LG has announced a new 4K Ultra HD TV with quantum dot technology will be part of its 2015 TV line up providing a look at what to expect from the South Korean company in the new year.
LG says quantum dot technology will offer a wider colour palette and improved colour saturation compared to conventional LED LCD TVs:
The technology works by harnessing nano crystals that range in size from 2 to 10 nanometres. Each dot emits a different colour depending on its size. By adding a film of quantum dots in front of the LED backlight, picture colour reproduction rate and overall brightness are enhanced.
LG’s quantum dot TV will be on display at the International CES 2015 in Las Vegas. While pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed for Australia, LG Electronics has confirmed this new line up will be launched in 2015.
“Quantum dot’s vibrant and vivid colour reproduction capabilities bring LG’s LED/LCD TVs to the next level when it comes to picture quality,” said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the TV and monitor division at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company.
“The addition of 4K Ultra HD TV with quantum dot technology to our TV line up positioned under our award-winning OLED TVs further establishes LG as a leading provider of the most diverse and innovative TV display technologies in the industry.”
UPDATE: LG has also announced it will unveil the newest version of the company’s Smart TV platform, webOS 2.0 at the 2015 International CES.
LG’s smart TVs use the WebOS interface, an operating system that was originally developed by Palm for smartphones and sold to HP to be used on tablets before it was acquired by LG. The WebOS ‘cards’ — icons that represent the different apps — are layered across the bottom of the screen without interrupting the live TV action.
LG has reported that global sales of its Smart TVs powered by webOS topped the 1 million mark in unit sales in the first two months after its introduction earlier this year, and within eight months 5 million units had been sold.
Improvements have been made to the next generation webOS 2.0. Boot time has been reduced by up to 60 per cent and accessing content has been made smoother and faster. For example, LG says that when switching from the Smart TV home screen to YouTube, users will see an improvement in loading time of up to 70 per cent.
The company also reported that it is working with content providers such as Amazon and Netflix to increase the availability of 4K Ultra HD content. However content providers for the LG webOS 2.0 Smart TV platform and associated 4K Ultra HD content have yet to be confirmed for the Australian market.