Incredibly thin TVs and more at Consumer Electronics Show

The year's biggest technology event will include a 4mm-thick TV set

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Ahead of next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LG has announced that it is going to be showing off a new 55in TV set that is just 4mm thick. 

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It’s so thin because unlike LED TV sets that need light behind the screen to make the pictures visible, this new set uses OLED – Organic Light Emitting Diodes – as used in some handheld devices. LG says that this “OLED TV generates the most natural colours of any TV set at a much lower price point than could have been achieved using the standard manufacturing process.”

The price, and when we’ll be able to buy one, is about all that LG is keeping secret to reveal at CES. The annual event is traditionally a showcase for new technologies and this year it’s expected that TV sets will feature prominently.

Google is expected to release a new version of its Google TV service in partnership with television manufacturers, which may include LG and Samsung. Google TV has previously been expensive and not very well received but technology pundits believe a new version will at least be cheaper.

CES is also where smartphones get unveiled and this year’s show should include a raft of phones built to use Google Android’s latest version, called Ice Cream Sandwich.

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CES runs from 10-13 January at the Las Vegas Convention Centre.