LG begins 8K OLED TV rollout

LG has begun rolling out the “world’s first” 8K OLED TVs, the model 88Z9 and the 8K NanoCell 75SM in the USA, UK, Germany, France and Australia. The 88-inch 88Z9, which is the largest OLED TV to date, includes 33 million self-emitting pixels (7,680 x 4,320). The product won a Red Dot Award, and sports a “minimalist” design, brushed aluminum stand and discreet bezel display, as well as an 80W speaker. The 75-inch 8K NanoCell variant also has a native 8K display, which LG claims filters out impurities for color reproduction a full array local dimming tech known as Nano Black.

LG says it has exceeded the measurement criteria set out by the Display Measurements Standard (IDMS) which says that the resolution of a display does not only depend on exceeding a number of pixels, but rather how those pixels can be distinguished from one another.

Both TVs have 8K upscaling and “improved” noise reduction, and include LG’s second-generation α (Alpha) 9 Gen 2 8K intelligent processor designed to optimize all content, and analyze local lighting conditions to achieve correct brightness for a given location/environment. An onboard algorithm can up-mix two-channel audio to virtual 5.1 surround sound, and both TVs are WiSA Ready for a wireless home theater with uncompressed 16-bit audio on up to 5.1 channels.

Both TVs feature Cinema HDR, which combines support for Dolby Vision and Advanced HDR by Technicolor up to 4K and HLG and HDR 10 up to 8K, and four HDMI 2.1 ports for 8K content at 60 frames per second. LG has also included automatic low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR), enhanced audio return channel (eARC), Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit on each model. Voice control fans will also find Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa compatibility.

“The new 8K TVs show that LG is deeply committed to providing consumers with real 8K as defined by established display industry standards,” said Brian Kwon, president of the Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment companies at LG. “LG 8K OLED and NanoCell TVs aren’t just TVs with more pixels, they also deliver all of our latest display technologies.”

No pricing announced yet, but as usual, you can check out LG for more information.

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