Among a host of new televisions slated for introduction at CES 2017 this week will be new LG Super UHD TVs using LED LCD “Nano Cell” technology, the company said Monday.
The 2017 Super UHD models will encompass the SJ9500, SJ8500 and SJ8000 model series, and all will deliver 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixel) resolution with high dynamic range (both HDR10 and Dolby Vision) and a wide color gamut.
LG said the new “Nano Cell technology,” used in the lines “will render highly nuanced and accurate colors while maintaining picture quality at wider viewing angles.”
Read more on the LG Super UHD TV lines after the jump:
All nine LG Super UHD LED LCD TV models in 2017 offer Active HDR with Dolby Vision and support for multiple HDR formats. The models will also support LG’s new webOS 3.5 smart TV platform, will include advanced on-board sound systems and will have ultra thin panel designs.
“Our 2017 Super UHD TV lineup with LG’s proprietary Nano Cell technology is a breakthrough in display technology that advances the LCD TV viewing experience by combining an expanded color gamut with the ability to more accurately create those colors, resulting in superior picture quality regardless of viewing angle,” stated Tim Alessi, LG new product planning director. “Nano Cell is another example of how LG is innovating and pushing the boundaries of display technology to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”
Nano Cell LCD displays are said to have uniformly-sized particles measuring approximately one nanometer in diameter to create more subtle, accurate colors that can be viewed from wider angles than other LCD TVs.
LG said the technology is “ideal for large, high-resolution TVs, and will deliver “consistent colors at wider viewing angles with virtually no color difference for viewers seated directly in front of the screen, or for those watching from off-center angles.”
Nano Cell technology uses a special film layer, similar to some competitive quantum dot systems. However, the LG approach is said to absorb surplus light wavelengths, enhancing the purity of the colors displayed on the screen. These light absorbing capabilities allow the filtering of distinct colors with much greater precision, rendering each color exactly as it was intended by the original content creator, according to LG.
LG combines the Nano Cell technology with its In-Plane Switch LCD panel technology that also enhances off-angle viewing.
LG pointed out that where the color green on conventional TVs can blend with other color wavelengths – such as yellow or blue – causing the color to fade and take on yellowish or cyan hues, LG Nano Cell TVs reduce instances of color fading, image instability and other color degradation issues.
Reflectivity is also minimized to maintain high picture quality in environments with ambient lighting, LG said.
LG said it has partnered with Technicolor to offer TV images that accurately recreate the artistic intentions of content creators. This partnership enhances the LG’s color reproduction technologies for more vivid colors. A Technicolor Expert Mode will be added to the sets in 2017 to help users select the most accurate colors possible in LG’s Super UHD TVs, LG said.
The 2017 LG Super UHD TVs will also use improved Ultra Luminance technology to boost image brightness and highlights. Inclusion of Active HDR support is added with scene-by-scene color grading through Dolby Vision. The sets will also support the generic HDR10 format as well as Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), which is a live HDR system being considered for use by OTA broadcasters in the United States. It will be used in Europe and parts of Asia. LG said the sets will also be ready to suppor Technicolor’s HDR system proposal, should that be selected for the next ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard in the United States.
LG said this HDR versatility is boosted further with a new “HDR Effect” feature that raises image quality for SDR content. With the HDR Effect feature, SDR images are processed frame-by-frame to improve brightness in specific areas, enhance contrast ratios and render more precise images.
Meanwhile, LG’s new webOS 3.5 smart TV platform keeps all of the features of last year’s popular system, but adds easier control and faster access when using the improved Magic Remote and the new Magic Link feature, LG said. Viewers can instantly access a content provider by pressing a single button on the remote.
The new Magic Link capability provides instant recommendations for finding your favorite content and accessing information about actors and characters on-screen. An enhanced Magic Zoom feature now lets viewers enlarge and record any part of the screen to see close ups.
Connecting the TV to a mobile phone or PC with a USB cable will now enable seeing 360-degree Virtual Reality (VR) content, and LG will help showcase at CES the Channel Plus free service powered by XUMO to integrate more than 70 free streaming digital channels including sports and news from national broadcast networks such as Fox Sports, Newsy, Sports Illustrated, Time, Bloomberg, People, Funny or Die, Fail Army and more into your existing over-the-air TV channel options.
The new Ultra Slim design used for the Super UHD models include a crescent-shaped stand, which gives the 55-inch SJ9500 model the effect of floating in the air, LG said.
The Super UHD 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV tier starts with the UJ8000 series. This features models in the 55-, 60- and 65-inch screen sizes. Features include new Nano Cell Display film technology for enhanced color range; Active HDR with Dolby Vision; Ultra Luminance; HDR Effect; and webOS 3.5.
The SJ8500 Super UHD series will include the 55-, 60-, 65- and 75-inch screen sizes. This steps up to a “Frame-less Design” with a crescent-shaped stand. LG calls the design a four-sided cinema screen that minimizes the width of the bezel trim around all four sides of the screen, including the bottom edge. Models will also include “Advanced Local Dimming” technology for deep black levels.
At the top of the 4K LED LCD TV assortment is the UJ9500 series featuring an OLED-like ultra-thin screen; the widest contrast ratio in the LG LCD class and both 65- and 85-inch screen size models.
By Greg Tarr
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