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Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

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Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

The LCD technology, which predominates in our lives and that we know so well, is practically reaching the limit of what it can offer. Still, brands like LG and Samsung continue to make efforts to offer excellent image quality at the best price, and LG NanoCell is an example of that.

Today we bring the analysis to the LG NanoCell 55SM9800PLA, a 55 ″ screen with fantastic image quality.

Currently, OLED screens are the best in the market at the level of black reproduction… Yes, in fact the reproduction of blacks with quality has been a constant struggle in LCD technology, something that OLED technology solves naturally.

Main features of LG NanoCell

LG's SM series replaces the SK series, now offering the α7 Gen2 processor with artificial intelligence. In addition, this TV offers a modern design with top finishes.

Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

The frame is thin and metal, supported by a foot with curved design that allows all the wiring to be stored in the center.

As for the connection interfaces, it has 4 HDMI connections v2.1, a version that allows a maximum bandwidth of 48Gbps, as we already talked about here.

Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

This NanoCell also supports a variable refresh rate, for gamers, and has a low latency mode. In addition, it has 3 USB ports, an analog video input and composite sound, optical digital sound output, ethernet, and RF connection for antenna or cable and F for satellite. It also has an interface for CI card. In wireless connections, there is Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.0.

NanoCell technology

The NanoCell technology is based on the typical LCD panel technology with LED backlight, but in this case, there is an improvement in the way the lighting is controlled, as with Samsung's QLED technology. However, NanoCell stands out from the QLED technology for presenting 1nm nanocrystals (against QLED's 2 to 10nm), which offer superior color definition and contrast levels. In addition, as a complement, it has the Full array local dimming technology, which is nothing more than an LED lighting matrix whose intensity varies according to the content shown in the image.

Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

This lighting technology is interesting in theory, but in practice it is far from perfect. For example, the backlighting of subtitles in dark scenes, or of smaller elements such as the Magic Remote pointer, easily highlights backlights that are not exactly pleasant to see.

Deactivating the dimming location, we are faced with an LCD panel with ordinary backlight, and then we can assess the bleeding. This is the LCD's ability to display uniform blacks, even if they are dark gray. In this case, there are occasional imbalances, but in general the uniformity is satisfactory.

Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

Apart from these details in black, the image quality and color reproduction are fantastic. Pre-defined usage settings, image and sound are available, which can be quickly chosen from the quick menu. In addition, there is a set of advanced options that are essential for those who are more demanding. These results can only be obtained thanks to all the image processing, namely the Deep Learning technology, which recognizes the objects on the screen and adjusts the color, brightness and sharpness of the brightness using a database, thus presenting the image of the as faithfully as possible.

WebOS 4.0 interface

This LG NanoCell brings the WebOS operating system, in its version 4.0. There is a consistent evolution in the interface compared to previous versions. Now a much richer presentation, functional and pleasant to use, mainly due to the fluidity with which everything happens.

Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

Transitions are fast and smooth and everything is presented intuitively. The application store, although with a modest quantity, offers quality applications for the most popular services.

Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

Voice actions are now also more comprehensive, making it possible to take an enormous number of actions. LG itself thus makes available its virtual assistant, with Portuguese language in Portugal, also including Google Assistant. However, for now it is not possible to use it in Portuguese.

Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

Verdict

This 55 ″ LG NanoCell TV demonstrates the best on the market in a technology below OLED, but that still offers very competent and interesting results for the price. Color reproduction is vibrant and immersive where, at first glance, it can even pass through an OLED screen. Alongside this, the operating system is fantastic and the Magic Mouse command allows interaction that few can achieve.

Analysis: LG NanoCell 4K 55 ″, the LCD panel taken to the extreme

The sound is very balanced, with some presence of bass, and in fact it is one of the best features in TVs of its kind, even considering that the space for speakers is very limited.

Pplware thanks LG for providing the LG NanoCell TV for review.

LG NanoCell TV 55SM9800PLA

LG NanoCell 4K

CONSTRUCTION & DESIGN

9/10

Pros

  • Color reproduction
  • Overall performance, fluidity
  • Scope of services
  • Installing the Magic Remote

Cons

  • Local full array dimming falls a little short

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