New LG 2019 range

SmartHouse - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by David Richards

LG has been a leader in the TV mar­ket for sev­eral years, pi­o­neer­ing OLED dis­play tech­nol­ogy and in 2019 they are tak­ing their range to a new level from their top end OLED mod­els to their pre­mium NanoCell 4K mod­els. This year it’s more about evo­lu­tion than revo­lu­tion.

New ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and ad­vanced pro­ces­sors along with voice ac­ti­va­tion up­grades are just some of the good­ies built into this year’s range.

There will even be an 8K model later this year.

When LG first launched its OLED TVs back in 2012, there’s no deny­ing it was a dis­play revo­lu­tion.

Ad­mit­tedly OLED wasn’t a new tech­nol­ogy, but it took a com­pany with vi­sion and deep pock­ets to turn it into a vi­able propo­si­tion for con­sumer TVs, said Wired Mag­a­zine.

Now af­ter six years of care­ful re­fine­ment LG’s bil­lion-dol­lar in­vest­ment is fi­nally pay­ing off.

At the heart of the new LG pre­mium range is all new Al­pha 9 Gen­er­a­tion 2 pro­ces­sor.

The chip har­nesses the power of AI to up­scale and sharpen im­ages, and to re­duce pic­ture noise, it also de­liv­ers sig­nif­i­cant sound

The AI tech­nol­ogy also con­sider vari­a­tions in the in­ten­sity of bright and dark re­gions of the screen and ad­just them sep­a­rately to main­tain de­tail in pre­vail­ing light.

im­prove­ments es­pe­cially when you are ac­cess­ing streamed con­tent.

The AI in­tel­li­gence can re-fo­cus the pic­ture qual­ity if the light in a room changes. LG says it uses AI-de­vel­oped al­go­rithms to al­ter the bright­ness to match the am­bi­ent light. A sim­ple way to test this is to flick on a light on your smart­phone and place it in front of the LG AI sen­sor, what you will see is the new tech­nol­ogy re imag­ing the dis­played pic­ture.

The AI tech­nol­ogy also con­sider vari­a­tions in the in­ten­sity of bright and dark re­gions of the screen and ad­just them sep­a­rately to main­tain de­tail in pre­vail­ing light.

Add “dy­namic tone map­ping” ca­pa­bil­i­ties and the AI in­tel­li­gence is able to pre­serve de­tail in bright and dark ar­eas in movies with­out Dolby Vi­sion.

For sev­eral years LG has worked hand-in-hand with Net­flix to de­liver bet­ter pic­ture qual­ity and im­proved sound ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

As Smart TVs go, LG’s op­er­at­ing sys­tem, We­bOS 4.5, is among the best out there and the im­prove­ments made this year are no­tice­able.

To stream­line user ex­pe­ri­ence, the 2019 We­bOS fea­tures a rib­bon of ap­pli­ca­tions which runs along the bottom of the screen.

Apart from be­ing able to scroll across the apps via LG’s Magic Re­mote, the icons are smaller and eas­ier to man­age.

An­other im­prove­ment is that it de­liv­ers a pre­view line of trend­ing and rec­om­mended con­tent from Stan, Net­flix, Ama­zon Prime, or a Tel­stra TV Box.

You can also add a YouTube chan­nel or if you are an AFL or NRL fan, you can add AFL or NRL se­lec­tions to the rib­bon to specif­i­cally watch those chan­nels.

As for their top end model, LG’s Se­ries C9 AI ThinQ 4K OLED TV is cut­ting edge as John Archer re­vealed in his re­view of this pre­mium TV of­fer­ing. While the TV looks sim­i­lar to last year’s model there are some sub­tle re­fine­ments of the de­sign in­clud­ing thin­ner bezels and im­prove­ment au­dio.

This year’s range con­sists of 4K Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion TVs in the first half, and a new 8K range in the sec­ond half. The cur­rent 4K mod­els come in 55, 65, and 77-inch mod­els with the 65-inch mod­els set to be the most pop­u­lar.

These 4K mod­els har­ness tech­nol­ogy that has been de­vel­oped by feed­ing the AI en­gine with mil­lions of im­ages from low end to high end. The ob­jec­tive was to train the AI en­gine to pick the dif­fer­ence and learn how to up­scale con­tent to the op­ti­mum qual­ity.

As a re­sult, con­tent such as sports, movies, and games ap­pear on screen in their op­ti­mum glory.

With this year’s range you get a souped-up smart plat­form, im­proved pic­ture pro­cess­ing, and the ad­di­tion of HDMI 2.1 in­puts.

LG is the only man­u­fac­turer to have em­braced the lat­est ver­sion of HDMI, giv­ing it a def­i­nite mar­ket­ing edge.

There’s also sup­port for high dy­namic range (HDR), and LG’s con­tin­ued part­ner­ship with Dolby means the C9 in­cludes both Vi­sion and Atmos.

A no­tice­able im­prove­ment with ThinQ is Google As­sis­tant, and the added abil­ity to interact with LG TVs us­ing Ama­zon Alexa, all of which should be fully in­te­grated by the end of June via soft­ware up­grades.

All you have to do to ac­cess this tech­nol­ogy is press the mi­cro­phone but­ton and speak to ThinQ and Google As­sis­tant,

As for their top end model, LG's Se­ries C9 AI ThinQ 4K OLED TV is cut­ting edge.

Later this year LG will de­liver a firmware up­grade that will en­able their TVs to op­er­ate in the Ap­ple iOS en­vi­ron­ment with the in­tro­duc­tion of Air­Play.

and ac­ti­vate Ama­zon Alexa via a “Prime Video” but­ton.

What LG is de­liv­er­ing in their 2019 range is a wide choice of op­tions and a big dose of TV evo­lu­tion.

LG’s Nano Cell TVs are up there when it comes to Ul­tra High Def­i­ni­tion tech­nol­ogy.

Rang­ing in price from $1,649 for a 49-inch model to $10,699 for an 86-inch these TVs are set to be ex­tremely pop­u­lar with their 2019 up­grades.

While push­ing the new ca­pa­bil­i­ties of their new Al­pha 9 Gen 2 In­tel­li­gent Pro­ces­sor the Com­pany has also built their Al­pha Gen 7 pro­ces­sors into the Nano Cell 4K TVs.

Later this year LG will de­liver a firmware up­grade that will en­able their TVs to op­er­ate in the Ap­ple iOS en­vi­ron­ment with the in­tro­duc­tion of Air­Play. They will also de­liver on­go­ing im­prove­ments to their soft­ware.

The en­tire 2019 range – as of the time of pub­li­ca­tion – in­cludes the fol­low­ing mod­els:

What LG is de­liv­er­ing in their 2019 range is a wide choice of op­tions and a big dose of TV evo­lu­tion.

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