LG has begun rolling out its LG 2020 TV range – this is a preview as not all models come to Australia.
The LG 2020 TV range has a record 14 new OLED 8K and 4K models and a similar number of Nano Cell (Quantum Dot) and LED/LCD models. It is niche marketing at its best designed to cover all but the lowest-cost entry-level.
What we see in the LG 2020 TV range is a focus on excellence. LG has long led the pack with its self-emissive OLED (and is still the premier manufacturer of panels used by other brands) and last year introduces its take on Quantum Dot – Nano Cell that competes strongly with Samsung’s QLED and Hisense ULED TVs.
You can see full details on its Australian site here
Some new features of the LG 2020 TV range (on all OLED and Nano-cell models)
- CTA (Consumer Technology Association) certification making them among the first 8K models good enough to use the CTA 8K Ultra HD logo. This means at least 50% contrast modulation (CM) and in 33 million active pixels. Many TV makers just adjust brightness by turning off pixels as GadgetGuy discovered last year – LG doesn’t. As we said, “You would feel pretty silly spending all that money to get what is really no better than a 1K picture.”
- New ultra-thin Gallery models for flush mount wall or stand mounting that contains the electronics in the 20mm thinness.
- Alpha 9 Gen 3 processor on most OLED and Nano-cell models – advanced deep learning algorithms to further boost picture and sound quality
- eARC (replaces ARC) Enhanced Audio Return Channel and HDMI 2.1. It also supports Ethernet over HDMI, high bitrate 32-channel 24-but/192kHz sound, 37Mbps (for [email protected] versus 1Mbps on ARC), lip-sync correction and has ARC fallback for older devices.
- Hollywood Professional Association’s Excellence in Engineering Award and deliver integrated calibration software that performs to a hardware level.
And picture features
- Dolby Vision IQ for ‘Beyond HDR’ optimises Dolby Vision content by using sensors to measure the brightness of the room. Dolby Vision content is just as good when watched in a bright room as in a dark room.
- UHD Alliance’s Filmmaker Mode – turns off motion smoothing and adjusts the TV for movies. It automatically gets rid of the ‘soap opera’ effect of motion smoothing.
- Nvidia G-Sync compatible and low lag and input for gamers as well as HGiG mode (All OLEDs)
- 120Hz refresh
- Two Bluetooth device connection (e.g. for headphones)
- Customizable alerts let you name your favourite sports and teams to follow including messaging you about program times and reminders about shows
- Content-aware tools that can tell you what’s being worn by actors on screen, and provide immediate access to buying your favourite wardrobe pieces as you watch (some countries)
- Far-field microphones built into the bezel of the TVs to listen for voice commands.
- ATSC 3.0 TUNERS
- LG WebOS with the on-screen cursor, Netflix, Amazon, Apple TV+, Disney+ and a huge range of apps
OLED 4K and 8K
First, and most important is that the 2020 OLED range has the letter ‘X’ (as in 10) instead of the number 9 for 2019.
In 2020 the letters after the size stand for – G (Gallery series), Z (Signature series), R (Rollable), W (Wall mount ultra-thin with external TV box), B (entry-level stand only) or C (processional level or wall mount).
- ZX – 8K 77/88″ *
- GX – 4K super 20mm slim includes wall mounting hardware (replaces the E-series) 55/65/77 *
- WX – 4K Wallpaper 4mm thin with a dedicated separate soundbar and TV electronics 65/75
- RX – 4K Rollable
- CX 4K Nvidia G-Sync compatibility 48/55/65/77″ *
- BX 4K entry-level, Alpha 7, 55/65″ *
We understand the few technical differences between the GX and CX.
SUPER UHD (nano cell) and UHD/HD TV (LED/LCD)
The new 2020 Super UHD range is Nano 99, 97 95, 91, 86, 85 and 80 (these may also include regional variants)
The new UHD/HD TV range uses the letter ‘N’ instead of the letter’M’.
Super UHD Nano Cell (all with nano prefix)
- 99 8K, CTA, Advanced FALD (full-array backlight), 65/75″ *
- 97 8K, CTA, standard FALD, 65/75
- 95 8K CTA, 55/65/75 *
- 90 4K Alpha 7 Gen 3, Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos, 55/65/75/86, standard FALD
- 85 4K Alpha 7 Gen 3, 49/55/65/77 Dolby Vision and Atmos, Edge-Lit
- 80 4K *
- 65 4K *
UHD (all 4K with UN prefix)
- 8750 – Alpha 9 Gen 3, Dolby Vision IQ
- 8500 = Alpha 9 Gen 3, Dolby Vision IQ
- 8100 – assume similar to UN8500 *
- 7470 – four-core processor
- 7300 – four-core processor *
- 6970 – IPS, four-core processor
- 6900 IPS, four core – basic HDR
Models marked with * are on the Australian Website
New Soundbars (all with SN prefix website here)
The new soundbars have the prefix SN instead of SL for 2019. G=Google
- 11RG – 770W & 7.1.4 Channels, Meridian Technology, Dolby Atmos/DTX:X/Hi-Res Audio, Google Assistant, Rear/up-firing speakers included
- 10YG – 570W & 5.1.2 Channels, as per SN11RG – no rear speakers
- 9YG – 520W & 5.1.2 Channels, as per SN10YG
- 8YG – 440W & 3.1.2 Channels, as per SN10YG
- 7Y – 380W & 3.1.2 Channels, as per SN10YG – no Google
- 6Y – 420W & 3.1.2 Channels, DTS Virtual:X for a surround sound-like experience, High-Resolution Audio, AI Calibration and optional rear speaker kit (otherwise it is 3.1)
- 5Y – 400W & 2.1 Channels, as per SN6Y (2.1.2 with rear speaker kit)
- 4 – 300W & 2.1 Channels, DTS Virtual:X, HDMI In/Out, Optical &USB