JVC on Sunday unveiled an LCD TV less than 3 inches thick, calling it the world’s thinnest flat-screen television, as the Consumer Electronics Show began in Las Vegas.
Also at the show, JVC, formally called Victor Co of Japan Ltd, said it would unveil four new LCD models that each sport a built-in dock for the iPod, Apple Inc’s market leading portable digital media players.
The ink had barely dried on JVC’s statement when rival Pioneer Corp was already claiming a concept TV that was less than one-fourth as thick.
JVC said its new slim TV, which includes a TV tuner, measures 1.5 inches or 39 millimeters (mm) at its narrowest, with a maximum depth of 2.9 inches (74 mm) at the center.
Pioneer then unveiled its Kuro 52-inch flat panel concept TV based on plasma technology, a rival to LCD. It boasted a thickness of 9 millimeters. But unlike JVC, which promised its thin TV’s this year, Pioneer said its products would not be available in 2008. It did not say if a tuner was included.
Rival Sharp Corp in August revealed prototype 52-inch LCD TVs, which were 20 mm thick. Its conventional 52-inch TV is 81 mm thick.