As if having an 88-inch screen isn’t already awesome enough, LG’s new 88Z9 OLED panel is also the world’s first 8K OLED TV. With four times the pixels of a 4K TV, the 88Z9 just went on sale in Australia.
Granted, there isn’t much 8K content out there right now, but that’s most certainly going to change as more TVs adopt this new standard. For now, LG is employing a second-generation Alpha 9 8K processor that uses deep learning algorithms to upscale lower resolution images, like 4K, into the higher resolution. That deep learning will also be used to take the audio up to 5.1 surround sound with Dolby Atmos.
Part of the magic behind this screen’s resolution is the lack of backlighting, which illuminates the entire screen but washes out the blacks, making them come out as dark grays. Instead, the OLED screen uses true black pixels to boost the contrast ratio to insane levels and to improve dynamic range. Of course, the sheer number of pixels is astounding. LG claims that the screen has 33 million pixels, with a 7,680 x 4,320 pixel resolution. As mentioned, that’s four times that of a 4K screen. It’s also 16 times the pixel count of a Full HD screen. With the help of its AI processor, the 88Z9 processes content at 60 frames per second even while it is removing noise and banding. It also comes with LG ThinQ AI, with Google Assistant built in and accessible through LG TV’s Magic Remote.
With such little 8K content available right now, it may be a bit early to make the purchase, but those that are interested can pick up the TV for 40 million won, or approximately AU$59,999. The 2019 LG OLED 8K (model 88Z9) TV is available from October at select Harvey Norman stores.