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LG begins sales of next-generation TV
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Seoul (AFP) Jan 2, 2013

Analyst: iPhones in more colors coming?
New York (UPI) Jan 2, 2012 - Black and white iPhones could be joined by models in more colors in spring or summer with the same color options as the iPod Touch, a U.S. analyst says.

Brian White of Topeka Capital Markets said he's been told by sources the next version of the iPhone will be introduced in May or June with "more color patterns and screen sizes," CNET reported Wednesday.

"These colors included pink, yellow, blue, white and silver, black and slate ... We believe the addition of color to the iPod Touch lineup was a testing ground for adding color to the next generation iPhone that we believe could be available in eight colors in total," White said.

Apple has used the iPod Touch as a way of testing consumer reaction to a possible improvement to the iPhone lineup before, CNET said.

Offering different screen sizes could be Apple's way of offering both a lower-priced iPhone with a smaller screen as well as going after consumers who've shown interest in so-called "phablets," smartphones with screen sizes approaching tablet territory, White said.

South Korea's LG Electronics launched Wednesday sales of its new television using a next-generation display that the company hopes will drive growth against giant rival Samsung.

The electronics giant began accepting pre-orders for the TV that features an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display, in the world's first commercial sales of such TV sets.

OLED TVs don't require separate backlights and thus are thinner, consume about 20 percent less power and offer a sharper picture than conventional flat-panel sets.

The LG OLED model, 55 inches wide but just 0.16 inches (four mm) thick, was crowned best gadget of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last year, trumping a similar-size Samsung set.

"We will launch the OLED TV in North America, Europe and elsewhere in Asia in the first quarter to secure a leading position in this next-generation TV market," the company said in a statement.

The TV comes with a whopping price tag of 11 million won ($10,357), as manufacturers still struggle to cut the cost of mass-producing the delicate panels.

Samsung Electronics aims to start sales of its own OLED TVs later this year, although OLED displays are already used on its popular Galaxy S and Note smartphones.

Struggling Japanese TV giants Sony and Panasonic also teamed up last year to jointly develop OLED panels in a bid to catch up with the South Korean competitors.

Market researcher DisplaySearch estimated global sales of OLED TVs in 2013 would reach around 50,000 units and increase sharply to more than 7.0 million units in 2016.

"Sony and Panasonic last year teamed up for joint development but they are nearly two years behind in terms of the technological gap with us," LG said.


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