the election results “fraudulent” and praised his supporters as “very special” people. Facebook has removed the video, with corporate vice president Guy Rosen saying they did so because Facebook felt that “it helps rather than reduce the risk of continued violence”.
The livestreams and the Best of CES Awards will take place next week.
The very first virtual CES edition doesn’t officially kick off until next week, but companies are already making announcements at a rapid pace. Remote coverage has already started!
We’re in charge of the Best of CES Awards again this year, and submissions are open. We’ll announce the winners before the 2021 virtual festivities end on Wednesday, January 13 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
We’re also replacing our usual stage show with a fully virtual experience. Each day of CES, we’ll be featuring a collection of reactions to press conferences, interviews and more, live from our virtual room. You can watch it all on Engadget.com starting Monday, January 11 at 7:30 a.m.ET.
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Although you probably won’t, if you can afford them.
After debuting on Samsung’s huge and expensive “The Wall” set, MicroLED TVs are finally ready for CES 2021 (yes, we’ve started), with the previously announced 110-inch model aimed at consumers. Expect to see 88 and 99-inch versions later this year as well.
With these sets, you will be able to pick one from the store and install it in your home, without the help of custom installers. This is in stark contrast to The Wall, which requires professional setup and potentially days of work to connect its modular MicroLED panels. There’s no pricing just yet, as is the tradition of CES launching, but expect them, at this size and with this technology, to be quite expensive, but cheaper than The Wall.
But you will still need to take a bag in the trash.
We don’t cover a lot of stick vacuums – we stick with automated robots that like to eat your cables – but LG’s new vacuum for CES borrows the auto-dump feature from some high-end robot vacuums. The ThinQ A9 Kompressor + will drop all of your trash into an attached bag when you stretch it to load. You will still have to take a bag in the trash, but hush is progressing! The existing A9 Kompressor sells for $ 799, so expect the new model to be around that or more.