QLED Killers? Meet LG's New Monster Nanocell 86-inch and 75-inch TVs

April 9, 2020 Topic: Technology Blog Brand: The Buzz Tags: QLEDOLEDSamsungLGTelevision

QLED Killers? Meet LG's New Monster Nanocell 86-inch and 75-inch TVs

Can they take on the best QLED TVs? 

LG Electronics is known for its leadership in the OLED TV category, but the company also offers TVs featuring what it calls Nanocell technology.

The tech utilizes LCD screens, based on what LG calls "a layer of one-nanometer sized particles that filter out impurities resulting in natural, lifelike color, which remain more accurate, even at wide viewing angles." Nanocell technology, which debuted in LG's 2019 models, is seen as a competitor to the QLED technology used by LG's South Korean rival, Samsung.

LG debuted this year’s Nanocell TVs at the International CES in January, and now the company has announced pricing and availability of its 2020 Nanocell line, which consists of 12 models, ten of them in 4K and the other two 8K.

No major reviews have been published yet for the new TVs, but RTINGS gave one model of the 2019 Nanocell line an 8.0 mixed usage score, stating that “the LG SM9500 is a great UHD IPS TV with good picture quality and impressive motion handling.”

The 2020 Nanocell models will roll out over the coming months.

The 4K line is led by the new 86-inch class Nano90 4K UHD model, which captured a CES 2020 Innovation Award winner. The TV is available now and retails for $3,299.

It's joined by three other models in the Nano90 series, which are 55, 65 and 75 inches, and retail for $1,049, $1,499 and $2,499, respectively. The 55-inch TV comes out this month, with the others following in May.

LG is also bringing out the Nano85 series, which consists of 49, 55, 65 and 75-inch TVs. The 49-inch model is available now for $649, with the others arriving in May, April and September, respectively. The 55 and 65-inch models will retail for $849 and $1,199, while the 75-inch model's price is to be announced.

Rounding out the new 4Ks is the Nano81 series, featuring a 65-inch model that comes out this month for $899, and a 55-inch TV that goes for $599 and arrives in May.

The two 8K TVs, which meet the Consumer Technology Association's 8K standard, are the Nano99 series, consisting of the 75-inch model ($4,999) and the 65-inch class ($3,499). They arrive in May and June, respectively.

All of the 4K models except for the Nano81 series feature the (Alpha) 7 Gen 3 Intelligent Processor, while the 8K models use the (Alpha) 9 Gen 3 AI Processor 8K, which is also used in the 2020 OLED TVs.

The TVs all support Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple's AirPlay 2, and use the webOS Smart TV platform.

Stephen Silver, a technology writer for The National Interest, is a journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. 

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