Thursday, 24 January, 2019

LG launches an 88-inch 8K OLED display with built-in sound

The screen can peek up just a little to display The screen can peek up just a little to display
Emmett Howard | 11 January, 2019, 15:38

After dropping some details on their 2019 TV offering a few days ago and showing off their first 8K TV at IFA, LG officially unveiled its first commercial-grade 8K OLED TV: the Z9 OLED. LG has created a TV with a display that seems to magically appear and disappear, a revolutionary innovation that seems to defy logic.

OLED uses self-lighting pixels that can be turned on and off individually for exact control of image brightness and quality, delivering infinite contrast ration optimized for high-dynamic range content. LG is using its flexible OLED technology in this case along with a motorized base that lets you raise or lower your TV based on what you want to do. In an industry first, a new iTunes movies and TV shows app will debut exclusively on Samsung Smart TVs. Leave the screen up while you binge watch the infinite endings of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, or hide the 65-inch inside the refined base station to enjoy everything else about your living room.

In terms of sound quality, LG has implemented a new AI Sound mode that really upgrades the forward-firing speaker's audio performance by virtualizing it for a larger space.

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The TV can place itself in three viewing configurations, depending on what the user needs.

In line view, it can be partially unrolled, allowing users to choose from features such as clock, frame, mood, music and home dashboard. The screen has a 3.2.2 channel sound system embedded directly into the display panel which, when combined with Dolby Atmos technology, is reported to result in dynamic audio from a viewer's top, bottom, left and right. Its price was not disclosed, but it will be among LG's premium television lineups. The TV can either extend to its full 65-inch form - what LG is calling Full View - or display just a small part of the screen in Line View.

With Apple HomeKit support, customers will also be able to control their LG TV using the Home app or by asking Siri. "If there are more competitors in the OLED market, it is not a threat, but a good helper", he said, adding the base of QD-OLED sought by Samsung is based on OLED after all.

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