• BURN MEDIA
    • Memeburn
      Tech-savvy insight and analysis
    • Motorburn
      Because cars are gadgets
    • Ventureburn
      Startup news for emerging markets
    • Jobsburn
      Digital industry jobs for the anti 9 to 5!

TV

  • Hisense Laser TV: expect crazy price tag, 2018 release for SA

    Hisense made tech headlines at CES 2017 when it revealed its Laser TV. As the name implies, it's... well... shoot. It's not really a TV but a projector, actually. Featuring a box up close to the screen/wall for short throw projection, the laser TV manages to deliver a sharp, colourful image for a projector. But what if you want to get your hands on one? Well, you'll need to wait a while and have a hefty wallet... "Laser TV in SA, we're probably going to be launching around Feb, March next year," Hisense SA marketing director Claire Noyes-Smith told Gearburn. Hisense is...

  • Dodgy Telefunken ‘full HD’ TVs recalled – report

    Earlier this week, it was reported that a Telefunken 'full HD' TV sold by Game wasn't actually full HD. Instead of featuring a 1920x1080 resolution, the TVs topped out at 1366x768. The TV's packaging and the set itself all claimed to be full HD, but subsequent testing by MyBroadband reader Abu-Huraira Oman Abdalla revealed the HD-ready nature of the panel. Game's response to the revelation was rather concerning though. "There is no claim on native resolution, the unit is sold as a TV and not as a high-end monitor," the retailer was quoted as saying. Game will be initiating a recall on Telefunken 'full...

  • Telefunken ‘full HD’ TV actually not full HD – report

    A South African man purchased a Telefunken 'full HD' television from Game, only to find that the TV's resolution topped out at 1366x768, and not 1920x1080. According to MyBroadband, Abu-Huraira Oman Abdalla purchased a 32-inch Telefunken TV set (model: TLEDD-32FHDB) from Game in KwaZulu-Natal and put it to the test. For the record, the TV packaging claims it's a "full HD" set, as does the branding on the TV itself. Abdalla connected the TV to his PC, finding a maximum resolution of 1366x768 -- there was no full HD (1920x1080) option. He then used the MonitorInfoView utility to get a more detailed overview of the...

  • How long until more 4K HDR TVs hit sub-R10 000 mark?

    4K HDR television sets have received a ton of hype in recent months, in no small part due to the PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, Xbox Scorpio and streaming services supporting the standards. LG, Samsung and other brands have sensed a major opportunity in this regard, having sold TVs with this tech for some time now. But the biggest obstacle is price, with many 4K HDR television sets being rather expensive. Still, we're seeing some 4K sets with claimed HDR functionality hovering just above the R10 000 price window or just a touch under this mark... So the question then is just...

  • LG Innofest 2017: TVs, TVs everywhere

    LG has held its Innofest 2017 event in Barcelona, essentially showing off its products announced at CES 2017, as well as a few more tidbits. Although home appliances, smartphones and robotics were shown off, it could easily be argued that LG's TV range took centre stage. Of course, most want to know what's actually coming to South Africa. The W7 "wallpaper" TV isn't one of them, though, with LG SA saying there were no plans "at this stage" to bring the model to the country. Coming in at just 2.5mm thin, the television set is barely thicker than a credit card...

  • CES 2017: Xiaomi Mi TV 4 is thinner than iPhone 7

    We've seen several TVs shown off at CES 2017 this week, but Xiaomi's Mi TV 4 might just be the most visually impressive set yet. The Mi TV 4 is 37% thinner than the iPhone 7, the Chinese colossus claimed, being 4.98mm thin with a "frameless" display to boot. To be fair, it's not of uniform thickness, with the bottom third of the TV being almost 40mm thick. In a rather interesting move, the motherboard, ports and sound system are in a separate "TV bar" that's attached to the actual display by a single cable. If it sounds familiar, it's because...

  • LG launches new 4K OLED TV ranges in South Africa

    September is clearly the month to launch televisions in South Africa. With Hisense kicking things off earlier this month, it was Korean electronics giant LG that unveiled its new wares at an event in Johannesburg's Cradle of Humankind Thursday. The company announced that four of its new premium 4K OLED TVs will arrive in South Africa, handpicked from its 2016 LG G6 and LG E6 ranges. The screens, which boast some novel innovations and marketing pointers, were used to showcase photography from Tanja and Cory Schmitz, two astro-photographers who look for the skyward light in the darkest of South African towns. And...

  • ULED arrives: Hisense brings new TV tech to South Africa

    If you run a quick internet search for ULED technology right now, you'd be hard pressed to find any tangible details. It seems that it's a technology Hisense is massively proud of, but isn't exactly showering consumers with much technical detail. That is, until now. At an event on Tuesday in Johannesburg, the company pulled back the curtains (quite literally) on its new 4K ULED televisions, which were made known earlier this year in Australia. This event also gave Hisense a chance to brief journalists and retailers on its new tech, deliver a new war cry to other established brands, and...

  • Japan Display’s 8K 17.3-inch screen features over 33-million pixels

    Referring to resolutions in terms of K isn't as rare as it used to be. 4K is practically the upper-echelon of gaming and content resolution standards, with the likes of Sony and Sharp vested in smartphone and television screen technology respectively. But what happens when 4K isn't quite dense enough? Japan Display has the answer. The company from the Land of the Rising Sun has developed an 8K (7680×4320) 17.3-inch display which suggests that tablets and perhaps even gaming monitors with even more pixels is just over the horizon. The pixel density is an astounding 510 pixels per inch, which is...

  • Samsung is the most popular second-hand TV brand, suggests OLX

    Online classifieds are big business in South Africa, so naturally, it's an interesting way to gauge the success of a product or brand based on how often they appear and how many second-hand units are sold. OLX, a local classifieds database, has recently revealed the list of most popular TV brands on the site and the results are telling. Samsung came out on top according to OLX, mirroring other surveys completed, with its nearest challengers hailing from Japan, Korea and China. "We were not surprised by the results as our electronics category continues to be dominated by Samsung, but some of...