LG SM9970 (75SM9970) 8K LCD Preview

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8K NanoCell

by Phil Hinton Jan 22, 2019 at 4:55 AM

  • The LG 75SM9970 is the company's flagship 8K NanoCell LCD TV, it has a resolution of 7680 x 4320 and comes in a single 75-inch screen size.

    The SM9970 uses a new 8K LCD IPS panel with a full array LED backlight and local dimming. It also features the Alpha 9 Gen 2 processor (optimised for 8K), ThinQ AI smart features, and High Dynamic Range support (HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma, and Dolby Vision with dynamic metadata).

    Crucially the SM9970 includes HDMI 2.1 connections, allowing the TV to support both 8K and High Frame Rates (HFR) such as 4K at 120fps over HDMI.

    There's also support for Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), allowing the TV to send lossless object-based audio such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X back via HDMI ARC. LG has also added support for Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Automatic Low Latency Mode (ALLM), which is sure to please gamers.

    The Alpha 9 Gen 2 processor applies machine learning to improve the upscaling, has an upgraded Motion Pro black frame insertion system, and a separate decontouring control in the menu system.

    ThinQ AI processing has been applied to the audio with ‘AI Sound’, which monitors what is being shown on screen and adjusts and enhances the sound accordingly. It will also be able to upconvert stereo to 5.1, and it supports Dolby Atmos.

    A new version (4.5) of webOS will also be introduced, which now includes voice assistance from Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant5, along with support for Apple's AirPlay 2 and HomeKit features.

    LG hasn't announced a price yet, but the 75SM9970 will be available in the spring.

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