In the last few years LG’s OLED TVs have taken the picture quality crown, and I don’t expect that to change in 2019. And the pricing isn’t changing either. The initial prices and shipping dates of LG’s newest OLED TVs are largely the same as last year: Not cheap. The most-affordable so far, the 55-inch C9, starts at $2,500, the same as the 2018 C8 a year ago. The same goes for the 65-inch size at $3,500. Here’s the full lineup: The only OLED TVs that got less-expensive this year are the step-up models. The 77-inchers are now slightly less-astronomical, falling $2,000 this year. The E9 fell $200 for both sizes while the 65-inch W9 stays the same price. The only difference between the C9, E9 and W9 is cosmetic. The W9 (77- and 65-inch) is a super thin “wallpaper” model, the E9 (65-inch only) has a sleek new glass stand and the C9 (55-, 65- and 77-inch) is the mainstream model. All will have the same features and picture quality. Not included in the chart above, but confirmed as “coming this year” by LG, is the B9. It will be less-expensive than any of the ones above. Based on its 2018 predecessor, and the lack of any change in 2019 pricing, I expect it to cost $2,100 for the 55-inch size and $3,000 for the 65-incher. Pricing and availability were not announced for the higher-end OLED TVs LG showed at CES, namely the 88-inch 8K model and the rollable… [Read full story]
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