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LG unveils Smart TVs and 55 inch UD 3D TV

by Steven Williamson on 10 January 2012, 10:12

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At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, LG Electronics has revealed its complete line-up of HDTVS for 2012, which includes the world’s largest Ultra Definition (UD) 3D TV.

Due to be released in the second half of 2012, the 55 inch EM9600 OLED HDTV is the star of LG’s 2012 catalogue of impressive television sets this year.

Measuring just over 4mm thick, the virtually bezel-less design looks set to deliver incredible clarity, absolute contrast and rich colours with a contrast ratio of over 100,000,000:1, fifty times greater than LCD display panels.

The EM9600 looks unlikely to come equipped with Google’s Android technology, which has been announced for some of the South Korean company’s TVs in 2012, but it will feature passive 3D TV and Smart TV.

Indeed LG has revealed an upgraded Smart TV package in 60 per cent of its 2012 LCD TV line. In addition to premium content from providers like Netflix, Hulu Plus, VUDU and others, new content options this year include a one-stop-shop for 3D content (via the 3D Zone) and almost 1,200 total applications in the LG App store. LG also enhanced the user web browsing experience by incorporating HTML 5 and Flash so it can now function as a full internet browser with video support.

Select series (LM9600 and LM8600) will feature the LG Dual Core chipset, which powers faster loading speeds and enables voice recognition technology on the new 4-mode Magic Remote.

New Magic Remote
The new Magic Remote adds a number of features, including Voice Recognition, Wheel, Magic Gesture and Pointing. Online content can also be accesses via a built-in Wi-Fi connection. With Mobile HD Link (MHL), consumers can connect compatible mobile devices to the TV to charge and play its content (launch apps, games or access multimedia files) on the big screen using the Magic Remote to navigate.

Finally, this year’s Smart TV dashboard will be customisable so consumers can navigate and personalize their interface by putting their favorite content options on the main page.

Complementing its broad Smart TV line, LG also introduced two LED series featuring LG Smart TV with Google TV (LMG860 and LMG620). Consumers can navigate through LG’s dashboard, or via the standard Google TV interface using a special remote control that features an integrated QWERTY keyboard to access the Google content, including services and TV applications from the Android Market.

Cinema 3D
Due to its success in 2011, CINEMA 3D technology has been expanded to seven new series of LED HDTVs, 25 models in total. LG CINEMA 3D employs Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology to give viewers a 3D effect and uses glasses that don’t flicker like active shutter glasses. It also virtually eliminates cross-talk to help provide a more comfortable 3D viewing experience.

The 3D glasses are battery-free and don’t shutter open and closed so both eyes receive an image simultaneously. With new 3D Depth Control, viewers can optimise 3D content to their personal preference by adjusting the amount 3D effect applied to the content.

Many multi-player video games rely on a split-screen to show each player’s perspective, but LG’s Dual Play function enables each player to enjoy a full screen view (in 2D) simultaneously through two different sets of polarised glasses.

Also on display is the LG PenTouch plasma TV (PM6900) which allows users to draw and write directly onto the display panel. Using a newly designed touch pen, users can do so through a variety of applications, including those for illustrations, photo editing and PowerPoint presentations.

Full details on LG’s 2012 HDTVs below:

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Be interesting to see if LG roll out this updated Smart TV setup to the 2011 models. More interesting to see if the 2011 TVs will get continued software support.

With these Smart TVs we are going to see the same issues that we see with many phones. Devices that can't get the basics right and manufactures not fixing problems because they are more interested in looking at newer models.