New LG TVs for 2019
LG announced four new OLED TV ranges coming this year, the Z9, W9, E9 and C9 ranges, and two new flagship LCD ranges, the SM9X and SM8X ranges.
These new TVs, including the monster 88-inch 8K OLED Z9 model, receive LG’s new a9 Gen 2 processor. We don’t often hear about processors on TVs but LG promises that this new chip will offer “a higher level of AI picture and sound experience quality.”
The company also talked-up its new deep learning algorithms which will enhance “picture and sound by analyzing source content as well as optimized content by recognizing ambient conditions.” Basically the new tech will make content look better by adjusting to the type of content you’re watching and the conditions you’re watching it in.
This might sound like hot air, but it does make sense. Your TV will need to perform differently to deliver the best picture quality if you’re watching Blue Planet or Saving Private Ryan’s opening scene. Whether it works in practice, though, remains to be seen.
Another benefit of the new smarter chip is virtual surround sound. Thanks to a new algorithm and Dolby’s Atmos sound tech, LG’s 2019 TVs will be able to up-mix two-channel audio and create an effect similar to full surround sound.
The new TVs will also offer improved HDR capabilities, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa integration and OLED TVs will be capable of 120 frames per second, which will be great for action-packed films or gaming.
We’ve had no word on when these TVs will hit the shelves, but we’re certain the new TVs will be pricey. Expect the OLEDs to start at at least $1,500 and the 88-inch model to come in at well over $10,000.
LG also announced its new Signature OLED TV R. In case you’re wondering, the “R” stands for rollable. That’s right, it’s a TV that literally rolls up into its base when not in use.
It also has a half-in-half-out mode, which will display useful information such as the time and weather, display photos from your phone, or let you listen to music. The Signature R’s base has a soundbar built-in, so the music should sound pretty good, as well.
No word on price or availability but we’ll bet our bottom dollar it’s ludicrously expensive.