LG 65G8V OLED 4K TV Preview
Despite a make-over, the G8 still feels like a product looking for an audience
The G8 is LG's high-end OLED 4K TV, sitting just below the flagship W8 in their line-up. The G8 forms part of their Signature range of luxury products and has a price tag to match. As with the E8, the G8 has had a make-over and the 'Picture-on-Glass' design now extends all the way to the bottom. There is a 2.2-channel soundbar built into the 'Picture-on-Glass' frame, that acts as a stand as well, and like all of LG's OLED TVs the G8 supports Dolby Atmos. The G8 comes in the 65-inch 65G8V version previewed here and also a larger 75-inch 75G8V model as well.
The G8 uses the same smart platform as the rest of the OLED line-up, which is still based around the superb WebOS 3.0 operating system and Magic Motion remote control. This year LG have also added their new ThinQ AI system, which enables the TV to both integrate with other internet devices and provide voice control via third party devices that use Google, Siri and Alexa.
The G8 includes the Alpha 9 processor, which results in improved motion handling, black frame insertion, a de-contouring feature and Active HDR that analyses static HDR10 content and essentially adds dynamic metadata. The G8V also supports most forms of High Dynamic Range, including HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), Dolby Vision and Technicolor HDR. In addition, the G8 can also support High Frame Rate (HFR) content although, in the absence of HDMI 2.1, it can't handle HFR over HDMI.
LG's new AutoCal feature will deliver highly accurate images in minutes and allows professional calibrators direct access to the Alpha 9 processor. As a result the auto calibration feature can quickly and effectively calibrate the G8V to a professional level of accuracy with 33x33x33 3D look up tables.
The 65G8V is a well designed and feature-packed TV that promises superior picture and sound quality, although as with the G series in previous years, it's hard to understand why consumers wouldn't either go for the cheaper C8 or E8 or the wow factor of the W8.
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