Toshiba Shows 55-inch 55ZL2 Glasses-Free 3D TV

The crowds at IFA 2011 got a peek at three new 3D TVs, including one that doesn't require any type of eyewear.

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Crowds at this year’s IFA Show in Berlin are getting a taste of TVs that we have yet to see here in the U.S. Toshiba Europe GmbH is out at the show, with three new 3D TVs, including one boasting that it’s the world’s largest way to experience glasses-free 3D.

That glasses-free 3D TV is the 55-inch 55ZL2 (pictured). According to the announcement, this is the biggest 3D TV that we’ve seen so far that does not require eyewear to view 3D content. It makes that magic happen via CEVO-ENGINE processing.

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The 55ZL2 also has a Quad Full HD screen, which promises 2D at four times a Full HD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels). Other features include an Auto Calibration feature, PERSONAL-TV for personalized TV settings, and SMART-TV applications such as USB recording and access to Toshiba Places.

Pricing has yet to be announced for this set, but Toshiba says that the 55ZL2 will start selling in Germany this December.

If you’re really not minding those glasses all that much, the company also plans to release the RL838 series and the TL838 / 868 series to European audiences sometime this month. Toshiba says that both of these lines will offer active-shutter 3D viewing in a variety of screen sizes. Other features include web-based SMART-TV and Toshiba Places services, access to Facebook, DLNA support, and access to HbbTV (Hybrid broadcast broadband TV) services. Also, all of the sets are Wi-Fi-ready, via an add-on WLAN USB dongle.

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