LG in 2019: Alexa, 8K, and smarter image processing for OLEDs

LG unveils massive new 8K TVs

The company revealed the new TVs ahead of next week's CES 2019 exposition, where competition will likely showcase other 8K TVs. Additionally, LG's flagship TVs will feature Dolby Atmos for realistic sound, making voices clearer in movies, dramas and news broadcasts.

All 2019 LG ThinQ AI TVs will come with HDMI 2.1 ports to support high frame rates of 120 fps. 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.

LG's giant Z9 8K OLED TV boasts a resolution of 7,680x4,320px (33,117,600 pixels). TV manufacturers promise to generate a better picture on their 8K TVs for 4K content.

Considering the unanimous success of LG's 2018 TVs, any improvements brought in newer sets should be worth getting excited about.

Like the Z9, there are now no release date or pricing details available for the SM99, although it's likely that we'll hear about that closer to CES 2019, which kicks off next week.

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HDMI 2.1 is the latest in the range of HDMI standards with a lot more bandwidth and new features being supported.

While the addition of HDMI 2.1 has huge benefits, users will need new cables to take advantage of all the new additions.

LG Electronics has introduced their 2019 range of flagship TVs with ThinQ AI. Thanks to the new algorithm, LG's TVs will offer enhanced picture and sound by analyzing source content as well as optimized content by recognizing ambient conditions. While you might be thinking, "didn't LG's TVs already support Alexa", then technically you're right. The button can be used to activate Alexa and related skills, manage smart home devices, and set up Alexa Routines such as a wake-up call, traffic information and favorite TV channel switching.

No mention of a smaller 8K OLED appeared in LG's release, however we do know that the Z9 will be powered by the α9 Gen 2 processor that LG announced just before Christmas.

Also worth noting: LG's 2019 premium LCD TVs lineup (SM9X and SM8X series) will roll out under a new name, NanoCell TV. This allows the TVs to handle more complex questions without users having to make a series of repetitive commands to get the desired results.

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