In advance of the start of the big CES tech show this weekend, LG has announced its flagship TV lineup for 2019. Leading LG’s range this year are its first 8K TVs, the 88-inch Z9 OLED and 75-inch SM99 LCD, which boast four times the resolution of current 4K displays, or sixteen times that of full HD. The entire flagship lineup also natively supports Alexa at launch in addition to Google Assistant, and they’re the first TVs announced with support for the latest HDMI standard, version 2.1, and high frame rate (HFR) for better rendering of sports, documentaries, and action films. Whereas last year you could only control LG’s TVs with Alexa using an external smart speaker, this year’s models will allow you to access the voice assistant using an Amazon Prime Video button located directly on the TV’s remote. So whether you’ve got a smart home that’s based around Alexa or Google Assistant, your LG TV should be able to act as a hub to control it. In total, LG has announced six different TV ranges. Four of them, the Z9, W9, E9 and C9, are OLEDs, while the SM9X and SM8X are LCDs. All of the OLED models and the single 8K LCD will be powered by the second generation of LG’s Alpha 9 processing chip, which is equipped with AI that LG promises will adjust the set’s brightness and audio based on the TV’s content and environment. LG’s 8K TVs aren’t the first to market (that award… [Read full story]
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