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 3 months ago '15        #1
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LG’s new OLED TVs: True 4K/120Hz, variable refresh rates, HDMI 2.1, more
 

 
LG has announced its TV lineup in the lead-up to the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next week. As in other recent years, the company has split its lineup between LCD and OLED models, and the OLED models are generally the most interesting. This year, LG's OLEDs and certain high-end LCD TVs will support HDMI 2.1, allowing them to display 4K content at 120Hz over HDMI.

HDMI 2.1 is also relevant for the emerging 8K TV category, as the previous version of HDMI only allowed 8K at 30 frames per second (fps). LG will introduce two 8K TVs—the 88-inch Z9 OLED TV and the 75-inch SM99 LCD TV—that can handle 60Hz content at the full 8K resolution over HDMI. Samsung announced its first mass-market 8K TV in late 2018, and it was limited to 30Hz. Granted, there is virtually no 60Hz 8K content available in most markets, and very little 120Hz 4K content. But that could change as TVs like these come to market.

Speaking of HDMI, the sets with HDMI 2.1 will also support eARC (enhanced audio return channel)—an audio-over-HDMI feature that makes many a home theater enthusiast's life a little simpler.

HFR (high frame-rate) content is also supported by LG's Alpha 9 Gen 2 CPU in the Z9, W9, E9, and C9 OLED models (plus the SM99 and SM8X LCD sets), which LG says uses AI and deep learning "from a vast database of over 1 million visual data" to analyze and enhance the image based on what's going on in the picture and the content type. It's a little similar in some ways to the AI and ML features in smartphone cameras these days. LG claims its silicon solution can help with audio, too. Specifically, the company's press release says the TVs will run algorithms that up-mix 2-channel audio to virtual 5.1 surround sound. Dolby Atmos is also supported.

The B9—LG's entry-level OLED TV insomuch as that phrase makes sense—will ship with a 2nd-gen Alpha 7 processor, so it will miss out on some of the big features.

LG's OLEDs have become quite popular with gamers who want to get the most out of the Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro consoles, and LG is doubling down on that in 2019. LG told FlatpanelsHD that the TVs will deliver 13ms input lag, which is very low for TVs of this type. a*suming burn-in of UI elements doesn't become an issue, that makes these sets very appealing for gamers.

Additionally, the TVs with the Alpha 9 Gen 2 CPU will support variable refresh rates (VRR) and automatic low-latency mode (ALLM). These features were recently added to Xbox One consoles but not the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, or Nintendo Switch.

Beyond what we've shared above, LG's sets offer a pretty standard set of features. The actual OLED panels are unchanged, and the design changes are quite subtle. But the previous panels were already excellent; LG's OLED TVs offer better image quality than LCD competitors by most metrics in all but the brightest viewing environments, thanks in no small part to their absolute black levels.

Both Google a*sistant and Amazon Alexa will be supported out of the box. The new TVs all support four HDR formats: HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision, and Advanced HDR. There's no HDR10+ support—direct LG competitor Samsung is the main driver of that format.

Finally, the SM9X and SM8X LCD lineup has been rebranded to NanoCell TV "to better highlight the picture enhancement provided by NanoCell technology (NanoColor), color accuracy in wide viewing angle (NanoAccuracy), and ultra-narrow thin bezel with sleek design (NanoBezel)." That's a lot of gratuitous misuse of the term "nano," but there you have it.

LG has not yet announced pricing or availability, but that information might come during its CES press conference on Monday.
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 3 months ago '12        #2
daman729 27 heat pts27
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People definitely need to stay at 4k maximum for right now. Buying an 8k tv right now is usless. And man I went to best buy and saw one of them suhdtv's. All those colors and definition. Thing will put you in a trance like a deer in headlights lol. Beautiful display.
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 3 months ago '04        #3
badboy600 17 heat pts17
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I’ll be fine with my LG E8 for a while
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 3 months ago '17        #4
Naga Sadow 32 heat pts32
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That 120Hz refresh rate is gonna be a big win for gaming, especially next gen. I have a C7 and it's an amazing TV. But if I can hook my pc up to it and play at at a high fps then that would be a huge win. Hopefully the prices will be reasonable within a year or two.
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 3 months ago '11        #5
CALViiiN 750 heat pts750
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still won't cop for another 5yrs. maybe even 10.
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 3 months ago '05        #6
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 CALViiiN said


still won't cop for another 5yrs. maybe even 10.
Right?!? I’m still rocking 1080p plasmas. I’m finally gonna go for a nice 4k tv this year.
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 3 months ago '11        #7
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 Daddy Black said
Right?!? I’m still rocking 1080p plasmas. I’m finally gonna go for a nice 4k tv this year.
lmaoooooo yeah for real.

 3 months ago '16        #8
Homer Pimpson 
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Na im Gucci with this QLED

 3 months ago '16        #9
Homer Pimpson 
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 daman729 said
People definitely need to stay at 4k maximum for right now. Buying an 8k tv right now is usless. And man I went to best buy and saw one of them suhdtv's. All those colors and definition. Thing will put you in a trance like a deer in headlights lol. Beautiful display.

 3 months ago '18        #10
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I don't know bro's... 4K had me spooked the first time I saw it.... too real

Still look at every new movie that comes out and say 'What documentary is this?"

 3 months ago '17        #11
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HDMI 2.1 I've been waiting years for it. Wish Samsung actually kept with their promises and updated their fu*king HDMI boxes.
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 3 months ago '18        #12
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If u have a ps4 pro dont bother ur machine too weak to do any of this. This is strictly a xbox one x matter. I got my belkin hdmi 2.1 cables too.
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 3 months ago '06        #13
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Finally copped a 4k a couple weeks ago. Theres barely anything outside of gaming that supports it still. Idk wtf is taking so long. Def aint buying an 8k for another 10 years minimum, fu*k that.
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 3 months ago '05        #14
Schavez98 7 heat pts
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 Oswaldgatesjr said
If u have a ps4 pro dont bother ur machine too weak to do any of this. This is strictly a xbox one x matter. I got my belkin hdmi 2.1 cables too.
Gettin’ custied like a mofo.

 3 months ago '18        #15
Oswaldgatesjr 20 heat pts20
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 Schavez98 said
Gettin’ custied like a mofo.

No im not.these are 30...the ones getting got are the ones who pay $120 200 for hdmi cord.. My 2.1 cords are future proof and have a super high transfer rate. But it wnt matter if u gaming on a obsolete ps4 pro

 3 months ago '05        #16
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 Homer Pimpson said
Na im Gucci with this QLED
LG OLED>>>> Trash a*s qled
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 3 months ago '07        #17
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 d4deesnuts said
Finally copped a 4k a couple weeks ago. Theres barely anything outside of gaming that supports it still. Idk wtf is taking so long. Def aint buying an 8k for another 10 years minimum, fu*k that.
bruh there's plenty of 4k content...
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 3 months ago '06        #18
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 KeepinItTrill said
bruh there's plenty of 4k content...
I just wish cable came in 4k by now. Would love to watch these playoffs in 4k hdr.
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 3 months ago '08        #19
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 Naga Sadow said
That 120Hz refresh rate is gonna be a big win for gaming, especially next gen. I have a C7 and it's an amazing TV. But if I can hook my pc up to it and play at at a high fps then that would be a huge win. Hopefully the prices will be reasonable within a year or two.
If you play multiplayer that 120hz is gonna fu*k you up bad. That 120hz is terrible for gaming.

 3 months ago '17        #20
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 sasuke-sama313 said
If you play multiplayer that 120hz is gonna fu*k you up bad. That 120hz is terrible for gaming.
Not for me. My pc has a 1080ti and my son's has a 1080 and that high frame rate mayed to a high frequency panel with G-Sync makes everything so much better.
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 3 months ago '05        #21
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 PAPLE said
I don't know bro's... 4K had me spooked the first time I saw it.... too real

Still look at every new movie that comes out and say 'What documentary is this?"
Once you tweak the settings and disable the "soap opera effect" that goes away

 sasuke-sama313 said
If you play multiplayer that 120hz is gonna fu*k you up bad. That 120hz is terrible for gaming.
The fu*k? Have you ever used a 144hz monitor? It's night and day

 3 months ago '05        #22
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 daman729 said
People definitely need to stay at 4k maximum for right now. Buying an 8k tv right now is usless. And man I went to best buy and saw one of them suhdtv's. All those colors and definition. Thing will put you in a trance like a deer in headlights lol. Beautiful display.
The problem for me is all these TV's when you go into the store have all these awesome colors. Then when I get home for everyday use all my content is not in 4k.

I guess I still have cable TV too. But I got my service for a steal so I can't complain.
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 3 months ago '05        #23
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 d4deesnuts said
Finally copped a 4k a couple weeks ago. Theres barely anything outside of gaming that supports it still. Idk wtf is taking so long. Def aint buying an 8k for another 10 years minimum, fu*k that.
This I am not sure why dude slapped you. I mean I got fiber cable and TV I don't got nothing in 4k. Unless I want to watch a new movie yeah it is great. But for everyday use there is not a lot of content to take advantage of 4k.
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 3 months ago '12        #24
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 Quddus said
The problem for me is all these TV's when you go into the store have all these awesome colors. Then when I get home for everyday use all my content is not in 4k.

I guess I still have cable TV too. But I got my service for a steal so I can't complain.
Yep. Thats exactly why I say people shouldn't always go out and make purchases when new tvs drop. Especially these huge K numbers. Even with the SUHDtvs, they're nice to look at. But I wouldn't buy one right now. Truth is, 1080p is still the standard for most and i think it will remain that way for atleast another 3-5 years. Especially for cable. You can get some movies in 4k but thats it. You're not gonna get any better of a picture than the host service puts out. Some even cheat and try to upscale 1080p to 4k but its not the same. In certain cases even buying 4k can be a waste. Cop a 1080p 60 inch set and you're good. Especially if you still have a cable. What alot of people will not admit/know is the fact that most people are still getting most content in 1080p. Too many people are being sensationalized by these newer tv dropping.
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 3 months ago '13        #25
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my 65" panasonic plasma ZT series >

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