LG’s first 8K OLED TV will launch later this year as the Z9. The 88-inch TV with a floor stand comes equipped with HDMI 2.1 and a second generation Alpha 9 processor.
LG Z9 - 8K OLED TV
One of the highlights from LG this year will be an 8K OLED TV. The panel has previously been previewed as a prototype but will become a real product this year as HDMI 2.1 emerges.
At launch, the 8K OLED TV will be available in a 88-inch version only. It has a floor-standing design with a built-in speaker system.
8K – or 7680x4320 – is the next step in video resolution after 4K. 8K offers over 33 million pixels or four times as many as 4K. To enjoy the ultra-detailed picture you need to sit relatively close to a very large screen as we are approaching the limits of human vision. Sharp and Samsung launched the first 8K TVs but these lack the crucial HDMI 2.1. More manufacturers are expected to unveil 8K TVs at CES 2019.
Z9 is equipped with LG's second-generation Alpha 9 video processor. Like the company's new 4K OLED models, Z9 will feature HDMI 2.1 with higher video bandwidth and features like HDMI eARC and VRR.
Update: LG has confirmed to FlatpanelsHD that all HDMI ports in the 2019 OLED models are full 48 Gb/s HDMI 2.1 ports.
The 8K TV supports four HDR formats, including Dolby Vision, as well as Dolby Atmos and wireless audio technology WiSA. LG has not released full specifications at this time but we are chasing more information at CES. More general information on the LG 2019 OLED line-up can be found here.
So what about actual 8K content? LG had nothing to add at this time and did not confirm whether the TV is capable of handling YouTube's 8K streams. The UHD Blu-ray standard is currently limited to 4K resolution and streaming providers such as Amazon and Netflix have yet to announce plans.
The 88-inch LG Z9 OLED will launch in the second half of 2019. Price was not announced but we expect it to be very costly considering prices of the current 77-inch OLED TVs.