NEW YORK –
LG Electronics USA’s two-model Google TV line, which was first introduced at International CES last January, hits select retail stores this week.
The so-called G2-series models are offered in the 47- ($1,700 suggested retail) and 55-inch ($2,300) screen sizes. They offer FullHD 1080p resolution, LED edge lighting, 120Hz refresh rates, Cinema 3D passive glasses-based 3D capability and a silver-tone thin-bezel design style that will distinguish the class from other 2012 LG sets.
LG is launching the Google TV sets through select online retail partners, including Amazon, and key regional retail accounts across the country.
Both models have advanced response times thanks to the implementation of a new L9 dual-core processing chipset based on the ARM architecture with a quad-core graphics processing unit (GPU). The chipset powers the TV’s Google TV search function across the web and live TV selections available on a connected multichannel TV service provider.
LG has also worked to simplify the user interface while expanding the number of pre-installed apps that appear on the home screen from competitive Google TV products.
The sets include LG’s five-mode Magic Remote with QWERTY keyboard and built-in mic to accept voice commands.
The Magic Remote responds to gesture-based commands like an air mouse, similar to a Wii remote, and offers scrolling. The voice-recognition system engages simplified search capabilities and entering text in search terms by speaking to speed up the browsing experience.
A Wheel feature on the remote enables quick scrolling through web pages, menus and applications.
LG said the G2 sets’ user interface and Home Dashboard have been designed for convenient browsing and content selection.
Content menus can also be customized for each user enabling the most needed content to be accessible with a few clicks.
Six pairs of 3D glasses are included with each set.