Update (13 Jan 2021): Added the new LG monitors
CES has longed been a showmatch between the two Korean electronic giants when it comes to their products and CES 2021 is no different. LG CES 2021 announcements saw a new phone, new QNED Mini-LED and OLED TVs, and soundbars. Here's the quick breakdown.
In a nutshell
- LG Rollable phone, with an extending screen
- LG's QNED Mini-LED TVs using quantum dots
- New LG Evo OLED TVs with brighter panels
- LG UltraGear monitors with 1ms GTG response
- Dolby Atmos and gaming soundbars
It was just a brief glimpse, but LG's tease of its new Rollable phone was pretty cool. Expect a phone with an extendable screen that's set for launch this year, according to CNET. It's not the first time we've seen a phone with an extendable screen, but this one's heading to the market soon.
For its TV line, LG has a new QNED Mini-LED TV, which are LCD TVs. While it sounds similar to Samsung's Neo QLED TVs, don't be confused. They are slightly different. Both tech use mini-LEDs, super small LED backlights that increase the number of dimming zones for better contrast ratio. LG uses a quantum dot layer to reduce light loss and crosstalk compared with normal LCD color filters. Samsung does the same with a quantum dot layer to do the same, but uses its Quantum Matrix tech to precisely dim areas and extract details from dark areas.
If you really want the greatest though, then the LG Evo OLED TVs are your best bet. The Korean electronics giant's Evo has a new panel that's even brighter — but limited to the G1 series. The affordable C1 series has a new 83-inch size (the usual sizes are: 48-inch, 55-inch, 65-inch, 77-inch and 88-inch). The Z1 is the only series with 8K resolution but it will be expensive. Stadia is also coming to LG's smart TVs, but the Google gaming service is not available here, so don't expect this to launch in Singapore.
There are five new monitors announced as well — three new UltraGear gaming monitors, one UltraWide and one UltraFine. The UltraGear come in 27-inch (27GP950), 31.5-inch (32GP850), and 34-inch (34GP950G) sizes. The 27-inch and 34-inch models feature 144Hz displays, while the 31.5-inch goes up to 160Hz. All three gaming monitors have a 1ms gray-to-gray response time. There's also a 40-inch (40WP95C) that has 5K resolution, and a OLED 32-inch (32EP950) with 4K resolution as well.
Lastly, LG CES 2021 announcements features lots of new soundbars, some with Dolby Atmos. High-end models like the LGSP11R feature 7.1.4 channels, while lower-end models feature just 2.1 setups (without Dolby Atmos). Of note is the LG QP5 Eclair, which packs Dolby Atmos into a compact form factor and wireless subwoofer. There's also a battery-powered gaming soundbar called the UltraGear GP9 with a built-in microphone.
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