LG NanoCell 85 Series vs NanoCell 81 Series 2020 (LG Nano 85 vs Nano 81) Review




We need to mention LG NanoCell 85 Series (Nano 85) and NanoCell 81 Series (Nano 81) as our choice if we are looking for 4K LED TV from 2020 TV lineup. LG NanoCell 85 Series and NanoCell 81 Series are introduced as more affordable NanoCell TV models from LG’s 2020 TV lineup. LG NanoCell 85 Series comes with 3 screen size options : 65-Inch (65NANO85UNA), 55-Inch (55NANO85UNA) and 49-Inch (49NANO85UNA) while there are only two screen size options of LG NanoCell 81 Series : 65-Inch (65NANO81ANA) and 55-Inch (55NANO81ANA). From their model number, we can easily guess that LG NanoCell 85 Series is the model that positioned higher than LG NanoCell 81 Series. Why should you choose LG NanoCell 85 Series that positioned higher? This article will discuss more about the key differences between LG NanoCell 85 Series and 81 Series so that we can find out why LG NanoCell 85 Series that positioned higher is the one that we should choose than LG NanoCell 81 Series.

LG NanoCell 85 Series

LG NanoCell 85 Series

LG NanoCell 85 Series

LG NanoCell 85 Series comes with local dimming in IPS (In-Plane Switching) display. While IPS display allows us to enjoy accurate details from any angle we are watching this TV, local dimming is able to bring deeper black and enhanced contrast. We can also find Ultra Luminance to bring better peak brightness for the bright part of this screen. 4K Upscaler is installed on the 4K UHD resolution of LG NanoCell 85 Series. 4K Upscaler can bring non 4K contents into near 4K picture quality so that we can enjoy excellent picture clarity not only from original 4K content sources but also from non 4K contents that upscaled into near 4K picture quality. The clarity is also enhanced by Double Step Noise Reduction and Sharpness Enhancer. Double Step Noise Reduction reduces on screen noise especially for upscaled non 4K contents and Sharpness Enhancer bring sharper details for the contents delivered on the screen of LG NanoCell 85 Series. LG NanoCell 85 Series comes with Nano Color that can brings Billion rich colors through 10 bit dithering. We can also find Advanced Color Enhancer and True Color Accuracy that can brings more vivid and accurate color details on the screen of this TV. Cinema HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG), Dolby Vision IQ and HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping are already supported by LG NanoCell 85 Series so that we can enjoy enhanced details and expanded contrast from wide range of HDR content sources. We can enjoy fluid motion images from our favorite action movies and sports with TruMotion 240 that installed as the motion technology of this TV. We can also enjoy non lagging gaming and immersive experience with TruMotion 240 that based on 120Hz native combined with FreeSync, VRR (Variable Refresh Rate), ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and HGiG integrated with this TV, We can also find α7 Gen 3 Processor 4K integrated as the picture processor of this TV to provides excellent optimization for the color, clarity and contrast of the picture delivered on the screen of this TV. WebOS is installed as the smart TV platform of LG NanoCell 85 Series. It allows us to enjoy wide range of premium entertainment from our favorite content providers with fast internet connection provided by 802.11ac wireless attached to this TV. WebOS is also connected to LG Contents/Apps store that allows us to run wide collection of smart apps on the screen of this TV. Magic Remote is included as the remote control of this TV that allows us to control this TV conveniently with its smart functions (Point, Click, Scroll, Voice). LG NanoCell 85 Series is already compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa so that we can control with them conveniently. The speaker system of LG NanoCell 85 Series is quite basic 2Ch 20W speaker system. Although it’s quite basic, it’s already completed with Dolby Atmos and powered by AI Sound so that we can still enjoy good sound quality from this TV. You can indeed easily attach additional soundbar including Wireless one since LG NanoCell 85 Series is already WiSA ready with separate dongle.

If you are looking for the summary of the key specs & features of LG NanoCell 85 Series, you can find it on the table below.

LG NanoCell 85 Series
Brand LG
Introduced 2020
Screen Size
  • 65-Inch (65NANO85UNA)
  • 55-Inch (55NANO85UNA)
  • 49-Inch (49NANO85UNA)
Resolution 4K UHD
Display Technology LED
IPS Display YES
Upscaling Technology 4K Upscaler
Backlight Technology Edge-Lit
Dimming Technology Local Dimming
Clarity Technology
  • Double Step Noise Reduction
  • Sharpness Enhancer
Contrast Technology Ultra Luminance
Color Technology
  • Nano Color
  • Billion Rich Colors
  • Advanced Color Enhancer
  • True Color Accuracy
HDR Support
  • Cinema HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG)
  • Dolby Vision IQ
  • HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping
Motion Technology TruMotion 240 (120Hz Native)
Gaming Technology
  • FreeSync
  • VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
  • ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
  • HGiG
Processor α7 Gen 3 Processor 4K
Smart TV Platform WebOS
Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Compatible
Remote Control Magic Remote Control
Built-in Wifi 802.11ac
Speaker System
  • 2Ch 20W
  • Dolby Atmos
  • AI Sound
  • WiSA ready (with separate dongle)
HDMI/USB 4/3
Price
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LG NanoCell 81 Series

LG NanoCell 81 Series

LG NanoCell 81 Series

LG NanoCell 81 Series is the most affordable model of LG’s 2020 NanoCell TV series. LG NanoCell 81 Series comes with Real 4K NanoCell Display that can delivers intense billion rich colors that achieved through 10 bit dithering. The color is also enhanced by Advanced Color Enhancer that brings more natural color details and True Color Accuracy that reproduce more accurate color. LG NanoCell 81 Series comes with local dimming on its Edge-Lit backlight. Local Dimming is able to bring deeper blacks and vibrant contrast that combined with Ultra Luminance that provides higher peak brightness for the bright part of the picture. 4K Upscaler comes as the upscaling technology of LG NanoCell 81 Series. We can enjoy excellent picture clarity on the screen of LG NanoCell 81 Series from both of original 4K content sources and non 4K content souces since non 4K contents are upscaled by 4K Upscaler that integrated with this TV. We can also find that on-screen noise especially from upscaled non 4K contents is reduced by Double Step Noise Reduction that installed on this TV while the details is improved by Sharpness Enhancer. We can find that Active HDR (HDR10, HLG) and HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping already supported by LG NanoCell 81 Series so that we can enjoy enhanced details and expanded contrast from wide range of HDR content sources. TruMotion 120 that based on 60Hz native is installed as the motion technology of LG NanoCell 81 Series. Although it’s indeed only basic motion technology for LG 4K LED TV, but we can still enjoy smooth motion images from our favorite action movies and sports on the screen of LG NanoCell 81 Series. To bring better gaming experience, LG NanoCell 81 Series is also completed with ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) and HGiG. The color, clarity and contrast of LG NanoCell 81 Series’ picture are optimized by Quad Core Processor 4K that installed as the picture processor of this TV. We can enjoy wide range of premium entertainment with WebOS that installed on LG NanoCell 81 Series. We can also run wide collection of smart apps on the screen of this TV since it’s already connected to LG Contents/Apps store. To bring fast and stable internet connection, 802.11ac wireless is also attached to this TV. The remote control that included with this TV is Magic Remote that allows us to control this TV conveniently with smart functions such as Point, Click, Scroll, Voice. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa also can be used to control this TV since they are both already supported. The speaker system of LG NanoCell 81 Series quite basic 2Ch 20W speaker. Although it’s quite basic, we can still enjoy good sound quality since it’s already powered by AI Sound. But I’m sure that you need to attach additional soundbar to this TV if you have higher audio taste.

The key specs & features of LG NanoCell 81 Series can be summarized with the table below.

LG NanoCell 81 Series
Brand LG
Introduced 2020
Screen Size
  • 65-Inch (65NANO81ANA)
  • 55-Inch (55NANO81ANA)
Resolution 4K UHD
Display Technology LED
IPS Display YES
Upscaling Technology 4K Upscaler
Backlight Technology Edge-Lit
Dimming Technology Local Dimming
Clarity Technology
  • Double Step Noise Reduction
  • Sharpness Enhancer
Contrast Technology Ultra Luminance
Color Technology
  • Nano Color
  • Billion Rich Colors
  • Advanced Color Enhancer
  • True Color Accuracy
HDR Support
  • Active HDR (HDR10, HLG)
  • HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping
Motion Technology TruMotion 120 (60Hz Native)
Gaming Technology
  • ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
  • HGiG
Processor Quad Core Processor 4K
Smart TV Platform WebOS
Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa Compatible
Remote Control Magic Remote Control
Built-in Wifi 802.11ac
Speaker System
  • 2Ch 20W
  • AI Sound
HDMI/USB 4/2
Price
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What are Their Key Differences?

From their the two tables of specs and features above, we can find that there are few differences between LG NanoCell 85 Series and NanoCell 81 Series. The first key difference of those two TVs comes from their motion technology. LG NanoCell 85 Series comes with TruMotion 240 that based on 120Hz native refresh rate while LG NanoCell 81 Series comes with TruMotion 120 that based on 60Hz native refresh rate. TruMotion 240 that based on 120Hz native refresh rate is able to bring more fluid motion images than TruMotion 120 that based on 60Hz especially when we use the TV as our gaming monitor. We can also find the second difference of LG NanoCell 85 Series and NanoCell 81 Series on the gaming technology integrated with them. LG NanoCell 85 Series already comes with FreeSync and VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) that we can’t find in LG NanoCell 81 Series. The next key difference of LG NanoCell 85 Series and 81 Series comes from their HDR Support. While both of LG NanoCell 85 Series and 81 Series already support HDR10, HLG and HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping we can find that only LG NanoCell 85 Series support Dolby Vision and Dolby Vision IQ. With Dolby Vision and Dolby Vision IQ support, we can enjoy enhanced details and expanded contrast from wider range of HDR content sources in LG NanoCell 85 Series than LG NanoCell 81 Series. We can also find another key difference between LG NanoCell 85 Series and NanoCell 81 Series in their picture processor. LG NanoCell 85 Series comes with α7 Gen 3 Processor 4K while LG NanoCell 81 Series comes with Quad Core Processor 4K. α7 Gen 3 Processor 4K is more advanced processor that can delivers better optimization for the color, clarity and contrast of the picture delivered on the TV screen. There’s also another key difference in the sound technology of LG NanoCell 85 Series and NanoCell 81 Series. Both of them indeed come with 2Ch 20W speaker system that optimized by AI Sound, but we can find that LG NanoCell 85 Series already comes with Dolby Atmos while it’s also WiSA ready. Dolby Atmos allows us to enjoy more astonishing sound from LG NanoCell 85 Series while we can easily attach additional WiSA wireless speaker since it’s already WiSA ready.

LG NanoCell 85 Series is usually offered at the higher price than LG NanoCell 81 Series for similar screen size option since It indeed comes as the model that positioned higher. Since TV prices often change over time, it’s a good idea to check the price of LG NanoCell 85 Series and NanoCell 81 Series before we can find their latest price difference.

The table below shows us the summary of key differences between LG NanoCell 85 Series and NanoCell 81 Series

LG NanoCell 85 Series LG NanoCell 81 Series
Motion Technology TruMotion 240 (120Hz Native) TruMotion 120 (60Hz Native)
HDR Support
  • Cinema HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG)
  • Dolby Vision IQ
  • HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping
  • Active HDR (HDR10, HLG)
  • HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping
Picture Processor α7 Gen 3 Processor 4K Quad Core Processor 4K
Gaming Techology
  • FreeSync
  • VRR (Variable Refresh Rate)
  • ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
  • HGiG
  • ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode)
  • HGiG
Sound Technology
  • 2Ch 20W
  • Dolby Atmos
  • AI Sound
  • WiSA Ready (with separate dongle)
  • 2Ch 20W
  • AI Sound
HDMI/USB 4/3 4/2
Price Higher Lower
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Why Should You Choose LG NanoCell 85 Series?

LG NanoCell 85 Series is introduced as the higher model than LG NanoCell 81 Series that means LG NanoCell 85 Series is usually also offered at the higher price than LG NanoCell 81 Series. Why should you choose LG NanoCell 85 Series? From our discussion above, we can find that LG NanoCell 85 Series comes with better motion technology, processor, HDR support, Gaming technology and additional sound feature. It can brings better gaming experience, wider HDR support and more astonishing sound quality that give you reason to choose it although you indeed should spend higher for that.

LG NanoCell 85 Series Price
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LG NanoCell 81 Series comes as the most affordable NanoCell model from LG’s 2020 TV lineup. It indeed comes with less advanced motion and gaming technology, doesn’t support Dolby Vision and Dolby Vision IQ, less advanced picture processor while doesn’t come with Dolby Atmos and WiSA support. But basically, LG NanoCell 81 Series is still able to deliver good picture quality on its NanoCell display and local dimming. We can also indeed enjoy enhanced detail and expanded contrast from HDR10, HLG and HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping content sources while it’s also easy to attach additional soundbar if we are not satisfied with the sound delivered by the speaker system of this TV that doesn’t come with Dolby Atmos. So if you have more limited budget and looking for NanoCell TV from LG’s 2020 TV lineup, then you have the reason to choose LG NanoCell 81 Series.

LG NanoCell 81 Series Price
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