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We're just days away from the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas and LG is spilling all the beans before the show, announcing their show stopping TV as well as some of the features we can expect on 2018 LG TVs.

In the U.S, LG ThinQ TV users can use information search services such as schedule, scores of recent sports games, and finding of popular restaurants that are provided by Google through Google Assistant.

As a Google Assistant-powered smart speaker, users will be able to issue voice commands to search for certain topics, learn about the weather, play songs and find out navigation routes, among others. The top of the line models will also be equipped with Alpha 9 processors which is the start towards achieving HFR, with frame rates that go all the way up to 120FPS which is the first of its kind in a home television. While LG's TVs already support existing HDR formats like Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG, it will be adding Advanced HDR by Technicolor.

Over the recent years, LG has produced smart TVs with a webOS-based operating system.

The TV industry surely doesn't need another acronym, but in 2018 it will get at least one more: HFR, short for "high frame rate".

Colour is also said to be improved, with both advanced mapping and correction algorithms being performed by new, more-capable Alpha 9 CPUs. LG's technology improves black levels and picture dimensions by independent control of LED light zones, improving shadow details and reducing light bleeding resulting in enhanced contrast and superb picture quality. Both 2018 OLED TVs and Super UHD TVs will also support Dolby Atmos object-based surround sound.

It's worth noting though that while LG's USA screens will have Google Assistent built-in, models for the United Kingdom are merely Google Assistant compatible - you'll need to supply your own Google Assistant-embedded device to control them. "LG is dedicated to providing cutting-edge technology that elevates user lifestyles and offers unmatched convenience". The 2018 ThinQ smart TVs will be able to serve as smart home hubs as well. LG says a core innovative element of the Alpha 9 processor is four-step noise reduction.

Although users had to push buttons several times in order to change functions or settings in the past, LG ThinQ TV users can simply give commands while pressing a voice recognition button on a magic remote.

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