LG 2019 OLED TVs begin at $2,500, ship in April, similar to final 12 months

LG’s C9 ships subsequent month and prices $three,500 for the 65-inch model right here.


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In the previous couple of years LG’s OLED TVs have taken the image high quality crown, and I do not anticipate that to vary in 2019. And the pricing is not altering both.

The preliminary costs and delivery dates of LG’s latest OLED TVs are largely the identical as final 12 months: Not low-cost. The most-affordable to this point, the 55-inch C9, begins at $2,500, the identical because the 2018 C8 a 12 months in the past. The similar goes for the 65-inch dimension at $three,500. Here’s the total lineup:

LG 2019 OLED TV pricing and availability

Model

Size

Price

Shipping

OLED55C9P

55-inch

$2,500

April

OLED65C9P

65-inch

$three,500

April

OLED77C9P

77-inch

$7,000

May

OLED55E9P

55-inch

$three,300

June

OLED65E9P

65-inch

$four,300

April

OLED65W9P

65-inch

$7,000

June

OLED77W9P

77-inch

$13,000

June

The solely OLED TVs that acquired less-expensive this 12 months are the step-up fashions. The 77-inchers at the moment are barely less-astronomical, falling $2,000 this 12 months. The E9 fell $200 for each sizes whereas the 65-inch W9 stays the identical value.

The solely distinction between the C9, E9 and W9 is beauty. The W9 (77- and 65-inch) is an excellent skinny “wallpaper” mannequin, the E9 (65-inch solely) has a smooth new glass stand and the C9 (55-, 65- and 77-inch) is the mainstream mannequin. All can have the identical options and movie high quality.

Not included within the chart above, however confirmed as “coming this year” by LG, is the B9. It will likely be less-expensive than any of those above. Based on its 2018 predecessor, and the shortage of any change in 2019 pricing, I anticipate it to price $2,100 for the 55-inch dimension and $three,000 for the 65-incher.

Pricing and availability weren’t introduced for the higher-end OLED TVs LG confirmed at CES, specifically the 88-inch 8K mannequin and the rollable OLED. Both are anticipated someday later this 12 months.

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What you could learn about 2019 OLEDs

Below I element the modifications LG makes to its 2019 TVs in comparison with 2018, however the principle factor you could know now’s that costs will go down, perhaps means down, later within the 12 months. If you may’t wait till November 2019 or later, you may nonetheless rating a whole lot on 2018 OLED TVs now — and I am guessing it should carry out practically as properly because the 2019 model.

That stated, this is the principle variations.

New OLED TVs embrace an A9 Gen 2 processor… with “AI.” The primary picture high quality enhance LG made to its industry-leading OLED fashions in 2018 was higher processing — though in our comparability the enhancements had been minor at finest. For 2019 that processing ratchets up once more with a brand new “intelligent processor and deep learning algorithm” that, amongst different claims, higher adjusts the image for room lighting.

Light output and different picture high quality traits are principally the identical as final 12 months. I requested about burn-in and LG’s rep stated no new options had been added to handle the difficulty.

High-end 2019 LG TVs can have full HDMI 2.1. LG confirmed to CNET that its 2019 OLED fashions embrace the most recent model of the HDMI commonplace: 2.1. That means their HDMI ports can deal with the 48 Gbps bandwidth required by next-generation video like 8K decision at 60 frames per second, or 4K at 120 fps (new HDMI 2.1-compatible cables will probably be required). More vital for many 2019 OLEDs, which lack 8K decision, is help enhanced audio return channel (eARC) in addition to two gamer-friendly extras: variable refresh price (VRR) and computerized low latency mode (ALLM, or auto recreation mode). Check out HDMI 2.1: What you could know for particulars.

Alexa will be part of Google Assistant. LG’s units have already got Google’s voice management system built-in, obtainable by urgent the distant’s mic button and talking into the clicker. 2019 OLED and LCD fashions may also supply entry to Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant if you long-press the Amazon Prime Video button. Just like with Google, Alexa customers “can manage smart home devices, ask questions and access tens of thousands of skills and even set up their ideal Alexa Routine.” LG says Alexa is not going to be made obtainable in 2018 or earlier units through a software program replace.

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Both Google Assistant and now Alexa will likely be constructed into LG’s 2019 TVs.


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Apple AirPlay 2 and Homekit are on-board: Just like 2019 TVs from Vizio, Sony, Samsung and possibly Roku, LG will play good with Apple. AirPlay 2 principally works similar to the identical characteristic on an Apple TV field, letting the TV operate as a show for TV exhibits, motion pictures, pictures and net pages with an iPhone, iPad or Mac because the controller. The HomeEquipment integration lets customers management the TV and their different good dwelling merchandise utilizing Apple’s Home app or by speaking to Apple’s Siri digital assistant.

WISA permits wi-fi 5.1 speaker management. New for 2019, LG’s TVs can work with audio system appropriate with the Wireless Speaker and Audio Association commonplace, such because the Klipsch Reference Premiere Wireless system. The concept is to eradicate the necessity for an AV receiver to get full 5.1-channel encompass sound. Instead, the TV acts because the controller, wirelessly speaking with the person audio system, which solely want energy connections. It’s a neat concept, however fairly area of interest.

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This 88-inch 8K behemoth is the biggest OLED TV but.


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What about 8K?

Not to be outdone by Samsung’s launch of TVs with 8K decision, this 12 months LG will promote an 88-inch 8K OLED TV, mannequin Z9, in addition to a 75-inch 8K LCD TV, mannequin 75SM99. LG talks up “higher processing capabilities” with “8K upscaling and improved noise reduction.”

I noticed each in individual at CES 2019 and the 88-inch 8K OLED is actually spectacular. The good distinction of OLED mixed with such a large picture is a potent mixture. The 8K dynamic HDR demo footage run off a customized laborious drive actually helped, after all. And after all LG’s rep did not even trace at pricing, however since Samsung’s 85-inch 8K LCD is 15 grand, I will be shocked if this TV does not price thrice as a lot.

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Meanwhile the 75-inch 8K LCD subsequent to it — the smallest 8K TV formally introduced within the US to this point — actually paled as compared. LG says it hasn’t improved the panel expertise, however it did change the identify to “NanoCell.”

We’re trying ahead to testing LG’s latest OLED TVs quickly. In the meantime, this is my early 2019 TV shopping for recommendation.