LG Unveils 2013 Smart TV Range
Unlike Samsung, who gave little away except for a brief teaser trailer, LG has opted to reveal its 2013 range of Smart TVs ahead of CES slated to be held in Vegas next week. Let's do a quick take.
Generally, it appears that LG has set its sights on improving user experience and content access on the whole. Users can expect more user-friendly "My Interest Cards" for the Home Dashboard, plus an enhanced Magic Remote armed with an improved voice recognition feature known as Voice Mate, capable of filtering results from VoD services, search engines, and external devices. But more importantly, it appears that the company has made quite a few changes to its TV portfolio for the year ahead.
For starters, LG won't be releasing any Full-Array LED sets with local dimming features in 2013. Due to lukewarm response and presumably steeper production costs for the current 55-inch LM9600 model, the company will no longer deploy this particular brand of LED backlighting technology for its upcoming LED TV models. The 84-inch LM9600 UHD (edge-lit) model, however, will continue to be available throughout the year.
Next, the Cinema 3D TV maker will be axing its suite of CCFL-based sets as well. In other words, all upcoming LG LCD televisions will be illuminated by LEDs rather than traditional CCFL (Cold-Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) tubes.
And lastly, although the official word we got from LG Singapore is that the firm won't be updating its plasma range in 2013, reports via HDTVtest suggest that the company will halve its PDP range from six to three instead. The 60PH6700 model will top LG's plasma faction, and it'll also be the only 3D set under the Korean company's lineup to use ASG (active-shutter glasses) technology.