Believe it or not, ‘gooder’ is now an official word – and the LG 2019 TV range makes Life that much gooderer.
The LG 2019 TV range is gooder than the 2018 range and even gooderer than the 2017 range – and they were ‘awesomer’ to start with.
The LG 2019 TV range (LG website here), at least those you can buy soon, is entirely 4K. Yes, there will be 8K as well – one 88-inch Z9 OLED and 75-inc Super UHD coming soon (H2 2019). I need a much bigger house!
Angus Jones, General Manager of Marketing at LG Electronics Australia treated media to a closeup of the new 2019 OLED, Super UHD (LCD backlit) and UHD (LCD edge lit) range and without exception, you would be pleased with any of them.
New model numbers for the LG 2019 TV range
- In OLED the identifier is 9, e.g. OLED77W9PTA.AAU is a 77”, W panel, 9 series. There are W (wallpaper), E (premium picture on glass) and C (standard) panel types. 2018 is the 8 series.
- In Super UHD the identifier is SM followed by 8100, 8600, 9400 or 9450. 2018 is SK.
- In UHD the identifier is UM followed by 7400, 7600. 2018 is UK.
New features across the LG 2019 TV range
LG webOS 4.5
Regardless of panel type they all have the latest LG webOS 4.5 and have a magic remote (that has a pink on-screen cursor) for ease of use.
I like webOS – it’s clean, intuitive and logical. The main additions include more rollover actions, more auto-identification of content devices, auto resume of content like Netflix and much more.
LG Australia has worked with a metadata service to provide extra detail and the latest information on the content (enhanced free to air program guide) you view.
Google Assistant uses the microphone key on the magic remote.
During the year an Alexa skill accessible via a long press on the Amazon Prime key and Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple Home Kit connectivity is coming via a firmware update. This makes LG the only TV brand to talk directly to leading AI platforms without the need for additional hardware.
This is in addition to LG’s ThinQ that offers these voice assistants the deeper integration with the TV as it understands the hardware context of what the voice assistants want to do.
“OLED is the best and only self-emitting light source panel. LG makes the OLED panels for most TV manufacturers,” said Jones. He had an oblique dig at the largely misunderstood term QLED that still uses LEDs and LCD filters to make colours.
“More and more Australians are falling in love with LG OLED TVs – their perfect blacks and stunning visual experience – and this year with the added AI benefits embedded in these models viewers will truly get the best visual experience that LG has to offer. We are excited to bring Australian consumers the new range of OLED TVs in a variety of sizes and price points, matched with a game-changer Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor.”
The Alpha 9 Gen 2 has more processing power for a better picture and sound experience. LG’s deep learning technology optimises the viewing experience based on both the source content and the viewing context. The processor will identify the quality of the source material and produce the best possible audio-visual experience such as clearer speech for the ultimate upgrade in home entertainment.
LG OLED is 4K cinema standard with HDR/Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
LG Super UHD
LG uses the term NanoCell with their Super UHD TV – in fact, it is another term for QLED, but that term is already in use. These have the Alpha 7 gen 2 processor. This delivers Full Array Dimming (SM90) and Full Array Dimming Pro (SM94/99) to produce deeper blacks; Dolby Vision and Atmos integration. Some models feature AMD Freesync control.
We saw the Super UHD beside an equivalent sized 9-series OLED. The colours were both excellent, but the OLED was slightly better. Super UHD has the advantage over OLED of being able to be used in brighter rooms.