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Smartest HDTVs of CES 2012

It's the year of the smart TV: 3D capabilities, voice and gesture control, new display technologies, and apps, apps, apps. Let's take a look at some of more intelligent screens.

Huge, Smart, and Connected: CES 2012 HDTVs

Televisions get a makeover for the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, with manufacturers showing off HDTVs with new display technologies, 3D capabilities, voice and gesture control, and tons of apps for games, social networking, and online video.

In fact, Smart TVs that include Internet connectivity and come pre-loaded with apps are becoming the norm. Here's a look at nine high-definition and mobile televisions debuting at CES that run Google TV, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Linux or brand-specific app platforms.

Giant TV: LG 4K 3D TV

Name/Model No.: 84LM9600

Display Size: 84 inches

Features: 3D, Smart TV apps, Magic Remote with voice and motion control, 3840-by-2160 resolution

LG's smart TV offering this year is its 84-inch 4K 3D television. The giant television not only features a resolution four times that of 1080p, it is also sporting LG's new Magic Remote that features voice and motion control. No word on pricing yet, but some reports are saying the 4K monster will ship later this year. The problem is there's not a whole lot of video out there shot at 4K resolution-- an emerging standard for resolution in digital film and computer graphics--so how often you'll be able to be dazzled by 4K in 2012 remains to be seen.

Giant TV: Sharp 80-Inch 3D LED LCD TV

Name/Model No.: LC-80LE44U

Display Size: 80 inches

Features: 3D, 1080p, 240Hz refresh rate, LED backlighting, SmartCentral apps, built-in Wi-Fi

Big screen HDTVs are a predominant theme at CES 2012 including this 80-inch monster from Sharp that includes access to Sharp's SmartCentral interface featuring apps from Facebook, Hulu, Netflix and YouTube. This set is slated to debut in April for $6,500.

Giant TV: Lenovo K91 Smart TV

Name/Model No.: 84LM9600

Display Size: 84 inches

Features: 3D, Smart TV apps, Magic Remote with voice and motion control, 3840-by-2160 resolution

LG's smart TV offering this year is its 84-inch 4K 3D television. The giant television not only features a resolution four times that of 1080p, it is also sporting LG's new Magic Remote that features voice and motion control. No word on pricing yet, but some reports are saying the 4K monster will ship later this year.

The problem for this HDTV is there's not a whole lot of video out there shot at 4K resolution--an emerging standard for resolution in digital film and computer graphics--so how often you'll be able to be dazzled by 4K in 2012 remains to be seen.

Google TV: Vizio

Name/Model No.: R3D650VS

Display Size: 65 inches

Features: Google TV 2.0, 3D, 1080p,120Hz refresh rate, VIA Plus apps, QWERTY keyboard/touchpad remote, 4 x HDMI, 2 x USB, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

Google TV is making a big splash at CES after Google pulled the web TV platform from CES 2011 at the last minute. Vizio is getting into Google TV with several HDTVs, one Blu-ray Player, and one set-top box.

Linux TV: Ubuntu TV

Name/Model No.: Ubuntu TV

Features: Unity interface, online video access, program guides for broadcast, cable and satellite TV, related content integration, DVR functionality with individual playlists for separate viewers, UbuntuOne online storage integration, Ubuntu Software Center integration

Canonical, makers of the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, has announced Ubuntu TV, a software platform for HDTVs. There are no specific TVs yet, but Canonical says it is in talks with several manufacturers. The company is also talking to content partners to bolster Ubuntu TV's content offerings.

Plasma TV: Panasonic

Name/Model No.: TC-P65VT50

Display Size: 65 inches

Features: 1080p, 3D, 2D-to-3D conversion, VIERA Connect Internet apps, web browser, built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, touch pad remote control, 4 x HDMI, 3 x USB

Panasonic's flagship VT50 Plasma impressed the crowds at CES during a year when OLED and other display technologies dominated the annual tradeshow.

Dual-Core TV: Samsung LCD-LED TV

Name/Model No: UNES8000 Series

Display Size: Up to 75 inches

Features: 3D, 1080p, webcam, motion control, voice control, facial recognition, dual-core processor, access to more than 1,400 Samsung Smart TV apps, dual-core processor, Samsung Media Hub for TV shows and movies, cloud sync for photos

Samsung's flagship HDTV line for 2012, ES8000 series, includes screen sizes up to 75 inches, a wide range of apps, and a dual-core processor for app multitasking. You can also use voice and motion control gestures for changing channels, adjusting the volume and navigating app menus. Samsung claims the new TVs are 20 percent brighter than previous sets thanks to a new feature called Micro Dimming Ultimate.

Talkative TV: Dragon TV

Name/Model No.: Dragon TV

Features: Voice control

Along with Canonical's Ubuntu TV, voice recognition company Nuance announced Dragon TV at CES. The software adds voice recognition features to HDTVs, set-top boxes, remote controls, and can even integrate with Smart TV application platforms.

You can use Dragon TV to change the channel, search for content, and interact with apps for updating social networking statuses, email, and Skype. No manufacturing partnerships have been announced.

Talkative TV: RCA Mobile TV

Name/Model No.: MIT700

Display Size: 7 inches

Features: Android OS, web browser, Dyle Mobile TV

RCA showed mobile televisions capable of integrating with Dyle, a live broadcast TV service for mobile devices that includes content providers such as Fox, ION Television, NBC, and Univision.

The Android-based device doesn't have Android Market access, but does have a web browser. RCA says this device will launch later this year, presumably alongside the Dyle rollout, and will cost about $200.