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Article updated: 1/25/2013 7:31 AM

LG's massive HD TV an 'ultra' experience, price tag

By Anna Marie Kukec

A new 84-inch television, dubbed ultra high-definition with four times the pixels for a more realistic screen appearance, made its suburban debut Thursday.

Now, if you have $20,000 to spare, you can buy it for your home.

LG Electronics USA's engineers in Lincolnshire did the product testing and evaluations on the new TV, which will be sold for the first time in the area at Abt Electronics.

"Those who are likely to buy this would be the first-adopters," said LG spokesman John Taylor.

The flat-panel TV, known in the industry as Model 84LM9600, just won the Best of Innovations award at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It made its Chicago suburban debut Thursday with about 500 guests during a launch party at Abt.

The massive TV features screen resolution 8 million pixels, compared to about 2 million in other HD TVs. It also has LG's Cinema 3-D technology and the so-called Smart TV ecosystem that has over 1,000 apps, which gives users access to a growing range of premium content services. Users can browse and navigate through the Smart TV ecosystem using LG's remote and they can make commands with the control modes of voice recognition and other features, Taylor said.

LG said the massive TV "ushers in a new era in home entertainment.

"Picture quality has always been LG's foremost priority, one that's especially important now as manufacturers scale TVs to meet the trend line pointing toward larger and larger sizes," Jay Vandenbree, senior vice president, LG Electronics USA, and head of LG's U.S. home entertainment business, said in a statement.

Surfing:Consumer Cellular, a wireless provider for AARP members, is expanding its products at Sears stores nationwide this month. The expansion includes new smartphone and feature phone offerings, expanded color options for feature phones within the existing retail lineup as well as new accessory kits. The Huawei 8800 will retail for $149.99 and the Doro PhoneEasy 618 will retail for $59.99 as the new offerings. The expansion will also allow existing phones to be offered in additional colors such as the entry-level Motorola WX416, now available in both red and black for $34.99, the company said. Sears is based in Hoffman Estates.

Ÿ The Samsung ATIV Odyssey arrived this week at Verizon Wireless stores and online. The third Windows Phone 8 offered by Verizon, the Odyssey features new apps, including Now for up-to-date current news, Photo Editor and Mini Diary. It's $49.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a new two-year agreement. Verizon has its Midwest headquarters in Schaumburg.

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