One of the biggest markets displaying new products every year at CES is Televisions, and so far this year seems to be no different. We’ve already seen LG release the worlds first 88-inch 8K OLED display, and now they’re back announcing new TVs with their updated “Alpha 9” processor built-in, which paves the way for better natural language processing and improved software integration. Furthermore, LG is also bringing in the ThinQ nameplate over to the new WebOS-based TV models, signifying its powers in AI and smart home capabilities. As mentioned earlier, the new Alpha 9 processor is an upgrade over the previous Alpha 7, with increased performance to handle advanced image processing alongside AI software.
Natural language requests via the microphone-enabled remote and artificial intelligence are one of the key points to the improved Alpha 9 processor. The new TVs are able to decipher and fulfill natural language requests such as “show me the soundtrack to this movie” or “turn off the TV when this show is over” as well as hundreds of other commands.
The upgraded processor also means that the TVs are fully capable of having Google Assistant functionality built-in, and LG is even making the claim that the TVs will automatically hand off any voice requests that it can’t handle directly to the assistant. Furthermore, the new TVs have smart home functionality built in, with support for LG’s own system on top of everything else that works with Google Assistant.
LG is also promising “picture quality close to perfection” with the new Alpha 9 processor. According to LG, it features a four-step noise reduction process for the clearest picture possible and is even ready to handle 120 fps content in the near future. Furthermore, LG’s SUPER UHD TV line has denser full array local dimming (FALD) backlighting, which leads to deeper blacks and better color control over scenes with mixed lighting.
The new Alpha 9 processor will make its way to the higher-end B8, C8, E8 and W8 55- to 77-inch TVs, depending on the model. As it typically goes with pre-CES announcements, LG isn’t giving any details about pricing or availability just yet. Full details should be released when the show starts on January 9th.
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