Toshiba's Thin F1 3DTV Upscales To 3D

If there's one thing Toshiba's always lacked, it's a bit of style. Sex appeal. Visual "oomph", which their neighbour Sony does so well. This could be why they've collaborated with Danish designer Jacob Jensen for this slim F1 3D TV.

It's going to be announced and shown off officially at IFA later this week, so while full specs aren't known just yet, what we do know is that it'll be 29mm thick (which sounds like a right heifer when compared to Samsung's C9000, which is 8mm thick at its thinnest part) and will come in 46-inch and 55-inch variants (named the 46F1 and 55F1).

Both internet-enabled panels will be Edge LED-backlit with a contrast ratio of 2,000,000:1, a 200/240Hz refresh rate and four HDMI inputs and a USB port. That Edge LED-backlighting means they'll be relatively kind to the environment, with Toshiba boasting that the 46F1 is the most energy-efficient 3D TV around, using 160W.

Intriguingly, Toshiba has also thrown in support for 2D to 3D conversion - just like those new Panasonic's panels shown off the other week.

On sale in Europe, the US and Asia in October, they should retail for around $US3760 and $US4900 if the Asian prices are anything to go by. [Flat Panels HD]