2018 is kicking off to a terrific begin – effectively, at the least for TV lovers it’s: LG has introduced its total line-up of TVs for the brand new 12 months effectively forward of the Shopper Electronics Present (CES 2018) that can begin on Monday, January 9.
Like final 12 months, the 2018 line-up of LG TVs consists of OLED TVs on the excessive finish, Tremendous UHD TVs – which have lots of the identical parts because the OLED TVs, however lack the primary OLED panel – within the center, after which conventional 4K TVs and eventually FHD screens on the backside.
Whereas CES will nonetheless be the place to catch all the TVs in motion, we thought it may be helpful for most people to see the whole line-up on paper, from the high-end OLEDs to the entry-level FHD TVs in a single lengthy piece.
It’s value noting that lots of the specs listed beneath might doubtlessly change as we get nearer to the retail launch of those screens (March, April and Could of this 12 months), however for essentially the most half the specs you see right here must be the parts that make it within the remaining product.
LG 2018 TV expertise
All this data listed beneath comes immediately from LG – the South Korean producer provided a primary have a look at future-facing applied sciences for some journalists attending CES 2018.
Whereas LG stored its CES pre-briefing … effectively, transient, we have been capable of get some first rate perception on what the next-generation expertise of LG TVs will appear to be. The most important change for the high-end screens (the OLED line-up) is the change from the M16+ processor to one thing LG is looking the “Subsequent-Gen 1” processor.
The Subsequent-Gen 1 silicon improve guarantees a 35% increase in CPU and GPU speeds which equates to smoother movement dealing with, object-based distinction and a expertise known as True Coloration Accuracy Professional.
True Coloration Accuracy Professional replaces final 12 months’s True Coloration Accuracy expertise that, in accordance with LG’s inner exams, gives 7.three occasions the quantity of knowledge factors for colour. Now, as a result of LG nonetheless plans on utilizing 10-bit panels, there won’t be an enormous distinction between the ensuing photographs … however we’ll have to see them for ourselves earlier than we are able to make a judgment name on how a lot a rise to Look Up Desk (LUT) dimension impacts general image high quality.
Curiously, LG can be touting Excessive Body Price (HFR, 120/4K) via broadcasts and streaming as effectively. An LG consultant mentioned the TVs gained’t come outfitted with HDMI 2.1 ports (the spec wasn’t finalized in time) however the TV ought to have the ability to do 120/4K through streaming web sites like Netflix, YouTube, BBC, FOX Sports activities and Amazon and broadcasts … when broadcasters begin placing out 4K HFR sign.
The opposite new addition to LG TVs in 2018 shall be Google Assistant, which can now be built-in into webOS. Google Assistant on webOS shall be able to switching inputs through your voice, in addition to change the channel and reply primary inquiries.
LG OLED 2018 Fashions
LG OLED W8 (accessible in 77- and 65-inch sizes): On the head of the proverbial desk sits the LG OLED W8 – an incremental improve on 2017’s Signature Collection W7 OLED. Based on LG, it’ll characteristic an identical “picture-on-wall” design that the W7 had final 12 months, along with a brand new “Subsequent-Gen 1” processor, 4K Cinema HDR and Excessive Body Price (HFR). Additionally, count on a 60-watt four.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar and Google Assistant integration in webOS.
LG OLED E8 (accessible in 65- and 55-inch sizes): Whereas LG did point out that G-series of OLED TVs would make an look at CES, it wasn’t a part of our briefing. As a substitute, we obtained the small print on the successor to the E7. Based on the specs, the E8 shall be virtually similar to the W7, however will as a substitute have a conventional chassis in lieu of the image frame-esque visage of the W8.
LG OLED C8 (accessible in 77-, 65- and 55-inch sizes): The LG OLED C7 was one in all our favourite TVs of 2017 because it practically completely balanced efficiency and worth. The 2018 C8 OLED could have a lot of what made the C7 so nice however, just like the W8/E8, embody the brand new next-gen processor. There may even be the two.2 soundbar connected like final 12 months.
LG OLED B8 (accessible in 65- and 55-inch sizes): The most important disappointment of LG’s 2018 line-up, in my early opinion at the least, is the brand new B8. As a substitute of getting the brand new Subsequent-Gen 1 processor like its friends, the B8 is getting one thing known as the Subsequent-Gen 2 processor. The distinction isn’t totally clear, however in accordance with the data given to us, it might imply that footage gained’t look as sharp or as vibrant as they’ll on the C8, E8 and W8 TVs. That being mentioned, it’ll include a 2.2 soundbar and webOS with Google Assistant.
LG Tremendous UHD 2018 Fashions
SK9500 (accessible in 65- and 55-inch sizes): The highest Tremendous UHD TV of 2018 would be the SK9500. This collection of flagship Tremendous UHD screens will use Nano Cell show expertise with full array native dimming – which ought to provide vital will increase to black ranges – and shall be powered by the Subsequent-Gen 2 processor. The TV will assist Dolby Atmos – but it surely gained’t ship with a Dolby Atmos soundbar just like the W8 or E8 OLED.
SK8500 (accessible in 65- and 55-inch sizes): One step underneath the SK9500 is the SK8500. It too has full array native dimming, the Subsequent-Gen 2 processor and Dolby Atmos on-board, however it’ll provide barely much less lighting management than the SK9500.
SK8000 (accessible in 75-, 65- and 55-inch sizes): The SK8000 is the poor man’s SK9500. It’s nonetheless providing the Subsequent-Gen 2 processor and Dolby Atmos, however the panel drops full array native dimming for easy native dimming. Fewer zones means even much less lighting management.
LG UHD 2018 Fashions
UK7700 (accessible in 65-, 55- and 49-inch sizes): One of the best UHD TV from LG this 12 months is the UK7700. Whereas it doesn’t have the OLED or FALD panel that the collection above it has, it’s not all dangerous information for the UK7700 and its ilk. The excellent news is that these screens provide 4K with Energetic HDR and Extremely Encompass sound. They solely use the Subsequent-Gen three processor, although, and that might spell hassle for movement, readability and vibrancy.
UK6500/70 (accessible in 86-, 70- and 70-, plus 65-, 55-, 50- and 43-inch sizes): The commonest LG TV of 2018 goes to be the LG UK6500/70. It’s accessible in essentially the most display sizes from a monstrous 86-inch to a still-appeasing 43-inch, and it comes with middling, but-still-decent expertise. Particularly, that expertise will embody webOS with Google Assistant, 4K Energetic HDR, a 4K IPS panel and, once more, the Subsequent-Gen three processor.
UK6300 (accessible in 65-, 55-, 50-, 49- and 43-inch sizes): The final 4K TV in LG’s 2018 line-up is the UK6300. On paper, it’s near the UK6500 in practically each manner, however it’ll have a slight variation with its 4K IPS panel. That mentioned, we count on it to be filth low-cost.
LG FHD 2018 Fashions
LK5400 (accessible in 49-, 43- and 32H sizes): It won’t be 4K, however the LK5400 is the final TV in LG’s 2018 catalog to supply HDR – which may make a shocking distinction in FHD TVs. The LK5400 doesn’t provide any of the Subsequent-Gen processors, and as a substitute opts for a generic quad-core processor and LG’s Digital Encompass Plus as a substitute of Atmos.
LJ5100 (accessible solely in 49-inches): The medium-sized LG5100 solely affords a dual-core processor, actually. There’s no HDR, no good TV performance and drops Digital Encompass Plus for Clear Voice, LG’s lowest-end audio expertise.
LJ5000 (accessible in 43- and 32-inches): Final however not least is the LJ5000. It’s roughly the LJ5100 however in a smaller dimension.
That’s it! The complete LG TV line-up for 2018. We’ll seize as many arms on experiences as we are able to with LG’s line-up at CES 2018 when it kicks off subsequent week, however this could offer you some concepts for which screens may be beneath your tree this time subsequent 12 months.