News Some news from CES 2019 6 LG receives more than 140 CES awards

LG Electronics (LG) took home more than 140 awards and honours at CES 2019.

This was led by the Engadget Best of CES Award in the TV category (the official award program of CES) for the fifth consecutive year, this time for the LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R (model 65R9) – a 65-inch rollable OLED TV. The LG Soundbar (model SL9YG) and LG V40 ThinQ smartphone were also honoured by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) with CES Best of Innovation Awards in their respective categories.

The LG SIGNATURE OLED TV R – the world’s first rollable television – stole the

show this year, bringing in more than 70 awards and honours. Read more about this from page 26. Other LG products that earned top

awards at CES 2019 include: The LG 88-inch OLED 8K TV (CES 2019 Innovation Award: Honouree and Digital Trends: Best TVs of CES 2019); LG gram 17 (CES 2019 Innovation Award: Honouree); LG gram 2-in-1 (Trusted Reviews: Best of CES); LG Soundbar (SL9YG) (CES 2019 Best of Innovation: Best of Innovation); LG HomeBrew (CES 2019 Innovation Award: Honouree); LG Styler (CES 2019 Innovation Award: Honouree); LG V40 ThinQ (CES 2019 Best of Innovation: Best of Innovation).

Sony unveils new products at CES

Sony President & CEO, Kenichiro Yoshida, showcased at the company’s press conference how Sony’s professional grade technologies “support creators across the entertainment industries to produce compelling content”. He said: “You will also see how our consumer products connect creators and users, by enabling people to enjoy content at the highest possible quality.” The Sony booth at CES consisted of several zones, such as Visual Entertainment and Entertainment. A stage was set up in the centre of the booth to host special talk show sessions and video screenings held several times per day, highlighting the artis- tic intent of various content creators. The booth showcased the BRAVIA MASTER Series’ new line-up and showcased

Sony’s high picture and audio quality technology that faithfully delivers creators’ intent directly to users. The BRAVIA MASTER Series ZG9 8K HDR Full Array LED TV, Sony’s fi rst 8K HDR Full Array LED TVs, feature the latest-generation Picture Processor X1 Ultimate equipped with 8K an ultra-resolution algorithm custom database, enabling the 8K X-Reality PRO to up-convert any content closer to true 8K quality. The new fl agship BRAVIA MASTER Series AG9 4K HDR OLED TVs are approximate- ly half the thickness of previous models when wall-mounted. In addition to the Picture Processor X1 Ultimate, it features a Pixel Contrast Booster panel control technology. The BRAVIA MASTER Series TVs feature Netfl ix Calibrated Mode, and additionally, these TVs are part of the IMAXEnhanced certifi cation program that is the result of col- laboration between Sony’s engineers together with IMAX, DTS and content creators. Read more from page 26 in this issue.

Panasonic introduces new UHD Blu-ray players at CES

Panasonic has launched its latest Ultra HD Blu- ray players, the DP-UB150 and DP-UB450 series, with both models supporting HDR10+ dynamic metadata technology and the UB450 series also offering Dolby Vision.

By optimising the brightness of each image, scene by scene, these cutting-edge HDR formats reproduce HDR images that match the creator’s original intentions. Thanks to these image-optimising technologies, both the DP-UB150 and DP-UB450 series deliver a highly cinematic experience with richly textured images. Both players feature Dolby Atmos compatibility, using height channels to precisely place sound effects or the

sounds of individual objects at or above ear level. Both players feature HDR (high dynamic range), which has a wider, brighter dynamic range than conventional SDR (standard dynamic range) to produce more natural, more lifelike images when viewed on an HDR compatible TV. More than that, both models are also compatible with HDR10+, the latest version of HDR, which uses ‘dynamic’ metadata to re-optimise the brightness continually throughout the movie rather than sticking to a single ‘static’ setting. In addition, the UB450 supports Dolby Vision, a similar alternative to HDR10+. As well as this, 4K videos (MP4 format) made with

a camera or camcorder can be reproduced using Panasonic’s 2019 Ultra HD Players, while JPEG data can be output in 4K resolution so users can enjoy the memories of vacation trips in all their natural beauty. Lastly, the UB450 series and UB159 model feature dual

HDMI outputs for isolating and separately transmitting TV (4K video) and amplifier audio.

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