LG 2018 4K Super UHD LCD TVs Hit Stores Behind 4K OLEDs
On the heels of the arrival of the first 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs for 2018, LG Electronics has started selling many of this year’s lines of 4K Ultra HD Super UHD LED-LCD and mainstream 4K LED-LCD TVs through retail stores around the United States.
Many of the higher-end 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TV models feature advanced color technology supporting a wide color gamut and brighter-than-average peak highlights for use with much of today’s 4K Ultra HD content with high dynamic range (HDR) enhancement. This helps to cover a wide range of brightness and deep black levels to present images that appear more natural to the eye.
All models this year include LG ThinQ home automation networking control that makes the television the hub or device operation throughout the home and the latest webOS smart TV operating system with built-in Google Assistant technology that allows users to press a button on the TV’s remote and speak commands to tap into the Google Assistant platform to control devices and television settings.
This year’s LG Electronics 4K Ultra television lines are led by the company’s 4K OLED models, where began shipping several weeks earlier. These lines are offered in the United States in the C8, E8, and W8 series. All include LG’s most powerful new Alpha 9 processor. The entry B8 line will be shipping later this year, and will include LG’s Alpha 7 processor, which is the equivalent to the processor used in 2017 OLED televisions.
All 2018 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs and 4K Super UHD LED-LCD TV models support high dynamic range (HDR) including the HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) profiles. All 2018 OLED and Super UHD LED-LCD TVs also support built-in Dolby Atmos surround sound decoding.
LG 2018 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs
LG 2018 Super UHD LED LCD TVs
Top-performing 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TVs are offered in the company’s Super UHD lineup, and include the SK9500, SK9000, SK8500 and SK8000 series. All include the Alpha 7 processor, used in the B8 OLED line. The SK9500, SK9000 and SK8500 series also all feature LG’s Nano Cell technology to produce a wide color gamut and most include Full Array LED backlighting with local dimming for deep black levels and bright HDR highlights.
In addition, all Super UHD models include what LG calls “4K HDR Cinema” and “4K High Frame Rate (HFR)” technologies. All 2018 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs and 4K Super UHD LED-LCD TV models support high dynamic range (HDR) including the HDR10, Dolby Vision and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) profiles.
All LG 4K LED-LCD TV models also feature In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD panels for wide viewing angles. Most Super UHD models also include TruMotion 240 motion smoothing circuitry (native 120 Hz frame rate).
The SK8070 series features Nano Cell technology but steps down to edge-lit LED lighting with local dimming.
2018 LG Main Stream UK 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TVs
Stepping down into more mainstream (and more affordable) 4K LED-LCD TV models are the UK7700, UK7500, UK6500, UK6400 and UK6300. All feature edge-lit LED IPS LCD panels for wide viewing angles, with local dimming, and include Google Assistant technology and the latest webOS smart TV platform. Models step down to a TruMotion 120 (native 60 Hz refresh rate) motion smoothing technology, 8-bit panels with dithering and support only HDR10 and HLG HDR profiles (Dolby Vision not included.) They also omit built-in Dolby Atmos decoding, and have 2 HDMI 2.0a inputs (one with ARC) instead of four in the Super UHD models and above.
The UK7700 series includes Nano Cell and local dimming technology.
By Greg Tarr
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