CES 2008: Television City

No matter how many wild new gadgets the big players can dream up, there's one thing CES will never be without: boatloads of brand-new TVs. Check out the latest innovative sets in our day-one gallery

by John Mahoney

Samsung also focused on design with their "Touch of Color" LCDs, featuring a subtly shaded bezel.John Mahoney

Every year, television innovations make up the backbone of every major consumer-electronics player's booth. And for good reason--we've been buying televisions for well over 50 years now, with no sign of slowing anytime soon. Try saying that about any of the other product families at CES--personal computers are practically infants in comparison.

This year, the race for the biggest picture is as heated as always, although the parade of massive, mini-Jumbotrons are now sharing the spotlight with razor-thin OLED sets.

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by John Mahoney

Not to be outdone, Samsung was showing off a 31-inch OLED HD screen--besting Sony by four inches for the crown of the largest organic light emitting diode powered set.John Mahoney

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Despite having been around for a while, Sony's three millimeter-thin OLED TVs were drawing huge crowds. The sets will go on sale in the U.S. this month.John Mahoney

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There she is, the winner of this year's obligatory biggest-TV-ever award--Panasonic's 150-inch plasma display. I haven't yet seen a photo that truly does it justice--the thing is huge.John Mahoney

by John Mahoney

Samsung also focused on design with their "Touch of Color" LCDs, featuring a subtly shaded bezel.John Mahoney

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Philips showed off their new Design Collection HD sets in this dark-shrouded shrine to high-definition.John Mahoney

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Sony's larger 27-inch OLED display supports full 1080p HD, while still managing a 10mm waistline.John Mahoney

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Same goes for these 1080p sherbet scoops. Delicious.John Mahoney

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LG wins the award for most appealing HD test footage--seeing these eggs slide into a mixing bowl in full 1080p glory as part of a food-related montage near the end of the day reminded me I hadn't eaten lunch.John Mahoney

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Hitachi wins the over-the-top presentation award with this rotating Zen garden setup featuring their new 1.5-inch thing LCD line.John Mahoney

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Last year's "World's Largest" title holder, Sharp's 108" LCD, looked absolutely tiny in comparison.John Mahoney