LG is launching several new “SUPER UHD” 4K TVs with “HDR-Plus” technology

by on January 3, 2016

Stephan Jukic – January 03, 2016

The sometimes lackluster but also often fantastic 4K UHD TV models of LG are getting some new additions in the LCD technology side of the company’s television manufacturing.

We’re talking of course about the upcoming launch of LG’s new select 4K “Super UHD” TVs which will start shipping in the U.S market in the early spring. These TVs will be coming with HDR-compatible HDMI ports along with SDR-to-HDR conversion technology through an internal reprocessing engine. This means (if the news about these TVs is to be believed) that LG will soon be offering 4K televisions which will let viewers enjoy 4K UHD HDR video content quality in any conventional piece of content regardless of whether it itself features high dynamic range encoding. Furthermore, upscaled non-4K content from SDR sources may also possibly be viewed with HDR enhancements.

These new TVs will be falling into three different lines, denominated as the UH9500, UH8500 and UH7700 series (with the UH9500 and UH9550 being the very top of the whole Super UHD line), The UH9500 line will range in screen size from 55-86 inches, the UH8500 from 55-75 inches and the UH7700 will come in 49-65 inch screen sizes.

Some of these new Super UHD TVs will also feature a “True Black Panel design which involves a proprietary technology that is designed to minimize reflections and enhance contrast above and beyond what is typical for an LCD TV. Furthermore, another spec known as Contrast Maximizer will be in place to deliver greater depth and contrast by separating objects from the backgrounds they’re set in on the content being viewed.

Given the rather poor performance of LG’s non-OLED 4K UHD TVs from 2015 in the area of contrast depth and richness. These new models will be a welcome change from what has been a year of less than stellar contrast reviews for LG LCD TV models.

In other words, LG’s three new TVs will be top-range models from the company’s 20164K TV lineup.

On the other hand, we are not yet sure if the new upcoming TVs will conform to the much anticipated 4K performance criteria (which cover contrast, color and HDR standards) that are going to be released by the UHD Alliance on Monday January the 4th.

But moving back to LG’s new Super UHD TVs, only the UH9500 and UH9550 are the only LCD models which will apparently feature both True Black Panel and Contrast Maximizer technology.

On top of these two specs, all three TV lines will also include color reproduction enhancing ColorPrime Plus technology for the sake of expanding color gamut so that it covers roughly 90% of the Digital Cinema Initiative (DCI) P3 color space that’s often used in professional digital cinemas.

The UH7700 model Super UHD 4K TV in LG's 2016 lineup

The UH7700 model Super UHD 4K TV in LG’s 2016 lineup

As for their physical appearance, the new TVs are definitely lookers, with virtually invisible bezels and a very impressive new look that LG is calling their Flat Ultra Slim design. Even more astonishingly, of the three new TVs, the UH9500 will be particularly ridiculously thing, coming in at just 6.6mm or about .22 inches. This extraordinary thinness combined with the TV’s virtually invisible bezel and extremely unotrusive supporting stand is supposed to create a display space that looks almost as if its floating in the air.

In other words, the new LG TVs more closely resemble the company’s exquisitely elegant OLED TV models than they do a more typical 4K LCD/LED TV.

The new LG Super UHD lineup will be arriving in three different series.

LG is also of course releasing new OLED 4K TV models in 2016, on which we’ll have further updates as they emerge and we can also expect the arrival of a new truly edgy 98 inch 8K TV whose consumer market shipping date still isn’t known.

8K is something that we’ve been expecting to eventually supersede 4K UHD and a 2016 release of an actual consumer model 8K TV isn’t too much of a surprise even though it certainly seems a bit premature, given that native consumer 8K content is about as rare as unicorns in a video landscape that still lacks even a robust 4K UHD content presence.

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