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LG soups up its 2018 TVs with AI and latest Alpha image processor

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LG's 2018 TVs can be voice controlled, thanks to the ThinQ platform
LG's 2018 TVs can be voice controlled, thanks to the ThinQ platform
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The W8 is the signature TV in LG's 2018 premium lineup
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The W8 is the signature TV in LG's 2018 premium lineup
LG's SK95 is an LCD TV with 4K resolution
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LG's SK95 is an LCD TV with 4K resolution
LG's B8 OLED TV features an Alpha 7 processor handling the image processing
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LG's B8 OLED TV features an Alpha 7 processor handling the image processing
LG's E8 TV is an OLED display equipped with an Alpha 9 processor handling the image processing
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LG's E8 TV is an OLED display equipped with an Alpha 9 processor handling the image processing
LG's 2018 TVs can be voice controlled, thanks to the ThinQ platform
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LG's 2018 TVs can be voice controlled, thanks to the ThinQ platform
LG has unveiled its lineup of premium TVs for 2018
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LG has unveiled its lineup of premium TVs for 2018
LG's G8 TV
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LG's G8 TV
LG's C8 TV has an OLED screen
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LG's C8 TV has an OLED screen

LG has unveiled its crop of premium TVs for 2018, which includes 10 OLED models and nine so-called "Super UHD" LCD models. All 19 of these TVs have been smartened up with the company's Alpha processors to render images faster, and the ThinQ AI system to enable voice commands.

The OLED lineup varies in screen sizes from 55 in to 77 in, and comes in a range of designs like Picture-On-Wall, Picture-On-Glass, One Glass Screen and Cinema Screen. All models bar the B8 bear the brains of the Alpha 9 processor. This chip is designed to ramp up the colors, depth and sharpness of the images, and LG claims its algorithm allows twice the noise reduction as other techniques.

Although LG calls the rest of the range "Super UHD," that's just a fancy marketing term for 4K. These TVs come in screen sizes between 49 in to 75 in, and like the B8, are running an Alpha 7 processor instead. That's designed to achieve the same kind of visual benefits as the Alpha 9, backed up by some tried-and-true hardware designs coupled with Full-Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlighting for better contrast, and Nano Cell particles for clearer colors.

The W8 is the signature TV in LG's 2018 premium lineup
The W8 is the signature TV in LG's 2018 premium lineup

LG has also crammed its Internet of Things system, ThinQ, into all 19 of these TVs. The system has been connecting LG's phones, fridges and speakers for years, and this marks the first time it's made its way into the company's TVs. Using a deep learning algorithm and a microphone in the remote control, users can bark voice commands to search for specific shows, change the channel, or tell the TV to automatically turn off when a movie finishes.

All of the TVs are equipped with High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatibility, and Dolby Atmos for better picture and sound quality.

LG hasn't announced any details on when these TVs will be released. In terms of pricing, the lineup runs the gamut from about US$2,000 right up to an eye-watering $15,000 for the 77-in Picture-On-Wall display.

Source: LG

1 comment
bob13
Can I upgrade from a A7 chip to a A9 chip without additional changes?