CES 2020 - LG presents its new Oled TV range

LG presents its new Oled TV range

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     Like every year, LG takes advantage of the CES to unveil its new range of Oled televisions and in 2020, we can say that the Korean manufacturer has packed the package with no less than 14 different models.

     The CX series is the successor to the C9 range, while the BX series takes over from the B9 TVs. The same applies to the wallpaper TV LG 65WX which succeeds the LG 65W9 and retains a remote soundbar. 

     The roll-up TV LG 65R9 - which is still not available - has already been replaced by the LG 65RX. The LG Oled 8K TV - the LG 88Z9 we tested - is also replaced by the LG 88ZX. 

It also inherits a little brother, the LG 77ZX, which is the first 77-inch Oled 8K TV. It remains to be seen whether it will be cheaper than the LG 88Z8, which sold for €30,000.


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     All these TVs keep a design very close to last year's models and only differ from them by the integration of the new LG Alpha 9 Gen3 AI processor, which should further improve the quality of the scaling and the performance of the motion compensation engine.

     A more "affordable" 77-inch Oled 8K television with smaller pixels

     The first 77-inch Oled 8K TV - the LG 77ZX - takes the features of the 88Z9, but inherits the new Alpha 9 Gen 3 AI processor. 

     This model should above all make the Oled 8K TVs a little more democratic, so to speak. The 88-inch model should still be sold at around €30,000, but the 77-inch model should be sold between €15,000 and €20,000. 

     Above all, it shows that LG Display has managed to reduce the distance between each pixel even further by managing to fit 132 million sub-pixels on a 77-inch panel (4 sub-pixels for the 33 million pixels of an 8K display), which is clearly a feat.


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The new Oled GX TV that sticks to the wall

     LG is well aware that wall-mounted Oled TVs - with the exception of the W series - lack class, especially when compared to Samsung TVs. 

     Because if the thickness of the screen is very thin, once hung on the wall, an Oled TV suffers from the thickness of the lower part that lifts the slab from the wall by several centimeters. 

     The LG Oled GX television responds to this problem by distributing the electronics evenly behind the tile so that the entire television can be placed against the wall in the same way as Samsung offers on its top-of-the-range series, The Frame and Qled.

     Unlike Samsung, LG does not use an external case. Connections and power supply are embedded in the TV. This is a good and bad thing at the same time. 

     The installation will be a little more complicated for the general public since it will be necessary to dig your head in to make the HDMI cables and power supply disappear, but in some situations, this avoids having an external box in addition. 

     As a result of the integration of all the components, the TV has a uniform thickness of 20mm, which is more than that of the new Samsung QE65Q950TS with its 15mm thickness.


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A 48-inch model in the CX range

     If the characteristics of the 2020 Oled TVs are close to those of 2019 with just the arrival of a new processor, the big news is the arrival of a 48-inch model. 

     The LG 48CX will thus display an Ultra HD image on a diagonal of 48 inches (about 122 cm) and will retain the same technical characteristics as its big brothers equipped with 55, 65 and 77-inch tiles.


     The big unknown with this model is the price. LG does not yet communicate on the prices of this model which should be available in the second half of 2020. 

     Usually, the 55-inch version of the C-series at LG is sold at around €3,000. One can logically expect a retail price of around €2,500 for the launch of the LG 48CX. This price should of course drop over time.

FilmMaker Mode, Bluetooth surround speakers, G-Sync, built-in microphone, and Dolby Vision IQ

     All new Oled TVs will benefit from a new FilmMaker mode, a standardized cinema mode that is expected to be adopted by several manufacturers to make life easier for users. 

     Above all, this model benefits from an automatic switchover with compatible sources such as Dolby Vision for example. 

     LG has also announced the compatibility of its televisions with the new Dolby Vision IQ mode which - as far as we understand it - adjusts the picture according to the ambient light conditions measured by a sensor on the television. The aim is to deliver a faithful picture, even in broad daylight.

     In another very practical development, LG announces that it will now be possible to add any Bluetooth speaker to manage the rear channels of Dolby Digital movies. A great way to increase immersion in a movie at a lower cost. 

     Another much-awaited addition is that the GX, WX, ZX and RX TVs now include a microphone directly on the TV so that you can control the TV by voice without having to touch the remote control in the same way that Sony already offers on its Oled AF9 and AG9 TVs.


     Finally, 12 of the 15 models will also be G-Sync compatible, which means no tearing and jerking, and support for 4K 120Hz 4:2:0:0 8-bit 4:2:0 support on current graphics cards that are HDMI 2.0-compliant. 

     To enjoy a full sampled image, you'll have to wait for the release of the new Nvidia graphics processors which should finally support HDMI 2.1. LG also announces a display delay reduced to approximately 5 ms which will be - according to them - impossible to measure with the usual tools.


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An outing for spring 2020

     As every year, these new Oled televisions should be available next spring, with the exception of the 48-inch model which will arrive later this year. LG may also choose to postpone the release of the LG BX, as it did last year, to avoid cannibalizing sales of the C series.

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