LG Electronics announced their 2007 product line-up on November 1, 2006 in Orlando, FL. Their impressive display line will cover 33 models, which will be comprised of 22 LCD HDTV models and 11 plasma HDTV models. Of this line-up, there will be eleven 1080p LCD models (37-in. " 52-in.) and three 1080p plasma models (50in., 60-in., & 71-in.). Except for models with built-in DVRs, CableCARD and TV Guide On"Screen have been eliminated for 2007. Pricing will be disclosed at CES 2007
LG noted that their brand awareness has increased more than 75-percent over the past three years, and that there are more than 120,000 LG-branded products sold every day in the U.S. And, so far for 2006, revenues are up 90-percent over last year. Lastly, LG notes that it's the number 1 flat-panel maker in the world noting that in 2005, it shipped more than 47 million units globally of flat-panel displays.
LG offered unit display projections for 2006 and 2007.
Plasma: 2.8 million
LCD: 10.2 million
MicroDisplay: 1.9 million
Total: 14.9 million units
Plasma: 3.6 million
LCD: 16.3 million
MicroDisplay: 1.8 million
Total: 21.8 million units
So, for 2006, almost half of all displays sold will be Digital TVs, and this will jump to approx. 71-percent for 2007.
LCD TV Line
LG's 2007 LCD line covers a total of 22 models in four series ranging in screen sizes from 20-in. to 57-in. All models include LG's XD Engine technology. All models now feature an all-black cabinet with bottom-mounted speakers:
- LC7 Series offers a range of screen sizes from 26-in. to 47-in. (with the 47-in mode being 1080p), and includes LG SimpleLink, enhanced contrast ratio of 5,000:1 and advanced TruWide Viewing Angle technology.
- LB4D Series includes 32-in., 37-in., 42-in., and 47-in. models and features TruMotion Drive, a third HDMI input, and USB2.0 for photos and music. The 47LB4D features a full HD 1080p resolution.
- LB5D Series includes screen sizes of 37-in., 42-in., 47-in., and 52-in., all with Full HD 1080p resolution.
- LY3D Series (in 47-in., 52-in. and 57-in. screen sizes) combines Full HD 1080p resolution with new features: TruMotion Drive and Wide Color Gamut.
- In addition, LG offers the LS7D Series which includes 20-in. and 23-in. widescreen HDTVs that features ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuners.
New features include LG's TruMotion Drive technology improves moving picture response time for clearer moving pictures by upping the refresh rate to 120 Hz, and a quicker millisecond response time. The LG Wide Color Gamut feature improves backlighting by expanding displayable colors to 92-percent of the NTSC spectrum.
Plasma TV Line
LG's 2007 plasma line covers 11 models ranging in size from 42-in. to 71-in., in three main series of products, and includes LG's XD Engine technology, and two HDMI inputs.
- PC5D Series will feature 42-in. and 50-in. panels that supplement two carryover models " 60PC1D and 42PC3DV. This series includes Clear Filter Pro technology that replaces the front glass filter with a thin film that reduces reflection and double-imaging, and Extreme Contour Compensation (XCC) that minimizes color contouring.
- PB4D Series will include 42-in., 50-in., and 60-in. models with integrated HD DVR, TV Guide On-Screen, and CableCARD. These models also include Clear Filter Pro and XCC technology. The 160GB DVRs are capable of storing 14-hours of HD programming and 63-hours of digital standard definition programming.
- PY3D Series will feature Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) resolution as well as LG's flagship 71-in. Full HD 1080p monitor. These models support HDMI and component video at 24, 30, and 60 frame rates. This series also adds 3 HDMI inputs and USB2.0 for easy playback of music or photos.
- Lastly, LG is introducing a new 42-in. model with WXGA (1366x768) resolution.
MicroDisplays are gone from the LG line completely for 2007, and relegated to a handful of DLP models in the Zenith line. More to follow in the coming weeks.