The World’s Thinnest LCD TV Is Now 9.9mm – Sony’s KDL-40ZX1

Sony has announced one of the most amazing televisions in the history of their company. The KDL-40ZX1, at only 12.2kg (equivalent to 26 pounds), is the thinnest LCD television in existence with portions of it only 9.9mm thick. To make things even sweeter, the 1080p capable ZX1 has 120hz MotionFlow for improved image quality in fast-moving sequences and Bravia Engine 2. Other specifications, such as a 3,000:1 contrast ratio and a 178 degree viewing angle should satisfy most consumers. This is truly the perfect 40 inch television that is begging to be mounted on a wall, and there is a good reason why -

One of the most interesting aspects of this television, aside from the incredible slim profile, is the inclusion of a wireless HD base station that goes with this device. Sony has not listed the maximum range for this particular model’s wireless HD, but we are assuming that it is WHDI, and based on previous Sony products with this functionality it should be about 20 meters (this is unconfirmed).

The ZX1′s wireless base station supports 3 HDMI, 2 component, a S-Video, and a VGA input. An AV mouse, USB, LAN and even standard phone port is also supported! The USB port will allow you to hook up your Sony camera and display your photos in full HD.

However, it appears that it will only transmit video wirelessly at 1080i.  Sony will also release a wired model, that may only include one HDMI port (update: confirmed). So, it is logical to state that this television will only have one HDMI input by itself, making the base station very necessary. The news doesn’t stop there; did I mention there are different colors, too?

Information courtesy of Sony Japan.

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  • http://www.clearly-av.co.uk/blog/ Clearly AV

    Excellent product and amazingly thin… will make a brilliant addition to the sleek Sony XEL-1 OLED TV.

  • http://www.clearly-av.co.uk/blog/ Clearly AV

    Excellent product and amazingly thin… will make a brilliant addition to the sleek Sony XEL-1 OLED TV.

  • Rodrigo

    This is incredible.

    Bjo mãe.

  • Rodrigo

    This is incredible.

    Bjo mãe.

  • Rubens

    Gosh!! It’s very important for me.. I’ll buy one to watch my soccer team to play – Internacional – Brazil. Thank’s Sony.

  • Rubens

    Gosh!! It’s very important for me.. I’ll buy one to watch my soccer team to play – Internacional – Brazil. Thank’s Sony.

  • http://jweyrich.wordpress.com/ jweyrich

    Amazing! It’s thinner than my Sony cellphone.
    Does it use dynamic contrast? I do prefer green products :)
    And I’m wondering how breakable it is…

  • http://jweyrich.wordpress.com/ jweyrich

    Amazing! It’s thinner than my Sony cellphone.
    Does it use dynamic contrast? I do prefer green products :)
    And I’m wondering how breakable it is…

  • Darek Mason

    That anyone would get excited about this press release OR this product is ridiculous. It’s super-thin… big deal! They already can’t get the “regular” thicker flatpanels shipped to the States w/out warping (white hues in the corners of black picture when tv is turned on); what makes them (Japan, Sony) think they’ll get *this* TV made out of rice paper shipped over here in any better shape? I guess just ship it over with a little more styrofoam packing. And the HD wireless base topping out at 1080i is absurd. If the base can’t handle 1080p, go back to the drawing board until it does. I would have thunk Sony’s PR or R&D teams would have put the squash on this product/press release. Sheesh. As a side-note, if/when they DO get the wireless base able to xmit 1080p, I’ll be right there continuing my laugh at the fraud that is HDMI and the claim that HDMI is the “only” medium capable of transmitting that high HD bitrate.

  • Darek Mason

    That anyone would get excited about this press release OR this product is ridiculous. It’s super-thin… big deal! They already can’t get the “regular” thicker flatpanels shipped to the States w/out warping (white hues in the corners of black picture when tv is turned on); what makes them (Japan, Sony) think they’ll get *this* TV made out of rice paper shipped over here in any better shape? I guess just ship it over with a little more styrofoam packing. And the HD wireless base topping out at 1080i is absurd. If the base can’t handle 1080p, go back to the drawing board until it does. I would have thunk Sony’s PR or R&D teams would have put the squash on this product/press release. Sheesh. As a side-note, if/when they DO get the wireless base able to xmit 1080p, I’ll be right there continuing my laugh at the fraud that is HDMI and the claim that HDMI is the “only” medium capable of transmitting that high HD bitrate.

  • TK

    That’s crazy, 1cm thick! Though it won’t have a protective layer around so hitting it will definitely break it. Addition, the transmitting through 1080i is really ridiculous, why waste a 1080p definition tv for a 1080i wireless, it’s like having a geforce 9 graphics card on a P2 Windows 95, that’s just a pityful waste.

    It’s actually using a new technology base contrast to display the pictures. I forgot what’s the name of the technology, but it’s the reason why the tv is slim and offer good pictures.

  • TK

    That’s crazy, 1cm thick! Though it won’t have a protective layer around so hitting it will definitely break it. Addition, the transmitting through 1080i is really ridiculous, why waste a 1080p definition tv for a 1080i wireless, it’s like having a geforce 9 graphics card on a P2 Windows 95, that’s just a pityful waste.

    It’s actually using a new technology base contrast to display the pictures. I forgot what’s the name of the technology, but it’s the reason why the tv is slim and offer good pictures.

  • Andy Chen

    i wonder how much is going to be….

  • Andy Chen

    i wonder how much is going to be….

  • Johnny Taco

    @Darek Mason

    You fail to understand that many people, including me, are looking for the thinnest set possible. Until you realize that many individuals, do not want 2, 3, or 4 inches protrudting from the wall then there of course is great joy in purchasing a set like this.

    Aside from the looks, another benefit is the considerable weight drop. My 65″ Panny comes in at 180 lbs. add in a sturdy mount and I have well over 200 lbs hanging off the wall. An equivalent size thin panel may top say 80lbs. Making it a lot easier to install and move.

    This news is well received – I will be getting one.

    Also, 1080i off the base isn’t absurd. Silly you say that. My cable box outputs 1080i – so it’s fine by me and others. Tough luck to BR fans – they’ll have to wait for a base-station upgrade.

  • Johnny Taco

    @Darek Mason

    You fail to understand that many people, including me, are looking for the thinnest set possible. Until you realize that many individuals, do not want 2, 3, or 4 inches protrudting from the wall then there of course is great joy in purchasing a set like this.

    Aside from the looks, another benefit is the considerable weight drop. My 65″ Panny comes in at 180 lbs. add in a sturdy mount and I have well over 200 lbs hanging off the wall. An equivalent size thin panel may top say 80lbs. Making it a lot easier to install and move.

    This news is well received – I will be getting one.

    Also, 1080i off the base isn’t absurd. Silly you say that. My cable box outputs 1080i – so it’s fine by me and others. Tough luck to BR fans – they’ll have to wait for a base-station upgrade.

  • http://www.zorpia.com/bekind2all shakir

    i wonder who is that stupid to buy an expensive toy like this. it’s worthless better to help some poor people then to waste money on this…it’s my thoughts plz do not mind if any offend on what i said..take care.all ..keep smilin..bubyee

  • http://www.zorpia.com/bekind2all shakir

    i wonder who is that stupid to buy an expensive toy like this. it’s worthless better to help some poor people then to waste money on this…it’s my thoughts plz do not mind if any offend on what i said..take care.all ..keep smilin..bubyee

  • timvegatv

    this 40″ led is the best picture quality nice thin aluminum bezel, thin like a dvd cover, thinner than a cell phone.
    unbelievable, I use it for PS, mlb the Show, NFL madden 09 incredible picture

  • timvegatv

    I bought mine last week for 2100 free shipping I love this tv
    incredible pictures quality only 1 hdmi input but I have a HDMI switcher 3 inputs to one, the speakers on the tv is incredible

  • timvegatv

    this 40″ led is the best picture quality nice thin aluminum bezel, thin like a dvd cover, thinner than a cell phone.
    unbelievable, I use it for PS, mlb the Show, NFL madden 09 incredible picture

  • timvegatv

    I bought mine last week for 2100 free shipping I love this tv
    incredible pictures quality only 1 hdmi input but I have a HDMI switcher 3 inputs to one, the speakers on the tv is incredible

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    That is so slim! The question here is the sound quality.

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    That is so slim! The question here is the sound quality.