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The Age of Ultra – Introducing LG’s new line of Ultra HD Smart TVs

By Martin James David - 28 May 2014

The Age of Ultra

The Modern-day Display

LG 65UB980T

As the Ultra HD TV market gets bigger, LG isn’t sitting idly by as it outs its latest generation of Ultra HD Smart TVs under the new UB980T line. Just recently, we had the chance to take a closer look at the 65-inch model (65UB980T), and boy was the experience great.

So, what exactly does the UB980T line bring to the table? Firstly, it comes in 65-, 79-, and 84-inch variants with Ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160). This model makes use of an IPS panel and is embedded with the Real 4K technology, which supports an enhanced Super Resolution Algorithm for error correction and blur-reducing Motion Estimation Motion Compensation (MEMC) technology. It also has 3D capabilities dubbed 4K 3D+ that uses Film Patterned Retarder (FPR) technology to render convincing 3D images with virtually no flicker or crosstalk. The multimedia experience won’t be complete without audio, and the UB980T has a multi-channel frontal speaker system that supports the Ultra Surround mode for a more immersive sound experience.

This TV uses a multi-channel front-facing speaker system that delivers a better audio experience.

Its built-in camera is convenient for Skype calls.

The new UB980T line of Smart TVs also gets a new Magic Remote.

Other notable features of the TV is its 200Hz refresh rate, WebOS, Time Machine II, built-in 8-megapixel camera, Smart Mobile Link (MHL), Miracast, Magic Remote, USB playback, Intel WiDi, Wi-Fi, and Dual Play.

Now that we’ve talked about its defining features, we can move on to how it performs. Watching on the 65-inch UB980T provided a pleasurable experience to both the eyes and the ears. Visual clarity was amazing thanks to its Ultra HD resolution, viewing angles were second to none with its IPS panel, and the sound from the multi-channel frontal speaker system allows for that surround sound experience. 

Putting on the included 3D glasses and turning on the 3D function, the TV added a sense of depth to the picture. Objects were projected inward instead of outward, and the overall 3D experience was quite nice once your eyes get used to it.

The new webOS interface is intuitive and easy-to-use.

As for the TV’s interface, the use of WebOS brought in a new launcher, which is a left-to-right scrollable menu found along the lower portion of the screen. This allowed for easier and faster navigation without having to move away from the existing view. Movement from one activity to another such as watching live TV then watching videos on YouTube was quite seamless, and reminded us of application switching from smartphones and tablets. Speaking of navigation, the included Magic Remote worked wonders as it was extremely responsive and easy to use.

LG’s BH9540TW 3D Blu-Ray home theater system can be bundled with a UB980T purchase or bought separately.

Lastly, our closer look at the 65UB980T also had LG’s BH9540TW 3D Blu-Ray home theater system installed. This system provided a much better surround sound with its four vertical Aramid Fiber Cone speakers that were set up in the corners of the room. Its superb audio quality complemented the crystal-clear picture quality of the UB980T. Its multimedia content streaming capabilities and superb audio definitely added another dimension to the multimedia experience.

Price and Availability

As mentioned, the UB980T comes in a 65-, 79-, and 84-inch variants, these retail for PhP 249,990, PhP 399,990, and PhP 599,990 respectively. The BH9540TW home theater system has a price tag of PhP 59,990 or PhP 29,990 when bundled with any UB980T unit.