The first 2019 LG OLED TVs are available now! You can already buy the LG C9 and E9. The slightly cheaper B9, the Signature Wallpaper TV W9, the rollable OLED R9 and the 8K OLED Z9 will follow later in the year.
New Features of the 2019 LG OLEDs
LG is equipping its 2019 OLED Line Up with a number of new features. They will become even smarte and with HDMI 2.1 ready for the future!
Neue AI Features
The C, E and W series will have LG’s Alpha 9 Gen 2 processor. Whereas the B series will only have the Alpha 7 Gen 2 chipset. Like last year the noticeable differences will probably be marginal though.
These new chipsets improve a couple of automatic functions. “AI Picture” will be enhancing picture quality by using deep learning algorithms. There especially is an upgrade in the Dynamic Tone Mapping compared to last year’s.
With “AI Sound” a normal Stereo signal will be artificially enhanced to a virtual 5.1 Surround Sound. In addition there will be an automatic sound calibration to optimize the sound stage to your seating position and room.
Naturally, as in the 2018 line up, Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits, HDR10 Media Profile - HDR with a color depth of 10 Bit in the Rec. 2020 colorspace, Advanced High Dynamic Range - image/video with more dynamic range (contrast range) by Technicolor, DTS & Dolby Atmos will again be supported.
Google Assistant & Amazon Alexa
For now the new LG OLEDs will already have the Google Assistant next to LG’s own voice assistant.
Throughout the year Amazon’s Alexa will be added. Last but not least there also is an update for the webOS 4.5 planned which adds Apple AirPlay 2 support.
4K@120Hz with HDMI 2.1
The thing people were longing for the most probably is HDMI 2.1 – Meaning 4K with 120Hz via HDMI. The 2019 OLEDs will not only have HDMI 2.1 though.
Certain models will also include a Variable Refresh Rate - synchronizes the display's refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card (Variable Refresh Rate - synchronizes the display's refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card) and all of them will come with the ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode), an automatic game mode feature.
HDMI 2.1 isn’t being fully supported by many models at the moment. The HDMI Forum states what is required for the manufacturers to market a product having HDMI 2.1. The 2019 LG OLED (and Premium LED) Line Up will be the first televisions to officially support HDMI 2.1. The competing models by Samsung Sony and Co lack some of the features so they aren’t allowed to call it HDMI 2.1.
See all official specs for HDMI 2.1: www.hdmi.org/
LG OLED B9
The B9 will be LG’s cheapest OLED. It’ll have slightly fewer AI features as the C9 due to its weaker processor.
This will hardly affect picture quality though. The design is almost exactly the same as last year’s B8 but it will have all the new features mentioned above.
LG OLED C9
The LG OLED C9 will be the cheapest model having the maximum smart tv and picture quality LG has to offer.
Compared to last year’s OLED C8, the C9 (55 & 65 inches) will also have a different stand with a cable management solution. The 77 inch model is slightly different in design (looks like C8) and will not have the cable management and Variable Refresh Rate - synchronizes the display's refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card feature.
LG OLED E9
As in 2018 the E series will be quite similar to the C series. The difference between C9 and E9 will only be in sound quality and design. Compared to last year’s E8 the design of the E9 has become even sleeker.
And with the new stand just extending to the rear you’ll have a cable management solution. The height of the E9 also decreased by a little more than one inch.
Update September 2019: LG Electronics has announced that the LG C9 and E9 will also be capable of Nvidia G-Sync in the near future. This way Variable Refresh Rate - synchronizes the display's refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card for gaming without tearing is also possible with Nvidia graphics cards.
LG OLED W9
The LG OLED W9 will be available roughly one month after the previously mentioned OLEDs. It will look fairly similar to its predecessor the LG OLED W8 but have the new AI features as well as HDMI 2.1.
Sadly there will be no Variable Refresh Rate - synchronizes the display's refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card on the Signature Wallpaper TV.
Differences in the LG OLED: B9, C9, E9, & W9
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