LG 2019 TVs: 8K, 4K, OLED, LCD – everything you need to know

LG 2019 TVs: 8K, 4K, OLED, LCD - everything you need to know

8K, rollable 4K, OLED and LCD – LG is ticking all the TV boxes in 2019. So, we've come up with a useful guide to the key models we can expect to see over the next 12 months.

It’s still a bit early to say which are the best LG TVs in 2019 and which should definitely go down on your shortlist, but we've laid out all the sizes, features and tech highlights for you to absorb.

You’ll find all this information below and we’ll be adding more information to this list as and when we get it, including prices and release dates.

LG 2019 TVs: What's new?

LG's premium 2019 TVs are powered by the company's new Alpha 9 Gen 2 processing engine. It features across all five OLED ranges and also powers LG's 75in SM99 8K LCD TV. This latest Alpha 9 chip combines with LG's two-pronged approach to tackling picture and sound quality on its 2019 TVs.

AI Picture optimises the picture by consulting a look-up table of content and comparing it to the incoming signal. The TV then adjusts the image automatically to deliver what it believes is the most accurate picture. It's a system similar to one already used by some rival TV manufacturers, including Panasonic and Sony.

The technology also uses an advanced ambient light sensor which can adjust the TV’s tone mapping curve based on your lighting conditions. The tech works on two levels depending on the content being shown. With SDR content it adjusts the overall panel brightness, but with HDR content it can adjust the picture to an ever finer degree.

LG's AI Sound technology introduces more advanced audio processing to LG's 2019 TVs. It gives compatible sets the ability to upmix a stereo signal into virtual 5.1 surround sound. LG's sets can also take into account the specifics of your room layout and acoustics, and tweak the sound accordingly. 

As was the case with LG's 2018 premium OLED and LCD models, Dolby Atmos (and Dolby Vision) support is included.

LG 2019 TV features

The arrival of HDMI 2.1 inputs on LG's 2019 TVs means support for 4K resolution and high frame rates (HFR) up to 120 frames per second is now included. The sockets also bring with them eARC support and they're also compatible with variable refresh rate (VRR).

Select LG TVs, including its entire OLED range and premium NanoCell LCD models will have Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit support. This doesn't go quite as far as Samsung, whose 2019 TVs will actually boast a dedicated iTunes app, but LG claims that you'll still be able to enjoy Apple’s 4K HDR content (including Dolby Vision and Atmos) through compatible TVs. We’ve asked LG for clarification on how this will  work.

For 2019, LG's smart TV system is getting a boost in power. Google Assistant and Alexa support is built-in, with LG promising more contextual conversations compared to its 2018 models.

Press the dedicated mic button to interact with ThinQ AI and the TV decides whether it can carry out the command or if it’s one for the Google Assistant. To use Alexa, press the dedicated Alexa button on the remote.

On the audio side, all of LG's OLED and flagship LCD sets are WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Audio) Ready. The technology allows for wireless streaming of up to eight channels of uncompressed 24-bit audio and also includes support for formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

OLED TV

At CES 2019, LG officially announced five new ranges of OLED TV – Z9, R9, W9, E9 and C9 – with screen sizes ranging from 55in to 88in.

The big news is that we can expect to see both 8K OLED (Z9) and 4K rollable OLED TVs (R9) go on sale this year. Z9 and R9 are due to land in the latter half of the year with the former available in a mammoth 88in screen size and the latter as a 65in set.

The OLED88Z9 comes with its own stand which carries all the connections and a built-in soundbar. It can also be wall-mounted. Meanwhile, LG's physics-defying OLED65R9 rolls up into its own TV stand which doubles as a wireless speaker.

2018's 'G' range has been jettisoned, presumably to make way for the rollable and 8K sets, while E9 continues LG's 'picture on glass' design, with slight refinements to the amount of glass on display and the speaker configuration used.

Although it's yet to be officially confirmed, LG hinted at CES that an additional B9 range could arrive later in the year. This entry-level range usually uses a slightly lower-powered processor compared to its siblings.

LG 2019 TVs: 8K, 4K, OLED, LCD – everything you need to know

8K OLED,

Z9 (88in)

LG OLED88Z9

Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor

Deep Learning AI Picture, AI Sound

ThinQ AI (Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa)

Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos

WiSA Ready

4K OLED

R9 (65in)

LG OLED65R9

Rollable design

Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor

Deep Learning AI Picture, AI Sound

ThinQ AI (Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa)

Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos

WiSA Ready

LG OLED65R9 rollable OLED TV (2019) hands on review

W9 (65in, 77in)

LG OLED65W9 / LG OLED77W9

Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor

Deep Learning AI Picture, AI Sound

ThinQ AI (Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa)

Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos

WiSA Ready

E9 (55in, 65in)

LG OLED55E9 /  LG OLED65E9

Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor

Deep Learning AI Picture, AI Sound

ThinQ AI (Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa)

Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos

60W sound

WiSA Ready

C9 (55in, 65in, 77in)

LG OLED55C9 / LG OLED65C9 / LG OLED77C8

Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor

Deep Learning AI Picture, AI Sound

ThinQ AI (Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa)

Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos

WiSA Ready

LG OLED65C9 4K OLED (2019) hands on review

LCD TV

LG has dropped the Super UHD label from its 4K NanoCell TVs in 2019 and widened its Nano umbrella to also include specific technology and design elements. NanoAccuracy and NanoColour relates to the advanced picture processing onboard these new models, while NanoBezel nods at the new ultra-thin bezel.

All LG's premium LCD sets boast a full array backlight with local dimming and HDMI 2.1 connectivity. There's also Dolby Vision, Atmos and AirPlay 2 built in.

It's only the 8K SM99 that gets the Alpha 9 2nd Gen processor - the other models in the range use LG's second generation Alpha 7 chip.

LG 2019 TVs: 8K, 4K, OLED, LCD – everything you need to know

8K LCD

SM99 (75in)

LG 75SM99

8K resolution

Full array backlight with local dimming (NanoColour Full Array Dimming Pro)

Alpha 9 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor

Deep Learning AI Picture, AI Sound

NanoAccuracy

HDMI 2.1

ThinQ AI (Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa)

Ultra-thin NanoBezel

AirPlay 2 support

WiSA Ready

4K LCD

SM98 (SM95 in the US) (55in, 65in)

LG 55SM98, LG 65SM98 / LG 55SM95, LG65SM95

Full array backlight with local dimming (NanoColour Full Array Dimming Pro)

Alpha 7 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor

Deep Learning AI Picture, AI Sound

HDMI 2.1

ThinQ AI (Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa)

Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos

NanoAccuracy

Ultra-thin NanoBezel

AirPlay 2 support

WiSA Ready

SM90 (49in, 65in, 75in, 86in, pictured above)

LG 49SM90, LG 65SM90, LG 75SM90, LG 86SM90

Full array backlight with local dimming (NanoColour Full Array Dimming)

Alpha 7 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor

Deep Learning AI Picture, AI Sound

HDMI 2.1

ThinQ AI (Google Assistant / Amazon Alexa)

Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos

NanoAccuracy

Ultra-thin NanoBezel

AirPlay 2 support

WiSA Ready

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