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A guide to OLED, QNED Mini LED and NanoCell TV


LG TV 2021 – A guide to all the OLED, NanoCell and 4K TVs

You can expect more OLEDs in more sizes, higher brightness for HDR, slimmer NanoCell models and new tech in the QNED Mini LED TV from LG in 2021.

Here’s what you need to know about LG’s 2021 TVs. We’ve listed all the models, screen sizes and outlined all new features to look out from the electronics brand. We’ll update with more details, and we’ve included prices where possible for all the latest TVs.

New LG TVs in 2021

Sitting at the top are the OLEDs, with the QNED Mini LED and NanoCell beneath.

The naming convention has revered back to ‘1’, so that means tellies will be referred to as C1, G1 etc.

At CES, LG said it wasn’t ready to announce a B or W series models. The B-series has since been confirmed, though there’s been no news on whether the W1 will return. The E series – last seen in 2019 – won’t be making a comeback, but we are getting a new series in the more affordable A1 OLED

New sizes, brighter OLED panels and slim NanoCells

The number of sizes in the C1 series expands to accommodate an 83-inch 4K OLED. While LG Display confirmed the existence of a 42-inch OLED model for 2021, ahead of CES, though it’s not yet known which OLED range that model has been sequestered for.

LG’s consumer-facing OLEDs tended to have parity picture-wise, but the G1 OLED benefits from the OLED Evo screen, which features a new luminous element to boost screen brightness.

The NanoCell models have received some design tweaks, too. The 2021 range is slimmer than before to make them easier to wall-mount.

α9 Gen 4 AI processor

The C1 and G1 get the α9 Gen 4 AI processor. The AI Picture Pro aspect of the processor now has Scene Detection, which allows it to exert finer control over picture optimisation on a scene-to-scene basis. Another upgrade is Object Enhancement. That analyses objects (faces, bodies, etc) and enhances them to create a more three-dimensional image.

AI Sound Pro has been upgraded to a virtual 5.1.2 set-up, and can now fire sound towards the ceiling. Also included is Auto-Volume levelling, which keeps volumes at consistent levels when switching between apps and broadcast TV.

Refreshed webOS 6.0 interface

Announced ahead of CES 2021 was a refresh of the webOS smart TV platform. Version 6.0 is not as colourful as previous versions, but the home screen has been updated for faster access to frequently used apps. Content discovery has been streamlined, with recommendations based on the user’s preference and viewing history. The ThinQ AI service gets new voice commands for Alexa and Google Assistant.

Also new is a redesigned Magic Remote. It’s still point-and-click, but features simpler controls and more hot keys for apps such as Netflix, Prime Video, Rakuten TV and Disney+.

New Game Optimiser Mode

LG’s gaming performance was arguably the most extensive of any TV manufacturer. For 2021 it has added Game Optimiser. This menu allows gamers to fine tune the performance as they like for each game.

In other game-related news, Google Stadia is on its way to OLED and NanoCell models and is scheduled to arrive in the second half of 2021.

New QNED Mini LED TV range

LG’s new QNED Mini LED TVs merge quantum dot and NanoCell technologies, using Mini LEDs as its light source to produce a higher brightness and better contrast than normal LCD TVs. QNED – which under LG’s branding stands for Quantum NanoCell Emitting Diode – supports refresh rates up to 120Hz to render motion more smoothly and naturally (which should be great for sports and gaming).

The backlight is the real attraction. Comprised of almost 30,000 tiny LEDs, it’s capable of producing a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 to highlight the difference between the darkest and the brightest part of an image with greater effect. There are almost 2,500 dimming zones on the 86-inch 8K model to help create deep black levels, a wide colour gamut and accurate colours.

LG OLED 2021

LG OLED 8K TV

Signature Z1

The 8K OLED returns for 2021 in the same sizes before. It not sports a ‘Real 8K’ badge that certifies it has met the international standards that it can output content in native 8K resolution, supports the HDMI 2.1 input standard and can hit more than 600 nits of peak brightness.

  • α9 Gen4 AI Processor 8K
  • Floor stand design
  • AI Picture Pro 8K / AI Sound Pro
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG, Dolby Vision IQ
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 80W, 4.2 channel sound
  • webOS 6.0
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • HFR, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • HGiG HDR gaming
  • AMD FreeSync Premium / Nvidia G-Sync
  • WiSA 5.1ch

Signature OLED R1 Rollable

It’s been a while since the R1 Rollable OLED made a splash at CES 2019, but it will be available to purchase in countries outside of Korea. The 65-inch display is created from one sheet of glass, featuring a huge integrated speaker, while the OLED is deployed upwards (or descends downwards) via a motor from its base stand.

There are three different viewing modes – Full View, Line View and Zero View. At £99,999, it meets our expectations for price. Each rollable TV is produced to order, so save up some cash and clear out some space.

G1 Evo OLED

  • OLED77G1
  • OLED65G1
  • OLED65G1

The difference between the G series OLED and C series OLED is bigger than it has been in previous years. The G1 features LG’s OLED Evo technology, a new luminous element that delivers a higher screen brightness. LG also says the G1 produces a more realistic, detailed and clearer image than the C1.

With its focus on design, the G1 can be mounted flush to a wall or sat on the optional Gallery Stand. It does not come with a stand, and there has been no word on whether it will have an accompanying soundbar like the GX did.

We reviewed the G1 OLED, the combination of its new panel design, new processing and gaming features contribute to the “the best TV LG has ever made”.

  • α9 Gen4 AI Processor 4K
  • OLED Evo panel
  • Gallery Design /Gallery Stand
  • AI Picture Pro / AI Sound Pro
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG, Dolby Vision IQ
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 60W, 4.2 channel sound
  • webOS 6.0
  • 120Hz motion
  • HFR, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • HGiG HDR gaming
  • AMD FreeSync Premium / Nvidia G-Sync
  • WiSA 5.1ch

C1 OLED

  • OLED83C1
  • OLED77C1
  • OLED65C1
  • OLED55C1
  • OLED48C1

Sizes. Lots of sizes. That’s the focus of the mid-range C1 series, with a bigger 83-inch model joining the fun. The C1 also comes with the option of a different rear-panel finish: Meteor Titan (Black) or Vanilla White. The α9 Gen4 AI Processor 4K is powered by deep learning algorithms to enhance picture and sound with its advanced Scene Detection and Auto Volume Levelling features.

Otherwise, expect the same features as there were in the CX, ranging from HDMI 2.1 support, VRR for gaming (Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync Premium), Alexa and Google voice assistance, 120Hz support and Dolby Vision IQ. Freeview Play is back and there’s LG’s interpretation of the HDR10 format in HDR10 Pro. The aim of it is to adjusts brightness and intensify HDR content in a manner we presume has similarities to Dolby Vision and HDR10+.

It doesn’t get the Evo panel seen in the G1, so there’s a difference in the picture quality between the two.

  • α9 Gen4 AI Processor 4K
  • AI Picture Pro / AI Sound Pro
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG, Dolby Vision IQ
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 60W, 4.2 channel sound
  • webOS 6.0
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • HFR, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • HGiG HDR gaming
  • AMD FreeSync Premium / Nvidia G-Sync
  • WiSA 5.1ch

B1 OLED

  • OLED83C1
  • OLED77C1
  • OLED65C1
  • OLED55C1
  • OLED48C1

The B1 OLED is back but won’t function as the cheapest LG OLED. It will be the entry-level OLED for high-level gaming features in G-Sync and FreeSync VRR, as well as boasting a 120Hz display for fast and responsive gameplay.

The processor is not as advanced as the G1 and c1, so it misses out on the AI skills in Scene Detection and Auto Volume Levelling. Aesthetically it has a narrow stand to differentiate itself from the C1, making it more suited to placement in smaller areas. The B1 further differentiates from the C1 by supporting the Gallery Stand, adding more ways to position the TV in a room.

  • α7 Gen4 AI Processor 4K
  • Gallery Stand
  • AI Picture Pro (Face Enhancing only) / AI Sound
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG, Dolby Vision IQ
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 40W, 2.2 channel
  • webOS 6.0
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • HFR, ALLM, VRR, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • AMD FreeSync Premium / Nvidia G-Sync
  • HGiG HDR gaming
  • WiSA 2.1ch

A1 OLED

  • OLED77A16LA
  • OLED65A16LA
  • OLED55A16LA
  • OLED48A16LA

The A1 is LG’s entry-level OLED, but don’t get your hopes up too much. The difference in price between it and the B1 is not particularly drastic.

The A1 keeps the B1’s α7 processor, and comes in more sizes with a 48-inch version. The trade-off is that it has feet support at either end, and as they appear to be a fixed position, you’ll need a wide bench/TV stand to support the larger models. The A1 does support the Gallery stand for those interested in placing the TV wherever they like.

The display drops to 60Hz, so 120Hz gaming is off the table. The specs on the site say it doesn’t support VRR, but it does say there’s support for Nvidia G-Sync and FreeSync technologies, so we’re think this is actually a mistake. HDMI inputs are 2.0 and there are only three of them.

  • α7 Gen4 AI Processor 4K
  • AI Picture Pro (Face Enhancing only) / AI Sound
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG, Dolby Vision IQ
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 20W, 2.0 channel
  • webOS 6.0
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • ALLM, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • HGiG HDR gaming
  • WiSA 2.1ch

LG QNED MINI LED 4K/8K

QNED99

  • 86QNED99UPA (US model number)
  • 75QNED99UPA (US model number)

The QNED99 is LG’s flagship Mini-LED effort, available in 86- and 75-inch sizes. This 8K LCD TV uses Mini-LEDs to improve black levels, contrast and boost brightness for HDR content. Compared to LG’s ‘normal’ NanoCell range, the QNEDs should extract and display more detail, with colour reproduction more accurate and vibrant with its use of Quantum Dot technology.

The rest of the features match the OLEDs, and there’s a big onus on converting sub-8K content into 8K, of course. The above model numbers are for the US version, so we’ll update once LG has confirmed a UK release. The US price for the 86-inch appears to be around the $8000 mark, so while it’s cheaper than an 8K OLED, it’s still expensive.

  • α9 Gen 4 AI Processor 8K
  • Mini-LED 8K
  • Full Array Local Dimming Pro
  • IPS panel
  • AI Picture Pro / AI Sound Pro
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG, Dolby Vision IQ
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 60W, 4.2 channel
  • webOS 6.0
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • ALLM, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • HGiG HDR gaming
  • Up to WiSA 5.1ch (dongle needed)

QNED90

  • 86QNED90UPA (US model number)
  • 75QNED90UPA (US model number)

Below the QNED99 Mini-LED is the QNED90 (likely QNED95 in the UK). Again, it’s a Mini-LED that comes in 86- and 75-inch sizes, so be prepared to clear out some space, or more likely, haul it onto a wall.

With Quantum Dot and LG’s NanoCell technology combining, the emphasis is on accurate colour reproduction and vibrant-looking images. Black levels, clarity and brightness will be improved over LG’s standard 4K LCD TV range. AMD FreeSync Premium is onboard to smooth out the set’s gaming performance. Expect pricing for this to be more than the OLEDs.

  • α7 Gen 4 Processor 4K
  • Mini-LED 4K
  • Full Array Local Dimming Pro
  • IPS panel
  • AI Picture Pro / AI Sound Pro
  • HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision IQ
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 40W, 4.2 channel
  • webOS 6.0
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • VRR, ALLM, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • AMD FreeSync Premium
  • HGiG HDR gaming
  • Up to WiSA 2.1ch (dongle needed)

LG NANOCELL 4K/8K

Nano 96 8K

There aren’t as many 8K NanoCell models in LG’s 2021 TV line-up, with the Nano 96 the only model announced so far. You get a similar feature count to the OLEDs, with the only real difference being the 60Hz display. Given there are only two sizes and the 55-inch is around £1600, this is an affordable 8K TV, and a sign that we could be seeing 8K starting to make its presence felt in the TV market.

  • α9 Gen4 AI Processor 8K
  • AI Picture Pro 8K / AI Sound Pro
  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG, Dolby Vision IQ
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 40W, 2.2 channel
  • webOS 6.0
  • Alexa / Google Assistant
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • VRR, ALLM, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • HGiG HDR gaming
  • WiSA 5.1ch

Nano 91

  • 86NANO916PA
  • 75NANO916PA
  • 65NANO916PA
  • 55NANO916PA

The first of the 4K NanoCells and there’s just the one difference to make note of here. The 85-inch model features LG’s more advanced dimming system, while the rest of the range makes do with a “Full Array Dimming” solution. A drop down in the processor from the α9 to α7 results in a loss of some AI skills, but consider this to be a feature-filled premium 4K option good for movies and gaming.

  • α7 Gen4 Processor 4K
  • AI Picture / AI Sound
  • Full Array Local Dimming Pro (86-inch) / Full Array Dimming
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG, Dolby Vision IQ
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 40W, 2.2 channel
  • webOS 6.0
  • Alexa / Google Assistant
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • VRR, ALLM, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • AMD FreeSync
  • HGiG HDR gaming
  • WiSA 2.1ch

 

Nano 88

  • 75NANO886PB
  • 65NANO886PB
  • 55NANO886PB
  • 50NANO886PB

The Nano 88 is fairly consistent with the Nano 91 in terms of features. The local dimming performance is not as strong, but otherwise it matches the Nano 91 in every measure that counts. The design looks identical, and like the other NanoCell TVs, a concerted effort has been made to retain colours and black levels at wide viewing angles. The Nano 88 also supports the Gallery Stand if the wish is to have a TV out in an open space.

  • α7 Gen4 Processor 4K
  • AI Picture / AI Sound
  • Local Dimming
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG, Dolby Vision IQ
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 40W, 2.2 channel
  • webOS 6.0
  • Alexa / Google Assistant
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • VRR, ALLM, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • AMD FreeSync Premium
  • HGiG HDR gaming
  • WiSA 2.1ch
  • Gallery Stand

Nano 86

  • 86NANO866PA
  • 75NANO866PA
  • 65NANO866PA
  • 55NANO866PA
  • 50NANO866PA

Like the Nano 90, the 86-inch model bears full array local dimming while the rest of the series makes do with local dimming. Otherwise it’s almost an exact copy of the Nano 88 – same processor, gaming features, HDR support and design. The difference is the presence of that 86-inch model.

  • α7 Gen4 Processor 4K
  • Full Array Local Dimming (86-inch) / Local Dimming
  • AI Picture / AI Sound
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG, Dolby Vision IQ
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 40W, 2.2 channel
  • webOS 6.0
  • Alexa / Google Assistant
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • VRR, ALLM, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • AMD FreeSync Premium
  • HGiG HDR gaming
  • WiSA 2.1ch
  • Gallery Stand

Nano 81

  • 75NANO816PA
  • 65NANO816PA
  • 55NANO816PA
  • 50NANO816PA

With the Nano 81 the feature set begins to tail off. No Dolby Vision or Atmos, no VRR and no 120Hz display. If none of those features are a concern then this is where LG’s NanoCell range enters the realms of affordability for those after a workhorse of a 4K TV.

  • α7 Gen4 Processor 4K
  • Local Dimming
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • 40W, 2.2 channel
  • webOS 6.0
  • Alexa / Google Assistant
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • ALLM, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • HGiG HDR gaming

Nano 80

  • 75NANO806PA
  • 65NANO806PA
  • 55NANO806PA
  • 50NANO806PA

Not much is different from the Nano 81 other than the downgraded processor in the Quad Core Processor 4K and lack of Dolby Vision. Expect picture and upscaling abilities to be less powerful as a result.

  • Quad Core Processor 4K
  • Local Dimming
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • 40W, 2.2 channel
  • webOS 6.0
  • Alexa / Google Assistant
  • 60Hz refresh rate
  • ALLM, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • HGiG HDR gaming

Nano 75

  • 86NANO756PA
  • 75NANO756PA
  • 65NANO756PA
  • 55NANO756PA
  • 50NANO756PA
  • 43NANO756PA

The Nano 75 is the entry-level NanoCell model in the LG’s 2021 line-up. Most of the advanced gaming features are gone, but the new Game Optimiser mode sticks around. Like the Nano 80 there’s no Dolby Vision, and the processor is a Quad Core effort.

The Nano 75 does feature the widest array of sizes in the NanoCell range, from the 86-inch model all the way down to the 43-inch sized effort.

  • Quad Core Processor 4K
  • HDR10 (Pro), HLG
  • Filmmaker Mode
  • Dolby Atmos
  • 40W, 2.2 channel
  • webOS 6.0
  • Alexa / Google Assistant
  • 120Hz (86-inch model) / 60Hz refresh rate
  • ALLM, eARC
  • Game Optimiser
  • HGiG HDR gaming

We’ll be updating this article as we get more details about the models and prices as we inch closer to release. Read on below for information on the 2020 models, which are still on sale.


LG TV 2020 OLED 8K/4K

 

Signature ZX 8K OLED

 Signature ZX 8K OLED

LG was the first company to launch an 8K OLED in its OLED88Z9: an 88-inch set that cost near-on £30k. Yes, it was expensive, but it delivered some of the best picture quality we’ve ever seen. For 2020 the 88-inch model gets a smaller 77-inch sibling.

WX OLED Wallpaper

LG’s Wallpaper TVs use a super-thin panel mounted on a set of magnets. The 77-inch version continues on and the range welcomes back the 65-inch variant. As this model is less than 4mm thick, there’s no gap or shadow when it is fixed to the wall.

You won’t need to purchase a soundbar with this TV, as 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
  • OLED65GX6LA
  • OLED55GX6LA

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. There is a 3.1 Atmos/DTS:X immersive audio soundbar designed to work with the soundbar that’s imaginatively called the GX Sound bar. If bought separately, the GX soundbar costs £999.

LG OLED CX

  • OLED77CX6LA
  • OLED65CX5LA
  • OLED55CX6LA
  • OLED48CX6LB

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. The CX series has been the recipient of price cuts that have brought it close to the £1000 mark.

BX Series OLED 4K

LG OLED BX

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.  We enjoyed the performance of the BX, lauding its natural and balanced picture quality, as well as its rock solid sound. If you’re after an OLED to game on with the PS5 and Xbox Series X, the BX is a marginally cheaper option than the CX.

LG TV 2020 NANOCELL 8K/4K

Nano99 Series NanoCell 8K

NANO99 8K

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.

Nano97 Series NanoCell 8K

NANO97 8K

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.

NANO95 8K

The NANO95 is the cheapest 8K TV range offering 8K at the smallest size LG offers, too — 55-inches.

NANO 91

  • 86NANO916NA
  • 75NANO916NA
  • 65NANO916NA
  • 55NANO916NA

Top of the 4K NanoCell range is the Nano91. This gets the α7 Gen 3 processor and comes with a bucket-load of features – including Dolby Vision IQ and Filmmaker Mode – and has a full array local dimming panel.

Nano90 Series NanoCell 4K

NANO 90

  • 85NANO906NA
  • 75NANO906NA
  • 65NANO906NA
  • 55NANO906NA

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).

NANO 86

  • 65NANO866NA
  • 55NANO866NA
  • 49NANO866NA

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 (though don’t expect the picture quality to be on par). There’s just basic Local Dimming on this range, too.

NANO 81

  • 65NANO816NA
  • 55NANO816NA
  • 49NANO816NA

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 Ultra HD 4K TVs

LG UN85

  • 86UN85006LA
  • 82UN85006LA
  • 75UN85006LA
  • 65UN85006LA

LG UN81

  • 75UN81006LB
  • 65UN81006LB
  • 55UN81006LB
  • 50UN81006LB
  • 43UN81006LB

LG UN80

LG UN74

  • 70UN74006LA
  • 65UN74006LB
  • 55UN74006LB
  • 50UN74006LB
  • 43UN74006LB

 

LG UN739

LG UN73

  • 65UN73006LC
  • 55UN73006LC
  • 50UN73006LC
  • 49UN73006LC
  • 43UN73006LC

LG UN71

LG UN70

  • 65SM8200PLA
  • 55SM8200PLA
  • 49SM8200PLA

LG Full HD LED TVs

LG TV 2019

LG LM6300

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.

LG TV 2019

LG LM630B

The LM630B is similar in terms of features to the LM6300, but has a 1366 x 768 resolution rather than Full HD.



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