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LG unveils HDR-capable "Super UHD" TVs for 2016

04 Jan 2016 | Rasmus Larsen |

At CES 2016, LG will showcase its new HDR-capable “Super UHD” LCD TVs for the first time. LG's UH95 and UH85 TVs use IPS panels with 4K resolution, 10-bit panels, and boosted luminance to deliver the HDR (high dynamic range) picture experience.

Four HDR-capable LCD TVs

LG has unveiled its new 2016 high-end LCD TVs a few days ahead of CES 2016. These “Super UHD” TVs will expand LG’s line-up of HDR capable TVs beyond OLED TVs.

The four models - 65-inch UH8500, 75-inch UH8550, 65-inch UH9500 and 86-inch UH9550 - use a combination of IPS LCD panels with “Ultra Luminance technology” (higher light output), ColorPrime Plus (wide color gamut), 10-bit panels, and 4K resolution to reproduce an amazing HDR picture experience, says LG.

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HDR is the TV industry’s latest attempt to improve the viewing experience. LG explains that HDR “enhances contrast between dark and bright areas”. UH95 offers the best HDR experience of the two with “HDR Plus”. It sounds like the TV could be using a full-array local dimming system to improve contrast but LG has yet to confirm that.

LG says that all four TVs have HDMI 2.0 ports for connecting HDR-capable UHD Blu-ray players. LG’s webOS platform offers apps for Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and more, and already supports 4K and HDR streaming. The UH95 models will also include an “SDR-to-HDR engine” that converts regular content to HDR.

- “We’re confident our newest HDR-enabled SUPER UHD TVs in 2016 will generate much excitement not in the industry, but also with consumers in general,” said Brian Kwon, President and CEO at LG’s Home Entertainment Company.

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The UH9500 employs a new design concept, making it just 6.6 mm in depth. It has extremely thin bezels and is “second to none when it comes to sound”. The company has worked with Harman Kardon to develop a powerful sound system that can analyze the environment to improve the sound experience.

LG will showcase the new Super UHD TVs at CES 2016 along with new OLED TVs.



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