LG Releases Official 4K Ultra HD OLED TV Pricing
LG Electronics (LG) officially released unilateral pricing policy (UPP) prices on its 2019 4K Ultra HD OLED TV lines, including new 4K Ultra HD OLED and NanoCell LED-LCD TVs will begin rolling out this week.
Only the “picture on wall” W9 series models had prices that were higher than was recently leaked by retail sources to HD Guru. The new 77-inch is now listed at $12,999.99, and the 65-inch is $6,999.99.
The C9 series models ring in at the previously reported $6,999.99 UPP (shipping in May) for the 77-inch, $3,499.99 UPP (shipping in April) for the 65-inch and $2,499.99 (shipping in April) for the 55-inch model.
The step-up E9 series models ring in at the previously reported $4,299.99 UPP (shipping in April) for the 65-inch, at $3,299.99 UPP (shipping in June) for the 55-inch models.
All of the above listed 2019 4K Ultra HD OLED models will include LG’s new powerful Alpha 9 Gen 2 processor with advanced video processing and upconversion with deep learning technology. The processor is also designed to improve sound quality. The system will access an extensive database of visual information to optimize picture quality for a variety of resolution formats on the fly by implementing the best algorithm to display realism, the company said. The processor also analyzes ambient conditions to achieve the optimal level of screen brightness.
In addition, LG confirmed that its 2019 OLED models will support the new HDMI 2.1 connection standard with supported features including: 4K high frame rate content (4K HFR), automatic low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR) and enhanced audio return channel (eARC).
New LG TVs will receive an upgrade mid-year to support Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit for easy streaming of video and audio content and connectivity to Apple’s smart home products.
2019 LG TVs will also receive a firmware update bringing built-in support for Amazon Alexa voice control AI to complement Google Assistant which is included out of the box. The company claims to be “the only TV brand to provide support for both leading AI platforms without the need for additional hardware.”
The company previously disclosed it is beginning the global rollout of its 2019 4K OLED models in the United States and South Korea, and will expand to include key markets in Asia, Europe and South America thereafter.
LG did not yet disclose pricing or availability on its flagship “rollable” 65-inch 4K Ultra HD OLED TV, model OLED65R9PUA. This was HD Guru’s pick for its Best of CES 2019 award, and is based on a flexible OLED screen that can retract electronically into a base when not in use. The company is also adding an 88-inch 8K OLED TV, model OLED88Z9PUA. These models will ship later in the year at prices to be announced.
LG is expecting a big year for 4K OLED technology, forecasting sales of 3.6 million OLED units globally for the full year of 2019, with plans to expand large-screen OLED panels to 7 million units in 2020 and 10 million in 2021.
Pricing and models for LG’s 2019 higher-end 4K and 8K Ultra HDTVs follow below:
2019 LG 4K Ultra HD OLED TV models:
R9 “Rollable” 4K OLED TV (model 65/R9)
65-inch OLED65R9PUA (price TBA)
W9 “Wallpaper” 4K OLED (models 77/65W9)
Key features: Ultra-thin “picture on wall” design, 60 Watt 4.2-channel soundbar,
65-inch OLED65W9PUA ($6,999.99 UPP, available in June)
77-inch OLED77W9PUA ($12,9996.99 UPP, available in June)
E9 (models 65/55E9)
55-inch OLED55E9PUA ($3,299.99 UPP, available in April)
65-inch OLED65E9PUA ($4,299.99 UPP, available in June)
C9 (models 77/65/55C9)
Key features: “Cinema screen” design, 40 Watt, 2.2-channel sound.
55-inch OLED55C9PUA ($2,499.99 UPP, available in April).
65-inch OLED65C9PUA ($3,499.99 UPP, availabe in April).
77-inch OLED77C9PUA ($6,999.99 UPP, available in May).
B9 (model 65/55B9)
55-inch OLED55B9UPA (TBA)
65-inch OLED65BPUPA (TBA)
2019 LG 8K Ultra HD OLED TV model:
Z9 (model 88/88Z9)
88-inch OLED88Z9UPA (TBA)
By Greg Tarr
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