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HP Ships Its First 1080p LCD TVs

Cupertino, Calif. — HP said it is now shipping its new 2007-2008 lineup of flat-panel TVs, including its first 1080p LCD models.

Originally unveiled at International CES, the new models feature HP Visual Fidelity technology, which enhances image detail. Since then, a few model changes were added.

Step-up 1,080p LCD TV models include the 42W- LC4276N ($1,899) and 47W-inch LC4776N ($2,499). Both will include 1,200:1 contrast ratios and 6 ms response times.

HP said “the HDTV line addresses consumers’ growing need for expanded connectivity. New models incorporate three HDMI interfaces (all supporting 1080p), as well as PC inputs and RS232C with WSD bridging capabilities for custom integrators.”

The 720p flat-panel lineup will include the 32W-inch LC3272N ($899 suggested retail) and 37W-inch LC3772N ($1,199) LCD TV models, and the 42W- PL4272N ($1,399) and 50-inch PL5072N ($2,099) plasma models.

The new plasma models will include 6.87-billion color contouring; new panels with low-reflection phosphors; and black walls around pixels to reduce reflection and enhance detail, brightness and contrast.

The models also offer concealed/integrated speakers for a uniform “picture frame” cosmetic, the company said.

All of the currently shipping models are available for purchase direct from HP online and at a variety of brick-and-mortar retailers, across the country, including Best Buy.

This summer HP will ship an expanded MediaSmart TV assortment.

MediaSmart TVs are fully networked TVs, allowing users to access their digital media and a range of Internet services on TV screens through wired or wireless connections to their PCs. Users can stream on their TVs photos, music and video files stored in other rooms.