Considering how Rubenesque analog TVs used to be, who would have considered a 4-inch flat HDTV too fat? You who want to hang your HDTV on your wall, that's who. By shaving 75 percent off the depth, one of these super-thin HDTVs now looks like a large mirror hanging on a wall rather than a feng shui-shattering piece of electronics.
Samsung's 9000 Series sets will be less than a third of an inch thick (the company hasn't released an exact measurement), while LG's Infinia LE9500 models measure up at .92 inches thin. Later this year, LG plans on selling a set just .27 inches thin.
But LG's Infinia sets also allow you to lose the annoying HDMI connecting cable – you will be able to buy a $400 wireless connectivity kit when the sets go on sale later this year.
How did these sets get so thin? Mostly it’s by removing all the electronics, such as the jacks and digital tuner. LG puts them all in a separate set-top box and Samsung stashes them in the stand, which folds up behind the screen when the TV is mounted on the wall.
All the slender Samsung and LG sets will be LED LCD models (meaning they are backlit using higher quality and more power-efficient LED backlighting instead of fluorescent technology), will be able to display impending full HD 3D Blu-ray and broadcast content and will offer Wi-Fi Internet connectivity via an optional dongle.