Philips was the first TV manufacturer to introduce a 21:9 TV in 2009 and in 2010 Philips introduced a second generation 21:9 TV with 3D. At CES 2011 Vizio has now introduced a 50-inch 21:9 TV and a 58-inch 21:9 TV.
Vizio 21:9 TV, image source: Engadget.com
The two new models are called XVT3D500CM (50â€ť) and XVT3D580CM (58â€ť). Details are spare but the model names seem to suggest that both TVs support 3D, and these TV were actually also mentioned in Vizioâ€™s press release about their new Theater 3DTVs with passive 3D technology.
The TVs utilize the extra wide 2560x1080 pixel resolution in the 21:9 aspect ratio that is widely used in cinemas. With a 21:9 TV you donâ€™t need to worry about those black bars at the top and bottom and you donâ€™t need to stretch or cut movies to fit the TV.
The 50-inch model comes with 240 Hz and the 58-inch model has a 120 Hz circuit. VIZIO Internet Apps such as Netflix, Amazon Video On Demand, VUDU, Pandora, Facebook, Flickr, Rhapsody, Twitter, and Yahoo! TV Widgets have been integrated. Additionally a Bluetooth QWERTY keyboard is supported.
Vizioâ€™s 58-inch 21:9 TV feature the Razor LED system which is an Edge LED backlight with limited dimming in a few zones. The Edge LED system creates a thinner and lighter TV but for a full local dimming LED system you need to go for the 50-inch model that comes with Vizio's TruLED system. Both models have 5 HDMI inputs.
No dates or prices have been disclosed yet. To learn more visit www.vizio.com