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LG’s 2016 4K LCD TVs are all about HDR

By Ng Chong Seng - on 4 Jan 2016, 7:00am

LG’s 2016 4K LCD TVs are all about HDR

It’s CES time, which means you can expect loads of new TVs to come out of Vegas this week. Even before the door opens, LG has shown its hand, and told us to expect four “Super UHD” TVs: the 65-inch UH9500, 86-inch UH9550, 65-inch UH8500, and 75-inch UH8550. All four TVs are high dynamic range (HDR) enabled, and support the HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR standards.

The UH9500 and UH9550 are LG’s flagships this year. They use a True Black IPS panel that minimizes reflections and enhances contrast ratio, aided by a Contrast Maximiser tech that delivers more depth and contrast by separating objects from their backgrounds.

HDR is said to be the next big thing for 4K TVs, and LG wants us to know that it’s ready. A new HDR Plus tech, when paired with the company’s Ultra Luminance tech to enhance the effect, allows the UH9500 and UH9550 to show 4K HDR content as they were meant to be seen (LG’s words, not mine). The TVs will also come with HDR-compatible HDMI ports and an SDR-to-HDR conversation engine, so you can enjoy near-HDR content from any standard source.

To show that it can do color better than others, too, LG is introducing another term: ColorPrime Plus. This is apparently done through the use of a new filter to broaden the color spectrum. And the UH9500 and UH9550’s 10-bit panels and 10-bit processing enable the TVs to render one billion possible colors (LG named the feature Billion Rich Colors). They also support the BT.2020 standard.

Design-wise, the new TVs offer LG’s Ultra Slim design. By reducing the gaps between the panel and back cover chassis, the UH9500 has an ultra-thin 6.6mm screen depth and near-invisible bezels. In addition to working with Harman Kardon for the speaker system, the UH9500 also sports a new Magic Sound Tuning function that measures and analyzes the viewer’s environment and makes adjustments to customize the sound to the room’s specific conditions.

The UH8500 and UH8550 are similar to the UH9500 and UH9550, offering features like ColorPrime Plus, Billion Rich Colors, Ultra Luminance, and Contrast Maximizer, but in a slightly different design configuration.

At CES 2016, LG will also be showing off a 98-inch 8K Super UHD TV. This TV is ready for production, and LG is planning to ship it in the second half of 2016.

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