LG HDTVs: Bigger, Brighter, Smarter, With More Hand-Waving
LG announced 25 new series of HDTVs Wednesday including LED, LCD and plasma sets, with an emphasis on Web connectivity and picture quality. Here are the highlights from LG's new HDTV lineup:
LG has a new display technology for its top LED TVs known as "NANO Full LED." These televisions have a thin film of proprietary light dispersion printed across the screen, supposedly creating a brighter and more uniform picture compared to conventional edge-lit LED sets. NANO Full LED is featured in LG's Infinia LW9500 (55 and 60 inches, with ultra-slim bezel and 480 Hz motion processing) and the 3D Infinia LW7700 Series (47 and 55 inches, with 240 Hz processing).
LG also introduced its largest consumer television yet, a 72-inch 3D LED TV. The Infinia LZ9700 has Slim LED technology with local dimming, 480 Hz motion processing and THX 3D and 2D display certification pending.
In total, LG launched 13 series of LED and LCD models. See LG's press release for the full rundown.
The main attraction of LG's flagship plasma television is THX certification for 3D and 2D. LG says it had to pass 400 tests of left and right eye images for color accuracy, cross-talk, viewing angles and video processing for the 3D test. THX certification is featured in the Infinia PZ950 Series (50 and 60 inches) and Infinia PZ750 Series (also 50 and 60 inches).
All new plasma televisions also include 600 Hz sub-field driving, which according to LG virtually eliminates motion blur. LG's press release has the rundown on all 12 new series of plasma TVs.
Smart TV, Motion Control
All the televisions listed above include Smart TV, the new lingo for LG's connected TV platform, including apps like Netflix, Picasa, Hulu Plus and YouTube. The platform also includes an app store and a Web browser.
To navigate the Smart TV platform, many LG TVs will include the "magic motion" remote control, a wand-shaped remote that accepts gesture commands such as flicking and rotating. LG has also created an iPhone and Android remote app that allows for keyboard input.
In addition to the above models, Smart TV and the motion-sensing remote will be included with LG's LW6500 LED Series (47, 55 and 65 inches) and LW5600 LED Series (47 and 55-inches). Smart TV sans magic remote will be featured in LG's LV5500 LED Series (42, 47, and 55 inches), LV3700 LED Series (42, 47, and 55 inches) and LK530 Series (42, 47 and 55 inches).
No pricing or release dates were given.