CES 2011: Show Floor Coverage (Part 6)


LG Booth: Televisions

LG's New 3D TVs, Plasma TVs, OLED TVs and More!

As with all the major consumer electronics players, LG has completely revamped its entire TV lineup. From the budget-end, to the ultra expensive, there are new features and innovations packed into every one of them. Since there are just too many TVs refreshed, we'll highlight some of the key models to take note of:-

LG's hall of TVs was an impressive display to behold.

The picture says it all - a super huge ultra high definition TV. It's of course just a concept TV as the market and content simply don't exist yet as we barely even embraced 3D in proper. Perhaps UHD TVs may be common place in 5 years time. As for this reference TV, it doesn't support active 3D glasses technology, but instead, passive 3D glasses which have a wider viewing angle.

The LG PZ950 is billed as the ultimate plasma TV. With the screen's depth measuring just two inches, it houses a display that has THX 3D certification, LG's new Smart TV functions, built-in 3D RF emitter for active shutter glasses, Magic Motion Remote, intelligent sensor and smart energy savings.

Moving on to LED TVs, the LZ9700 (72-inch) is LG’s largest consumer TV, This 3D-enabled HDTV features Full LED Slim technology with Local Dimming, TruMotion 480Hz and THX 3D and 2D Display Certification. Also includes LG SmartTV with Magic Remote, DLNA, Wi-Fi capability and Smart Energy Saving features. The LW9500 series shares much of the same features, except that it sports LG's thinnest bezel design and NANO FULL LED technology. The latter is a thin film printed with a proprietary light dispersion pattern that helps disperse light more evenly across the screen.

LG also introduced this new feature set. While it sounds impressive, they are mostly catered to support passive 3D glasses technology, which is new to LG's 3D TV line-up. This is found in the upper mid-tier LW6500 and LW5600 TV series to provide an inexpensive 3D viewing experience and especially for group TV watching where only an inexpensive and flexible polarized glasses are needed.

Also introduced this year is Smart TV which is a platform providing access to thousands of movies, customizable apps, videos and the ability to browse the internet effortlessly. Endless entertainment options are also supported by these providers:- VUDU, Netflix,YouTube, CinemaNow, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video on Demand and Live Streaming Sports (multiple partners). LG SmartTV is available on a range of LG’s new HDTVs, including: LK530, LV3700, LV5500, LW5600, LW6500, LW7700, LW9500, LZ9700, PZ750 and PZ950.

For those who aren't yet ready to get a new TV, LG also has introduced the SmartTV Upgrader. As shown, it's a set-top box that works with any TV with HDMI input to access all the content offered by LG's SmartTV technology, You will of course need to provide internet access to benefit from its features.

LG's got a knack with being the world's thinnest for various products, including products that aren't in mass retail like these new OLED TVs.

LG probably also has one of the largest 3D OLED TVs according to our walkabout in CES. This is a 31-inch full HD 3D OLED that supposedly advertises itself as 3D crosstalk free and viewing angle independent.

LG shows off their touch pen that responds to LG's plasma PZ850 & PZ950 series. These are the same TVs for home use, which can double for other purposes with this add-on option.

While the above was for residential use, here's a commercial application of the LG touch pen usage in a boardroom / classroom situation with multiple plasma TVs.

Here's another close-up of the LG touch pens in action on their plasma TV solutions.