updated 04:50 pm EDT, Thu August 28, 2008
Toshiba intros REGZA lines
At the IFA 2008 show in Berlin, Toshiba unveiled two new REGZA-branded LCD HDTV lines, including the ZF series which is capable of up-converting standard definition video files into high-definition ones all by itself. The TV line does this by way of what Toshiba is calling Resolution+ technology that uses the same type of Cell processors as the ones used in Sony's PlayStation 3 gaming console to enhance edges and details in images. The ZF-series displays will be available in a 40-inch size with the 40ZF575D and the 46-inch 46ZF575D.
Either HDTV will be capable of 1080p resolution, along with 30,000:1 dynamic contrast ratios. The 120Hz displays will feature 6ms response times. Connections comprise four HDMI inputs, a component video input, RGB inputs and a PC input.
The also new RV line-up of LCD HDTVs uses the same 1080p, 120Hz panels and associated specs but does without the up-scaling features and takes one of the four HDMI ports to keep the price point low. More choice includes a smaller 37-inch model in addition to the 42- and 46-inch versions.
The existing XV line carries on unchanged, although new 46- and 52-inch sizes are available, along with new black bezel colors that match the rest of the REGZA line-up.
Offering something new is the DV series of HD-ready LCDs that feature side-mounted DVD players. They offer 720p resolution screens with 1,000:1 contrast ratios in either 19- or 22-inch sizes, with an HDMI input and integrated digital tuner.
All three new lines are expected to launch in Europe only in their current form this October, although no pricing or specific launch information has been released. [via Engadget]
Toshiba ZF-series REGZA LCD HDTV
Toshiba RV-series REGZA LCD HDTV
Toshiba DV-series LCD HDTV with built-in DVD player