Originally Posted by gorman42
If this is the teaser: http://www.lgnewsroom.com/2018/11/vi...a-9-processor/
I see here only references to what's improved on the processor' side, no reference to the panels, connections, potential "HDMI 2.1" features (thinking about E-ARC, VRR and QMS, those that don't require extra bandwidth).
Yes, it says very little. About the only paragraph with any sunstance at all was this:
"The α9 Gen 2 is ready to support next-generation High Frame Rate (HFR) content mastered at an astonishing 120 frames per second (fps). A higher fps means better rendering of fast-paced action with noticeably smoother motion and better image clarity – perfect for watching sports or the latest action blockbusters. With the impressive new image processor onboard, 2019 LG OLED TVs will deliver a truly unparalleled viewing experience."
So about the only thing we can be certain of is that, while the 2018 WOLEDs supported 120fps but only through USB (and not through HDMI or streaming), the 2019 WOLEDs should fully support 120Hz content. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed and hope they will continue to deliver 50% BFI even at 120fos, which would mean the mative oanel refresh rate has increased 240Hz (which is what they need to deliver 8K panel with 120Hz refresh rates.
LG has been very quiet, but who can blame them? They just sold a huge number of 2018 WOLED TVs - the 65C8P dipped under $2000 and the 77C8P dipped to $5000. Generating a great deal of buzz about all the great new things you have coming in 2019 just as you are gearing up to convince a large number of consumers to dig into their wallets for what you have to sell today does not sound like a very good strategy.
The cat will be out of the bag in 6 short weeks now - I remain hopeful that LG is going to pull a few rabbits out of their hat for us in 2019
This Alpha 9 Gen 2 press release is actually a pretty good hint - LG wants the world to know they have a new processor coming, but why in the workd would you go to all the trouble and expense of developing and ramping-up a new processor just for improved noise reduction, enhanced color correction, and support for HFR?
These are all areas where LG is known to be a step behind Sony (especially 'smoother rendering of gradations') so they can safely brag about these improvements now to entice potential Sony WOLED customers to hold off until CES '19.
But it is a near-certainty that they have made other significant improvements as well (and I'm still not writing-off the possibility of HDMI 2.1 in this Alpha 9 Gen 2
The biggest gripe I have with my 65C6P is near-black uniformity, linearity, and handling in general. While the 2017 and 2018 generations have made improvements, the have still not delivered the near-back quality I expect.
This fluffer-nutter press release for the Alpha 9 Gen 2 actually hints at enough improvements that could impact near-black handling that I'm actually looking forward to seeing what the 2019 WOLEDs deliver...