The Best TVs of CES 2019

  • Published on:  1/10/2019
  • This was a huge year for TVs at CES. In some cases, literally. Some years we see just incremental improvements on existing technology or a bunch of buzzwords that leave us cold when the rubber hits the road. But this year, we saw some real innovation and some big leaps forward. TV makers are pushing the edge of the envelope like never before. Here’s our list of the best TVs at CES.

    Let’s start with the most intriguing: LG’s roll-up OLED TV is every bit as magical as you’ve imagined. LG’s 65-inch 4K OLED Type R. The R stands for roll-up or, as we like to call it, Roll-ed. The TV emerges from a long rectangular box like a phoenix from the ashes, and when you’re done watching, it rolls right back down, out of sight. It can also be minimized into what LG calls “line view” to deliver different kinds of content. There’s an integrated speaker system but LG is supporting WiSA this year, which means wireless surround sound is now possible in a whole new way. We found this TV to be so remarkable, we gave it our coveted best Tech of CES award.

    We move on to the biggest TV here: Samsung’s 219-inch “The Wall.” It’s a Micro LED TV, which means there’s no backlight. It’s emissive, like OLED, but unlike OLED it uses only Red, Green, and Blue pixels, so not only can it deliver true black levels, but it is incredibly bright and colorful. This is a modular system, too, so the idea is that it can be assembled in any size or shape you want, but as conventional TV sizes go, Samsung went and surprised us with a 75-inch variant, which could be a TV you could own one day.

    LG 88-INCH 8K OLED (Z9)
    Also, in the LG booth is this stunning 88-inch 8K OLED. It’s not just big, it’s luscious. The picture is deep, rich, and intoxicating. For best picture quality at the show, this is it for us. It’s also important to point out that LG, like all the big manufacturers, is supporting Apple AirPlay 2, so you can now play your iTunes movies, TV shows, and music through the TV using your iOS device or Mac. Honestly, if the roll-up OLED wasn’t so compelling, this would be our pick for best TV at CES.

    Next up is Samsung 98-inch 8K QLED TV. Not only is it big, but its super well-designed both from an aesthetic standpoint, but also the user experience. From Samsung’s no-gap wall mount to its automatic source detection, to the one-connect box and one-connect cable – this TV is just a bigger version of the 8K awesome we’ve come to expect from Samsung. Count on Samsung’s A.I. upscaling system to make any content you watch, from any source, look great at 8K resolution.

    Sony also has a 98-inch 8K LED TV, and it’s a looker. The feather in Sony’s cap is its X1 Ultimate processor, which does an incredible job at not just upscaling, but cleaning up an image. Those banding artifacts you get with streaming content – which let’s face it is mostly what we watch — looks smooth as silk on this TV, and that’s critical at this size. Sony is making a few other 8K models this year, but it’s hard to deny this 98-incher is the most cinematic-looking TV we’ve seen at the show this year.

    Now over to TCL, which is poised to blow up even bigger in 2019. It’s got a 75-inch 8K TV, too, but the difference here is that it is a Roku TV and that it will come in far less expensive than its competition. With TCL producing an 8K TV at this size, it is likely far more people will be able to take the step up in resolution if they want to. It doesn’t hurt that this TV supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG types of high dynamic range content directly from the Roku platform, making it one of the most user-friendly TVs on our list.

    That’s a lot, isn’t it? As we said, it was an exciting year for TV at CES 2019, and these were just our picks for the best. There are a lot more where these came from, and we’re going to be reviewing a lot of them this year, so keep visiting Digital Trends for the best TV reviews and all your insightful daily tech news.

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  • Angel Agrinsoni (Jan 10, 2019)

    I remember when 32" was a respectable size.

  • kryptoniteee (Mar 12, 2019)

    Angel Agrinsoni I’m still struggling to find 4K content. Where the hell do I get 8k content.

  • Alien SexGod (Feb 27, 2019)

    mate I thought my 8 inches was respectable!

  • John Verteux (Jan 10, 2019)

    OK, to summarise:OLED is becoming king (YESS!!!)MicroLED, the holy grail of tv is a real deal (YESS!!!)Vizio, Hisense and TCL are pushing LG, Sony and Samsung for the top end, resulting in better competition that is best for consumers (YESS!!!)Hisense have mastered that awesome laser TV of theirs (YESS!!!)FANTSTIC YEAR FOR TVS AHEAD!!

  • SW 16 (Feb 13, 2019)

    If you are so happy. Buy all references of these brand companies. They will thank you. No seriously ?!! My advice : buy a video projector, a high end one if you can, and you will be satisfied for years.

  • Go HD (Jan 29, 2019)

    Just adding another "K" is becoming a trend. Where is the innovation? I don't understand why truly innovative startups don't get covered like these stupid new TV with more "ks" do. A startup by the name of Q Blocks launched a Smart TV that can mine crypto at the CES. There tag line was also quite funny : "Netflix and chill while it pays your bill "....i guess there website is this one: . But no one really knows about them because the paid media is b...

  • Doug Armstrong (Jan 13, 2019)

    video about 8k tvs, uploaded in 11-year-old 720p 🤦🏻‍♂️

  • Alien SexGod (Feb 27, 2019)

    The irony

  • Tommy Texter (Jan 10, 2019)

    That rollable LG TV R is sick!

  • SW 16 (Jan 13, 2019)

    Yes. Sure. But too large. Do you like to see a human face through a screen magnifier ? I can count every winkle. And you know what : Tom Cruise is getting old....

  • Sadman Hossain (Jan 12, 2019)

    have you seen the see through tv ?

  • jcapers93 (Jan 10, 2019)

    Did Samsung release any actual tangible 2019 TVs other than another screen size for the Q900? We heard about LG's C9, E9, W9, Z9, their high end LEDs, Sony's G model 950, Z9, A9, A8, 850, and Vizio 2019 TVs etc. Nothing really tangible from Samsung...

  • Caecario Wardana (Jan 10, 2019)

    Samsung usually announces their main 2019 line-up in March. Not at CES. CES is for tech you probably wouldn't buy for at least another 5 years.

  • Walter White (Jan 10, 2019)

    The LG C9 baby!!

  • Robert Kelly (Jan 12, 2019)

    Walter White Sony AG9 for me

  • iMiguelAOG (Jan 10, 2019)

    I hope the B9 brings the B series lower in price. $1600 definitely is lower than we've had, but I hope it can go lower

  • futureace One (Jan 10, 2019)

    Where are the 12 bit panels? Dolby Vision and HDR 10+ can't realize their potential without 12 bit! What about banding? What about screen uniformity? Apparently those very important shortcomings in most current 4K TVs aren't worth addressing. Instead the manufacturers are ignoring all that and now pushing 8K? Other than UHD Blu-ray there is no true 4K content. Netflix and YouTube put out only a very compressed version of 4K. Cable TV only uses 720p and 1080. Broadcast TV can only transmit at 1...

  • dsoprano13 (Jan 11, 2019)

    I imagine 12bit will be next year. But banding is very difficult to see with 10bit. The main advantage would more than likely be more realistic skin tones in 12bit.

  • Andrew Harris (5 days ago)

    You'll be pleased to know that not all of them cost an arm and a leg, some cost a heart!

  • Andrew Hord (Jan 11, 2019)

    All these TV's are great but when are we going to get HBO4K Showtime4K ESPN4K and so on! Could you imagine having any one of these TV's and wathching Game of thrones in 4K Dolby Vision on HBO4K channel!! Like Do this cable and DirectTV companies!!

  • Trill•Good•Life (Jan 26, 2019)

    Doing that would probably save cable it has to be cbs4k and nbc4k now he talking I liked when the nfl went to 1080p they tried to go 3D but it didn’t work

  • Boe Dillard (Jan 10, 2019)

    OMG - Roll up TV - seriously!?! Other than people distracted by shiney keys who would be excited by this - they've been showing it for years. Higher refresh rate, brighter OLED, smoother motion, burn in protection on OLED - those would be exciting (if they were part of CES 2019). I don't even like Samsung TVs that much due to their motion and upscaling but their one connect box is far far more interesting to me than a rollup TV with a ginormous speaker that I don't even want. Microled shows p...