Like most companies exhibiting at CES, LG keeps its news under pretty tight wraps until the show. However, the company decided to let one cat out of the bag a bit early—it will introduce a new line of LED-LCD TVs dubbed "Super UHD" at CES 2016. The line includes three models—the UH7700 (with sizes from 49 to 65 inches), UH8500 (55 to 75 inches), and UH9500 (55 to 85 inches, pictured above).
The new sets will feature advanced IPS (in-plane switching) LCD panels for wide viewing angles with True Black Panel, a proprietary technology that minimizes reflections and enhances the contrast ratio. Another feature called Contrast Maximizer "delivers more depth and contrast by separating objects from their backgrounds." I don't yet know what that means, but I intend to find out at the show.
Among the other notable features of the new Super UHD TVs is LG's HDR Plus suite of technologies, which is said to "heighten HDR performance compared to sets that are only HDR compatible," whatever that means. The suite includes a feature called Ultra Luminance, which boosts peak brightness while improving black-level performance, and Color Prime, about which there is no direct info in the press release. Also, an SDR-to-HDR conversion engine allows the new sets to display SDR content with "near-HDR" characteristics. Finally, a feature called Billion Rich Colors refers to the ability to render over one billion color variations.
The UH8500 and UH9500 lines up the ante with Color Prime Plus, which uses new, thicker color filters and new LCD phosphors to achieve about 90% of the DCI/P3 color gamut. Both lines also provide 10-bit panels with processing; the press release says nothing about the UH7700 in this regard, which leads me to surmise it has an 8-bit panel. However, it also has the Billion Rich Colors features, which I assume requires a 10-bit panel and processing, since an 8-bit panel can render "only" 16,777,215 million colors, while 10 bits can represent 1,073,741,824 distinct shades.
Also slated to be unveiled is the UH9800, a 98-inch behemoth with 8K resolution. Talk about Super UHD!
All Super UHD TVs will include LG's latest generation webOS 3.0 Smart TV platform with advanced features to make finding and switching between content options simple and fast. The new webOS 3.0 offers enhanced mobile connectivity and more content options, including streaming HDR content.
As usual, no pricing has yet been announced, but the press release says that select models will begin shipping in the US in early Spring.
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