LG first showcased their 88-inch OLED 8K television at CES 2018 past year. That's why in addition to the Z9, LG will be releasing the 75in SM99 LCD TV.
And through the inclusion of HDMI 2.1 ports, all 2019 OLED TVs and selected NanoCell TVs with ThinQ AI will support high frame rate (HFR). 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. 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 a year ago. This is 16 times more than a 4K panel.
Thinking your next TV purchase will skip a generation and go straight to 8K before it's big? There are always early adopters with deep pockets that want the latest tech no matter what. Like all of the previous models which has HDMI 2.0 which were capable of playing 8K videos at 30 fps, these LG TVs are packed with HDMI 2.1 to give an unmatched viewing experience.
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. While the connector itself isn't changing, new cables might be necessary to get the full advantage of the new standard.
A week after announcing the CineBeam Laser 4K Projector with Ultra Short Throw technology, LG Electronics has introduced its 2019 range of flagship TVs with ThinQ AI. While you might be thinking, "didn't LG's TVs already support Alexa", then technically you're right. For example, by pressing the Amazon Prime Video button on the Magic Remote, users can manage smart home devices, ask questions and access tens of thousands of skills and even set up their ideal Alexa Routine complete with wake-up call, traffic information and favorite TV channel switching all with their voice. Similarly, the α9 Gen 2 processor will optimize the audio output based on the content type and TV positioning in the room. There's no mention of the usual middle-sitting G series TV, however, so we can guess its been scrapped. The new range of LCD TVs will come under the name of NanoCell TV after the name of NanoCell technology which will be used to power the TVs.