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LG announces the rollout of its new TV line-up
by Paul Hill
LG has announced the global launch of its 2021 TVs that includes OLED, QNED Mini LED and NanoCell screens. The new range will appeal to customers with different tastes thanks to the range of screen sizes available, the sets begin at 43-inches and go up to a huge 88-inches.
In the OLED category, LG has the Z1, G1, C1, B1, and A1 series. The A1 and B1 series are the most price-competitive while the C1 range features the most screen size options starting at 48-inches going up to 83-inches. The TVs in the G1 series feature the company’s new OLED evo technology that provides better luminosity for heightened brightness and “punchy images”.
LG’s QNED Mini LED TVs are available in 8K (models QNED99, QNED95) and 4K (models QNED90, QNED85). They all utilise Quantum Dot NanoCell technology developed by the Korean firm to make the picture quality that much better; they provide deeper blacks and more vibrant colours.
Finally, the company is introducing new NanoCell 8K (NANO99, NANO95) and 4K (NANO90, NANO85, NANO80, NANO77, NANO75) TVs. As the name suggests, all of these devices feature LG’s NanoCell display technology that uses nano-particles to remove colour impurities resulting in more life-like images.
These premium TVs are powered by webOS 6.0 which the firm announced in January. This year’s TVs also come with the latest α (Alpha) 9 Gen 4 AI that improves deep learning and improves upscaling performance. If you want to play games on the new TVs, LG includes a feature called Game Optimizer that automatically applies the best picture settings depending on the game you’re playing.
To improve your experience connecting the TVs up to your sound system, every model supports the HDMI 2.1 feature enhanced audio return channel (eARC). The TVs also support automatic low latency mode (ALLM), which provides a seamless gaming experience and lag-free viewing.
If you’re thinking about picking up one of the new TVs be on the lookout for them at local retailers as they will each have separate launch dates but expect sales to begin during the first quarter of the year.
LG introduces new TV lineup with better AI, new gaming features, and more
by João Carrasqueira
With this year's CES starting today, LG has unveiled its lineup of premium TVs for 2021. The company is introducing new models featuring new OLED evo technology - presumably based on the technology from sister company LG Display -, the new QNED models announced in December, and new additions to the NanoCell family.
OLED evo will be on the new LG G1 series, but there are new OLED models in the C1 and Z1 series, too. The C1 series offers the biggest variety of sizes, starting from a 48-inch model up to an 83-inch panel, which is a new size option for the lineup.
Inside the new TVs, LG is packing the new α9 Gen 4 AI processor, which improves the TVs' performance along with offering better image and sound. The new processor has a feature called AI Picture Pro, which can recognize things like faces and bodies (only on 8K models), as well as distinguish foreground and background objects, processing them individually to make them "more three-dimensional". Similarly, AI Sound Pro is also included, and it brings new features such as virtual 5.1.2 surround sound and Auto Volume Leveling, which keeps sound levels consistent as users switch between different input sources on the TV. This processor is inside all the new OLED models, as well as the QNED99 and QNED95 models and the NanoCell NANO99 and NANO95 models.
The new models also come with some gaming features, like Game Optimizer, which can be used to manage capabilities such as G-Sync, FreeSync, and Variable Refresh Rate. It can also automatically adjust picture settings depending on the type of game being played. OLED models also feature a 1 millisecond response time, low input lag, and four HDMI 2.1 ports to enable all the features of the new consoles from Sony and Microsoft. In fact, HDMI 2.1 support is being added to more of LG's TVs this year, including eARC and automatic low latency mode.
LG is also launching new soundbars to go along with its new TV models, which are specifically designed to be paired with the new OLED models. There's also a new Gallery Stand mount that lets TVs be mounted anywhere for additional interior planning options.
Samsung's upcoming QLED TVs will feature HDR10+ Adaptive support
by João Carrasqueira
Samsung has been one of the biggest supporters of the HDR10 standard and its iterations with its TVs and phones, being one of the first to add support for new features. Today, the Korean giant announced that its upcoming lineup of QLED TVs, likely to be announced at CES 2021, will support the new HDR10+ Adaptive feature.
HDR10+ is an improvement on HDR10 which allows for dynamic metadata to be used, making it so that things like tone mapping, brightness, and so on can be adjusted on a scene-by-scene basis. However, HDR10+ content is usually best enjoyed in dimly lit environments, which means you won't always get the best experience depending on where you're trying to watch content.
HDR10+ Adaptive means TVs can adapt the HDR10+ content so it can be enjoyed in different lighting conditions. Samsung is also enabling support for Filmmaker mode with HDR10+ Adaptive content, and the first service to support it is Amazon Prime Video, which is often first to support new HDR features on Samsung TVs.
There's no indication that this feature is coming to previous generations of Samsung TVs, so you may have to buy one of the upcoming models if you're interested in it.
Samsung announces its first standalone 110-inch MicroLED TV
by João Carrasqueira
Samsung has announced the launch of its first standalone MicroLED TV in South Korea, coming in at a massive 110-inch display size. MicroLED has been the focus of some display developments in recent years, and Samsung made its first big splash in that space at CES 2018 with the "The Wall". This was a 146-inch TV, but because it was modular, it required professional installation.
The new 110-inch MicroLED is the first time Samsung is selling a MicroLED TV in a typical TV form factor that users can use out of the box. The company says that it was previously impossible to create a display of this size to be installed normally - which is considered small for a MicroLED - by consumers, but it developed a "cutting-edge" surface mount technology and a new production process inspired by its semiconductor business. Thus, manufacturing, delivery, and installation of the TVs are easier now, with even smaller models being possible in the future.
Similar to the modular panel from before, the new MicroLED TV has virtually no bezels around the display, touting a 99.99% screen-to-body ratio. It offers 4K resolution, and it covers 100% of DCI and Adobe RGB color spaces, meaning you should get pretty high-fidelity colors from the panel.
Like other MicroLED panels, the pixels are self-emitting, meaning they create their own light and can be turned off when they're meant to be black, resulting in true blacks. What's more, MicroLEDs are made of inorganic materials that promise a lifespan of up to 100,000 hours, which is more than 11 years.
Of course, the TV also comes with other high-end features you'd expect, with 5.1 channel sound built-in, plus features like Object Tracking Sound Pro, which aims to provide a more realistic surround sound experience.
Not much more is known about the 110-inch MicroLED TV, which is expected to go on sale in the first quarter of 2021.
Virgin Media launches a new TV platform called Virgin TV 360
by Paul Hill
Virgin Media has announced the launch of its new TV platform, Virgin TV 360. With the new TV platform, customers will get a new Mini box, a new TV remote with voice control and smart new features that offer a personalised experience.
Other features on Virgin TV 360 include Profiles and Startover. Profiles allow family members to receive personal recommendations for shows, select their favourite channels, and more. Startover allows customers to skip back to the start of a programme being broadcast live even if it has already begun.
Commenting on the launch, David Bouchier, Chief TV & Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media, said:
The new Mini box comes with the ability to record a programme once and then it can be shared across multiple set top boxes. This will be helpful for those who have TVs in multiple rooms and want to watch their shows throughout the home. With the newly updated Virgin TV Go app, customers can even pause a programme on their set top box and carry on watching it on their tablet or mobile phone in another room or on the move.
Virgin Media said that any new customers taking one of its TV and broadband bundles will get Virgin TV 360 as standard. Existing customers with the Ultimate Oomph bundle or those who upgrade to Ultimate Oomph will also be able to get Virgin TV 360 later in the year at no extra cost.
The Ultimate Oomph bundle comes with Virgin Media’s premium TV package that includes 250 channels such as Sky Cinema, Sky Sports and BT Sport channels. It includes two TV set top boxes, ultrafast M500 Fibre broadband, a landline and an unlimited mobile SIM. The firm plans to boost broadband speeds to 600Mbps for existing customers. The Ultimate Oomph bundle currently sets you back £79.99 per month.