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LG's 2018 Super UHD TVs are smarter and offer better picture quality thanks to a new processor and full-array local dimming

By Ng Chong Seng - on 20 Apr 2018, 9:40am

LG's 2018 Super UHD TVs are smarter and offer better picture quality thanks to a new processor and full-array local dimming

In addition to new 4K OLED TVs, LG has also announced its Super UHD LCD TV lineup for the Singapore market. Three series, SK9500P, SK8500P, and SK8000P, are available, with screen sizes ranging from 49 to 65 inches.

Display technology differences aside, LG’s OLED and Super UHD TVs actually share many similar features. Here’s a rundown of the key ones:

New α (Alpha) 7 processor - Like its OLED cousins, LG’s 2018 Super UHD TV models come with a new processor. But instead of the α9, the LCD TVs are using the α7. 120fps support is onboard, but the α7 doesn't have the α9's 4-step noise reduction tech.

IPS panels, Nano Cell tech, full-array local dimming - LG’s Super UHD TVs have traditionally used IPS panels for wide viewing angles, and the 2018 models are no different. They also feature a Nano Cell tech to improve color accuracy. Of the three series, the SK9500P and SK8500P also sports full-array local dimming for more precise control of the LED backlight. The lower-end SK8000P relies on edge-lit local dimming. Broadly speaking, FALD LCD TVs typically offer images with deeper blacks and better shadow details than edge-lit TVs. Between the flagship SK9500P and the midrange SK8500P, the former has more dimming zones for even more precise backlight control.

4K Cinema HDR - The 2018 Super UHD TVs continue to offer support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, and Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) HDR formats, as well as Advanced HDR by Technicolor. In addition, the TVs are able to take regular HDR10 signals and use LG’s proprietary algorithms to dynamically tone-map each frame to get better brightness and contrast. LG markets its HDR10 and HLG implementations as HDR10 Pro and HLG Pro, so don’t be confused.

Dolby Atmos - All 2018 Super UHD TVs support Dolby Atmos audio.

ThinQ AI - Like the OLED TVs, the Super UHD TVs run the new ThinQ AI platform. The key addition is the vastly upgraded voice command system that uses natural language processing. At launch, it'll handle mostly TV controls; come later this year, there will be a software update to enable more advanced voice controls for content searching.

Here's the pricing of LG’s 2018 Super UHD LCD TVs; the SK9500P and SK8500P will arrive in stores this month, while the SK8000P is expected in May:

LG SK9500P Super UHD TV

  • 65SK9500P (65-inch): S$6,199

LG SK8500P Super UHD TV

  • 65SK8500P (65-inch): S$4,999
  • 55SK8500P (55-inch): S$3,399

LG SK8000P Super UHD TV

  • 49SK8000P (49-inch): S$1,899

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