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LG begins global roll-out of its first 8K TVs

LG begins global roll-out of its first 8K TVs
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If you've got the cash, you'll be able to buy one of LG's first 8K TVs this month in the US, UK, Australia, Germany and France. But you'll need to have a big bank balance – the LG 88Z9 8K OLED TV will cost $29,997, at least for early adopters. After that it may cost even more.

The LG 88Z9 Signature OLED 8K TV is the firm's largest TV to date, and delivers 8K Ultra HD resolution (7,680 x 4,320) with 33 million self-emitting pixels, equivalent to 16 times the number of pixels in a Full HD TV and four times that of a 4K UHD TV.

If that's a bit too large for you, LG’s 75SM99 75-inch 8K NanoCell TV is marginally smaller, but likely to be equally pricey (we had no confirmed price at the time of writing). It uses LG's Full Array Local Dimming Pro technology optimised for 8K – precisely controlling the TV’s backlighting for deeper blacks and greater contrast.

Both TVs deliver 8K upscaling of non-8K images, incorporate LG's second-generation α (Alpha) 9 Gen 2 8K intelligent processor and feature Cinema HDR, encompassing support for Dolby Vision and Advanced HDR by Technicolor up to 4K and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and HDR 10 up to 8K.

For even greater convenience, both the LG 88Z9 and 75SM99 models will support Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, and in some markets they will also have built-in versions of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice control.

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Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.