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We've seen some incredible TVs at CES this year: Stunning screens that practically melt your eyeballs. But the real stars of the show haven't been the displays. Instead, the TVs are remarkable for their designs. The coolest TVs of CES 2017 pulled all the guts of the TV out of the display hardware, and in the process effectively completed the modern television's transition to a giant arse computer monitor.
If you weren't watching Samsung's TV event and LG's press conference you might have missed it. The curved TV, once considered the whizzbang tech that would save televisions, is dead. Not quite in the ground, but no longer the darling of its makers. The curved TV is being quietly shuffled away from the limelight to make way for newer, and better, fads in televisions.
At 2.57mm thick, LG's new OLED W7 television might be the thinnest giant television ever made. I don't want to say that. It feels like hyperbole, and over the next few days I have no doubt that a lot of other televisions are going to use similar tech for similar results, but look at that image above. Note how that 65-inch display is actually thinner than that woman's finger. Now come back and tell me that isn't incredible.
The idea is so simple it's kind of amazing no TV maker thought of it before. A TV mounted on the wall should, theoretically, look gorgeous, but the tangle of cords jutting out of the back of the TV, pushing it away from the wall and then dangling down to wherever the cable box, PS4 and Wii U reside, is ugly. So Samsung did something that strikes you, innately, as both backward and forward thing — it moved all the ports of the TV.
Can you see LG's super-thin 4K OLED television in the photo above? It's just 2.57mm thick, giving it a virtually invisible profile.
Last year, Gizmodo declared Android TV an exciting, beautiful mess. "You should probably steer clear till Google gets its shit together," we said. Today at I/O, Google's telling us about an updated Android TV that may indicate that its shit is actually being gathered.
AquoMotion, AquoDimming, Auto-Depth Enhancer, Motionflow, Precision Black Local Dimming, Clear Action. These are the marketing names given to common features built into today's televisions to "enhance" the image. But while they alter the picture in a way that makes it catch your eye, the result often bears little resemblance to how it was intended to look. That's a problem.
Since we last checked-in on Samsung's 8K television prototype a year ago, the technology has progressed considerably. The new model that Sammy is showing off at CES is a huge 110-inch monster. Its resolution is even more infinite than I remember it. And then, the switched on the glassesless 3D and I almost threw up on myself.