By Lisa Johnston
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Seoul, South Korea – LG Electronics made good on one of its new TV technology promises from January CES by officially putting its 84-inch “Ultra Definition (UD)” 3D LCD TV on sale in the Korean Market Wednesday.
LG said “the world’s first 84-inch UD” flat-panel TV – which it is reportedly expected to sell for around $20,000 – produces a whopping (3,840-by-2,160 pixels, or so-called 4K resolution) and introduces a number of new smart features with the aim of providing greater convenience and simpler interaction.
LG said distribution of the set will roll-out in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America starting in September, and it will be a center point of the LG booth at the upcoming IFA show in Berlin, Germany.
“The 4K display market is still in its infancy but it was important for LG to claim a stake in this space,” stated Havis Kwon, LGE Home Entertainment president and CEO, “LG’s UD 3D TV represents a whole new level of home viewing experience because it offers every advanced technology we currently have to offer.”
LG said the set produces up to four times the resolution of today’s FullHD 1080p displays, in part, through the use of an advanced Triple XD Engine and Resolution Upscaler Plus technology that allows images from external sources such as hard drives and user-generated content websites to be rendered in higher detail.
Naturally, the set also includes LG’s Cinema 3D (Film Pattern Retarder) technology that uses inexpensive passive 3D glasses, like those used in movie theaters.
LG said the UD technology enables an even more immersive 3D viewing experience through the use of 3D Depth Control that allows viewers to fine-tune the “distance” between near and far objects on the screen for a custom 3D experience.
A 3D-Sound Zooming feature then analyzes the on-screen objects to generate sound according to their location and movement.
LG includes its new Magic Remote that allows intuitive access and navigation of the set’s Home Dashboard.
The company’s Smart TV ecosystem now includes approximately 1,400 apps and access to an ever-expanding community of premium content services such as 3D World that provides a wide array of movies and games.
The set will also access content from compatible portable devices such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets and flash memory drives using Smart Share Plus.
LG includes an imbedded 2D to 3D conversion engine to expand the availability of 3D content. It also allows two viewers to see different images when simultaneously viewing from the left and right side angles of the screen, for “Dual Play” head-to-head video game play on one screen.
Other features of the set include a 2.2 Speaker System with two 10-watt speakers and two 15-watt woofers, which reinforce the sound.
LG also showed its 55-inch AMOLED FullHD 1080p TV at CES last January. Although that set has been showcased in the other parts of the world, the company still has not announced U.S. marketing plans.
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