Posted Wed Jan 2, 2019 at 05:00 PM PST by Steven Cohen
The company has unveiled the first details for its 2019 display lineup.
In advance of CES 2019, LG has announced several new OLED and LCD ThinQ TV models, including an 88-inch 8K OLED and a 75-inch 8K LCD.
LG's 2019 flagship OLED lineup will consist of the 8K Z9, and 4K W9, 4K E9, and 4K C9 series TVs. All of the displays will use the company's new Alpha 9 Gen 2 Processor. Thanks to the processor's deep learning algorithm, the sets will be able to optimize picture and sound quality based on the source content being played, along with the ability to adjust their tone mapping curve and screen brightness to better match ambient lighting conditions in a user's room. Likewise, Dolby's latest imaging innovations will allow the TVs to intelligently configure Dolby Vision content for varying ambient light as well.
In addition, the 88-inch 8K Z9 model will feature even higher processing capabilities to offer 8K upscaling. And beyond video, an intelligent algorithm can also be used to up-mix two-channel audio to virtual 5.1 surround sound, along with the ability to optimize sound output based on content type.
Meanwhile, the company's α9 Gen 2 processor will also be incorporated in its flagship 75-inch SM99 8K NanoCell LCD TV. The new NanoCell branding will also apply to the SM8X 4K LCD TV Series, emphasizing the displays' use of NanoCell tech for expanded color (NanoColor), wide viewing angles (NanoAccuracy), and ultra-narrow thin bezels (NanoBezel).
And when it comes to AI services, 2019 ThinQ TVs will once again feature built-in Google Assistant functionality, along with newly added support for Amazon Alexa. HDMI 2.1 ports will also be implemented on all 2019 OLED TVs and select NanoCell TVs, offering support for high frame rate (HFR) 120 fps playback and enhanced audio return channel (eARC). Likewise gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) and an automatic low latency mode (ALLM) will be supported as well.
Pricing and availability for LG's 2019 display lineup have not been announced yet, but more details are expected to be announced at CES 2019 in Las Vegas from January 8 through January 11.
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