LG adds HFR with Alpha 9 processor, and ThinQ smart voice control to 2018 OLED TVs

posted on Wednesday, 3rd January 2018 by Steve May

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LG smart TVs are about to get a lot smarter. The company is introducing ThinQ artificial intelligence (AI), for voice control, and an advanced image processor in next generation of OLED and Super UHD TVs. ThinQ will support Google Assistant services and voice commands via LG’s own open smart platform.

It's worth noting though that while LG's US screens will have Google Assistent built-in, models for the UK are merely Google Assistant compatible - you'll need to supply your own Google Assistant-embedded device to control them. LG’s ThinQ TVs will also function as smart home hubs, offering access to other smart home products such as robotic vacuum cleaners, air conditioners, air purifiers, smart lights, smart speakers and other devices that can connect to the TV via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) for control and connectivity is based on LG’s own deep learning technology, DeepThinQ. Users can search for information, images or videos featuring specific content, by making a verbal request through the TV’s remote control such as “show me all the movies Tom Cruise has starred in” or tell the TV “turn off when this program is over”

LG Alpha 9 Intelligent Processor 2

The company is also promising image enhancements to OLED with its Alpha 9 processor. LG says a core innovative element of the Alpha 9 processor is four-step noise reduction. This algorithm promises greater finesse in noise reduction, reducing artifacts and smoothing gradations.

An improved colour correction algorithm expands the reference colour coordinates seven-fold compared to before.Alpha 9 will also support high frame rate (HFR) video up to 120 frames per second, for better rendering of fast-action sports.

LG Nano Cell Super UHD TVs will also employ Full-Array Local Dimming (FALD) backlighting to provide deeper blacks and enhanced colours. To be unveiled at CES 2018, the new Nano Cell Super UHD TVs combine FALD backlighting with an Alpha 7 processor. The use of FALD allows for denser backlighting zones throughout the display, unlike edge-lighting, through independent control of LED light zones.

2018 OLED and Super UHD TVs from LG will feature a new 4K Cinema HDR mode, as well as support for Advanced HDR by Technicolour, and Dolby Vision, as well as LG’s latest proprietary algorithm, Enhanced Dynamic Tone mapping. Both 2018 OLED TVs and Super UHD TVs will also support Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound.

“LG is continually seeking to innovate in home entertainment and LG ThinQ along with the Alpha 9 processor will deliver a TV viewing experience that is unrivaled in the industry,” says Brian Kwon, president of LG’s Home Entertainment Company.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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