MDM Product Roundup – Vol 22 No 12

Avnet Embedded is now stocking a 2.2″ transflective TFT-LCD module from Logic Technologies in EMEA. Under high ambient light, the (LED) backlight is not required. The LTTD240320022-L3-TF will be available for at least three years. It has a 120:1 contrast ratio, RGB and SPI interfaces and will operate in temperatures between -20° and 70°. Resolution is 320 x 240, with a 35ms response time, 90 cd/m² of brightness and 30% NTSC coverage. Customers can choose to take the display with optically-bonded procap cover glass.

Hisense‘s G610M smartphone was introduced at MWC, but we missed it on the show floor. Due to be launched in the summer, it is a 5″ unit with an IPS panel (1280 x 720) protected by Gorilla Glass. A 1.2GHz quad-core processor runs Android 4.4. The phone has 4G connectivity and a 3,000mAh battery. There is 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.

Pricing has been announced for the Kairos smartwatch (Kairos Makes Mechanical Watches Smart). The wristwear uses a transparent OLED screen on top of a mechanical watch, and will connect to Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices. It will start at $550, with a limited edition version being sold for $1,250.

A worldwide rollout has now begun for the ‘AKA’ smartphones from LG (Tamagotchis Arrive in the 21st Century, Thanks to LG). Introduced in Korea at the end of last year, each phone has a ‘personality’, with animated eyes and reactions.

The Microsoft Band, the company’s fitness tracking wearable with a 1.4″ (320 x 106) LCD display, will be available in the UK on 15th April. It will cost £140 ($205).

Two 15″ TFT-LCD display modules from Avnet are now being stocked by MSC Technologies. Both units (AA150PD03 and AA150PD13) have 1400 x 1050 resolution and are designed for industrial use, as well as applications in trains and on-board ships. They can operate in -30° to 80° temperatures, with IPS panels providing a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 170° viewing angles. They use a 6- or 8-bit LVDS interface. The difference between the units is in brightness, which is 500 cd/m² (AA150PD03) and 1,000 cd/m² (AA150PD13). Both are available now; price is on application.

Samsung‘s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge smartphones are now available to pre-order in the UK. They will go on sale on 10th April.

A new version of Toshiba‘s Portege Z20T notebook (Toshiba’s Easyguard Protects its Professional Hybrid) has been introduced. The Z20T-B-103 is a 12.5″ convertible laptop with a new Intel Core M-5Y51 processor and 1920 x 1080 resolution. It has HDMI, RGB and USB 3.0 (x2) ports and will last for up to 17 hours on battery in notebook mode, or nine hours in tablet mode. Toshiba will begin to sell the unit in April, for €1,665.

Vaio VA 10J smartphone

Vaio, the brand formerly a part of Sony and sold off last year (Display Monitor Vol 21 No 6), has released its first smartphone in Japan. The VA-10J has a 5″ display with 1280 x 720 resolution and runs Android 5.0 on a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, as well as featuring 2GB of RAM. The phone costs ¥48,600 ($400). Specifications are identical to Panasonic‘s Eluga U2, so it is very possible that this is an OEM device.

All prices are ex VAT.