updated 01:30 pm EDT, Fri August 1, 2008
LG LG90 and LGX HDTVs
LG today finished its week by formally unveiling details of sets it has previously only hinted at earlier in the year. The LG90 will be the electronics firm's first LED-backlit LCD TV and uses the lighting to produce much deeper blacks than on fluorescent-lit TVs; similar to sets from Samsung and others, the screen dims individual portions of the screen to cut out on unintentional grays. LG also matches up to its fellow Korean rival by using a 120Hz panel that reduces motion artifacts.
The company is short on specific details in its announcement, though the inadvertent posting of a document (PDF) on company pages reveals at least a 47-inch version that matches Samsung's 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, automatically adjusts brightness and color, and offers a total of four HDMI ports. Launch information hasn't been provided for the LG90, though it's expected to appear in the fall.
LG has also supplied details for the LGX, which turns to thinness over pure image quality; the cabinet is 1.8 inches deep and makes it the thinnest of the kind to include an ATSC HDTV tuner inside the display. It too has a 120Hz panel and an automatic sensor but should be available both in 42-inch and 47-inch editions. Its pricing and release date are also unavailable but should be close to that for the LG90. [Canada link via Engadget]