LG powers up AI for 2024 OLED M4, G4 and C4 models

posted on Wednesday, 3rd January 2024 by Steve May

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LG has taken the wraps off its 2024 OLED TV range, which introduce a raft of new feature attractions, including its latest AI processor, said to offer a 4-fold higher AI performance, for even more vibrant, dynamic picture quality.

The new models also work with an updated iteration of webOS, which introduces a more customisable and personal smart TV experience. Users can create up to 10 individual profiles to tailor the experience. The new screens will even be able to recognize users’ voices based on profiles.

The new Alpha 11 AI processor will make its debut on the brand’s Signature OLED M4, and flagship G4 models. The new silicon promises a lift to both sound and vision, including a 70 percent improvement in graphic performance with 30 percent faster processing speed. RAM is specified at 2.5GB.

Alpha 11 AI Picture Pro technologies can be applied to all sources connected via HDMI, as well as broadcast and streaming services.

These include improved AI upscaling which utilise precise pixel-level image analysis, to sharpen objects and backgrounds that may otherwise appear blurry.

New this year is AI Director processing, said to be able to refine colours by analysing frequently used shades that convey the mood and emotional elements, as intended by filmmakers and content creators.

Also new for 2024 is Object Enhancing by Visual Perception, which is a pixel level analysis of frames to determine specific objects that can be enhanced appropriately.

We will also see the adoption of improved Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro, which dissects pictures into thousands of blocks and then tweaks brightness and contrast by analysing variations in brightness, for example where light enters a scene, for a more three-dimensional presentation.

There are sonic benefits coming from the Alpha 11 AI processor too. New AI Sound Pro, also powered by the Alpha 11 AI processor, is able to deliver virtual 11.1.2 surround sound from a TV’s in-built speakers. Voice Remastering can also be used to separate vocals from a busy soundtrack to better enhance the clarity of dialogue, and provide a psycho acoustic lift to give the impression that audio is coming from the centre of the screen.

The Signature M4 wireless OLED will be available in an additional 65-inch screen-size, for those who don’t quite have the room for existing 77-, 83- or 97-inch models.

The M4 comes with a wireless Zero Connect Box, which transmits sound and vision, up- to 4k 144Hz, to the screen wirelessly using a proprietary delivery system. The panel’s HDR performance is defined by Brightness Booster Max technology.

Brightness Booster Max technology can also be found in the incoming G4 models, which will be available in 55-, 65-, 77-0, 83-, and 97-inch screen sizes. Like the M4, the G4 will employ the new Alpha 11 processor.

Brightness Booster Max technology for 2024 is said to result in70 per cent greater brightness than conventional OLED screens. It combines a light boosting algorithm with a Light Control Architecture hardware element, and is applied on MLA (Micro Lens Array) glass.

It’s worth noting that Brightness Booster Max is only applied on screens sized 55-inches and above, but not the 97-inch G4.

The new C4 models drop down to the Alpha 9 AI processor, and have Brightness Booster technology (so no hardware element). The C4 models cover 42-, 48-, 55-, 65-, 77- and 83-inch screen sizes.

LG, a pioneer when it comes to gaming features, says the M4, G4 and C4 screens will all support a 4k 144Hz refresh rate, alongside a Game Optimizer display which lets gamers easily switch between display presets for different gaming genres, as well as Nvidia G-SYNC compatibility and AMD FreeSync, to eliminate video tearing and stuttering.

The M4, G4 and C4 are all classified by LG as Evo screens. That’s not the case with the entry-level OLED B4. This more affordable model will be available in 48-, 55-, 65- and 77-inch screen sizes, and will run the Alpha 8 AI processor. The B4 sets will also support 4k 120Hz gaming.

Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support is common across the entire range.

Installation on all models is aided by a simple, graphical Home screen Picture Wizard, which lets users adjust image quality to their liking.

Prices and availability have yet to be announced. All the 2024 LG OLED models will be on display at CES 2024, Las Vegas, next week.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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