LG to unveil latest AI-powered TVs at CES

Ruben Fields
January 6, 2019

This follows the launch of Google Assistant on LG's flagship ThinQ AI TVs past year. These mark the first 8K TVs LG has ever released to retail, and with four times the resolution of 4K TVs, will offer some of the sharpest, clearest pictures on the market. And the pinnacle is its 88in Z9 8K OLED TV - no doubt the fully-realised and now named version of the 88in 8K prototype we saw previous year. Leading its 8k LCD charge will be the 75in SM99. The new lineup includes several models with HDMI 2.1 and 8K resolution support.

LG doesn't mention what kind of backlighting that the LCD sets have, so hopefully the tech giant will share more information at CES.

LG is rebranding its top-of-the-line LCD TVs to "NanoCell" TVs since they lean heavily on its "NanoColour, ' "NanoAccuracy" and 'NanoBezel" technologies. No pricing has been unveiled for the new 8K sets.

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Unlike a lot of companies, LG goes with a strategy of not keeping much left a secret for the press conference itself.

LG will face the same problem as Samsung in terms of lack of content, however. This will include a new Prime Video button on its Magic Remote that ties in directly to Amazon's Alexa routines. In fact, outside of a few videos on Vimeo, there's not really anything to watch in 8K now. TV manufacturers promise to generate a better picture on their 8K TVs for 4K content.

All 2019 LG ThinQ AI TVs will come with HDMI 2.1 ports to support high frame rates of 120 fps. LG 2019 TVs with ThinQ AI also feature visually rich Alexa experiences when playing music, checking the weather or accessing a number of visually-enhanced skills, such as finding recipes on the Food Network. The TV line-up is said to be revealed at CES 2019 along with the CineBeam Projector. Once again, the brand will offer a variety of models, with the same imaging tech but different audio support and cosmetics, in the shape of W9 wallpaper, E9 and C9 series. Installers will also appreciate support for enhanced audio return channel (eARC). They will also have to plug in an HDMI 2.1 compatible device, which now includes the likes of the Xbox One X. For its 2019 TVs, however, LG is bringing the Alexa voice assistant to its TVs.

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