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LG flexes its pre-CES design muscle with a cubey AirPlay dock, svelte 3D HDTVs (update)

Joe Pollicino

LG has a habit of creating gadgets for everyday use with super-thin and ultra-sleek designs. This year, the company was recently awarded a whopping 12 Innovation Awards for CES 2012, which notably included very light details on three of its upcoming Smart TVs and its cubey Powerful Sound AirPlay-enabled speaker dock. Among the displays are two 55-inch HDTVs, dubbed LED Cinema 3D LM8600 and Nano Full LED Cinema 3D LM9600 -- both are listed as sporting "LG's narrowest bezel and ultra-slim Clear Screen design," but the Nano variant is said to offer "brighter and smoother" picture quality. For the plasma lovers out there, LG's also let details loose on its PM9700 -- a massive 60-inch 3D HD Plasma display, complete with a Magic Motion remote. For those on the audio side, that cubey AirPlay speaker is said to pack 80-watts of power and a 2.1 stereo speaker array, along with an obligatory iDevice dock on its top. We'll let you know if we catch a glimpse of the new gear at CES, but in the meantime, you'll find details in the press release past the break.

Update: LG has requested that the images be removed, sorry folks.

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LG Electronics Honored With 12 CES 2012 Innovations Awards for Smart TVs, Smart Appliances, Smartphones

LG Recognized for Innovation Prowess in Five Awards Categories, Including 'Best of Innovations' Honor for Home Appliance Technology

NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Living up to its reputation as an unyielding innovator, LG Electronics received 12 prestigious 2012 International CES® Innovations Awards, including the "Best of Innovations" honor in the Major Home Appliance category for its new super-capacity three-door French-door refrigerator (LFX31935), which incorporates LG's unique Blast Chiller technology.

LG home electronics, mobile phones and home appliances products were recognized with awards in five highly-competitive categories: Video Displays, Video Components, Audio Components, Wireless Handsets and Major Home Appliances.

"We're honored that our refrigerator was selected as a 'Best of Innovations' by our industry's experts, and we're especially proud of the breadth of our recognized products – from 3D and Smart TVs to Smart clothes washers and smartphones," said Wayne Park, president and CEO, LG Electronics USA. "This coveted industry recognition is a testament to LG's commitment to improving our products year after year and provide consumers with intelligent features, intuitive functionality and sleek, stylish design."

For home electronics products to be introduced at CES 2012, LG Electronics earned CES Innovations Awards in the Video Display category for new CINEMA 3D HDTVs (models LM9600 and LM8600) powered by FPR technology, which helps provide a crisp 3D image and comfortable viewing experience. LG was also recognized for its flagship plasma HDTV (model PM9700) with LG's Smapanel of prominent industry designers, engineers and journalists who judge product entries on criteria including user value, aesthetics, innovative design, quality and contributions to quality of life. Sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America, the CES Innovations Awards highlight product advancements in technology design and engineering.

Since 2004, LG has been honored with more than 120 CES Innovations Awards.

*Wireless Internet connection & certain subscriptions required and sold separately. The Magic Motion Remote does not come equiprt TV platform, which offers access to virtually limitless online content including premium services such as Netflix and Hulu Plus, as well as a new 3D Zone and more*. In the Video Components category, two other products with LG's Smart TV platform were honored – the 2012 flagship Network Blu-ray Disc™ player (model BP720) and Smart TV Upgrader (model SP820). Finally, the new LG iPod Speaker Dock (model ND8520), which incorporates Airplay for streaming audio and video playback, received recognition in the Audio Components category.

In addition to the "Best of Innovations" honor for the 31 cubic foot refrigerator that can chill a 12-ounce beverage can in less than five minutes, three other cutting-edge LG products to be introduced at CES 2012 were honored in the Major Home Appliance category. The honored front-load clothes washer/dryer pairs (models WM8000HVA/DLEX8000V and WM9000HVA/ DLEX9000V) feature LG's smart ThinQ™ technology suite, which takes advantage of the appliances' Internet connectivity to help consumers save time and money by managing their tasks and energy use in a more convenient way. Also honored is the next generation of LG's HOM-BOT robotic vacuum cleaner (model LrV5900), which incorporates its advanced dual-eye mapping navigation for smarter, faster and more efficient cleaning.

LG received two 2012 CES Innovations Awards for Wireless Handsets including one for the LG DoublePlay, which is noted for its multitasking capability. For example, consumers can update their Facebook page while simultaneously surfing the web or checking email on this new smartphone. The company was also recognized for the Revolution™ by LG with VMware Horizon Mobile™, the world's first LTE virtualized smartphone that enables users to switch between two personas – one for personal use and one for work – on a single mobile device. This technology also helps enable IT departments to fulfill enterprise security and manageability needs without encroaching on employee privacy.

The CES Innovations Awards are selected annually by a ped with all LG Smart TV enabled TVs and a separate purchase maybe required. The LG web browser does not support Flash 10 or HTML 5, therefore, access to certain web content may be limited or unavailable. Content and services vary by product and are subject to change without notice.

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