Next Gen Now - LG Cinema 3D Smart TV 2012 Lineup Unraveled
A Smart TV Spectacle
LG officially joins the local Smart TV competition with the grand unveiling of its 2012 line of Cinema 3D Smart TV which was held at the Shangri-La hotel in Makati City. Earlier this year, competitors like Samsung and Sony have already introduced their own incarnations of Smart TVs at the NBC Tent and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa, respectively.
The event was graced with the presence of LG Philippines’ executives and representatives led by Mr. Sung Woo Nam, the company’s new Managing Director. The renowned furniture designer Mr. Kenneth Cobonpue and Yahoo!’s Country Ambassador Ms. Arlene Amarante were also present during the affair. Mr. Cobonpue discussed the relevance of functionality into any creative design, a philosophy which LG has incorporated into its latest series of Cinema 3D Smart TVs. Meanwhile, Ms. Amarante talked about the significance of applicable and relevant content to Filipino consumers.
Continuing to maintain the borderless design of its HDTVs, the Cinema 3D Smart TVs for 2012 are virtually bezel-less. The new HDTVs still leverage on LG’s Film-Pattern Retarder (FPR) technology which eliminates eye strain when one’s watching 3D content for long hours. Like the previous generation of Cinema 3D Smart TVs, the new models come with light and battery-less 3D eyeglasses that come in various colors and designs at more affordable price points. LG also offers clip-on 3D eyeglasses for consumers who use corrective eyeglasses.
Content-wise, LG’s Cinema 3D Smart TVs provide online content that are relevant to Filipino consumers, apart from those that are produced overseas. The new HDTVs have applications that serve as an avenue to content coming from ABS-CBN’s iWanTV, ABS-CBNNews.com, Yahoo PH, Inquirer.net, and PhilStar.com. Recognizing the fact that many Filipinos are into K-pop and social networking, the new Cinema 3D Smart TVs also integrate apps like K-POP Zone and Social Center. Via the latter application, users can have access to their Facebook, Twitter, and Skype accounts while watching TV. Users can maximize the 3D capability of the new Cinema 3D Smart TVs by accessing 3D content online through the 3D World application or by using the 2D-to-3D conversion feature.
LG’s Cinema 3D Smart TVs for 2012 are not only rich in content but are also enhanced in terms of usability. With the new Magic Remote control, users can easily navigate through the new HDTVs’ menu and applications. Equipped with a motion sensor, the Magic Remote can open applications and execute actions by means of simple gestures.
The models of LG’s 2012 Cinema 3D Smart TV lineup include the LM9600, LM7600, LM6700, and the LM6200 which are available in 32-, 42-, 47-, 55-, and 65-inch display sizes. The top-end 55-inch LM6900 is priced at PhP 299,990. Besides the models that were mentioned, LG’s PenTouch PM6900 also made an appearance during the event. This plasma 3D TV comes bundled with the PenTouch stylus which allows users to draw and write on certain applications through the TV screen. This capability makes the PM6900 useful in office presentations and educational activities as well. In the Philippines, the 60-inch variant of the PM6900 is priced at PhP 169,990, whereas the smaller 50-inch version sells for PhP 79,990.