CES 2018: Everything Announced By LG's Press Conference

Following on from last year’s G6 and V30+, 2018 is shaping up to be a big year for LG. It all starts at this year’s CES in Las Vegas. Usually a playground for sin and vice, the week-long consumer technology mecca sees Vegas become a playground for gadgets, gizmos and everything in between.

Here’s what LG brought to this year’s CES:

W8, B8, E8 and C8 OLED TVs

What is it?

LG’s 2018 OLED TV range.

What’s exciting about it?

The short version? It’s like their 2017 range - but better.

As well as promising a suite of technical improvements - including support for “4K Cinema HDR”, expanded color lookup table, support for 120FPS video and better motion smoothing - LG’s 2018 TV range (consisting of the W8, C8, E8 and B8) also comes heavily-integrated with both the Google Assistant and Amazon’s Aexa. AI is pretty big pillar of LG”s approach this year - they say that all their products going forward will come with some sort of deep-learning integration.

When will it be available?

2018.

How much will it cost?

No Australian pricing has yet been announced.

Has Australian availability been confirmed yet?

As of the time of writing, local availability for the range is to be confirmed.

LG SK9500, SK8000 and SK9000 Super Ultra HD LCD LED TVs

What is it?

LG’s 2018 Super UHD LCD 4K TV range.

What’s exciting about it?

Like the company’s OLED-based efforts, LGs new Super UHD LCD 4K TVs will come fully-integrated with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. This time around, they’ll also come with full-array backlighting. The range will also support more-or-less every major HDR format out there. Dolby Vision, HDR10, Advanced HDR, Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), HLG Pro and HDR10.

When will it be available?

2018.

How much will it cost?

No Australian pricing has yet been announced.

Has Australian availability been confirmed yet?

As of the time of writing, local availability for the range is to be confirmed.

LG HU80KA 4K Projector

What is it?

A portable projector capable of bright and detailed 4K picture quality (with HDR10 support). It boasts 2500 ANSI lumens of brightness and comes ready to offer up to a 150-inch screen size.

What’s exciting about it?

It's a portable projector that lets you take the HDR and 4K entertainment experience found in LG's home entertainment range with you. Appropriately, the HU80KA 4K projector also runs on WebOS 3.5 - giving you access to the same UI and experience found in the company's TVs.

When will it be available?

April 2018.

How much will it cost?

No Australian pricing has yet been announced.

Has Australian availability been confirmed yet?

Predictably, local availability for the range is to be confirmed.

Other Tidbits

While AI-tech was pretty central to LG’s pitch to journos at this year’s CES, that pitch itself wasn’t without its mishaps. During their press conference, LG debuted a robot assistant - called CLOi. CLOi is envisioned as the centerpiece of the company’s smart home prospects. However, on stage, the robot suffered a technical malfunction that didn’t exactly inspire confidence.

On the other side of things, LG did manage to live up their reputation for mind-bending innovations in form factor. Ahead of their press conference, they showed off a prototype for a 65-inch OLED display that could be rolled up like a newspaper.

Although it would be untrue to say this is the first time LG brought a ‘rollable screen’ to CES, it does feel like this kind of futuristic tech is closer to actually reaching the consumer market than ever before.

For the full run-down on everything that happened at this year's CES in Las Vegas, click here.

Disclosure - Our coverage of CES 2018 was sponsored by Intel, Belkin and Alcatel - who collectively covered the cost of our flights and accommodation.


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