LG Announces Availability of 2018 Premium TV Lineup with ThinQ AI
Unveiled earlier this year at CES 2018, LG on Tuesday announced the official pricing and availability details for its 2018 lineup of LG OLED TVs with AI ThinQ and LG SUPER UHD TVs with AI ThinQ. In total, LG will launch nine new AI-enabled OLED TV models in 2018—including the W8, E8, C8, and B8 series—and seven new AI-enabled SUPER UHD TVs. The OLED models will range in size from 55 to 77 inches, while the SUPER UHD models will range from 49 to 75 inches.
The premium LG TV models will will out through U.S. retailers starting later this month. (Full details below.)
Aside from various incremental annual improvements made to the TV technology, the new LG models feature the company’s ThinQ artificial intelligence—which stole the show for LG at CES 2018 earlier this year—as well as the new LG Alpha 9 intelligent processor. Beyond its integration into apps and entertainment features, the AI TVs use voice control (and Google Assistant) to turn the TV into a smart home hub.
“LG OLED has consistently set the standard for picture quality and design in the premium TV market since its introduction a few short years ago,” LG Electronics Head of Home Entertainment Product Marketing Tim Alessi said in a statement. “The new 2018 models launching in the U.S. continue that leadership with the addition of LG ThinQ AI (Artificial Intelligence) in our premium TVs, offering consumers unmatched picture quality and state-of-the-art AI capabilities that combine to deliver an entirely new entertainment experience in the home.”
ThinQ in LG’s 2018 TVs will enable users to engage with their entertainment experience in all new ways. Using natural language commands, users will be able to control TV functions, discover and play content, control TV settings, manage schedules, access information, and control compatible connected smart home devices, including lighting and appliances.
The Alpha 9 intelligent processor—found in the LG SIGNATURE OLED TV AI ThinQ W8, and LG OLED TV AI ThinQ E8 and C8-series—will give viewers a “more realistic and accurate” color profile, according to LG. Specifically, the chip will enhance the viewing experience and improve image renderings, making the TV easy to watch from “virtually any viewing angle.”
LG SIGNATURE OLED TV AI ThinQ W8
- 77-inch class (OLED77W8PUA), $14,999.99, available week of April 16
- 65-inch class (OLED65W8PUA), $6,999.99, available week of July 16
LG OLED TV AI ThinQ C8
- 77-inch class (OLED77C8PUA), $8,999.99, available week of April 12
- 65-inch class (OLED65C8PUA), $3,499.99, available week of March 19
- 55-inch class (OLED55C8PUA), $2,499.99, available week of March 19
LG OLED TV AI ThinQ E8
- 65-inch class (OLED65E8PUA), $4,499.99, available week of April 2
- 55-inch class (OLED55E8PUA), $3,499.99, available week of April 2
LG OLED TV AI ThinQ B8
- TBA at a later date
LG SUPER UHD TV AI ThinQ SK9500
- 65-inch class (65SK9500PUA), $2,699.99, available week of March 19
LG SUPER UHD TV AI ThinQ SK9000
- 65-inch class (65SK9000PUA), $2,199.99, available week of March 12
- 55-inch class (55SK9000PUA), $1,599.99, available week of March 12
LG SUPER UHD TV AI ThinQ SK8000
- 75-inch class (75SK8070PUA), $2,699.99, available week of April 23
- 65-inch class (65SK8000PUA), $1,999.99, available week of April 2
- 55-inch class (55SK8000PUA), $1,199.99, available week of April 2
- 49-inch class (49SK8000PUA), $999.99, available week of May 7
For more on these and other LG TV models, visit the LG website.