One of the most extravagant and high specification TVs ever – let alone of 2019 – is nearly upon us. LG has announced shipping details for the world’s first 8K OLED TV and it has started pre-booking orders for its 88-inch 8K OLED TV in South Korea—has plans to launch the TV in other markets during the third quarter of this year.
As LG’s largest OLED TV to date, the TV employs a panel with over 33 million self-emitting pixels to deliver LG OLED TV’s iconic picture quality, ensuring the most lifelike colors in a wide viewing angle, an infinite contrast ratio, and true blacks. “Images are exceptionally sharp on the 88-inch TV thanks to 8K Ultra HD resolution (7,680 x 4,320) equivalent to 16 times the number of pixels in full HD and four times that of UHD.”
In some markets, the LG 8K OLED TV will offer built-in versions of both the Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. This 8K OLED TV by LG features company’s α (Alpha) 9 Gen 2 8K intelligent processor. The processor, as per LG, elevates picture and sound quality with deep learning technology and access to an extensive database of visual information. This allows the chip to optimize content by recognizing source quality and implementing the best algorithm guaranteeing stunningly real images.
In an LG’s official statement which explains:
“The LG 88Z9 increases viewer immersion with its impressive audio performance. Sound quality is boosted by an intelligent algorithm that can up-mix two-channel audio to deliver convincing virtual 5.1 surround sound. Deep learning significantly improves output by analyzing source content to produce enhanced sound effects in movies, deeper bass in music and clearer voices in sporting events. Users can adjust the sound to suit viewing conditions or let the TV set the best sound levels based on the environment.”
“To ensure an outstanding HDR experience the LG 8K OLED TV comes with Dolby Atmos for incredibly realistic sound and intelligently fine-tunes content compatible with Dolby Vision. The TV supports HDMI 2.1, allowing viewers the opportunity to enjoy 8K content at a fast 60 frames per second. The TV also supports automatic low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR) and enhanced audio return channel (eARC).”
How much will the device go for? Well, LG revealed that the TV’s recommended retail price is 50 million South Korean won, which will go for around $42,200 / £33,400 / AU$60,800 – prohibitively expensive for the majority of consumers.