Ahead of CES, LG has unveiled the first details on its high-end 2017 LCD TVs (SJ8000, SJ8500 and SJ9500) that feature “nano cell” technology to improve HDR and expand the color gamut. LG is also updating webOS to version 3.5.
LG 2017 LCD TVs
LG has unveiled three new 2017 “Super UHD” LCD ranges named SJ8000, SJ8500, and SJ9000. They are designed to compete with other brands’ flagship LCDs.
The LG 2017 LCDs use “nano cell” technology, which appears to be LG’s marketing term for quantum dot technology that is also utilized in high-end LCD TVs by other makers such as Samsung. The small nano dots can increase peak brightness and expand the color gamut. LG says the the new TVs support the Rec.2020 container but did not specify how large a percentage is covered.
- “Nano Cell LCD displays offer a technological advantage by employing uniformly-sized particles approximately one nanometer in diameter to create more subtle, accurate colors that can be viewed from wider angles than other TVs. Ideal for large, high-resolution TVs, LG SUPER UHD TVs with Nano Cell deliver consistent colors at wider viewing angles with virtually no color difference for viewers seated directly in front of the screen and those watching from a 60 degree angle,” said LG.
LG did not reveal specifications but FlatpanelsHD is chasing more details.
The TVs come with a special ‘Technicolor Expert Mode’ that has been optimized in collaboration with Technicolor to “accurately recreate the artistic intent of content creators”, meaning accurate color reproduction.
The flagship 55-inch SJ9500 LCD model features a “stunning Ultra Slim design with the unique crescent-shaped stand, which gives the 55-inch SJ9500 ― only 6.9mm at its thinnest point ― the illusion of floating in the air”.
Several HDR formats
LG says that the 2017 LCD support “Active HDR with Dolby Vision”. The company did not release technical details but said that “Active HDR allows the TV to process the HDR picture frame-by-frame and inserts dynamic data where needed”.
In addition, the TV support the four following HDR formats: Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma), and Advanced HDR by Technicolor. The former two were also supported by the 2016 models whereas HLG is a new HDR format created for broadcast channels. Advanced HDR was created by Technicolor and it sounds like LG will add support via a later firmware update.
Additionally, LG has implemented a function to upscale regular SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) content to HDR by analyzing the video.
LG is at the same time adding new features to its webOS TV operating system. Apparently, it is not a major update like in previous years so the Korean company has decided to call it webOS 3.5. webOS 3.0 was released in spring 2016.
webOS 3.5 adds new features such as an improved Magic Remote, faster access to apps, and a new “Magic Link” feature that allows you to find new content and get information about actors on screen with the press of a button. The new remote will include dedicated buttons for Netflix and Amazon Video.
- “Our 2017 SUPER UHD TV lineup with LG’s proprietary Nano Cell technology is a breakthrough in display technology that advances the LCD TV viewing experience to a level unlike any other,” said Brian Kwon, president of the LG Home Entertainment Company. “Nano Cell is another example of how LG is innovating and pushing the boundaries of display technology to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”
LG did not announce release or pricing details. The company will also announce a new line-up of OLED TVs in a few days from now.