LG debuts 8K TVs with AirPlay 2, HomeKit support

Got $29,999 to spare? LG has announced pricing and immediate availability of the world's first 8K OLED TV and the LG 8K NanoCell TV: The 88-inch class LG SIGNATURE 8K OLED (model OLED88Z9)1 and 75-inch class LG 8K NanoCell (model 75SM9970)1, with suggested prices of $29,999 and $4,999 respectively, are available at select LG-authorized retailers starting today.

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Both support Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. Using the former, you can instantly send sound from any AirPlay-compatible iOS app. HomeKit is a framework that allows control of compatible home automation devices through iOS and Siri.

According to Tim Alessi, head of home entertainment product marketing at LG Electronics USA, LG developed both 8K models to exceed industry standards for measurement set forth in the Information Display Measurements Standard (IDMS) established by the International Committee for Display Metrology (ICDM).

Tests performed in accordance with these universally-referenced industry standards resulted in both the LG SIGNATURE OLED 8K and LG 8K NanoCell TVs achieving CM values in the 90% range, guaranteeing that viewers will be able to actually experience all of the additional detail in the 8K content when viewed on their LG 8K TVs, he adds.

The 88-inch LG SIGNATURE OLED 8K TV is the largest OLED TV ever. It delivers 8K Ultra HD resolution (7,680 x 4,320) with nearly 33 million self-emitting pixels, equivalent to 16-times the number of pixels in a Full HD TV and four-times that of a 4K UHD TV. The LG SIGNATURE OLED 8K boasts a minimalist design that features a brushed aluminum stand and a virtually bezel-less display. It also comes with an integrated 80W speaker system.

LG's 75-inch 8K NanoCell LED TV uses the company’s Nano Display technology to filter out impurities to enhance color reproduction. Advanced Full Array Local Dimming Pro technology optimized for 8K precisely controls the TV's backlighting for deeper blacks and greater contrast, according to Alessi.

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Both 8K TVs feature 8K upscaling and improved noise reduction, upgraded from four- to up to six-steps. The result takes full advantage of the 33 million-plus pixels when up-converting content from native 4K or Full HD.

An intelligent algorithm can up-mix two-channel audio to virtual 5.1 surround sound, supplying a three-dimensional soundscape on both TVs. Both are also WiSA Ready for wireless home theater with uncompressed 16-bit audio on up to 5.1 channels.

To guarantee memorable, cinematic viewing, LG 8K OLED TV and 8K NanoCell TVs feature Cinema HDR, encompassing support for Dolby Vision, HDR 10, HLG and Advanced HDR by Technicolor up to 4K and HLG and HDR 10 up to 8K

The 8K TVs sport four ports that support HDMI 2.1 specifications, which will allow viewers to enjoy 8K content at 60 frames per second. LG 8K TVs are also compatible with automatic low latency mode (ALLM), variable refresh rate (VRR) and enhanced audio return channel (eARC).

Actually, if you have $29,999 to spare, send it my way.