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Sony took a different direction with their Google TV offerings and may have outdone Logitech's impressive unit. Not only are several Sony Internet TVs on the way, but a Blu-ray player as well. The Internet TV contains the same functionality of the Revue, but adds built-in WiFi, four HDMI inputs, four USB inputs and, of course, a TV. Also unique to the Sony Internet lineup is Qriocity, Sony's own digital delivery service.
The 32, 40 and 46 inch Internet TV models all have LED edge backlighting to provide a bright picture and strong contrast ratios. Sony's smallest model, the 24 inch NSX-24GT1, sports traditional CCFL backlighting, but still offers up a 1080p resolution like the rest of the line.
Each of Sony's TVs will come with the RF QWERTY handheld keypad remote that actually incorporates an optical mouse into the device. It's also quite a bit smaller than it looks, fitting comfortably in the hand. They'll also be able to connect to mobile phones with controller apps, but you won't see that functionality until later this year. Sony surprised us all by launching their sets cheaper than expected. You'll be able to pick up the tiny 24GT1 for just $599, while the 32, 40 and 46 inch versions will run $799, $999 and $1,399 respectively.
Perhaps the most interesting and definitely the most unexpected offering is Sony's NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray player. It features the same Google TV goodness as the televisions, but can play back Blu-ray discs as well. One thing that sets the NSZ-GT1 apart from the Internet TV line and almost every other Sony product on the market is the design. It doesn't have rigid right angles at the corners, it's got a trapezoidal shape and it's not black – not entirely. Aside from the top panel, the Internet TV Blu-ray player is so white that you could easily mistake it for an Apple product at first glance.
The NSZ-GT1 offers four USB ports, just like the televisions, and also like the sets it boasts built-in WiFi capabilities. It comes with the same controller and essentially does the same things as the TVs. The big difference is that of price – Sony's Internet TV Blu-ray Player comes in at just $399.
Are you going to pick up a Google TV enabled device for your home theater?