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CES 2020 News: LG launches new 4K and 8K NanoCell TVs

Sometimes you forget that LG also makes LCD TVs!

LG has become so synonymous with OLED that it's easy to forget the company also manufactures its NanoCell LCD TVs.

In fact, in terms of 8K its the Korean manufacturer's NanoCell TVs that dominate, with no less than three different models in the shape of the Nano95, Nano97 and Nano99, all of which offers 65- and 75-inch screen sizes.

According to LG all three models are 'Real 8K, in the sense that they don't just have 7680 × 4320 pixels but also exceed the minimum resolution addressability requirement which is a contrast modulation (CM) of 50% as stipulated by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). They can also decode the AV1, HEVC and VP9 8K codecs, hopefully without needing an add-on box.

Related: What is Contrast Modulation (CM)?

LG's 8K NanoCell TVs also boast the new α (Alpha) 9 Gen 3 AI processor, which leverages upgraded processing power and artificial intelligence deep learning algorithms to improve the upscaling, image processing and picture quality.

The 4K NanoCell TV range includes the Nano90 in 55-, 65-, 75- and 86-inch screen sizes; the Nano85 in 49-, 55-, 65- and 75-inch screen sizes; and the Nano80 in 49-, 55- and 65-inch screen sizes.

New this year is support for the NextGenTV broadcast standard, which aims to deliver an enhanced over-the-air UltraHD viewing experience.

As announced at IFA, LG will also support Filmmaker Mode, allowing users to easily select a specific mode, designed to ensure the content creator's vision is delivered exactly as they intended.

Related: What is Filmmaker Mode?


There's plenty of high dynamic range support with HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) and Dolby Vision, but sadly still no HDR10+. However new this year is Dolby Vision IQ, which uses a light sensor built into the TV to measure the ambient light in the room and adjust the Dolby Vision dynamic tone mapping accordingly.

Related: What is Dolby Vision?


In terms of the audio side of things, there's still support for Dolby Atmos, but now you'll be able to add Bluetooth speakers to use as rear channels, which is cool.

LG's NanoCells will continue to support ThinQ AI and the awesome webOS smart platform, which will now include both Apple TV+ and Disney+.

So what do you think? Is LG all about OLED, or is NanoCell of interest to you? Let us know what you think in the discussion thread.
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