LG Electronics at 2014 CEDIA Expo annnounced pricing and availability for its Ultra HD TVs, including its first OLED TV models, which hit the U.S. market at prices of $1,000 to $10,000. LG's first Ultra HD OLED TV lineup features the 77-inch class 77EG9700 and 65-inch class 65EC9700 (76.7 and 64.5 inches measured diagonally).
The OLED TVs combine the intense detail of 4K Ultra HD and the superior contrast and color accuracy that OLED technology provides.
With LG’s WRGB OLED technology each pixel is made up of four sub-pixels, which equals roughly 33 million sub-pixels working to produce lifelike colors and level of detail. Since no backlight is required, OLED can also reach black levels that are immeasurable, providing an almost infinite contrast ratio. Also unique to OLED is the ew design approach that reduces the thickness to a thin, 4.5 millimeters at their thinnest point, which is the depth of just a few credit cards. These models also feature a subtle curved screen and due to the televisions' frameless, bezel-less "Cinema Screen" design, the picture on the screen virtually stretches from edge-to-edge.
LG’s TVs also incorporate new technology standards – such as the latest HDMI interface and H.265 decoding – capable of handling Ultra HD programming, whether it’s streamed over the Internet or playing from a USB or HDMI source. These new sets also include LG’s Tru-4K Engine Pro which uses a dual-chip, 6-step process to upscale HD content into 4K.
The 4K OLED TVs are powered by the LG Smart TV+ webOS, which offers quick transitions between broadcast TV, streaming services and external device. The platform also features recommendation capabilities and expansive content options, which include streaming services like Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video and Hulu Plus and more.
The 65EC9700 will be available nationwide in October at $9,999 while the 77EG9700 (previously named 77EC9700) will be available in November at select retailers at $24,999.
Besides the 4K OLED TVs, LG has more than doubled its number of Ultra High Definition TV models available in the United States, announcing fourth-quarter availability of new models ranging from 40- to 105-inches at suggested prices of $999 to $99,999.
The new series is led by the new 105- (105UC9) and 98-inch (98UB9800) class sets (104.6 and 97.5 inches measured diagonally).
On the other end of the Ultra HD spectrum, LG is rounding out its lineup with five new entry-level 4K LED TVs, including a value-packed 40-inch class model.
LG’s TVs can display native 4K content as it incorporates the latest HDMI interface and H.265 decoding. They use advanced panels using IPS (In Plane Switching) technology, include internet connectivity, with the majority featuring the Smart TV+ webOS platform.
LG’s ine-up of Ultra HD 4K LED TVs range from 40-inch class models to 105-inch, with suggested prices ranging from $1000 to $100,000:
105UC9 Series – It is boasting a curved 8.75-foot (105") diagonal screen with an 11 million pixel (5120 x 2160) resolution. The screen matches the 21:9 cinematic aspect ratio that many movies are filmed in. It also features LG’s proprietary picture quality enhancing technologies including direct LED lighting with local dimming, wide viewing angles thanks to LG’s IPS panel technology, and an Ultra Clarity Index (UCI) of 1560 for smooth motion. Additionally, it’s equipped to display native 4K content with the latest HDMI inputs and H.265 decoding and features LG’s Tru-4K Engine Pro upscaler for a 4K experience even with non-4K content. The set is also equipped with LG’s Smart TV + webOS platform and includes a 7.2 channel, 150W speaker system designed by harman/kardon. The 105UC9 will be available in November at a suggested price of $100,000.
98UB9800 –It comes with a 98-inch class (97.5 inches diagonal) screen, improved sound to match 2160p resolution. This 16:9 Ultra HD 4K TV, with a screen that’s over 8 feet diagonal, features LG’s proprietary picture quality enhancing technologies including direct LED lighting with local dimming, LG’s IPS panel technology, and an Ultra Clarity Index (UCI) of 1560 for smooth motion. Ready to display native 4K content, it features multiple HDMI inputs, H.265 decoding, Tru-4K Engine Pro and Smart TV+ webOS. The 9800 series also features a 5.2 channel 120W audio system by harman/kardon. The 98-inch model is available for a suggested price of $39,999. The UB9800 series also includes 65-inch class (64.5-inch diagonal), 79-inch class (78.5-inch diagonal) and 84-inch class (84.0-inch diagonal) screen sizes.
In addition to these two new massive screen sizes, LG announced three new series: UB9200, UB8200 and UB8000. The new models in the LG Ultra HD 4K family are the 65-inch class (64.5 inches diagonal) 65UB9200; the UB8200 series, available in 60-, 55- and 49-inch class sizes (59.5, 54.6 and 48.5 inch diagonal); and the 40-inch class (39.5 inches diagonal) 40UB8000. All feature the latest HDMI connectivity, H.265 decoding and LG’s Tru-4K Engine. Additionally, these models include LG’s Smart TV platform for access to 4K programming, and many other content options from the most popular on-line content providers.
Series, Models and Suggested Prices:
- 105-inch class Model 105UC9, $99,999.99
- 98-inch class Model 98UB9800, $39,999.99
- 84-inch class Model 84UB9800, $9,999.99
- 79-inch class Model 79UB9800, $7,999.99
- 65-inch class Model 65UB9800, $4,499.99
- 65-inch class Model 65UB9500, $3,499.99
- 55-inch class Model 55UB9500, $2,499.99
- 65-inch class Model 65UB9200, $2,999.99
- 55-inch class Model 55UB8500, $1,999.99
- 49-inch class Model 49UB8500, $1,499.99
- 60-inch class Model 60UB8200, $2,499.99
- 55-inch class Model 55UB8200, $1,799.99
- 49-inch class Model 49UB8200, $1,349.99
- 40-inch class Model 40UB8000, $999.99