Over the last few weeks the news and announcements for 4K Ultra HDTVs has really picked up as the products get closer and closer to a public release. This time it’s time for LG to get the spotlight.
LG Korea have just pushed out a press release announcing the launch of their 55-inch LG 55LA9700 and 65-inch LG 65LA9700 4K Ultra HDTVs, complete with model names and prices.
While LG was one of the first to release a 4K Ultra HDTV worldwide with their 84-inch LG 84LM9600 along with Sony, we have heard very little from them since.
At CES 2013 LG showed off smaller versions on the 84-inch monster, with a 65-inch and 55-inch 4K models, but didn’t reveal anything on them apart from the fact that they were 4K. While looking at the press photos of the LG LA9700 & 65-Inch LA9700 we suspect that they are the same Ultra HDTVs that we saw at CES 2013 (embedded below), but with a newer stand.
Both the LG 55LA9700 & 65LA9700 appear to be up for pre-order in Korea, with an asking price of 7.4 million won, and 10.9 million won. That’s $6,600, and $9,700. While these prices look about right, they are a fair bit more than the price that Sony is asking for their 55-inch and 65-inch 4K TVs which went on sale in the U.S last month which start at $4,999. This is of course the prices directly exchanged, and hopefully when we get a U.S / European release, they’ll be more on par with Sony’s prices.
While on the subject of other 55-inch and 65-inch 4K TVs it is important to point out that just last week Samsung announced their versions, along with Toshiba, so be sure to check those articles out also.
Along with the obvious fact that both the LG 55LA9700 and LG 65LA9700 have a 4K Ultra HD resolution of 3,840 × 2,160 pixels, both come with the Magic Remote control that is found with most of the new 2013 Smart TVs from LG. 4K upscalling, app support on the new 2013 Smart TV interface, and voice recognition.
Going the same route as Sony has with the Ultra HDTVs, they’re also providing higher than normal audio quality with a 4.1 channel system with front facing “moving speakers” which are said to provide higher quality audio.
No word on a U.S or European release just yet, but we know they’re coming out way. I hope to hear more in the next couple of weeks. I’m hoping they price match Sony’s offerings. Via LG News Room Kr (Translated)
Update: LG have launched these 55-inch and 65-inch 4K TVs in the U.S!