LG 2019 TV Lineup Begins Rollout
LG Electronics announced that its 2019 premium TV lineup will begin its global rollout this week, hitting the U.S. and South Korean markets. Unveiled at CES 2019 earlier this year, the lineup includes advanced OLED and NanoCell TVs featuring LG’s latest Alpha 9 Gen 2 intelligent processor and deep learning technology.
According to LG, demand for OLED TVs is expected to grow to 3.6 million units this year, 7 million units by 2020, and 10 million units in 2021. With those figures in mind, the Seoul-based manufacturer has structured its TV lineup in a way that ought to ensure its success as consumers more-frequently adopt the display technology.
“LG continues to push the boundaries of TV technological innovation, as can clearly be seen from our premium TV lineup for 2019,” Brian Kwon, president of Mobile Communications and Home Entertainment companies, said in a statement. “LG’s advanced AI technologies to improve picture and sound enrich and expand the viewing experience.”
The 2019 lineup is all about upgraded smarts and sized for LG. The full range of TVs scales up to 86-inch displays on both the OLED and NanoCell LCD lines. And the displays themselves will be upgraded via AI-enhanced picture and sound quality thanks to the new second-gen Alpha 9 processor. The technology can optimize images by recognizing source quality and implementing the best algorithm to display an enhanced image, while also recognizing ambient conditions within a room to smartly adjust the screens brightness to the optimal level.
The AI-enabled OLED and NanoCell displays also adjust content compatible with Dolby Vision to ensure a solid HDR experience. And from an audio perspective, the Alpha 9 processor can fine-tune audio according to content type, making movie or TV dialogue easier to understand, while also automatically adjusting sound levels based on the environment. And, of course, the user can manually control all settings to fine tune the experience to their personal preference.
Additionally, LG said that its new TVs will receive a mid-year update that will add support for Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit—something that was talked about and promised during CES 2019. The upgrade will give users the ability to easily stream their favorite content and connect to Apple’s ecosystem of smart home products right from their 2019 LG TV. Further, LG TV owners will receive another firmware update that brings support for Amazon Alexa, which compliments the Google Assistant support that comes right out of the box.
LG didn’t forget to touch on their two headline-grabbing TVs in the release this week, mentioning that both the 8K OLED TV and the LG SIGNATURE TV R (the gorgeous rollable set) would be included in the 2019 rollout. However, those sets are expected to drop later this year.