January 6, 2020
In advance of CES 2020, LG has alluded to its new TV line-up of eight models, all of which will feature “Real 8K,” reportedly exceeding CTA’s 8K spec. More specifically, LG’s sets will surpass a minimum test for Contrast Modulation threshold requirements. The sets will be able to handle HEVC and VP9, 8K inputs from USB or HDMI, YouTube’s preferred AV1 codec, and 8K 60fps via streaming and HDMI. LG Display will also show off its latest flexible display, the 65-inch UHD OLED TV that unwinds from the ceiling.
Engadget reports the eight new 8K models are comprised of “two LG Signature OLED sets in 88- and 77-inch sizes (88/77 OLED ZX) as well as six of its NanoCell-branded LCD televisions (75/65 Nano99, 75/65 Nano97, 75/65 Nano95) in 75- and 65-inch sizes.” Also new from LG is a third-generation Alpha9 AI processor, which will be used to upscale/sharpen images on the 8K TVs and provide AI Sound Pro processing.
The company’s 8K TVs will feature its ThinQ AI technology, “with a webOS software package that can handle voice control, plus Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.” The difference from last year is LG’s promise that “it will be compatible with Amazon’s Alexa Premium Far-Field Voice” at some point in the future, which reportedly will “give third-party devices the same level of voice recognition performance as Amazon’s own Echo devices.”
Elsewhere, Engadget reports that LG’s next-generation rollable display will be capable of being “pulled down when desired and rolled up when not in use.” “The first model of rollable OLED was designed to roll up only,” explained LG director of new product development Tim Alessi.
“Even if a professional were to figure out a way to hang it from the ceiling, there is no mechanism to re-orient the picture, so it would appear upside down. It’s also likely that mounting it from an 8-foot ceiling would result in the panel being too high for comfortable viewing anyway.” He did not explain, however, “how LG Display has resolved the ceiling-height issue.”
LG will debut three displays aimed at air travel, including 55-inch OLED video walls for cabins, a 55-inch Full HD Transparent OLED display “that acts as an aisle partition and screen and a 65-inch UHD Bendable OLED screen that’s flexible at both ends, designed specifically for first class.”
For the automotive industry, LG will show its Plastic OLED screens in different sizes and, for commercial spaces, its “interactive in-TOUCH displays, including an 86-inch LCD screen that acts as an electronic whiteboard, with the ability to read four pens simultaneously.”