LG 55C8V OLED 4K TV Preview
The real 2018 4K OLED action starts here
By all accounts, LG had a pretty good year in 2017 with a well thought out and extensive OLED range that achieved both critical acclaim and strong sales. It is logical therefore that LG has launched its 2018 models in an ebullient mood. This year, the B8 Series does without some of the niceties of the more expensive models so it is the 55C8V seen here that represents the entry point to the full LG 2018 OLED experience. The C8 is available in the 55-inch version previewed here, along with 65- and 75-inch screen sizes.
Key to this is the all new ‘A9’ processor which promises improved colour accuracy and motion handling, along with a de-contouring feature, Active HDR and Black Frame Insertion. LG has also included support for Technicolor HDR in addition to Dolby Vision, HLG and HDR10. You also get the CalMAN calibration software by SpectraCal which should greatly aid the accuracy and speed of the setup possible with the set at home. There have also been some improvements to user functionality. The 55C8V now gets the ThinQ AI system that includes voice control integration with Google, Siri and Alexa allowing the 55C8V to become part of a network of voice controlled, interconnected items.
The design of the C Series sits somewhere between the more affordable B models and the swankier units. The screen is pleasingly thin and fitted with a minimalist bezel. The key difference is with the speakers. In place of the built in units in the cheaper models, you get a 2.2 soundbar with rather more heft than the internal speakers of the B8.
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