LG has full line-up of OLED and LCD models with 4K or 8K resolution. Many of the TVs are equipped with HDMI 2.1 ports, including optional features like VRR and eARC. For the first time, OLED will also be available in 48 inches. FlatpanelsHD brings you an overview of LG's 2020 TV line-up.
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LG 2020 TV line-up
LG is expanding its line-up of OLED TVs in 2020. Spanning the BX, CX, GX, WX, ZX and RX ranges, the company's line-up now includes for the first time 48-inch OLED (CX range) and 77-inch 8K OLED. The E series has been discontinued in favor of a new 'Gallery' GX model that was designed to be wall mounted. The company has also refreshed the soundbar for the 'wallpaper' WX OLED.
BX comes equipped with the company's 3rd-gen Alpha 7 processor whereas the other models come equipped with the more powerful 3rd-gen Alpha 9. Most other features are shared between the OLED models, with a few exceptions. They all feature 4K resolution, (except for ZX). They all feature HDMI 2.1 ports as well as optional features such as VRR (except for WX and RX), ALLM, and eARC. They all feature Dolby Vision IQ, Filmmaker Mode, and support for three HDR formats (HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision).
Also read: Review: LG CX OLED (with Dolby Vision IQ & Filmmaker Mode)
HDMI 2.1 support sets LG's OLED TVs apart from OLED TVs from competing TV makers
HDMI 2.1 support sets LG's OLED TVs apart from OLED TVs from competing TV makers. It was surprising to see LG implement HDMI 2.1 in its 2019 models but it is perhaps more surprising to see its competitors reserving HDMI 2.1 mainly for 8K TVs in 2020 considering that Sony and Microsoft are planning to launch next-gen game consoles with HDMI 2.1 (for 4K120, 8K) later this year.
LG 2020 OLED TVs also support HDMI 2.1 VRR, FreeSync (via a later firmware update) and 'G-Sync Compatible'.
Also read: HDMI 2.1 supports 8K, 10K, dynamic HDR and requires a new cable
In 2019, the South Korean company unveiled the world's first rollable TV. After long delays, it is expected to launch later this year as the 65-inch RX OLED for a cool 60000 Euro (approx. 65000 USD). It is completely out of reach for any normal human being but eventually this technology may make its way to more affordable TVs.
Out of reach for any norman human being are also LG's 8K OLED TVs. The company will add a smaller 77-inch 8K OLED model to its line-up both it remains prohibitively expensive.
LG is introducing a refreshed line-up of 'NanoCell' LCD TVs with 8K or 4K resolution. Several of these LCD models feature FALD (full array local dimming). The zone count has not been upped compared to last year's models but LG says that it has improved FALD performance through tweaks and improved dimming control.
You can also expect to see new mid-range 4K LCD TVs in the form of UN8x and UN7x ranges. For the first time, LG will not have any new Full HD or HD Ready models in 2020. 4K now represents the mainstream and low-end just as several TV makers, including LG, have started transitioning to 8K.
If you are looking for great HDR picture quality, however, you should turn your attention towards the OLED models. For HDR, contrast is alpha-omega and it is paramount that contrast can be controlled extremely granularly, preferably on the pixel-level. Self-emitting display technologies such as OLED and microLED have millions of pixels that each emit - and control - their own light. This year, LG has implemented an improved dynamic tone-mapping for HDR as well as HGiG Mode for more accurate HDR representation of console games. LG is dropping support for Technicolor's 'Advanced HDR' format but that is hardly a loss considering that, after several years, there is virtually no content available in Advanced HDR on the consumer market.
The latest version of webOS (version 5.0) includes new features such as universal search and recommendations, 'Sports alert', a redesigned Home dashboard (seen above), and various other tweaks that we explore in our LG CX review. As usual, version 5.0 of webOS will be reserved for the 2020 models. Previous models will not be updated.
A few of the models will have hands-free voice control (GX and up) via an always-on microphone. The other models come with a remote control with a built-in microphone that can be activated with the push of a button. The TVs support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
2020 LG 8K TVs support AV1 hardware decoding, the company has announced. AV1 is a new video format/codec developed by the Alliance for Open Media, which includes companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Netflix, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Mozilla. We had luck getting the LG's 4K CX model to play an AV1 test file but the finer details for the 4K models remain unknown at this time. AV1 support is required on 8K TVs in order to stream YouTube 8K.
2020 LG TVs also come with support for the Apple TV app, AirPlay 2, and HomeKit. The Apple TV app provide access to iTunes movies and Apple TV+ content in up to 4K Dolby Vision (Atmos coming via a later update) while AirPlay 2 lets you push video, music and photos from an iOS or macOS device wirelessly onto the TV. HomeKit lets you integrate an LG TV into a connected home system. In addition, it lets you control certain aspects of the TV via the Remote app for iPhone/iPad.
Support for Dolby Atmos audio lets you output Dolby Atmos via HDMI eARC or ARC to a soundbar or speaker system. The built-in TVs speakers can also output Dolby Atmos but obviously with major limitations due to the nature of compact built-in TV speakers. The 'wallpaper' WX comes with a more potent soundbar.
The TVs have built-in DVB tuners (Europe) for cable, satellite, and antenna TV but only a few models are equipped with twin tuners for recording. LG GX, WX and ZX will be the first to offer an ATSC 3.0 tuner (USA). The TVs also have built-in WiFi 5 (ac), and Bluetooth 5.0 for the first time.
Below we have noted suggested retail prices for TV models that have yet to launch. Once the TVs become available, the model name and size will become an active and clickable link to price comparison or retailers.
You can tell LG 2020 OLED TVs apart from previous years' models by the 'X' (X for 10) in the model name (i.e. CX): X = 2020, 9 = 2019, 8 = 2018, 7 = 2017, 6 = 2016. The new LCD models are designated 'Nano' or 'UN'. A reminder: Nano / UN = 2020, SM / UM = 2019, SK / UK = 2018, SJ / UJ = 2017, UH = 2016, UF = 2015, UB = 2014.
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