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LG B7 Smart TV – 2017 OLED on a budget

LG introduced an amazing new line of OLED TVs this year. Its flagship W7 signature TV model comes in 65-inch and 77-inch sizes and has a display detached from a sound bar which makes it look like a poster on a wall. It also as thin as a credit card. While everyone seems to be fixated on a W7 signature model it worth to remember that it is the most expensive one out of entire LG TV line-up introduces at CES 2017. LG introduced several other TVs which are also based on OLED technology and don’t cost as much as a new car.

LG B7 OLED 4K HDR Smart TV

LG B7 TV line up is based on the same OLED technology which W7 signature so you can expect to see all the amazing features OLED TV technology provides. It has Active HDR with Dolby Vision™ and supports HDR10. Besides new Dolby Vision ™ standard it is also backward compatible with HLG HDR standard. This is also the first TV in its price segment which supports both Dolby Atmos® and Dolby Vision™ in one TV.
LG B7 TVs comes in two sizes: 55-inch (OLED55B7P) and 65-inch (OLED65B7P). Both models share the same ultra-thin designs based on OLED technology. TV display is very thin on the sides and at the top and only gets thicker in the middle to accommodate computing components and ports.

LG B7 TV Tech Specs

Tech specs for LG B7 are following:
– 3840 x 2160 resolution
– OLED Display Type
– Display format 4K UHD 2160p
– HDMI ports: 4 (HDCP 2.2)
– Other inputs: 3 USB, 1 RF In (Antenna/Cable), 1 Composite In, Component In (Shared w/ Composite), 1 Ethernet, 1 Optical, 1 RS232C (Mini Jack)
– webOS 3.5
– Speaker system: 2.2 Channel
– Other features: Active HDR with Dolby Vision™, Perfect Black, Cinematic Color, Billion Rich Colors, Ultra Luminance, Pixel Level Dimming

LG B7 TV Pricing

Pricing was not announced at this moment but it probably will be around $4,000 for a 65-inch model and less than that for 55-inch. LG 55-inch 2016 OLED TV models sell for around $2,000 at Amazon now and 65-inch models sell for $3,500-$4,500.

Coolest TVs on CES 2017

2017 CES proved to be very exciting in TV department. We saw TVs which impressed us at design, picture, sound and price.

We will start with LG OLED TVs. The design of the top LG W7 signature OLED introduced a new category of wallpaper TVs. Before even thinnest OLED TVs had a bulky bar stuck at their bottom, back or somewhere else where all the computing power and ports were located. In LG W7 signature OLED it all changed with an introduction of a thin transparent cable which runs from the panel to the separate ports and computing block. This allowed OLED panel to become 2.5mm wallpaper thin and look like a poster on the wall but with full TV functionality. And also this gave LG some freedom like integrated premium speakers into the TV. Dolby Atmos soundbar delivers 60 watt over 7 channels. Overall this is the most amazing TV we ever saw and hopefully, things will keep moving in this direction. Maybe in several years all TVs will become credit card thin. LG W7 comes in two sizes. 65-inch model which weighs just 17 pounds and 77-inch model which weighs 27 pounds.

Sony followed LG on OLED route with an introduction of A1E series of OLED TVs in the United States. These TVs will begin selling in US later this year. It features an interesting technology when a screen of the TV acts as a speaker by producing vibrations. The OLED panels seem to be provided by LG though this is not confirmed at this moment. Below are some Sony 1AE specs:

  • OLED display
  • 55-, 65- and 77-inch sizes
  • HDR compatible (HDR10 and Dolby Vision)
  • Works with Google Home
  • Acoustic Surface audio technology
  • Android TV operating system

On a budget side but with premium features Xiaomi impressed us with ultra-slim Mi TV  4. This TV is just 4.9mm thick and is thinner than your iPhone 7 at 7.1mm. Xiaomi Mi TV 4 will be available in three sizes: 49-inches, 55-inches and 65-inches. Similar to LG W7 all electronics is now located in Mi TV Bar separate from the actual TV panel. Prices are expected to be lower than $2,000.

Another TV-related product which impressed us on CES 2017 is Sony VZ1000ES laser short throw projector. It delivers amazing picture quality and doesn’t have to be placed far from the screen. It just needs to be centimeters from the wall to produce an amazing picture. The only negative side for it is $25,000 price which puts it out of reach for most of the consumers.