Native content in 8K is still rare, but LG is another manufacturer of TVs to bet on the very high definition in Brazil. The most complete model of the brand with LCD panel, called Nano96, has 33 million pixels and promises the pure colors of the NanoCell, a deeper black and a more advanced processor to improve the contents with lower resolutions.
With retail prices of around R $ 9,000 in the 65-inch version, the Nano96 is also one of the cheapest (or least expensive) TVs with this resolution. But is it worth it to go to 8K? For whom does it make sense to have so much definition? I tested Nano96 in the past few weeks and count my impressions below.
Review of LG Nano96 8K on video
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Design, connections and remote control
The design of Nano96 is what I like least about the LG TV line. It features an arc-shaped base that has been adopted in previous models, such as the B9. In addition to concentrating the entire weight of the 65-inch screen in the center, in a way that is not so safe, the accessory occupies a considerable space in the furniture, leaving less breath for a soundbar. Still, the minimalist edges and thin body count points in favor and balance the visual ensemble.
The connections are well located on the left side and follow the standard of the most expensive TVs: there are three USB ports, an optical audio output, a TV antenna input, an Ethernet connection and four HDMI ports, one with audio feedback ( ARC). All tests were performed on Wi-Fi, on a 5 GHz 802.11ac network, with no surprises.
The remote control is the Smart Magic, the same that comes with most TVs of the brand. It works as a mouse and has shortcuts to quickly open Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, the latter of which can also trigger Alexa. Despite the dedicated microphone key, you don’t have to press it, because the Nano96 has the hands-free feature, which understands the activation command to call the personal assistant without using your hands, as detailed below.
The image quality of the Nano96 is good, but not surprising. As expected for an IPS panel, the viewing angle is excellent, which guarantees a great experience even for those who are sitting more sideways, 45 degrees from the center of the TV. The black, which is usually a weak point of this type of screen, cannot reach very deep levels, but it is more consistent than the Nano90 that I tested a few months ago, without major deviations in the corners.
However, the local dimming of Nano96, which LG calls NanoBlack, is terrible and does not resolve the contrast limitation. Even with the Full LED setting on the bass, the TV reduces the backlight too much, which erases details in darker scenes. There is no point in getting lost in the options: the effect worsens with the maximum setting and, if turned off, the entire frame is invaded by the gray black of the IPS. In synthetic tests, the delay in lighting the zones is very noticeable.
Looking on the bright side, the Nano96 doesn’t show clouds around objects in high-contrast areas like some of the more expensive Samsung TVs that overdo the dose, but this is only because LG’s peak brightness is low in this scenario, which also hinders the display of content with HDR. In fact, do not expect anything very bright here: it is better than any entry-level TV, but the unconvincing contrast makes the screen struggle a lot in brighter environments.
The volume of colors is wide, as you would expect from a NanoCell, without color banding in real content and displaying scenes with skies, seas and dunes with quality. I also liked the upscaling, which improves the definition of images in 4K and convinces you if you watch TV more closely, when it is possible to notice an impressive sharpness in people’s faces. Good quality fonts in Full HD are also enhanced on the Nano96’s 8K screen; just don’t expect a miracle algorithm for open TV.
As this is the most complete LCD TV from LG in Brazil, I feel that some negatives of Nano96 are a missed opportunity. A VA panel with a deeper black and stronger brightness would be much more interesting in an 8K model, the main advantage of which is only realized when watching TV from a shorter distance. It is an illusion to think that someone would choose this model just because of the wide angle of view.
The 60 Hz limitation on such a big screen also leaves a bad taste, especially for gamers. A 120 Hz panel would be more versatile as it allows you to play in 2K or 4K with greater fluidity on the PC and on the new generation consoles. LG has an 8K TV with a 120 Hz panel, the Nano99, but it never came out in Brazil.
The sound that comes out of the Nano96’s built-in speakers is good for reaching high volumes without distorting, being able to fill larger environments without much difficulty. As with most TVs, the mediums are clear and favor dialogue. Of course, you won’t hear the last drop of definition on an integrated TV speaker, but many people won’t feel the need for a soundbar.
For an integrated sound, until the bass does the job. The Nano96 is able to put the tip of the foot at lower frequencies, starting to generate that good feeling of the beats of the sub-bass. LG has done a good job on the speakers on premium TVs, like the OLED CX, and has not left its best NanoCell behind.
Smart TV software and functions
Inside, Nano96 runs the webOS 5.1 operating system, which stands out for its colorful screens full of animations to highlight the fluidity of the interface and the excellent offer of applications. In the LG content store, you can find Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney +, YouTube, Apple TV +, Spotify, Globoplay, Telecine, Plex, HBO Go and more.
As with other LG TVs in 2020, you have access to the Control Panel, which allows you to control compatible smart home devices. It is also possible to turn on the Sound Sharing feature, which turns the Nano96 speakers into a kind of Bluetooth speaker. Support for mirroring smartphone content with Miracast and Apple AirPlay is available, as are remote controls via Apple HomeKit.
An exclusive feature of Nano96 and other expensive LG TVs is the hands-free, which allows you to activate the voice assistant just by saying “Hi, LG”, without pressing any buttons on the remote control. It is good for returning results quickly, but it is not perfect: the activation command is not always understood, especially when the TV volume is higher, and the voice recognition is much lower than the Google Assistant that comes with Android TVs.
For most people, no. The Nano96 is an 8K that does not convince due to several controversial decisions by LG in this model. Yes, upscaling content in Full HD or 4K works well. Yes, the viewing angle is excellent. Yes, the screen lives up to the name NanoCell and offers a wide range of colors. But the negative points soon come.
The 60 Hz refresh rate, while there are LG TVs with 4K at 120 Hz for lower prices, is bad for gamers who cannot take advantage of the full potential of the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X or PC. Thinking from a viewing angle at the expense of a really good contrast on an 8K TV, which was born to be seen up close, does not make sense. And the local full-array dimming needs to improve a lot for a TV that is the most complete LCD of the brand in the country.
Among competitors with 8K resolution, the Samsung Q800T is the one that comes closest to Nano96 and wins in practically all aspects, with 120 Hz, deeper black, higher peak brightness and superior integrated audio, but it is also more expensive, with prices around R $ 12 thousand at retail in the 65 inch version, against R $ 9 thousand by LG.
But there is a potentially more interesting solution at home, which is called LG CX: for the same R $ 9,000 in the 65-inch version, if you accept the risk of burn-in from the OLED and a lower resolution, you can gain a much better image. higher.
LG Nano96 8K TV
- Very complete app store
- Above-average integrated sound
- Efficient upscaling to 8K
- Brightness could be stronger
- Black without too much depth weakens the contrast
- Dynamic range does not impress even with Dolby Vision
- If you had a 120 Hz panel …
- Model: LG NANO96SNA
- Panel size: 64.5 inches (164 cm)
- Resolution: 7680 × 4320 pixels
- Refresh rate: 60 Hz
- Panel type: IPS LCD
- Supported imaging technologies: HDR10, Dolby Vision IQ
- Speaker power: 2x 10 watts (speaker) + 2x 10 watts (subwoofer)
- Supported audio technologies: Dolby Atmos
- Operating system: webOS 5.1
- Power consumption: 300 watts (average),> 1 watt (standby)
- Video inputs: 4 HDMI (ARC, HDMI-CEC), 1 RF
- Audio outputs: 1 digital optical audio output
- Other connections: 3 USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, Ethernet
- Dimensions (width x height x depth): 145.4 × 84 × 6.9 cm (without the base) and 145.4 × 91.6 × 31.5 cm (with the base)
- Weight: 28 kg (without base), 30.3 kg (with base)