"Behind The Buy.com's http://www.behindthebuy.com Senior Editor David Gregg is at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show with a look at some of the hottest products on the show floor.
LG 55-inch OLED TV
LG's OLED TV represents a new era in picture quality and design. Featuring a super-thin 4mm frame and weighing a mere 22 pounds, this OLED TV not only looks sexy but delivers brilliant colors and the blackest black imaginable. LG's OLED TV comes with an upgraded Smart TV platform for access to online content like Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Pandora and loads of content sharing options as well as LG's CINEMA 3D Technology. In addition, OLED technology has superior energy efficiency to that of LCD and Plasma TVs. (Available in the U.S. in March 2013 for $12,000; http://www.lg.com/us/tvs)
LG Optimus G
LG's Optimus G is the world's first 4G LTE smartphone powered by Snapdragon S4 Pro. It features a 4.7-inch True HD IPS Plus display a and 2GB of RAM, making it the perfect device for multitaskers who want to use their mobile device for both work and play. The Optimus G also comes loaded with a suite of exclusive features, such as QuickMemo which allows users to take a screenshot and add their own commentary or drawings. The QSlide function gives users the ability to text, read emails and more while viewing video. Last but not least, Live Zooming lets you zoom in and zoom out while watching recorded videos.
(Available now on Sprint and AT&T; http://www.lg.com/us/mobile-phones/optimusg)
LG Nexus 4
The latest and greatest from LG and Google is the Nexus 4 for T-Mobile. Powered with the same quad-core processor and 4.7-inch display as the Optimus G, it runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is bundled with features like Photo Sphere, which lets users capture larger-than-life images by snapping shots to create a 360-degree immersive experience, and Gesture Typing for faster, simpler typing. In addition, the LG Nexus 4 offers wireless charging, allowing users to just set the phone down on a charging surface(sold separately) to power the device up, no wires needed .
(Available now at T-Mobile; http://www.lg.com/us/cell-phones/lg-LGE960)
LG High-Efficiency Top Load Washer and Dryer (WT6001/DLGX6002)
LG's latest smart appliances offer the ultimate in convenience with Wi-Fi connectivity. The smart laundry pair features LCD touch-screen controls and LG's Smart Technology Suite. LG's smart suite uses Wi-Fi connectivity and a free smartphone app (Android and iPhone) which allows you to:
· Check on the progress of wash cycles, turn the machine off
· Download the latest services and technology upgrades like new wash cycles
· Troubleshoot with SmartDiagnosis, which will diagnose mechanical issues.
The smart laundry pair is a Smart Grid-ready laundry system as well, which allows you to see the best times to run a cycle, from an energy perspective, once the technology becomes available and managed by local utility providers.
(Available Q1 at select retailers; pricing TBD:
LG's Super-Capacity Smart French Door Refrigerator (LFX31995ST)
Another smart appliance from LG is the Super-Capacity Smart French Door Refrigerator (model LFX31995ST).This smart refrigerator enhances consumer interaction, convenience and performance. It includes the following functions:
o Food Manager, Recipes, Smart Shopping, Weather, Health Manager, Smart Savings, Google Calendar, Memo, Photo Album.
o LG's Smart Manager food system allows consumers to input and track the food in their refrigerator. They can also check expiration dates via the LCD panel or on their smartphone, even if they're at the store.
You can also create a shopping list on the fridge and send to your smart phone and it has a built-in recipe bank that can give recipe recommendations based on what's currently in your fridge.
The smart and spacious (31 cubic feet of capacity) refrigerator also features LG's Smart Diagnosis which troubleshoots mechanical issues over the phone, limiting inconvenient service calls and in-home visits. This refrigerator also obtained ENERGY STAR and can make an impact on the consumers' energy bill and the environment.
(Available in Q1; Pricing TBD: http://www.lg.com/us/refrigerators/lg-LFX31995ST-french-3-door-refrigerator)
LG ET83V Multi-touch Monitor
LG's ET83 is a 23-inch, touch-enabled monitor for operating devices with Windows 8. While most touch-screens feature two-finger recognition, LG's 10-point technology allows you to use all ten fingers to perform tasks like typing on the Windows 8 on-screen keyboard or rotating/zooming on-screen objects. This monitor offers the intuitive user experience you have come to expect from a smartphone or tablet, but with your computer. (Available in the first quarter of 2013 for $599; http://www.lg.com/us/monitors)