LG confirms 8K OLED and LCD TVs for 2019

Isaac Cain
January 6, 2019

LG has unveiled its new lineup of TVs for 2019.

In addition to Alexa for controlling the TV by voice, the 2019 TVs will come with an Amazon Prime Video button on the remote control.

Unfortunately, because this is more an announcement on the chip itself, LG hasn't yet announced pricing on its TVs, which means there's no word yet on how much either an 8K OLED or 8K LCD TV will cost you from LG. The company revealed the new TVs ahead of next week's CES 2019 exposition, where competition will likely showcase other 8K TVs. That's not likely to remain that way for long, however, as Samsung has already committed to support the HDMI 2.1 standard through a software update for the Q900R, and we could learn about that at CES 2019, but since launch the 8K TV has been locked to 30 fps in 8K. Four of them, the Z9, W9, E9 and C9, are OLEDs, while the SM9X and SM8X are LCDs. The LG Z9 will also feature the new HDM1 2.1 port, allowing high frame rate (HFR).

LG's second-generation α (Alpha) 9 Gen 2 intelligent processor will adjust the tone mapping curve for optimized screen brightness and use the TV's ambient light sensor to measure light levels.

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This adds support for content running at 120 frames per second for "better rendering of fast-action content such as sports and action movies". Support for enhanced audio return channel (eARC) enables home theater enthusiasts to seamlessly utilize HDMI connectivity and enjoy the highest quality audio formats available with superb detail and depth.

LG added support for the Google Assistant to its 2018 line-up of TVs, while its 2019 soundbars can now work as a dedicated Google Assistant device thanks to in-built far-field microphones.

Google Assistant was integrated into LG smart TVs a year ago, but the company has now chose to add Amazon Alexa to give users more options when using the product. Similarly, the α9 Gen 2 processor will optimize the audio output based on the content type and TV positioning in the room. The new range of LCD TVs will come under the name of NanoCell TV after the name of NanoCell technology which will be used to power the TVs. There's no mention of the usual middle-sitting G series TV, however, so we can guess its been scrapped.

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