CES 2018 News: LG 2018 OLED TV line-up
Building on success
LG has just concluded its CES press conference event but, in typical fashion, the company had already provided most of the interesting AV announcements pre-show.While the headline-grabbing 88-inch OLED TV looks amazing, most of us would be looking at something a little smaller and more affordable to actually put in the home so this is the full run-down of LG’s OLED TV line-up for 2018. Building on the success of the 2017 models, LG has beefed up the processing with the Alpha A9, added High Frame Rate (HFR) compatibility and maintained support for Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10 High Dynamic Range.
As detailed here, Smart functionalities also benefit from an upgrade with the inclusion of Google Assistant (US only, as far as we know) into WebOS.
The LG OLED W8 is the flagship TV and comes in screen sizes of 77- and 65-inches, It’s basically an incremental upgrade on last year’s W7 Signature Series ‘Wallpaper TV’ and comes with a 4.2 Dolby Atmos soundbar system.
The LG OLED E8, at least from what we’ve seen is basically the W8 only it won’t be quite such an ‘arty’ design with a more traditional ‘chassis’ – if you couldn’t even term something so svelte in that way. The E8 will be available in 55- and 65-inch varities.
The LG OLED C8 also comes with a soundbar but it’s just a 2.2 system, rather than a Dolby Atmos entry. The C8 comes in three screen size options with 55-, 65- and 77-inch models to be available.
Unlike last year, when the B7 was undoubtedly an outstanding value proposition with picture quality the equal to that of the higher-tier models, the 2018 B8 is, by the looks of things, a downgrade. It features the Alpha 7 – rather than 9 – processor which will likely mean some elements of the new processing aren’t available and colours not as accurate.
We should be getting up close and personal with the new LG TVs out in Vegas, soon, so stay posted for updates.
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