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LG to bring Skype-enabled super-slim TVs in 2010

by Tarinder Sandhu on 7 January 2010, 05:53

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At a jam-packed press conference, LG indicated that 2009 had been a record year for the company - both in terms of sales and profits. 25 per cent of LG's Electronic sales take place in Northern America, and the company has earmarked substantial growth for LED-backlit TVs, plasma displays, and Blu-ray players in 2010.

New TVs for 2010


A new premium line of LED-backlit and plasma TVs will be launched under the INFINIA branding. Equipped with thin bezels and wafer-thin profiles, the sets will also feature greater online connectivity than ever before, made possible by USB WiFi adapters, LG representatives said.


Expanding the range from last year, LG is introducing a broader range of 'Wireless Ready' TVs. Rather than integrate the wireless HDMI connectivity into the sets themselves, the majority of new TVs for 2010 will feature a rear-mounted port for a wireless dongle, controlled by the TV and interfacing with external boxes up to a range of 30m.

Skype

The range of new displays will also feature integrated Skype support for making free TV-to-TV calls, enabled by plugging in a webcam to the set. At the moment, LG and Panasonic are the only two companies to feature integrated Skype.

Slim is in...again

Thinking of LG's LED-backlit TVs, the average thickness for such a set was 105.9mm in 2009. For 2010, the thickness of full-LED-backlit TVs will shrink to 23.3mm - less than one-quarter of the previous size.


Pragmatically, the Freeview HD-supporting LE8500, pictured above, is 23mm thick whilst the soon-to-launch LE9500 will shrink this down to just 6.9mm, as pictured in prototype form below.


LG will also be bringing a hard-drive-equipped Blu-ray player to the market, BD590, a new netbook, X120, and a splash-resistant OLED screen in H1 2010. Stay tuned for a booth tour later on in the week.

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Built in skype is great, even better if it had the webcam built in…

Good to see this kind of stuff making into TVs, iPlayer and other on demand web players should be in there soon too.
I agree with mikerr.. I couldnt live without skype on my mobile these days.

It's about time all this technology was all built into our TV's… Iplayer and Spotify should be next.