LG has announced that it will broadcast its first 8K UHD smart TVs this year – Z9 OLED and SM99 LCD TV. 8K UHD looks good, and although there is virtually no content available in that format, the 2020 Olympics will be sent in 8K UHD. I suppose the company's motto is "prepared".
LG's other OLEDs will also rev from 8 to 9 and take shape as W9, E9 and C9. The older B8 will remain in production and available throughout most of 2019. The major difference for 2019 is improved processing power, thanks to the second-generation Alpha 9 chip. If LG removes the relatively few items we've seen in 2018 OLEDs, they become untouched.
8K UHD input will require HDMI 2.1
Other news includes the addition of Amazon Alexa to Google Assistant already aboard for IoT and other features, and the renamed Super UHD LCD TV line to Nanocell TV. Nanocell is another expression of quantum pots, which are small re-emitters that produce very pure colors according to their size (you can learn more about quantum points in this article). Samsung's QLED TVs also use these, and they will probably be seen on models from other vendors this year.
As with LG's new audio bars, mixing of two channel audio to 5.1 is supported by TVs using the Alpha 9 Gen 2 processor. Speech recognition and the accuracy of the answers are also said to be greatly improved, and Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos audio will be featured on most high-end models.
Unfortunately, LG will probably continue to use WRGB technology in some sizes on its 7300 series LCD TVs. These are good TVs, but as you can read about in this story, they are misrepresented as 4K UHD because they effectively deliver 2.8k resolution.