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January 9, 2010 at 5:05 PM

CES pics: Most amazing TVs of the show

Here’s a sample of the new televisions that caught my eye walking the CES show floor, starting with the entrance to the LG booth:

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A closeup of a new LG set with an ultrathin bezel – it has almost no frame around the display itself:

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If 3D doesn’t entice you to upgrade, maybe guilt about using too much energy will. Toshiba and others showed how much more efficient their 2010 LED sets are than last year’s models:

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Sharp introduced sets whose images are a blend of red, blue and green – plus yellow. Adding yellow increases the number of colors the “Quad Pixel” line can display from 1 billion to 1 trillion, a spokeswoman said:

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But even more intriguing was Sharp’s prototype 60-inch set with a built-in Blu-ray/3D combo disc player. The company’s waiting to see what kind of demand there is for 3D before proceeding beyond the prototype, the spokeswoman said. You can see the player in the bottom right of the screen; the display is blurry because it’s 3D:

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Toshiba showed a prototype of a system that wirelessly transmits Web video such as this YouTube clip from a laptop to a TV with 802.11n WiFi. A special application running on the laptop connects to a WiFi dongle attached to the TV’s USB port here, but the company plans to build the WiFi receiver into TVs later this year. It may even sell WiFi TVs bundled with laptops preloaded with the software:

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Sony’s booth included prototype 3D OLED TVs, including this wafer thin 24.5 inch model. A spokesman said 3D OLED isn’t likely to come to market for several years. These were the coolest 3D sets I saw:

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Closer to reality are the new “monolithic” design TVs that Sony is rolling out this spring, including sets with built-in WiFi, which can be used to connect to the company’s online video store:

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Another angle, showing the Yahoo widgets that can be displayed on the screen:

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Not actually a TV, but Sony’s 3D projector for movie theaters was cool to see:

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The carousel of Samsung’s new 3D sets:

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Samsung’s 3D AMOLED prototype sets were thinner than a finger – here’s one from the side:

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Finally there’s Panasonic’s 152-inch ultra high def plasma that I posted earlier but have to include here:

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Comments | More in | Topics: 3D, AMOLED, CES

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