In a historical perspective, the flat panel TV is still a relatively new thing, even though most of us own one or maybe even a few. But how did our TVs look 5 years ago? In a series of galleries FlatpanelsHD takes a look at 5 years of TV design by every major TV maker. We kick off with a look at <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/gallery.php?dir=TV%20design%20-%20Sony><b>Sony</b></a>.<br /><br /><i>Every Friday FlatpanelsHD takes at look a TV makersâ€™ design tradition. Check back in again on next Friday.</i><br /><br /><h3>Sony: 5 years of TV design</h3>In our series of TV design galleries we start with Sony in 2008 and two designs are top of mind. Sony launched the new X series that had speakers on the sides – something rarely seen today – and Sony launched their white photo frame TVs.<br /><br /><p align=center><a id="thumb" href="pictures/sonyhx950-1l.jpg" class="highslide" rel="highslide"><img class="imgresponsive" src="pictures/sonyhx950-1.jpg" alt="Sony HX950" title="Click to enlarge" /></a><br><i>We give you the opportunity to relive Sonyâ€™s TV design over the last 5 years</i></p><br />For years Sony was criticized for its relatively bulky TVs that were not nearly as slim and minimalistic as the South Koreansâ€™ TVs but Sony soon changed that. In 2009, Sony introduced the worldâ€™s thinnest TV called ZX1 as a lightning bolt from a clear sky. This was possible because Sony was the first to take advantage of edge LED backlighting. Unfortunately it was expensive and not transferred to cheaper TV until years after.<br /><br />In 2010, Sony introduced the Monolithic design philosophy. Monolithic means that something is cut from one piece and this design direction has defined Sonyâ€™s TVs in 2011 as well as 2012 where we have seen very elegant Monolithic Sony TVs with a backward-leaning expression and unique stand solutions. The crowning of the Monolithic philosophy happened just a month back with the introduction of the HX950.<br /><br />Go to the Gallery section and see <a href=http://www.flatpanelshd.com/gallery.php?dir=TV%20design%20-%20Sony><b>5 years of Sony TV design</b></a>, and come back every Friday to see new galleries.