Inside LG’s Smart+ TV webOS
Alessi said the Smart+ TV webOS interface would help position LG well in the 2014 Ultra HD industry marketplace. LG’s target is to garner what he termed “a lion’s share” of what the company estimates will be a one-million-unit UHD sales year industrywide.
Beyond Smart+ TV webOS, LG’s 2014 UHD model lineup, including the 120Hz UB8500 series as well as the mid-level UB9500 and the 240Hz UB9800 series, will carry certain signature features such as the company’s IPS 4K panel, which he said offers a wider viewing angle with no picture quality deterioration. “IPS is a big story we’re pushing out at retail this year,” he added.
Featured in the top-line UB9800 series is LG’s Tru-ULTRA HD Engine Pro, which uses a high-grade six-step upscaling process (versus most upscalers’ three- or four-step processes) and double-checks for unwanted artifacts, he said. The UB9800 series will also benefit from a high-grade seven-speaker front-driver-facing Harman/Kardon sound system.