LG's new OLED TVs are about to hit the market, so it's worth reviewing what each model offers us separately. Today we are going to talk about the new LG OLED E8, a television that is very close to the top of the company's range . Its virtues include its new design with glass as the protagonist, the Alpha 9 processor, LG's IA ThinQ system and, of course, the best image thanks to OLED technology.
Added to all this is the possibility of playing almost any HDR format, a sound system with Dolby Atmos technology and one of the best Smart TV systems on the market . The LG OLED E8 will arrive in 55 and 65 inches, with a price that will start from 3,300 dollars, about 2,600 euros.
LG OLED E8 datasheet
|Diagonal||55 and 65 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 78.4 x 22.2 cm (with stand)|
65 inch: 144.9 x 91 x 22.2 cm (with stand)
|Weight||55 inch: 23.8 kg|
65 inch: 29.9 kg
|Support||Small metal wedge-shaped base|
|Operating system||webOS 4.0 with ThinQ|
|Apps||YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Video, ThinQ platform|
|Sound||60W, 4.2ch, 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||55-inch: $ 3,300|
65-inch: $ 4,300
The glass takes center stage
The new LG OLED E8 arrives with a completely renewed design . The company wanted to differentiate it from its predecessor, the LG 55E7N, which we had the opportunity to test a few months ago.
The sound bar, so characteristic of the previous model, disappears to make way for the glass. At the bottom of the panel we have a transparent glass part , which is used to “connect” the panel with the base.
And speaking of support, this has also changed a lot. This year we have a kind of metallic wedge in a dark tone , with a brushed finish. The glass part is embedded in it, leaving all the prominence to the panel.
The back is black. The area where we only have a panel is very thin, fattening at the bottom, where all the electronics are located.
Also here we have the connections, some at the rear and others placed on the side. The LG OLED E8 has 4 HDMI 2.0 ports, 3 USB 2.0 ports , Ethernet, composite video, optical digital output and the different tuners. At the wireless level we have WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2.
New image processor
We put aside the aesthetic changes to talk about the improvements internally. The most important, without a doubt, is the new Alpha 9 image processor .
According to LG, the Alpha 9 is 35% more powerful on the CPU , 35% more powerful on the GPU and 50% more powerful on the DDR than the processor used in last year's models.
We are facing a 14-bit chip, capable of executing up to four steps for noise reduction (banding) . The Alpha 9 performs object and frame analysis, identifying the main subject from the background and increasing the contrast ratio between the subject and the background to obtain greater depth.
The new LG OLED E8 is capable of handling 5 HDR formats (Dolby Vision, HDR10, Technicolor, HLG and HDR Converter) and has Pixel Dimming technology . It uses a color chart seven times more accurate than previous models, allowing for an even more realistic color representation.
In addition, it is capable of handling images with a higher frame rate (HFR) , which produces sharper images at 120 fps. In other words, we are looking at a television prepared for the future.
ThinQ AI system
The new LG OLED E8, and the rest of the models in the range, become part of the company's ThinQ devices . In other words, we can use the television as a control center for all the smart devices that we have at home.
In addition, the artificial intelligence system will allow us to talk to the television in a natural way . We can ask you from the time to the result of our favorite team. We can also, of course, search for content and even information directly with our voice.
On the other hand, the new OLED models arrive with the latest version of webOS . LG's system is one of the best on the market, with easy operation thanks to its Magic Remote. In addition, it has practically all the applications that any user may need.
Dolby Atmos sound
Although this year the LG OLED E8 does not have a sound bar as it is, the company has not neglected this section.
It is equipped with a 4.2 channel system capable of offering a total power output of 60W. It features Dolby Atmos technology , which creates a more detailed and immersive sound experience. In addition to being DTS-HD compatible.
On the other hand, it allows content playback via Bluetooth and LG Sound Sync is compatible , being able to synchronize a sound bar wirelessly.
Price and availability
Although the new LG OLED televisions have already been presented in Spain, we will still have to wait a bit to have them for sale. In addition, the manufacturer has not confirmed the prices of the same in Europe .
However, we can see them on the United States website, which allows us to get a rough idea of the possible cost. The LG OLED E8 will be available in 55 and 65 inches . The 55-inch model is priced at $ 3,300, about 2,600 euros . On the other hand, the 65-inch model is priced at $ 4,300, about 3,500 euros . However, we already know that manufacturers do not usually do a direct conversion, so the prices will surely be somewhat higher.