LG TV 2020 – A guide to all LG OLED and NanoCell TVs
LG TV 2020: After winning our Best TV 2019 award, LG is back with improved sets for this year, including more 8K models, new designs and better image processing.
Here are all of the details of the LG TV in 2020, including OLED models and more budget-friendly 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.
LG TV 2020 highlights
All of this year’s premium 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.
First, for 8K sets, the processor delivers AI-based 8K upscaling on content, designed to produce 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 with integrated hardware-level calibration software, further solidifying LG’s OLED TV as Hollywood’s leading reference consumer display for use in content production.
The OLED 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.
For gamers, there’s expanded Nvidia G-Sync support. There will be 12 OLED models that have the 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.
The Apple TV app is coming to the webOS platform in 2020, and it will be available for 2018 and 2019 TV owners, too.
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
- 88-inch (OLED88ZXPUA)
- 77-inch (OLED77ZXPUA)
LG was the first company to launch an 8K TV with its OLED88Z9: an 88-inch set that cost near-on £30k. Yes, it’s expensive, but it also delivered some of the best picture quality we’ve ever seen.
This year, 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 highlights of CES 2019. The model never went up for sale, but we’ve been promised that it will launch this year. There’s currently no information as to when it beyond later in 2020.
LG OLED WX Wallpaper
- 77-inch (OLED77WXPUA)
- 65-inch (OLED65WXPUA)
LG’s Wallpaper TV uses a super-thin panel mounted on a set of magnets. The 77in version continues over into this year, but the 65in version returns. This model is just under 4mm thick, so that means no gap and no shadow when attached to the wall.
The connections and sound system are housed in a separate unit, with video fed to the screen via a “ribbon” that connects the two. The design of the W9 doesn’t appear to have changed much since the last iteration. However, it does boast all the new features mentioned above.
LG OLED GX
- 77-inch (OLED77GXPUA)
- 65-inch (OLED65GXPUA)
- 55-inch (OLED55GXPUA)
If you’re after a TV that blends into the surroundings, the new GX Gallery Series could be for you. These 4K OLED TVs are ultra-thin (20mm deep), and can sit flush on the wall to look more like hanging art than a regular television.
LG OLED CX
- 77-inch (OLED77CXPUA)
- 65-inch (OLED65CXPUA)
- 55-inch (OLED55CXPUA)
- 48-inch (OLED48CXPUA)
It was a C series TV that won our Best TV 2019 award, so we’re excited to see the range return with the new α9 Gen 3 processor. This year, the models include a 48-inch model, introducing 4K at a new smaller size.
LG OLED BX
- 65-inch (OLED65BXPUA)
- 55-inch (OLED55BXPUA)
As with last year’s B models, the BX range has similar features as the higher models, it also has a slightly slower processor. In this case, you get an α7 Gen 3 processor. Last year’s models showed slightly reduced picture quality, so expect the same for a lower price.
LG TV 2020 8K/4K NanoCell
Rounding off the range is a new series of LG NanoCell TVs, using LCD technology with full-array local dimming. This year, there’s a greater emphasis on 8K with six models available, although only details of the 99 and 97 models have been announced, with the 95 model details to come later.
- 75-inch (75NANO99UNA)
- 65-inch (65NANO99UNA)
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. Here, you don’t get G-Sync, but you do get the Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) which is supported by the Xbox One X.
These models feature LG’s Full Array Local Dimming Pro backlight technology, and 60W 4.2 speaker with a 20W woofer.
- 75-inch (75NANO97UNA)
- 65-inch (65NANO97UNA)
A slight step down from the Nano99 Series, this range of 8K TVs 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 as above.
- 86-inch (86NANO90UNA)
- 75-inch (75NANO90UNA)
- 65-inch (65NANO90UNA)
- 55-inch (55NANO90UNA)
It’s back to 4K TVs for the rest of the new NanoCell line-up. With the Nano90 range, you get the α9 Gen 3 processor for the full range of features as listed above. This range gets you Full Array Local Dimming.
LG Nano85 Series NanoCell 4K
- 75-inch (75NANO85UNA)
- 65-inch (65NANO85UNA)
- 55-inch (55NANO85UNA)
- 49-inch (49NANO85UNA)
The Nano85 series introduces 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.
Here are the LG TVs from 2019 that are still on sale.
LG TV 2019 highlights
The α9 Gen 2 processor is capable of recognising the content you’re watch and finds ways to improve picture performance.
AI Brightness uses the TV’s built-in light sensor to detect ambient light and adjusts the parts of the image that require a higher brightness for HDR playback.
OLED TVs aren’t as bright as LED TVs, so the Dynamic Tone Mapping feature approximates the brightness and contrast for images brighter than the TV’s capabilities. LG aims for a more accurate picture in terms of contrast, adjusting the overall brightness without losing contrast or the vivid colours.
HDMI 2.1 has been implemented across several models, which is particularly useful for gaming consoles. For gamers there’s Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM) for smoother, lag-free viewing. Currently, the only ALLM-compatible games console is the Xbox One X.
There’s also support for High Frame Rate (HFR) content at 4K/120fps. Additional eARC compatibility enables pass-through of lossless audio formats (Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD MA) and Dolby Atmos.
LG’s ThinQ-AI allows users to control the TV with their voice. Responses from ThinQ AI have been contextualised for a better user experience. Ask about tomorrow’s weather and it brings up relevant results – Say “What about next week?”, and it brings up the following week’s forecast. Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant are also supported.
WebOS is said to be faster and more responsive than previous versions, with LG’s Intelligent Edit feature enabling the reorder of webOS tiles in more convenient ways.
The Home Dashboard is a hub for connected devices, including Bluetooth 5.0 and smart devices that come under Home IoT (Internet of Things).
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.
It’s not cheap, but this TV delivers some of the most exquisitely beautiful pictures we’ve seen.
LG OLED E9
The E9 is a marriage of picture, sound and design. While the built-in soundbar from the E7 hasn’t returned, the E9’s AI sound adds heft and size for an excellent performance.
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
The mid-range effort in LG’s OLED range, and our TV of 2019.
Picture performance mirrors the OLEDs above, as well as similar features such as HDMI 2.1, Bluetooth 5, eARC, ThinQ AI and webOS.
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 comes with a few differences to the C9 and E9.
For one the stand is more of a plinth, and it 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, and so on.
LG TV 2019 − NanoCell 4K TVs
The top effort in LG’s NanoCell 4K range mirrors its OLED brethren in model sizes.
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 then you’ll be pleased to learn that the set has CAIMAN calibration built in.
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.
The only significant difference between this and the SM98 is that the SM90 is exclusive to Currys PC World.
Despite being called the SM86, there’s no 86in model, with the biggest size a paltry 75in.
This model doesn’t appear to support for variable refresh rates (VRR), but it does have ALLM, with input lag rated at 14.5ms. We lose 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
The UM7660 isn’t as advanced as the NanoCell TVs, but a couple of features are retained such as the Wide Viewing Angle tech. DTS Virtual:X is the audio of choice, with the quad-core processor onboard and 4K Active HDR included. There’s no mention of gaming performance, so we expect a lesser performance in this regard, especially with no ALLM onboard.
The mammoth 86in effort has the 2nd-gen a7 processor return, as well as Dolby Vision HDR and Atmos. All of that results in a hefty price tag – more so than the 4K OLEDs.
Drop to the 75in set and below, and the a7 processor is swapped out for a quad-core processor, Atmos for DTS Virtual:X and Dolby Vision for standard HDR10. And while it looks similar to the UM7600, it has a white, rather than black, bezel.
Features are Quad-core processor, Wide Angle Viewing and DTS Virtual:X sound. It’s another thin-bezeled effort, with the feet sitting towards the edge. Consider getting a larger TV rack if you don’t already have one for the bigger models.
Once again, we have quad-core processor, True Colour Accuracy for richer images and DTS Virtual:X sound. We do lose Wide Angle Viewing for this model, however.
LG’s odd approach to which model gets what is very noticeable here. The UM7400 is available in similar sizes to the UM7450, but there’s no 70in version. And while the UM7450 loses the Wide Angle Viewing feature, the UM7400 retains it.
This is one for smaller rooms, with the UM7390 available in 49in and 43in versions.
The bezel appears to be more noticeable here than it is on other UHD models, and it also comes in white rather than black. Wide Viewing Angle and ALLM support are included, and sound is LG’s Ultra Surround.
LG’s entry-level set in its 4K UHD set divvies up its features among the different sizes. The 75in model gets a quad-core processor, Wide Viewing Angle, True Colour Accuracy and Ultra Surround tech. Models that are 70-inch and smaller lose the Wide Angle panel
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.