That new HDTV you just bought? Outdated. Get ready to dump it after you hear what Toshiba America is coming out with this year: The CELL TV, which Toshiba announced today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
It’s still an HDTV but every feature has been turbo charged.
It’s faster (480 Hz compared to existing 60 Hz TVs), brighter (1,000 cd/m2), blacker, more connected and converts 2D video to 3D video (see photos below from the press conference for some details). Gee, what else? It’ll include a 1 TB hard drive, built-in Blu-ray Disc player, Wi-Fi, DLNA (so it can access family photos, music, video and other files stored on personal computers) plus a high-quality video phone system.
The main feature: The CELL chip, which is the same chip that powers the PlayStation 3 and has been finding its way into certain advanced computers. Toshiba, which developed the chip with Sony, always intended to put it in a TV. This year, it will begin selling the CELL TV in the U.S. No specific date or price has been announced. Read the rest of this entry »