If you want a 2018 LG OLED TV but high-end models, like the LG OLED E8, are priceless, the LG OLED C8 can be a great option . Last year the C7 model was already one of the best sellers. And it is that it offers practically the same as its older brothers with a more competitive price.
The LG OLED C8 changes design compared to its predecessor and equips the new LG Alpha 9 processor . In addition, it incorporates the new ThinQ artificial intelligence system, which we will begin to see in all the manufacturer's devices. All this along with the usual benefits of OLED panels, Dolby Atmos sound and the webOS system. The LG OLED C8 will be available in 55, 65 and 77 inches, with a price starting from $ 2,800, about 2,300 euros.
LG OLED C8 datasheet
|Diagonal||55, 65 and 77 inches|
|Resolution and technology||4K UHD, 5 X HDR (Dolby Vision, Technicolor, HDR 10, HLG, HDR Converter), Pixel Dimming, Perfect Black, Ultra Luminance Pro|
|Dimensions||55 inch: 122.8 x 75.7 x 23 cm (with stand)|
65 inches: 144.9 x 88.1 x 23 cm (with stand)
77 inches: 172.2 x 105.2 x 25.3 cm (with stand)
|Weight||55 inch: 19.1 kg|
65 inch: 25.4 kg
77 inch: 36.5 kg
|Support||Large metal base|
|Operating system||webOS 4.0 with AI|
|Apps||YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, ThinQ platform|
|Sound||40W, 2.2ch, Dolby Atmos|
|Connections||DVB-T2 UHD Tuner, DVB-S2 Satellite Receiver, DVB-C Cable Receiver, 4 x HDMI, 3 x USB, RJ45 LAN, Optical Digital Audio Output|
|Wireless connectivity||Bluetooth 4.2, built-in WiFi|
|Release date||Mid April 2018|
|Price||Starting at $ 2,800|
A more powerful brain
Although LG ensures that this year it has improved the OLED panels used in its televisions, the great novelty of the 2018 models is the new Alpha 9 image processor .
According to LG, if we compare it with the model that the 2017 TVs equipped, we have 35% more power in the CPU, 35% more power in the GPU and 50% more power in the DDR. That is, we would be facing the most powerful processor that the company has manufactured .
It is a 14-bit processor, capable of executing up to four steps for noise reduction (banding) . In addition, the Alpha 9 performs object and frame analysis, identifying the main object from the background and increasing the contrast ratio between the object and the background to obtain greater depth.
Thanks to the new processor and a color table seven times more accurate than previous models, it achieves a more realistic color representation. It is even capable of handling HFR images at 120fps .
The webOS system of LG televisions is one of the most interesting on the market. Its ease of use and the number of applications it has available has made it one of the most preferred by users.
Now it gets even better with the addition of the ThinQ system. Like other brands, LG also wants its share of the smart home pie. For this it has created ThinQ, an artificial intelligence system that allows us to control the different devices with a natural language.
And if we have more ThinQ devices at home, the TV will be able to act as a control center . Thus, we can control the washing machine, the heating or any other device that the system includes.
With the best Dolby Atmos sound
Although the LG OLED C8 has a more discreet sound system than its older brothers, it maintains the Dolby Atmos sound technology .
Specifically, it equips a 2.2-channel speaker system with a total output power of 40W. It is also compatible with DTS-HD sound and LG Sound Sync, as well as audio playback via Bluetooth.
In addition to the best on a technical level, the LG OLED C8 has a new design. The manufacturer has wanted to completely change the bases of this year, so that the new models can be well differentiated from the 2017 models.
The LG OLED C8 incorporates a large base, which covers almost the entire width of the television . It has a nice dark metallic color and forms a kind of wedge with the TV panel.
The base is joined at the bottom with the thickest area at the back of the TV. The connections and electronics of the equipment are located there.
As usual, the rest of the rear is very thin . It shows off a nice design in shiny silver, with a brushed finish. The vast majority of the connections are placed on their side, although a small part are focused towards the rear.
The LG OLED C8 has 4 HDMI 2.0 ports , 3 USB 2.0 ports, composite video, optical digital audio output and Ethernet. In addition, it also equips 802.11ac WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth 4.2.
Price and availability
In short, the LG OLED C8 becomes a great alternative to the E8 and W8 models . It is equipped with the new Alpha 9 image processor and features the ThinQ AI system.
Also, like its siblings, it is capable of playing HDR content in Dolby Vision, HDR10, Technicolor, and HLG . And it has Dolby Atmos sound. What more could you want?
At the moment, the new LG OLED televisions have not yet arrived in Spain . However, in the United States they are available. So we can know the approximate price that the TV has, always taking into account the possible currency exchange made by the manufacturer.
The 55-inch LG OLED C8 is priced at $ 2,800, about 2,300 euros . The 65-inch model goes up to $ 3,800, about 3,000 euros . And the largest model, at 77 inches and available for the first time this year, is priced at $ 10,000, about 8,000 euros .