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06 January 2019, 08:12 | Megan Pierce
LG unveils 2019 TVs ahead of CES headlined by an 88-inch 8K OLED TV
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LG will be showing off its new TV lineup at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, which starts in a few days.
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.
The 88-inch 8K OLED TV is going to be one of the most expensive TVs to buy in 2019.
LG first showcased their 88-inch OLED 8K television at CES 2018 past year. The first, the Z9, is an 88-inch OLED TV, while the second, the SM99, is a 75-inch LCD TV. Other features in the new standard include an enhanced audio return channel (eARC) as well as variable refresh rate (VRR) and automatic low latency mode (ALLM) to keep gamers happy. Similar to Samsung, LG too has unveiled its 8K TVs, but these TVs support HDMI 2.1 out-of-the-box, further increasing the 8K signals to a maximum of 60.
And through the inclusion of HDMI 2.1 ports, all 2019 OLED TVs and select NanoCell TVs with ThinQ AI will support high frame rate (HFR). On the 4K TVs, the HDMI 2.1 upgrade will see the number of frames per second supported double for a 4K stream, that means users will be able to enjoy 4K at a super smooth 120 fps.
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The company's flagship OLED TVs, the Z9, W9, E9 and C9 series, along with its best LCD display-based sets will use the new Alpha 9 AI processor. While the connector itself isn't changing, new cables might be necessary to get the full advantage of the new standard.
LG Electronics is set to introduce its latest flagship TVs with ThinQ artificial intelligence technology and algorithmically-enhanced image quality at CES next week.
Google Assistant was integrated into LG smart TVs previous year, but the company has now chose to add Amazon Alexa to give users more options when using the product.
"The α9 Gen 2 optimizes output based on content type, making voices clearer in movies, dramas and news broadcasts, among others". Below it will sit the premium SM9X and SM8X series, which come under a new "NanoCell TV" umbrella - a name LG thinks better represents the NanoCell technology behind them.
Officially, LG has announced the next-generation of its TV processing chip, the Alpha 9 (a9) Generation 2, a processor that works in tandem with AI to analyse the source medium and process it with the environment the TV is placed in to deliver optimised content.
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