LG Debuts 27-inch Personal Smart TV

During IFA 2012 in Berlin, LG Electronics revealed what it calls the Personal Smart TV (TM2792), a 27-inch model that uses an IPS panel for better color accuracy and viewing angles. It also comes packed with a vast array of features including LG Smart TV functionality, Cinema 3D, and the company's Cinema Screen Design which minimizes "visual distractions" with an extremely narrow bezel.

"The TM2792 is an exceptional TV, offering an engaging, cinema-quality viewing experience that allows users to immerse themselves in a vast and customizable world of content," said J.J. Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of the IT Business Unit of LG Home Entertainment Company. "Our top-of-the-line Personal Smart TV takes entertainment to the next level, whether it’s watching a video recorded on a smartphone, a favorite classic movie or anything else in between."

The specs reveal that the display has a default resolution of 1920 x 1080, LED-based backlighting, a response time of 5ms, a brightness of 250nits, and more. There are also two MHL-ready HDMI ports, three USB ports, Ethernet, SCART, Composite, Component and D-sub interfaces. Connectivity even includes DNLA media sharing, Wi-Fi Direct and WiDi.

According to LG, the Home Dashboard offers a feature called SmartShare which allows the user to browse and share files with laptops, smartphones and external drives via Mobile High-Definition Link (aka MHL) and Intel's Wireless Display (WiDi) technology. More specifically, MHL enables users to display photos and play games from their smartphone on the TV itself while the device is charging. Compatible Intel-based laptop screens can be shared wirelessly via a WiDi connection.

In addition to the IPS-based TV, LG also serves up a "Magic Remote" which enables easier navigation of the Home Dashboard. "LG offers unlimited access to content via Video on Demand (VOD), 3D World, Game World, LG Smart World (LG Apps), and the Social Center. All this content is conveniently accessible via the Home Dashboard, which can be navigated using the Magic Remote or alternatively, with a mouse and keyboard," the company said.

The TV's specs also list two 7W speakers with 3D Sound Zooming (simulates the movement of sound in correlation to the movement of images on the screen), two sets of 3D glasses (1 normal, 1 clip-on), 2D to 3D conversion, full support for a keyboard and mouse, and more. So far there's no pricing or a specific launch date although LG reports that it's heading to Europe first. We expect to see this model head to the U.S. just in time for the holiday season.

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  • shin0bi272
    Damn you LG and your teasing us with all this new technology but never telling us the price! LG is the burlesque dancer of electronics
  • jkflipflop98
    SCART always sounded like a slang term for something bad to me.
  • Pennanen
    TV - bleh, havent had tv for years, that shit is oldschool.
  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer
    I'm still waiting for the perfect 3D screen before I pay the premium to get one. I wish someone would put out an interleaved passive screen at 1920x2160 with half-height pixels that is natively compatible with 3D Vision (and not terribly overpriced). That would only be 180-odd ppi in the vertical on a 24" screen, certainly not something that would be that difficult to engineer, and it would solve the issues of readability of small text in 3D mode and the striping you see in 2D mode.

    Heck, subpixel font rendering wouldn't even be affected. If done right, there wouldn't be much of an argument to be made for 120Hz 3D screens.
  • falchard
    I am guessing the price will be around $1200. Its pretty much a 27" IPS monitor which sells around that price point. LG also sells their monitors for a higher price then those they supply for so they don't create market friction.
  • The monitor version of this TV (LG IPS277L) is selling for around $300, so this must sell for around there. These have already been released in Asia and Europe.
  • Which type of IPS is it?
  • jcoultas98
    Interesting concept, though it will be far too expensive. And the target audience seems off.
  • tomar_manav
    The MHL ready ports in this miniature passive 3D TV sounds like a dream come true for big screen mobile gaming :)
  • Varun Kashyap
    Smart concept for 3D Smart TV but my two pennies it's not very feasible from mass production aspect. The screen size on this will prove to be a hurdle for this product.