Philips is to introduce two new HDTVs with a more than unusual design. the 46 and 55-Inch wide TVs in the PDL9808 series will have big glass plates whioch has the TV panel behind it. The cheapest model is going to cost 2199 EURO. As is apparent from the pictures, the DesignLine TV is unconventional in the extreme. The front of the TV is one seamless, square sheet of glass in 'gradient' black – the aim is to create an impression of lightness and transparency. Consequently this is a television without stand or visible frame, one that (when it's turned off) appears to be a smooth sheet of glass (one that flows from opaque to transparent) leaning against a wall.
Switch it on, and the top half of that big sheet of glass is revealed tp be a 46in or 55in TV. Three-sided Ambilight XL only adds to the 'floating' impression by projecting light that matches the colour of the on-screen content onto the wall behind.
The TV itself is a Full HD, active-3D affair, and features Philips' 1400Hz Perfect Motion technology in a drive for ultimate motion sharpness. The PDL-8908 is also a platform for Philips' newly reinvigorated interest in Smart TV applications: it features Catch-Up TV, access to online video stores, internet browser, online apps and USB recording.
Wi-Fi is integrated, connectivity is plentiful, remote control is handled via keyboard and pointer, and there's a provision for two-player full-screen gaming.
The DesignLine PDL-8908 goes on sale in the second quarter of 2013
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