Responding to the challenge of OLED TV technology, Hitachi has announced a new series of ultra-slim LCD TVs which are just 35mm thin. The company says it has achieved the size reduction by adopting a new LCD panel module design and moving bulky electronics outside of the frame into a separate Media Station box. This Station also has a built-in digital HD PVR, which records onto removable iVDR hard drives.
Hitachi says: “The UT series is designed to free customers from restrictions of where to place the TV. By separating the media station from the monitor, the UT series provides consumers with a range of options for placement throughout the home, as well as ease in connecting with other consumer electronic equipments. The monitor and media station can be connected via the optional wireless unit to bring even more range in placement. The UT series will cast aside the stereotypic image that a TV should be placed against or even near a wall.”
The screens, available in 32-42-inch sizes, will be available in four colour variations (black, white, red and blue). 32-inch models will ship into the Japanese market early December, with the rest following Spring next year.