LG Announces 2019 TV Rollout Including 8K OLED 88Z9

Each year brings a fresh crop of LG TVs sporting the latest technologies. The company has now officially begun its 2019 global rollout, which includes the new OLEDs models shown at CES 2019—like the 8K 88Z9—as well as the company’s NanoCell LCD models. The first countries to get to the new TVs include the United States and South Korea, both of which will receive new units this month.

According to LG, OLED sales growth is strong and the company expects to sell 3.6 million units in 2019, and nearly double that 7 million in 2020, and then increasing that to 10 million in 2021. Currently, OLED models account for 20% of the company’s “high-end TV portfolio.”

The star of the show, assuredly, is the 8K, 88-inch OLEDs, the 88Z9. I saw this TV in person at CES 2019, and it definitively fulfills the wishes of home theater enthusiasts seeking and OLEDs display that offers cinematic scale.

In addition to the 8K flagship, LG offers a variety of 2019 OLED models at various sizes: W9 (model 77/65W9), E9 (model 65/55E9), C9 (model 77/65/55C9) and B9 (model 65/55B9).

“LG continues to push the boundaries of TV technological innovation, as can clearly be seen from our premium TV lineup for 2019,” said Brian Kwon, president of Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment companies. “LG’s advanced AI technologies to improve picture and sound enrich and expand the viewing experience.”

LG’s 2019 TVs offer Dolby vision compatibility and are able to render vivid HDR, even in bright rooms. The a9 Gen 2 processor used in all but the B9 series OLEDs (W9, E9, C9) offers advanced picture processing that relies on an AI algorithm to choose the best approach to optimizing the image on the fly.

These TVs are slated to receive an update to Apple AirPlay 2 and Apple HomeKit sometime this summer.

LG says that select models of its OLED lineup, as well as its NanoCell lineup, support HDMI 2.1 that allows for 120 frame per second 4K playback, 4K HFR (high frame rate), ALLM (automatic low latency mode), VRR (variable refresh rates), and eARC (enhanced audio return channel).

In addition to the models mentioned, LG will also ship the rollable LG signature OLEDs TV R (65R9). Furthermore, the company will have available 14 different models of NanoCell LCD TVs available in sizes from 49 inches to 86 inches.