LG plans to introduce eight new 8K models to CES, including high-end 77 and 88-inch OLED Signature TVs (88/77 OLED ZX), according to a press release. In addition to the OLED variants, the company will launch NanoCell 65 or 75 inch, or QLED (75/65 Nano99, 75/65 Nano97, 75/65 Nano95) models in three price levels.
Thanks to LG’s webOS smart TV platform, each of the new devices is compatible with Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, as well as the popular virtual assistants Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The integrated support follows the previous integrations of smart homes with the company’s televisions. At CES 2019, LG was among the first TV manufacturers to promise support for AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, features that arrived in July as a software update for certain models.
With AirPlay 2, users can connect LG TVs to other devices and control media streaming via Siri, while HomeKit compatibility allows device control from the Home app.
Regarding the next 2020 range, LG notes that each of its televisions meets the Ultra HD 8K definition standards defined by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). Unlike other certified 8K flat screens, LG models reach or exceed a minimum contrast modulation threshold of 50%, a necessary condition for “real” 8K reproduction, according to LG.
New TVs accept 8K content from HDMI and USB inputs and support HEVC, VP9 and AV1 codecs up to 60 frames per second.
A new third-generation Alpha9 AI processor is helping image optimization and sound quality, the company says. AI Picture Pro chip not only improves the content, but can recognize faces and text to refine image sharpness and color enhancements. LG’s AI Sound Pro brings similar improvements to audio reproduction by automatically detecting the audio type to analyze and improve spoken words.
LG’s 8K line of TVs will be on display at CES on January 7.