Teac adds Android and 3D to a few TVs

If a TV doesn’t have a smart interface, it’s missing out on the web, and if it doesn’t have 3D, it’s missing out on a movie experience. Teac, however, would like people to know its new TVs have no problem having both.

To make this happen, Teac has two options as far as 3D goes, and one for the smart interfaces.

For 3D, the company will be rolling out passive 3D panels for the 42 and 55 inch TVs part of its LES 72 3D Smart TV range. The panels look to be the same sort used by LG, meaning the “DualPlay” glasses making it possible for two gamers to play on one TV also work here, though Teac has renamed it “Duo Play.” Four pairs of regular 3D glasses are included in the box — the same type used at the movies — with two pairs of Duo Play glasses also present.

A slightly bigger TV is also available, bringing the size to 65 inches, though this switches to active 3D technology, with only two pairs of these in the box. Extra active glasses cost $55 each.

All three TVs come with Android, though, making up the “smarts” of each telly, with Google’s Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean” present and capable of running a web browser, social networking, and apps. Skype can also run here, because while the TVs lack a built-in webcam, you can plug in a USB camera to video conference.

“We at Teac Australia believe that our intuitive Teac Android Smart system not only presents our most advanced technology to date but is also one of the most incredibly comprehensive TV models with a number of very special features that offer truly all-in-one entertainment,” said Daniel Seow, Teac Australia’s Senior Product and Marketing Manager.

Other functions of the new Teac televisions include four HDMI ports, USB flash and hard drive support for the recording of live TV, support for Full HD, and an SD card slot.

Pricing for the range starts at $1099 for the Teac 42 inch, $1699 for the 55 inch, and $2799 for the 65 inch model.

And if Full HD isn’t enough for you, Teac sends word that it is looking at “4K models to be released before the end of 2014.” Stay tuned.

  1. We haven’t tried on this TV, but if it’s anything like the LG models we’ve tested it on, you’ll want to switch to the 3D mode the game outputs video similar to what’s being pushed out. So if you’re playing a game where the screen is divided into two vertical screens, it’ll be side-by-side 3D (you see this in some first- and third-person shooters). If you’re doing a racing game, it will likely be a top-bottom-3D mode, because these often show a screen on the top and bottom.

    From there, the TV is doing the rest of the work, taking the image on one side and sending it to the pair of A 3D glasses, while the other side is sent to the B pair of glasses.

    You won’t separate sound this way, though, so don’t expect it.

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