LG 65W8V Wallpaper OLED 4K TV Preview
The Wallpaper TV still looks very cool
The W8 might not be quite as revolutionary as when it was launched last year but this OLED 4K TV remains a striking design. The wallpaper effect is achieved thanks to a panel that is just millimetres thick and can be attached to the wall using hooks and magnets. There is a separate all-in-one box that houses the speakers, including upward-firing drivers, the connections, the amplification and the electronics. The W8 supports Dolby Atmos and, thanks to the inclusion of the new Alpha 9 processor, it can deliver superior picture processing and image accuracy. The W8 comes in the 65-inch 65W8V version previewed here and also a larger 75-inch 75W8V models as well.
As with all of LG's 2018 OLED TVs, the W8 includes a smart platform based around their superb WebOS 3.0 operating system and Magic Motion remote controller. However, for 2018 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 Alpha 9 processor is a big addition this year and includes a host of new features such as improved motion handling, black frame insertion, a de-contouring feature and Active HDR that analyses static HDR10 content and essentially adds dynamic metadata. The W8V will support just about every version of High Dynamic Range, including HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), Dolby Vision and Technicolor HDR. In addition, the W8 can also support High Frame Rate (HFR) content, although not over HDMI.
Thanks to LG's new AutoCal feature the W8 can deliver highly accurate images in minutes. This feature was developed in conjunction with Portrait Display's CalMAN calibration software and allows professional calibrators direct access to the Alpha 9 processor. As a result the auto calibration feature can quickly and effectively calibrate the W8 to a professional level of accuracy with 33x33x33 3D look up tables.
Although the W8 might not be hugely different from last year's W7, it remains one of the most eye-catching TV designs around and a great example of the possibilities of OLED.
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