August 03, 2011
| by Grant Clauser
It’s been almost a year since we first heard about them, and the product has undergone some significant changes since then, but LG’s Nano TVs are almost here.
This week LG released details of the new Nano LED LCD TVs which use a proprietary thin screen (the nano part) which is supposed to disperse light more evenly across the screen than other LED TVs. In addition, the Nano line uses a full array of LED backlights rather than edge lighting. True backlighting eliminates the awkward bright spots surrounding a picture that sometimes come as a result of edge lighting. The use of the Nano dispersion film should also help create a wide viewing angle when combined with the full backlight.
As we reported a few months ago, the Nano TVs will now use LG’s CINEMA 3D technology, also known as passive 3D, rather than the active 3D it was first announced to use. LG explains that the switch was a result of customer feedback indicating that viewers much preferred the passive 3D system, which uses low-cost polarized glasses rather than the battery-powered active-shutter glasses common on other 3D TVs. The TV also includes a 2D-to-3D conversion feature. LG still offers plasma TVs with active shutter glasses.
Read our review of LG’s 55LW5600 CINEMA 3D TV here.
If 3D’s not your thing, don’t worry, this TV comes fully-outfitted with LG’s smart TV features, so you can get check your Facebook updates, watch Netflix streaming or a host of other online apps. A 3D video-on-demand app is also included, so you can take advantage of those four sets of included 3D glasses right away (or use the round ones you stole from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2).
According to the press release, it appears the TV will ship with LG’s Magic Motion remote control, which, in-use is a little like a Wii controller—you wave and point to direct a courser to navigate the apps.
The TV also uses LG’s DLNA-like Smart Share system which allows wireless sharing of content from PCs and some smart phones or tablets.
Because the model number of the TV has changed from the units showed this past January at CES, it’s unclear what size the TV will be available in. In January LG shows two series (LW9500 and LW7700) which were going to be available in 47-, 55- and 60-inch models. This was before the switch to passive 3D technology. The current series as announced in Korea is LW980S. The model announced this week is reported as featuring a 400Hz refresh rate, though that likely will translate to 480Hz when released in the US. No price info was announced, but these will be LG’s flagship TVs, so they’ll probably carry a premium price.
LG will show the new TVs in September at Germany’s IFA show, and then likely here at CEDIA in Indianapolis a week later.
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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