SK9500 and SK9000 will feature full array local dimming, with prices starting at $1600 for at 55-inch model. The new TVs will also support Dolby Vision and High Frame Rate support.
LG 2018 LCD TVs
The 2018 LG LCD models were announced at CES 2018. The big news here is that LG is bringing back full array local dimming technology to its LCD line-up.
LG’s 2018 high-end LCDs will support four HDR formats, including Dolby Vision. They will also be powered by a new Alpha 7 video processor that for the first time supports HFR, or High Frame Rate, meaning video content at up to 100/120 frames per second. No other TV manufacturers support HFR.
There is one limitation, however. HFR + 4K + HDR requires the more powerful Alpha 9 processor only found in some of the 2018 LG OLED TVs.
- “In addition to the Alpha 7 processor, the premium LCD lineup of LG SUPER UHD TVs all feature Nano Cell technology for expanded color gamut and natural, rich colors from any angle. New for 2018 is the inclusion of a full-array backlight with local dimming (in the SK9000 and SK9500-series), which provides more detailed control of the backlight, improving black levels and local contrast,” the company said.
LG’s “Super UHD” LCD line-up is designed to compete head-to-head with Samsung’s “QLED” LCD TVs. Samsung’s 2018 65-inch Q8 that also employs full array local dimming will carry a suggested retail price of $3000, making it considerably more expensive than LG’s SK9000. We will examine how they stack up as soon as we can get our hands on review samples.
LG’s 2018 LCD TVs will start shipping in the US in mid-March. We have yet to receive pricing details for Europe.