Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Toshiba Cell REGZA 55X1 unveiled at CEATEC Japan 2009

Almost eighteen months after buying Cell chip manufacturing facilities from Sony, Toshiba have stepped forward to show the world what it’s created with that US$835 million dollar acquisition.

The Cell REGZA has been unveiled the day before the official start of CEATEC to the oohs and ahhs of all... and with good reason! Utilising the Cell Broadband Engine jointly developed by Sony, Toshiba, and IBM, the Cell REGZA is a television full of fantastic capabilities.

The Toshiba Cell REGZA 55X1 is a 55 inch, 2160p (able to upconvert 1080p), 240Hz LCD with 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, self-congruency technology, peak luminance of 1250cd/m², 512-zone LED backlight, 7 speaker horizontal sound bar below the screen, eight window simultaneous multi-display (that can move through them without delay), Opera-based HD web browser, DNLA support, HDMI, USB, SD card slot, tuner, and 3TB HDD (2TB used for time-shift recording of up to 26 hours in 1080p, and 1TB used for long-term storage) with the ability to record eight channels simultaneously.

The HDD, along with the Cell technology itself, is housed in a separate box to the TV. A keyword search facility is used to locate exactly what you’re hankering to watch amongst your stored recordings. Toshiba have also stated that YouTube videos viewed on the Cell REGZA will display in near HD quality through their technology correcting noise compression on low resolution videos.

The remote, HDD box, and television all come in the popular, and almost standard these days, smoked aluminium finish. The set measures 133.3 x 96.3 x 40.2cm, including the stand, while the HDD box measures 43.6 x 10.9 x 38.7cm. It has an estimated price on release of 1,000,000 yen (US$11,140), and has a start of December 2009 release in Japan with other countries to eventually follow.

Guess I've got some saving up to do :D
~ Rogue

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