The CES Report - Video Display Trends
Thomson will unveil RCA LCDs in 15-inch and 20-inch sizes later this year, while Toshiba will debut seven new LCDs in 2003, including 14-inch and 20-inch "wireless" LCDs. BenQ is now shipping its first LCD, a 4:3, 20.1-inch model ($1,995), while Planar offered impressive 4:3, 20-inch and widescreen 22-inch sets. Hitachi showed a 20-inch widesceen model, but had no firm plans to bring it to the U.S. market. Panasonic introduced three new 4:3 EDTV/480p models to join its four existing widescreens. The new 14-inch, 17-inch and 20-inch models are due in June; pricing was not announced.
The aggressive Apex Digital introduced 37 new TVs at CES; it seeks to build upon a claimed 10-percent market share while becoming a "one-stop shop" for retailers. In that vein, it will deliver four LCD TVs in the second quarter: 30-inch, 23-inch and 18-inch widescreens and a 15-inch, 4:3 unit.
Audiovox, primarily known for mobile and portable products, intends to get very aggressive in the LCD TV market, and entered the fray with six models. Its 12.1-inch ($699) and 15-inch ($899) 4:3 models are shipping now; with 17-inch ($1,499) and 30-inch ($5,999) widescreens; a 20-inch, 4:3 unit ($1,899); and 15-inch model with built-in DVD player ($1,450) to come in March.