In addition to launching OLED TVs A1, C1 and Evo G1, LG renewed this Wednesday (23) its line of TVs with LCD panel in Brazil. The main novelty is the arrival of models QNED90 (4K) and QNED99 (8K), which bring a lighting system with Mini LEDs to increase brightness and improve the contrast accuracy of scenes. The models of the NanoCell line were also updated.
LG QNED90 4K and QNED99 8K inaugurate Mini LED backlight
LG announced its first TVs with Mini LED technology, which will compete directly with the Samsung Neo QLED. In the models QNED90 and QNED99 there’s an LCD panel with a quantum dot filter to improve color accuracy and a new lighting system that approximates (but doesn’t match) contrast to those found on OLED models.
As we’ve already explained, the pixels on an LCD screen don’t emit their own light; they need a backlight source to reproduce color images. Until then, more expensive LCD TVs, such as NanoCell, divided the lighting into dozens or hundreds of zones: this allowed them to display bright and dark spots in different regions of the image, improving contrast. The Mini LED, for using much smaller LEDs, increases the amount of LEDs and the accuracy of local dimming.
According to LG, the Mini LED “can offer up to 30 times more lighting points and 13 times more control zones, delivering three times the brightness” compared to a 75-inch Nano99 and a QNED of the same size. The trend is for the colors to be more accurate and the contrast to increase compared to NanoCell models, the most sophisticated from LG with an LCD panel so far.
The QNED90, with 4K resolution, will be sold in the country “until the end of the year” in sizes of 65 and 75 inches, with suggested prices starting at R$17,999. The QNED99 8K arrives in Brazil in 75 and 86 inches, costing at least R$ 34,999. Both TVs feature four HDMI 2.1 inputs, Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos.
LG NanoCell gets updates: Nano75, Nano80, Nano85 and Nano90
There have also been updates to the NanoCell lineup, which brings more accurate colors and brighter brightness than LG’s more affordable LCD TVs. In 2021, the family is represented by the models Nano75, Nano80 and Nano85 with 4K resolution, in addition to the Nano95 with 8K. They still have a traditional LED lighting system, so they can be an option for those looking for a better picture than an entry-level TV, but don’t want to spend as much money on an OLED or QNED.
It is clear that LG left the best features for the QNED models. In the NanoCell line, only the Nano85 has an update rate of 120 Hz; all the others are at 60 Hz, which is a point of attention for the gamer audience. The built-in sound isn’t impressive either: all 4K models come with basic 2.0-channel speakers, with a power of 20 watts, like you’d find on any entry-level TV.
The operating system was updated to webOS 6.0, which has a revamped interface. The home screen now “shows personalized content suggestions, provides easier access to your favorites and lets you control all connected devices in one place,” says LG. The Magic Remote remote, which works like a mouse, has been redesigned to be more ergonomic and easier to hold.
LG has not released the suggested prices for each TV to the press. These are the values collected by the Techblog in retail on June 23, 2021:
- 55-inch LG NanoCell Nano85 (55NANO85): BRL 6,999
- 65-inch LG NanoCell Nano80 (65NANO80): R$ 8,999
- 65-inch LG NanoCell Nano85 (65NANO85): R$ 9,499
- 75-inch LG NanoCell Nano80 (75NANO80): BRL 12,999