Sony Internet TV finally unveiled -- first HDTVs powered by Google TV

Summary:Sony has been in the fold for Google TV for several months now, but it's finally rolling out details about its first sets with the new platform. Dubbed Sony Internet TV, the line comprises four 1080p LCD sets, all of which are priced under $1,500 and available this month -- this weekend at Sony Style stores and on October 24 at Best Buy.

Sony has been in the fold for Google TV for several months now, but it's finally rolling out details about its first sets with the new platform. Dubbed Sony Internet TV, the line comprises four 1080p LCD sets, all of which are priced under $1,500 and available this month -- this weekend at Sony Style stores and on October 24 at Best Buy. The company also unveiled a Blu-ray player with Google TV baked inside.

The new TVs all feature built-in Wi-Fi, which is still an unfortunate rarity for HDTVs, and include a keypad and integrated mouse for entering text and navigating the Google TV interface. The three priciest sets are also LED-backlit models, another nice touch given the mainstream price point. (The $599.99 24-inch NSX-24GT1 is the lone non-LED holdout.)

In addition to the 24-inch set, the series includes the 32-inch NSX-32GT1 ($799.99), the 40-inch NSX-40GT1 ($999.99), and the 46-inch NSX-46GT1 ($1,399.99). In particular, the 40GT1 is priced attractively as a holiday purchase. Pricier compared to its competitors at $399.99, the NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray player also includes built-in Wi-Fi and is powered by an Intel Atom processor.

Pre-installed apps for the various devices include Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, YouTube, and Sony's Qriocity streaming-video service. Also promised for later this fall is an app to control Google TV via select Android phones. Additional apps will become available via the Android Market early next year.

It's obviously yet to be determined whether the Google TV interface will become a breakthrough success, but it looks like Sony's off to a good start with Internet TV, especially since it hasn't added its usual large pricing premium on new technology. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the Comments Section.

Topics: Hardware, Google, Mobility

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

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