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Toshiba unveils Linux-based, networked Z3500 TVs

updated 10:30 am EDT, Mon August 20, 2007

Toshiba REGZA Z3500

Toshiba today used Japan as the venue for a new class of REGZA LCD sets. The Z3500 series includes a dedicated Linux PC inside that serves up and shares content; viewers can either stream media from any Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) devices or Toshiba's in-house VARDIA recorders thanks to three Ethernet jacks. Two USB ports support external hard drives for impromptu DVR recording, Toshiba says. Regardless of size, each set boasts native 1080p at 24 or 60 frames per second, a 120Hz LCD panel that eliminates motion artifacts, and three HDMI inputs with deep color support.

Screens are available in 37, 42, 46, 52, and 57 inch sizes. All screens debut first in Japan and will start with the two smallest sets, which will sell in late September for $3,153 and $4,028; the 46- and 52-inch screens appear in mid-October for $4,466 and $5,254, while the largest 57-inch screen appears last in late October for $8,319. American versions of the new REGZA screens are possible, but not yet official and are likely to feature lower prices.

Two additional, smaller lines are also being announced today, according to Toshiba. The RF350 focuses on cost with a more conventional 60Hz panel and two HDMI inputs with deep color. 40- and 46-inch models are due in late September for about $2,890 and $3,415 each. The C3500 occupies the low-end with two regular HDMI inputs and smaller sizes. 37- and 42-inch 1080p sets will accompany 26- and 32-inch 720p models, and prices will range from $1,314 for the smallest screen to $2,627 for the 42-inch display. The 37-inch C3500 system will be available as of late September while the two 720p units appear in mid-October, and the 42-inch set appears in mid-November. US versions have not been announced. [via Impress]




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