LG Reveals New `Super UHD’ LED TV Tier
LG Electronics continued to release teasers for its CES 2016 TV introductions Saturday night by revealing that it plans to unveil at next week’s show in Las Vegas a line of premium HDR-enabled 4K Ultra HD LED/LCD TVs called LG Super UHD TVs.
The new premium tier of 4K LED LCD TVs, which has a moniker that is very similar to rival Samsung’s “SUHD” TVs introduced last year, will encompass three top model series, all of which will support what LG calls its “HDR Plus” technology suite.
This suite will provide improved color and contrast compared to TVs supporting only baseline HDR 10 metadata, LG said in statement.
Three TV model series are part of the LG Super UHD tier and include: the 4K UHD LED LCD TV series: UH9500 (ranging in size from 55- to 86-inch class screen sizes), UH8500 (ranging from 55- to 75-inches) and UH7700, (ranging from 49- to 65-inches). Select models from the new 4K Ultra HD TV lineup will begin shipping in the U.S. in early spring at prices to be announced later.
Also part of the Super UHD tier, LG said, will be LG’s first production-ready 98-inch 8K Super UHD TV (model UH9800). The Super UHD LED LCD offerings will be presented alongside a slate of new 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs that LG is positioning as the benchmark of 4K UHD TV display technology. Further details will be coming at the show.
Read more on LG’s Super UHD TV model tier after the jump:
Two of the Super UHD series (UH9500 and UH8500) will include LG’s Color Prime Plus technology that uses a combination of a new, thicker color filter as well as new LCD phosphors to achieve approximately 90 percent of the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) P3 color space, the company said.
The top two Super UHD series, UHD9500 and UH8500, will also include 10-bit panels with 10-bit processing to help achieve a wider color game with more accurate colors, and flat ultra-thin LED LCD TV panel designs. All of the Super UHD models will also be edge-lit LEDs.
The models will also feature LG’s Ultra Luminance technology that boosts peak brightness and Contrast Maximizer that further improves black level performance. LG explained that HDR Plus models combine Ultra Luminance technology and Color Prime technology to heighten HDR performance compared to other HDR compatible TVs. Also included is an SDR-to-HDR conversation engine so viewers can enjoy near-HDR content from any standard source.
Another innovation, Billion Rich Colors, gives the LG Super UHD models the ability to render over one billion possible color variations for an even greater sense of realism.
All LG Super UHD TVs also include LG’s newly updated webOS 3.0 smart TV that is said to help make finding and switching between LG’s expanding content options (including streaming HDR content) easier to find and select.
The LG Super UHD models also incorporate an advanced In-Plane Switching (IPS) display with True Black Panel and Contrast Maximizer technology for improved contrast, black level and wider viewing angle performance. True Black is a proprietary technology that minimizes reflections and enhances contrast ratio for a more comfortable viewing experience while Contrast Maximizer delivers more depth and contrast by separating objects from their backgrounds.
The UH9500 employs a new design concept, making it even thinner than its predecessor. By reducing the gaps between the panel and back cover chassis, the ultra-thin 6.6mm (.22 inches) screen depth and near invisible bezels combine to give the appearance of the TV floating on air, LG said. The models also offer a built-in sound system developed in conjunction with audio pioneer harman/kardon that enhances the depth of audio despite the thin-panel TV design.
A new LG Magic Sound Tuning function measures and analyzes the viewer’s environment and makes adjustments to customize the sound to the room’s specific conditions.