This Is Sony’s $1399 Google TV-Powered Internet TV

This Is Sony's 99 Google TV-Powered Internet TVWe’re live at Sony’s Internet TV press conference, where we’re seeing the “world’s first HDTV powered by Google TV” (and its gnarly remote). Not bad at all, $1400 for the 46-inch model, available this weekend. Updated.

Check out our first impressions. We like!

The Hardware

This Is Sony's 99 Google TV-Powered Internet TV

• There’s four Sony Internet TV models: 24 inches ($600), 32 inches ($800), 40 inches ($1000) and 46 inches ($1400)
• They’re all 1080p edge-lit LED sets—except the 24-inch model, which is CCFL-backlit—with built-in Wi-Fi, four HDMI inputs and four USB ports
• They’re available for pre-order at now and “on shelves” this weekend
• Sony is also offering an accompanying, Internet-capable Blu-ray deck
This Is Sony's 99 Google TV-Powered Internet TV
• The Sony TV will be the only Google TV-enabled device available for this holiday season
• The TV appears to lack much of the hardware functionality of the other Google TV device we’ve seen so far, such as the Logitech Revue’s video chatting.

The Google TV Implementation

The Internet TV uses Chrome for its Google TV browser and search functionality. Search will cull content from live TV, your DVR, and the web, as well as serving up bookmarked programming. The Sony Internet TV will be able to tap into the rest ofGoogle TV’s Android ecosystem.

Navigating the menus felt less fluid than Logitech’s implementation with the Revue—lag was a bit noticeable through some parts of the interface. The menu structure itself is intuitive enough—standard Google TV fare—and a Sony rep confirmed that content-wise, the only thing they’re adding to Google’s platform is a couple dozen “Sony Recommends” video channels.

The Keypad

This Is Sony's 99 Google TV-Powered Internet TV
Sony is touting their button-encrusted, remote as a definitive, convenient way of managing its Internet TV and Blu-ray setup. We’re still trying to guess what all those buttons do. Sony says design elements have been borrowed from the PS3, in addition to a full QWERTY keyboard and mouse functionality.


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