LG goes big on 4K TVs, announces 17 new models up to 98-inches

New 4K TVs feature 6-step upscaling, certified Netflix app, and webOS 2.0

LG has lots of runs on the board already with its 4K TVs, and is continuing to expand the range in 2015, releasing 17 new 4K (UHD) models.

LG has lots of runs on the board already with its 4K TVs, and is continuing to expand the range in 2015, releasing 17 new 4K (UHD) models.

LG announced its 2015 television range at an empty Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday. The company unveiled 17 new LCD models that put an emphasis on 4K technology. Up to 66 per cent of its range is now made up of these ultra-high definition (UHD) models.

According to LG, customer preference is driving growth in the 4K space and also leading to bigger screen purchases. LG's figures claim that 64 per cent of all its TV sales are for the 55in size, and up to 25 per cent are for 65in sets. That trend towards bigger screens will see the LG UHD range offer sizes up to 98in, with a 105in giant to be released later in the year.

All of the new TVs have been certified by Netflix, a boast that LG is happy to make since the popular streaming service is now available for Australians to enjoy locally, and indeed most of its TV models from 2012 have featured the Netflix app in their interface.

Version 2.0 of the webOS software interface is present on the new TVs, and it offers the same, clean and easy experience that we observed in LG's first generation of webOS-enabled products. There is a focus on multi-tasking, with apps being always ready for you to use, and the majority of the 4K TVs feature quad-core processing to provide the smoothest possible experience for this interface.

New 6-step upscaling technology for all the 4K TVs will ensure that most content will look good, not only from streaming services such as Netflix, but also from DVDs, Blu-rays and the regular free-to-air signal. The upscaler starts off by expanding the image to make it fit on the screen, then it adds sharpness and various other image enhancements in the following stages to make the image look better defined than it otherwise would on the big screen.

Colour enhancements have also been added, but not across the board. A feature called ColourPrime is present in the UF950T model, and this allows the user to take advantage of a 20 per cent wider colour gamut that can make the image look richer and more vibrant. It can be enabled and disabled depending on the user's preference.

Another feature called Ultra Luminance is available in some models. This can make bright colours appear brighter in a bid to liven up a dark scene. It does this by adjusting the backlighting.

In moves that will benefit users who have access to broadband connections of 25Mbps or better, the new 4K TVs can take advantage of 4K quality streaming from Netflix for titles in which the higher streaming quality is enabled. Any 4K streams that don't have enough bandwidth will be downscaled automatically to Full HD.

Likewise, LG has added the UP9 codec to some of its new 4K TVs, which will allow them to stream 4K content directly from YouTube. Other ways in which a user can take advantage of the 4K resolution are by creating their own content using devices such as a GoPro camera or a smartphone or digital camera capable of recording in 4K.

The new 4K, ultra-high definition TV models are listed below.

UB980T
Sizes available: 65in, 79in, 84in
Processing: dual-core
Price: $5499, $9999, $14999

98UB980T
Sizes available: 98in
Processing: dual-core
Price: $39,999

UF770T
Sizes available: 43in, 49in, 55in, 60in, 65in, 70in
Processing: quad-core
Refresh rate: 100Hz (43-55in), 200Hz (60-70in)
Ultra luminance technology: Yes
Price: $1799, $2399, $3099, $3799, $4699, $6499

UF850T
Sizes available: 49in, 55in, 60in, 65in
Processing: quad-core
Refresh rate: 100Hz (49-55in), 200Hz (60-65in)
Ultra luminance technology: Yes
Price: $2599, $3399, $4199, $5199

UF950T
Sizes available: 55in, 65in
Processing: quad-core
Refresh rate: 200Hz
Ultra luminance technology: Yes
ColourPrime technology: Yes
Price: $4699, $6499

UG880T
Sizes available: 79in
Processing: dual-core
Refresh rate: 200Hz
Curved screen: Yes
Price: $11999

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags lgTVsnetflix

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.
Elias Plastiras
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?