LG Unveils World’s Biggest OLED TV for NZ Plus Expanded UHD Line-Up

LG’s 2014 range of TVs will include the world’s largest Ultra HD Curved OLED model and an HD hybrid TV that combines Freeview satellite and terrestrial tuners.

The company unveiled its line-up tonight to media in Auckland but has yet to provide pricing and release dates.

It also demonstrated the biggest change to their Smart TV operating system since LG’s first Smart TVs came out three years ago.

More than 80% of LG’s 2014 Smart TV range will feature the new WebOS system, which LG is plugging as “simple to connect, simple to switch and simple to discover”.

Everything on WebOS is treated like an application, so if you plug something in to HDMI 1, it comes up as an app in the menu.

Web OS also makes using the Magic Remote, voice and motion control TV more intuitive, with Voice Search functionality having been optimised for New Zealand accents (yeah, right).

LG’s first UHD OLED TV is a curved 77-inch monster that will hog the headlines and make anyone who’s experienced the wonders of its first OLED TV, the HD-only 55EA9800, eager to see the technology beefed up in 4K — albeit with a US sticker price of $US30,000.

But the company’s emphasis is firmly on UHD LED, with nine new models announced for 2014.

LG says it was NZ’s top-selling UHD brand in 2013, when it launched the technology with an 84-inch crowdpleaser.

This year it will introduce the technology in screens as “small” as 50 inches.

The Series 9 flagship, the UB980T, will be available in 79- and 84-inch displays, complete with a 5.2 speaker system developed in collaboration with Harman Kardon.

LG claims the TV’s powerful processor, in tandem with the upgraded Super Resolution Algorithm, the Tru-ULTRA HD Engine Pro, can render SD, HD or Full HD content into UHD.

It also has a built-in 4K HEVC 60p decoder that’s compatible with both 4K H.264 and HEVC H.265 signals, in 30p or 60p, and can display UHD content from nearly any input source, including HDMI 2.0, USB and LAN.

The next model down, the UB950T, also features the True-ULTRA HD Engine and will be sold in 55- and 65-inch sizes with a 2.1 channel system.

The Series 8 UB850T, which will be available in 50-, 55- and 60-inch variations, will retain the processing grunt of the higher-spec models but with only a twin speaker system.

LG’s Hybrid TV, with dual SD and HD tuners, will come out in the widest range of screens: 42, 50, 55, 60 and 70 inches.

The full range of UHD and HD TVs can record to in-built memory (4.9GB) or a USB hard drive.

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One Response to “LG Unveils World’s Biggest OLED TV for NZ Plus Expanded UHD Line-Up”

  1. UHD is the way the world is going but anyone care to bet on when there will be content here in NZ? Hell, we can’t even get more than three FTA and a handful of Sky channels on normal HD.

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