Will 2019 be the year of OLED TVs? LG actually thinks so – with the corporate’s personal natural LED panel expertise making up 20% of their portfolio this year, and prone to take up much more house after new model bulletins at IFA 2019.
It’s a year marked by collaboration, as seen within the Alexa and Google Assistant assist coming to new LG ThinQ good TVs in 2019 and the Airplay 2 assist coming by the use of Apple, permitting streaming of iTunes films and TV reveals.
There’s even be a bunch of visible enhancements with the brand new Alpha A9 (Gen 2) processor, for higher shade correction and assist for 120fps body charges on high-end LG TVs – and, extra importantly, the primary rollable OLED tv, the LG Signature Series OLED TV R.
That stated, the 2019 basic lineup shall be just like final year: LG OLED TVs on the excessive finish, Super UHD or ‘NanoCell’ TVs – which have lots of the identical elements because the OLED TVs, however lack the principle OLED panel – within the center, after which conventional 4K TVs and at last FHD screens on the backside.
With there being so many alternative fashions to absorb, we thought we might lay out the entire 2019 lineup introduced thus far, from the high-end OLEDs to newly-branded NanoCell TVs, in a single, admittedly lengthy, piece. (We’ll add the UHD and FHD fashions as and after they’re introduced!)
Some of the specs listed beneath may change by the point of every TV’s retail launch, however for essentially the most half the specs you see right here ought to be the elements that make it within the closing product. Keep a watch out for our upcoming evaluate of the now-available LG B9 OLED too…
LG TV 2019 expertise
Another year, one other processor. The largest change for the high-end screens (the OLED line-up) is the swap from final year’s Alpha 9 (a9) processor to the a9 Gen 2.
2018’s Alpha 9 silicon improve promised a 35% enhance in CPU and GPU speeds, equating to smoother movement dealing with, object-based distinction enhancement for higher sharpness and detailing and a expertise referred to as True Color Accuracy Pro.
We’re getting extra of the identical with the 2nd-generation processor, with an enormous concentrate on ‘clever AI’ and ‘machine studying algorithms’ to reinforce image, audio and software program efficiency – with a brand new algorithm that is in a position to analyze the supply content material and optimize for ambient viewing situations.
Flagship TVs may even include Dolby Atmos 5.1 encompass sound, whereas LG’s new processor will have the ability to “up-mix” two-channel audio into 5.1 encompass sound: like upscaling for the ears.
We know for a truth the brand new a9 Gen 2 chip is getting used within the LG Signature Series OLED R and new vary of Z9, W9, C9, and E9 OLEDs – although, as traditional, the B Series model will get an older a7 Gen 2 processor as a substitute.
The new Alpha 9 processor additionally has the heft wanted for High Frame Rate (HFR, 120/4K) – for that clean movement essential for sports activities, motion, or gaming – however it’ll solely be in 2019 that we see LG TVs implement the HDMI 2.1 ports to take advantage of it, so you possibly can show in 120fps/4K from cabled sources, console, and media gamers.
(Last year customers may make do with HFR streaming from the likes of Netflix, YouTube, BBC, FOX Sports, Amazon and broadcasts, although suitable content material was few and much between – we’ll probably see extra emerge as a bigger variety of suitable televisions enter the market.)
In May 2018 we noticed LG roll out Google Assistant to all of its OLED and Super UHD TVs – that means you could possibly begin utilizing your voice to change inputs, change the channel, connect with different good dwelling units, and combine with Google’s Photos and Maps functions. This year’s LG TV line-up – for OLED and Super UHD, no less than – may even be arriving with Alexa functionality for a fair wider vary of voice management choices.
2020 appears to be like set to carry some cost-saving in OLED manufacturing, in addition to the potential for smaller 48-inch fashions – reasonably than the present minimal dimension, 55-inch.
LG OLED 2019 Models
LG Signature Series OLED R (out there in 65 inches): The standout tv for 2019 is undoubtedly the 65R9 rollable OLED, that includes LG’s new a9 Gen 2 processor. First teased at CES 2018, it is being slated for launch in late 2019, utilizing a versatile OLED panel to unfurl the tv show on the contact of a button – good for saving house and, let’s be trustworthy, impressing company. There’s no RRP but, however it’ll actually price a small fortune – begin rolling up these greenback payments.
Read our fingers on evaluate: LG Signature Series OLED R
LG OLED Z9 (out there in 88 inches): As the flagship LG OLED – or no less than, the flagship that does not curl up right into a field – the LG OLED Z9 is an 8K powerhouse with huge guarantees for 8K upscaling and ‘improved noise discount’ for clear, clean photos. With 33 million pixels throughout 88 inches of display screen, it’s going to actually need to work exhausting to do it – and the a9 Gen 2 processor will certainly turn out to be useful.
Read our fingers on evaluate: LG 8K OLED
LG OLED W9 (out there in 65, 77 inches): The W9 improve to final year’s LG W8 will include the brand new a9 Gen 2 processor’s enhancements to High Frame Rate, HDR, and total image and sound processing – in addition to the identical skinny, image body form that made this ‘wallpaper’ tv sequence so enticing. The W8 got here with a 60W 4.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar inbuilt to the set, so we’re prone to see comparable audio credentials for this model. The 65-inch model will retail at $6,999 / £6,999 (round AU$9,800) whereas the 77-inch jumps as much as $12,999 / £12,999 (round AU$18,300).
US fashions: OLED65W9PUA, OLED77W9PUA
UK fashions: OLED65W9PLA, OLED77W9PLA
LG OLED E9 (out there in 55, 65 inches): If final year is something to go by, the brand new E Series model will function the identical specs on the W9, however with a glass physique and tacked-on chassis as a substitute of the W8’s ‘wallpaper’ design. Expect a $3,299 / £2,799 (round AU$4,600) price ticket for the 55-inch, and $4,299 / £3,499 (round AU$6,050) for 65 inches.
US fashions: OLED55E9PUA, OLED65E9PUA
UK fashions: OLED55E9PLA, OLED65E9PLA
LG OLED C9 (out there in 55, 65, 75 inches): The latest C Series model is confirmed, and expertise teaches us to count on a neat stability of efficiency and worth, with out ditching the corporate’s newest processor to do it. Last year’s LG C8 got here with a 2.2 soundbar too. Sets will retail at $2,499 / £2,499 (round AU$3,500) for the 55-inch, $3,299 / £3,299 (round AU$4,600) for the 65-inch, or $6,999 / £7,499 (round AU$9,800) for the 77-inch.
US fashions: OLED55C9PUA, OLED65C9PUA, OLED77C9PUA
UK fashions: OLED55C9PLA, OLED65C9PLA, OLED77C9PLA
LG OLED B9 (out there in 55, 65 inches): The most cost-effective OLED in LG’s 2019 TV vary was late to the get together, however is now available for purchase. It carries the identical panel as its extra premium siblings, although with an older a7 Gen 2 chip as a substitute of the newest a9 Gen 2 – and cheaper construct too.
UK fashions: OLED55B9PLA, OLED65B9PLA (out there)
US fashions: OLED55B9PUA, OLED65B9PUA (no launch date)
LG NanoCell 2019 Models
SM9975 (out there in 75 inches): LG’s main LCD tv set would be the SM9975, a 75-inch TV with 8K decision (US solely). LG is rebranding its Super UHD TVs because the far fancier ‘NanoCell’ vary, to higher symbolize the leap in image high quality and shade accuracy in comparison with cheaper LG fashions – with the high-end a9 Gen 2 processor and High Frame Rate to make it occur.
UK / US launch: Yet to launch.
SM9500 / SM9800 (out there in 55, 65 inches): More NanoCell, much less processing. The LG SM9500 (SM9800 within the UK) packs within the 2nd-generation Alpha 7 processor, reasonably than the Alpha 9, however comes with Full Array Dimming Pro for extra uniform black ranges, in addition to Dolby Vision and Dolby Vision, and LG’s ThinQ AI good platform. No Dolby Atmos soundbar, although.
UK launch: The 55-inch and 65-inch fashions are launching in May for £1,999 / £2,999.
US launch: Retailing now, at $2,699 for the 65-inch model.
SM9000 (out there in 49, 55, 65, 75 inches): One step beneath the earlier model, with the identical a7 Gen 2 processor, however Full Array Dimming reasonably than the upgraded ‘Pro’ expertise seen on the SM9500 – that means much less lighting management and fewer constant brightness.
UK launch: The three smaller fashions (49, 55, 65 inch) are all out there in April, for £1,499 / £1,799 / £2,499 – whereas the 75-inch launches in May for £2,999, and the 86-inch model launches in July for £4,499.
US launch: Listed in 55 and 65-inch sizes within the US, that are retailing now at $1,399 and $1,999 respectively.
SM8600 / SM8500 (out there in 49, 55, 65, 75 inches): An replace to final year’s new SK8500 vary, these fashions sticks with the a7 Gen 2 processor, however with a usually cheaper design and solely extra fundamental Local Array dimming zones reasonably than the Full Array Dimming of the extra pricey fashions. The solely distinction between the SM8600 and SM8500? The TV stand.
UK launch: The 49, 55, and 65-inch fashions land in late April. We’ve been given a worth vary of £1,299 / £1,499 / £2,299 for the three units, whereas the 75-inch SM8600 model arrives in early May at the next £2,999.
US launch: Only 49, 55, and 65-inch fashions confirmed, presently listed at $799 / $999 / $1,499 within the US.
Everything it’s good to know concerning the new TV launches of 2019:
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Panasonic TV lineup 2019: all of the OLED and LCD televisions coming your approach
Philips TV vary 2019: every thing it’s good to know from OLED+ to ‘The One’
Hisense TV lineup 2019: the year of ULED tv