Invasion of the giant TVs

As well as platefuls of Sauerkraut, this week’s CeBIT show in Germany has also been home to a stack of monster-size flat tellies.It’s a long-running g

As well as platefuls of Sauerkraut, this week’s CeBIT show in Germany has also been home to a stack of monster-size flat tellies.

It’s a long-running gadget show tradition to see who can unveil the screen with the biggest number of inches, and this time Panasonic, LG and Samsung slugged it out in a three-way televisual match.

Panasonic can now lay claim to have the world’s biggest – no sniggering at the back – having taken the curtains off a 103in HD-ready plasma. Coming in a close second is LG, with the 102in LCD (the plasma version of which is pictured above). Proof, as if we needed it, that LCD tech really has caught up with plasma in the one field where it was previously lagging behind.

Samsung, which usually does a splendid job in the mega TV contest, was only able to produce an 82in LCD and will have to settle for a distant third place this time. It did have one cool feature, though – a LED back light that should make the screen easier on the eyes and improve the longevity of the telly.

All this is, of course, gadget show willy-waving: none of these TVs is likely to appear as a real world product in the near future. Still, we wouldn’t complain if Panny wanted to fit its 103 incher in Stuff’s HQ. You have our email, Mr Matsushista.