LG 55B8V OLED 4K TV Preview

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LG's affordable OLED does without some of the features of its more expensive brethren

by Steve Withers Jan 11, 2018 at 3:47 AM

  • 2017 was a massive year for OLED TV and LG did plenty of the legwork with the 7 Series units. 2018 has sees a new set of models take up the baton but unlike their predecessors, there isn't uniformity across the model ranges. While the majority of models see some key revisions, the B Series models are not being issued with the same roll out of features. Nonetheless, the 55B8V remains an enticing proposition.

    The picture processing uses the A7 processor, which is based on the processor from the preceding year (although it wasn't named as such at that point) but gains the Technicolor HDR standard which is added to the existing support for Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10. Also new for 2018 is the AutoCal CalMAN calibration software by SpectraCal which should greatly aid the speed and accuracy of the setup possible with the set in the home. This has been combined with the ThinQ AI system which enables voice control integration with Google, Siri and Alexa allowing the 55B8V to become part of a network of voice controlled, interconnected items.

    In physical terms, the 55B8V is the least featured of the 2018 sets but the look is still far from unattractive. The ‘Blade Slim’ design makes for a very slimline and elegant set and even this affordable model boasts on board support for Dolby Atmos.

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