LG TV 2020 – A guide to all LG OLED and NanoCell TVs
LG TV 2020: LG’s OLED and NanoCell TV range offers improvements across, including more 8K models, more customisation, new features and better image processing.
Here are all of the details of the LG TV in 2020, including OLED models and the less wallet-punishing NanoCell models. We’ve listed all models and screen sizes we know of, and outlined the new features that you can expect from LG TVs in 2020. If you also fancy looking at a soundbar to go with your new TV, we’ve got LG’s 2020 soundbar range covered too.
LG TV 2020 highlights
All of this year’s OLED TVs are powered by the α9 Gen 3 processor, replacing last year’s Gen 2. As with many of LG’s other products, the α9 Gen 3 uses AI and machine learning to produce the best picture quality.
For 8K sets, the processor delivers AI-based 8K upscaling on content, aimed at producing sharper images with less noise when the TV is fed a lower-resolution input.
On models that have the α9 Gen 3 processor, there’s the AI Picture Pro tech, which can spot faces and text on-screen, sharpening and fine-tuning images to produce better-defined facial features, more natural skin tones and more readable characters.
The Auto Genre Selection feature is designed to spot what content is on-screen and adjust the picture quality accordingly and applies picture settings automatically. There are four genres of settings: movie, sports, standard and animation.
Similarly, the LG AI Sound Pro tech analyses and classifies the audio played across five categories: music, movies, sports, drama and news. It’s designed to make for clearer voices and richer background audio.
While image processing can be good, there’s been one vocal set of people alarmed at over-processing of footage: film directors. To combat this criticism, LG’s 2020 TVs support Filmmaker mode. This mode turns off some processing, including motion smoothing, noise reduction and sharpening, while preserving aspect ratios, colours and frame rates.
LG OLED TVs also have been recognized by Hollywood Professional Association with its Excellence in Engineering Award as the first and only TVs with integrated hardware-level calibration software, solidifying LG’s OLED TV as Hollywood’s leading reference consumer display for use in content production.
The top-end models have Dolby Vision IQ, which takes into account ambient light to present the best experience whether you’re watching in full daylight or in a darkened room at night. There’s also LG’s support for Dolby Vision HDR (of course) and Dolby Atmos sound.
For gamers, expanded Nvidia G-Sync support across the OLED range, which will feature built-in frame syncing technology built-in, letting gamers use their TV as a gaming screen at 4K resolutions up to 120fps. G-Sync is also coming to 2019 OLED models: the E9, C9 and B9. It’s been promised to arrive in the UK by the end of 2020.
Further gaming features are available across the OLED and several of the NanoCell TVs in their support for HDMI 2.1 features including eARC,VRR and ALLM. This should allow for faster and smoother gameplay with supported game consoles. eARC is also able to passthrough lossless audio formats, such as Dolby Atmos, to a connected audio device.
The Apple TV app is available on 2020, 2019 and 2018 sets, bringing Apple TV Plus, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit to LG TVs. LG’s webOS smart platform also features Disney+ and LG Channels. There is, however, no sign of Freeview Play on the 2020 TVs, with LG and Freeview failing to come to an agreement. LG is in the processor of bringing individual apps such as BBC iPlayer and All 4 to webOS, but there is no timescale on when this will be done.
Finally, there’s a soundbar that appears to be purpose built for the LG GX TV. Anyone who purchases an LG GX OLED TV (55”, 65”, 77”) between 15th July and 18th August will get a 50% discount on the soundbar which has an RRP OF £999.
LG TV 2020 8K
No line-up of 2020 televisions would be complete without 8K models to choose from, and LG has expanded its range to include two OLED models and six NanoCell models.
ThinQ voice recognition is built into every LG 8K TV, with LG introducing its own voice assistant alongside the option for Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. These models have their own microphones, so you no longer have to speak into the remote control. Note that the entry-level CX and BX 4K OLED models won’t have microphones.
LG calls its 8K sets, Real 8K, and says they exceed the CTA 8K certification. Under the certification, 8K sets have to have more than just extra resolution but are required to have the quality to show this resolution. One of the most important measurements is Contrast Modulation (CM). This concerns the ability to see adjacent pixels in order for the real difference of 8K TVs to be seen.
Under the CTA certification, there needs to be a 50% minimum CM threshold along with at least 33 million active pixels. LG has stated that its 2020 TVs have a 90% CM threshold. The certification also covers digital inputs, high dynamic range, upscaling, bit depth and measurement methodology: all of which LG TVs exceed.
LG TV 2020 8K/4K OLED Models
LG biggest manufacturer of OLED TVs, it’s no surprise that LG is pushing an expanded line-up. This year, the company is pushing both the high-end and has introduced a new smaller 4K set.
LG OLED Signature ZX 8K
- OLED88ZX9LA – £39,999
- OLED77ZX9LA – £24,999
LG was the first company to launch an 8K OLED TV in its OLED88Z9: an 88-inch set that cost near-on £30k. Yes, it’s expensive, but it delivered some of the best picture quality we’ve ever seen.
For 2020 LG is back with two models. There’s another 88-inch set, but this is joined by a slightly smaller 77-inch model.
LG Signature OLED R
- 65-inch (65RX)
The LG rollable TV was one of the CES 2019’s highlights but the model never went up for sale.
LG OLED WX Wallpaper
- OLED65WX9LA – £4499
LG’s Wallpaper TV uses a super-thin panel mounted on a set of magnets. The 77-inch version continues for 2020 and the 65-inch variant returns. This model is just under 4mm thick, which means no gap or shadow when fixed to the wall.
The connections and sound system are housed in a separate unit beneath the TV, with video fed to the screen via a “ribbon” that connects the two.
LG OLED GX
- OLED77GX6LA – £5999
- OLED65GX6LA – £3499
- OLED55GX6LA – £5999
The GX OLED range is an ultra-thin (20mm deep) TV that can sit flush on the wall. A wall-mount is provided in the box as the standard TV standard is only available to purchase separately.
LG OLED CX
- OLED77CX6LA – £4999
- OLED65CX5LA – £2799
- OLED55CX6LA – £1799
- OLED48CX6LB – £1499
The C-series range returns with the new α9 Gen 3 processor, and this year there’s a new 48-inch model, offering 4K OLED tech at a smaller size.
LG OLED BX
- OLED77BX – TBC
- OLED65BX – TBC
- OLED55BX – TBC
As with 2019’s B models, the BX range has similar features as the higher models but also has a slightly slower processor. In this case, it trades the α9 Gen 3 for the α7 Gen 3 processor. The B9 offered slightly reduced picture quality, so expect the same with the BX at a lower price.
LG TV 2020 — 8K/4K NanoCell
This year, there’s a greater emphasis on 8K with the Nano 99 and 97 models have been announced, with the 95 model details to come later.
- 75NANO996NA – £5499
- 65NANO996NA – £4499
The first two models in LG’s 8K NanoCell line-up are 75-inch and 65-inch models. Expect many of the processing features in the OLED 8K TVs thanks to the shared α9 Gen 3 processor. You don’t get Nvidia G-Sync, but you do get the Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM).
These models feature LG’s Full Array Local Dimming Pro backlight technology, and 60W 4.2 speaker with a 20W woofer.
A slight step down from the Nano99 Series, this range has a slightly reduced local dimming array and a slightly less powerful 40W stereo speaker system with a 20W woofer. Otherwise, it’s business as usual.
- 86NANO916NA – £3999
- 75NANO916NA – £2499
- 65NANO916NA – £1699
- 55NANO916NA – £1299
Top of the 4K NanoCell range is the Nano91. This gets the α7 Gen 3 processor and comes with a bucketload of features – including Dolby Vision IQ and Filmmaker Mode – and has full array local dimming panel.
- 75NANO906NA – £2499
- 65NANO906NA – £1699
- 55NANO906NA – £1299
The Nano90 range is effectively the same as the Nano91, Same processor, same features, but available in fewer sizes and comes in a different design (feet instead of a central pedestal).
LG NANO 86
- 65NANO866NA – £1499
- 55NANO866NA – £1199
- 49NANO866NA – £1049
The Nano86 series leaves the a smaller 49-inch model at the expense of the largest 86-inch model. This series is a slight step down from the Nano90 series, and you get the same α7 Gen 3 processor as in the BX series OLED TV. There’s just basic Local Dimming on this range, too.
- 65NANO816NA – £1299
- 55NANO816NA – £999
- 49NANO816NA – £899
The entry-level Nano 81 isn’t as feature-rich as the options above. The processor is not as advanced nor is the local dimming performance, and there’s no Dolby Vision or Atmos support. You do get the same assortment of smart features, and Filmmaker Mode.
LG TV 2020 — Soundbars
LG’s 2020 soundbar range covers budget options to expensive surround sound packages. LG has once again teamed up with Meridian Audio, bringing the company’s technologies such as Bass & Space and Image Elevation to enhance audio performance.
Starting at the top is the flagship SN11RG (£1499) Atmos/DTS:X 7.1.4-channel surround system that features up-firing speakers in both the soundbar unit and rear speakers. Other features include AI Room Calibration, which analyses your room and tunes to sound accordingly, as well as Hi-res audio support and Google Assistant integration.
Beneath that is the SN9YG 5.1.2-channel soundbar (£799), which features the same features as the SN11RG but doesn’t include rear speakers (the SPK8-S rear speakers can be purchased to add rear channels).
The mid-range soundbars include the SN7Y (£499.99) and SN7CY (£399.99), with the former featuring a wireless subwoofer and the latter coming in a 3.0.2 wooferless configuration (sans separate subwoofer). Both support Atmos and DTS:X soundtracks and feature Meridian audio technology and Hi-Res Audio. We’ve tested the SN7CY and while it’s a convenient package, the overall audio performance was mixed.
For prospective buyers on a budget, there’s the SN5Y (£299.99), a 2.1-channel effort which has DTS Virtual:X technology to virtually create height and surround channels. At the bottom of the range is the SN4 (£199.99). It too loses Atmos and DTS:X, focusing on Bluetooth streaming and DTS Virtual:X. You also get AI Sound Pro (available across all LG’s soundbars), a carbon woofer and the SLY4 wireless subwoofer that pumps out an extra 200W of power.
LG TV 2020 — Ultra HD 4K TVs
Here are the LG TVs from 2019 that are still on sale.
LG TV 2019 – 8K/4K OLED
LG Z9 8K OLED
This the first 8K OLED TV. Such is its size, it sits on its own AV rack. Wonder why anyone would buy an 8K TV when there’s little 8K content out there? One of this LG TV’s main strength is upscaling sub-8K content to near 8K quality.
LG OLED E9
We found the E9 to be a fabulous set, offering one of the more comprehensive TV packages we’ve seen in 2019, with outstanding picture quality across 4K, HD and SD” and audio that was “surprisingly hefty for such a slim TV”.
LG OLED C9
We felt that the C9 was one of the “smartest OLED TVs that money can buy”, with superb SDR and HDR picture performance, and so that was borne out with Trusted Reviews award.
LG OLED B9
The entry-level OLED TV in LG’s 2019 range doesn’t have the 2nd-gen α9 processor (2nd-gen α7 processor with AI). Otherwise features match in other areas, including Dolby Vision HDR, Dolby Atmos, Google Assistant and Alexa support, AI Sound, support for WiSA, HDMI 2.1, etc.
LG TV 2019 − NanoCell 4K TVs
It has a second-gen Alpha 7 processor, with Dolby Vision and Atmos support extended to this model. The SM98 has full-array local dimming for better black performance and if you like tweaking the picture the set has built-in CAIMAN calibration.
In terms of features it covers similar ground to the SM98, and the design − with the curved stand − is similar. VRR and ALLM have been brought in for fast gaming performance (15.1ms), and the set offers virtual 5.1 sound.
This model doesn’t appear to support for variable refresh rates (VRR), but it does have ALLM, with input lag rated at 14.5ms. It loses HDMI 2.1 and eARC and with no mention of full-array local dimming, this is likely an edge-lit model.
Like the SM86, it appears to be another edge-lit panel. Unlike that model, the SM85 has HDMI 2.1 support. The other significant difference? The SM85 has feet for support which sit towards the end of the TV, while higher-specc’d NanoCell TVs have a curved stand.
This entry-level edge-lit TV loses the α7 processor for a quad-core processor that boosts colour and contrast.
The stand is different, too, being a slightly curved effort. Other differences include DTS Virtual:X audio, and while LG lists it as Dolby Vision TV, retail sites only list HDR10 and HLG as supported formats.
LG TV 2019 − Ultra HD 4K TVs
LG TV 2019 − Full HD LED TVs
The LM6300 has the Dynamic Colour Enhancer for a richer, more natural picture and makes use of LG’s own version dynamic HDR metadata in Active HDR, which sits alongside support for HDR10 and broadcast HLG. It upscales to Full HD.
Despite it’s lowly position, it has LG’s webOS for access to smart features and apps such as Netflix.
The LM630B is similar in terms of features to the LM6300, but has a 1366 x 768 resolution rather than Full HD.