The 88-inch 8K OLED TV is going to be one of the most expensive TVs to buy in 2019. The company revealed the new TVs ahead of next week's CES 2019 exposition, where competition will likely showcase other 8K TVs. Four of them, the Z9, W9, E9 and C9, are OLEDs, while the SM9X and SM8X are LCDs. Likewise gaming features like variable refresh rate (VRR) and an automatic low latency mode (ALLM) will be supported as well. The latest standard gives these units a leg up and are more future proof against the competition. Support for enhanced audio return channel (eARC) enables home theater enthusiasts to seamlessly utilize HDMI connectivity and enjoy the highest quality audio formats available with superb detail and depth. While the connector itself isn't changing, new cables might be necessary to get the full advantage of the new standard. While you might be thinking, "didn't LG's TVs already support Alexa", then technically you're right.
According to an LG press release, the company's newest flagship TVs will use a new algorithm to offer enhanced picture and sound by analyzing source content as well as optimize content by recognizing ambient conditions. For example, by pressing the Amazon Prime Video button on the Magic Remote, users can manage smart home devices, ask questions and access tens of thousands of skills and even set up their ideal Alexa Routine complete with wake-up call, traffic information and favorite TV channel switching all with their voice.
LG's 2018 TVs introduced the α (Alpha) 9 intelligent processor and ThinQ AI, but all of that is getting a big update in 2019.
The LG Z9 8K TV won't come alone to the 8K world, either, with a 75 inch LED-backlit LCD coming in the LG SM99, what will no doubt be a flagship for LCD TVs offering wide viewing angles, a thin bezel, and LG's "NanoCell" technology, which is another way of saying "Quantum Dot".
A lot of these settings and feature have been around for a while in PC monitors and speakers, so it's nice to see them come to high-end TVs where they can improve on the TV watching experience.