Today at the IFA trade show in Berlin, LG announced the European availability of the LW980S, its highest-end 2011 LCD TV.
We expect a similar announcement of a U.S. version soon, perhaps at the CEDIA trade show in Indianapolis next week.
The LW980S' standout feature is the same kind of LED local dimming backlight scheme we liked so much in the 2010
While those sets were superb, we complained about the unusual uniformity issues we saw, which manifested as bands of uneven lighting that were visible in some material. LG told us that the 2011 TVs, which go by the
LG had announced high-end local dimmers for the U.S. market at CES in January under the and series names, but subsequently said it would scuttle those sets--which used active 3D technology--in favor of a series (or more than one) using passive 3D to be released mid-September 2011.
In our review of the
The European LW980S Nano TV has an ultraslim bezel and 400Hz refresh rate, so we assume its U.S. equivalent will be similar to the LW9500 announced previously. We're also guessing it will be very expensive.