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  • Philips' new 43-inch 4K HDR monitor earns world's first DisplayHDR 1000 certification

    Philips has unveiled the new Momentum 436M6VBPAB 43-inch 4K HDR Quantum Dot Monitor. This model is a milestone for the display market, according to Philips, because it is the first to receive the VESA DisplayHDR 1000 Certification.

    As DPReview explained earlier this year, not all "HDR" monitors are created equal. In fact, until recently, there was no standard that helped define what was and what was not HDR. That's why VESA created DisplayHDR: the first open standard for HDR displays.

    The DisplayHDR standard is split into three tiers: the baseline DisplayHDR 400, the mid-range DisplayHDR 600, and the ultra-high-end DisplayHDR 1000. A total of eight tests are used to determine which of the three certifications a monitor deserves, including a trio of peak luminance tests, BT.709 and DCI-P3 color testing; a couple contrast measurement tests; an HDR response performance test; and, finally, a bi-depth requirement test.

    By establishing a standard (assuming manufacturers adopt it) the display industry has simplified the shopping process. Rather than examining each display's spec sheet, buyers can look for the DisplayHDR 400/600/1000 badge and rapidly determine whether the display truly meets HDR standards.

    The DisplayHDR 1000 certification that Philips just achieved guarantees a minimum 10-bit encoding, 1,000 nits peak brightness, 0.5 nits cap on black levels, minimum of 90% DCI-P3 coverage, and 99% sRGB. Both the DisplayHDR 600 and DisplayHDR 1000 tiers are suitable for professional work, but 1000 is obviously the better option.

    VESA certification aside, the Momentum 436M6 monitor offers Ambiglow technology that adds "a new dimension to the entertainment viewing experience," according to Philips. With Ambiglow, Momentum 436M6 monitors present a glow around the display that matches the colors and brightness on the screen. This "enlarges the screen," says Philips, though it's more of a unique ambiance for watching movies and playing games than something practical for work. Fortunately for those of us who might find this feature distracting, users have full control over Ambiglow.

    Finally, Philips' new monitor features MultiView for working with multiple devices simultaneously. One example provided is using one side of the display for something interactive, such as using a PC, and the other side of the display for streaming content from a set-top box.

    Philips plans to launch the Momentum 436M6 some time this summer for $1,000.00 USD.

    Press Release

    New Philips Monitor the First to Achieve HDR1000 Certification

    he Philips Momentum 43” monitor is the first monitor to receive the new VESA DisplayHDR 1000 Certification

    Fremont, CA – Today EPI, the leading technology company and brand license partner for Philips monitors, announces the new Philips Momentum 43” 4K HDR Quantum Dot Monitor (436M6VBPAB), the world’s first HDR1000 monitor with the new Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) DisplayHDR 1000 Certification. The Momentum also features Ambiglow technology. The Philips Momentum 436M6’s combination of HDR 1000 with Ambiglow leads to an incredibly immersive entertainment viewing experience.

    The Momentum 436M6 features Quantum Dot Color and DisplayHDR 1000 for a wider range of more accurate colors – especially dark reds and greens – that stay crisp and clear even in bright light. DisplayHDR 1000 delivers a dramatically different visual experience. With a peak brightness of up to 1,000 cd/m2, incomparable contrast and captivating color, images come to life with much greater brightness while also featuring much deeper, more nuanced darks. It renders a fuller palette of rich new colors seen on the display.

    DisplayHDR is the display industry’s first fully open standard specifying HDR quality. This standard spans across three performance tiers: DisplayHDR 400 (baseline), 600 (mid-range) and 1000 (high-end). These specifications are established using eight specific parameter requirements and associated test including: three peak luminance tests, two contrast measurement tests, color testing of the BT.709 and DCI-P3 color gamuts, bi-depth requirement test and a HDR response performance test.

    “As with any new technology there can be confusion out there regarding HDR specs and benefits. VESA’s new DisplayHDR standard will make monitor shopping easier by offering consumers a comparable standard to judge HDR picture performance between monitors,” stated Chris Brown, Philips Monitors Global Marketing Manager, TPV. “We are very excited to launch the world’s first DisplayHDR 1000 monitor, the Philips Momentum 43-inch 4K Display. DisplayHDR 1000 level of picture performance will offer a more intense gaming and entertainment experience. The contrast and color really bring action scenes alive, like we’ve never seen before.”

    The Momentum 436M6 uses Ambiglow technology to add a new dimension to the entertainment viewing experience. This innovative technology enlarges the screen by creating an immersive halo of light around the outside of the screen. It uses a fast internal processor to analyze the incoming image content and continuously adapts the color and brightness of the emitted light to match the image. Users can adjust the ambience to their liking. It’s a unique and immersive viewing experience especially suited for watching movies, sports or playing games.

    With its 4K UHD resolution, the Momentum 436M6 can take advantage of MultiView technology. MultiView enables active dual connect so that you can work with multiple devices like PC and Notebooks simultaneously, making complex multi-tasking work a breeze. It’s easy to watch a live football feed from a set-top box on one side, while playing a gaming console on the other. This technology makes the Momentum 436M6 perfect for extreme productivity or entertainment.

    The Philips Momentum 436M6 will be available later this summer for $999.99.

  • Xiaomi unveils Mi 6X with dual-camera and AI-powered scene detection

    Dual-camera equipped devices have really been taking off this year, and with the Mi 6X, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has just thrown its hat into the dual-cam ring as well. As has been the norm with virtually all recent device launches, Xiaomi is putting a lot of emphasis on the Mi 6X camera capabilities: claiming the new model competes with rivals such as the iPhone X or OPPO R15 in the imaging department.

    We'll have to get hands on a test unit to confirm if that's true, but the camera specs do look promising. The main camera uses a 1/2.9"12 MP Sony IMX486 sensor and F1.75 aperture lens. The secondary camera comes with a 1/2.78" 20MP sensor and the same lens specifications as the main camera. Xiaomi says the secondary camera uses a 4-to-1 pixel binning mode for reduced noise levels. It is also deployed to generate a fake-bokeh portrait mode.

    The front camera uses the same Sony IMX376 sensor as the secondary unit, which should ensure image quality that is a cut above your average small-sensor front camera.

    It's not all about hardware, though. Like some other recent high-end devices, the Mi 6X uses artificial intelligence to detect more than 200 scene types and adjust camera settings automatically—including 12 different portrait scenes. According to Xiaomi, the AI algorithms are capable of learning, providing better detail and subject separation in portrait mode the longer you use it.

    Non-camera specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, 4/64 GB, 6/64 GB, and 6/128 GB memory combinations and a 5.99-inch LCD display with Full HD+ resolution. Security is covered with a fingerprint reader on the back and Face Unlock support.

    Pricing is in line with Xiaomi's tagline: “the same specifications, at half the price.” In China, prices start from CNY 1,599 (approximately $250 USD) which, considering the specifications, makes the Mi 6X an enticing option. The global version of the device will likely be called Mi A2 but no international pricing information has been provided yet.

    More information, including some camera samples, is available on the Xiaomi website.