LG has just announced the prices for its 2020 series of premium NanoCell LCD TVs and surprisingly they are amazingly affordable this year.
According to specifications sent to TechRadar, the entry-level 55-inch NANO81 will cost just $ 599 when it is sold in May. It’s $ 50 cheaper than the current SM8100 startup level, and it may drop even more when we get to major sales vacations like Cyber Monday and Black Friday.
So what’s the prisoner?
The catch is that the new low-end NANO81, like last year, does not have the high-end Alpha a9 III or even the basic Alpha a7 III image processor in them and will instead have a generic four-core processor. Of course, this is not the end of the world, but if you are looking for the clearest upscaling, you will want a chip specifically designed to speed up the upscaling process.
The good news is that even if you throw down the cheapest version of NanoCell TV, you still get the technology behind the screen that offers improved color and contrast with wider viewing angles than competing LED LCD TVs. So that̵
Should you pay more for a processor?
If you decide you want something a little more powerful under the hood of your NanoCell TV, LG has covered – it announced ten other models today that fit the bill. There are NANO85 and NANO90 series that use Alpha a7 Gen 3 and have a 4K resolution, or you can go up to the LG NANO99 which offers 8K and comes with even better Alpha a9 Gen 3 processor.
When it comes to pricing, the NANO85 is not much more expensive than the NANO81 we mentioned earlier, and comes to $ 649 for the 49-inch model – making it just $ 50 more than the NANO81.
It gets a little expensive when you go up to NANO90 which comes in at $ 1,049 for a 55-inch screen, and jumps to $ 3,499 if you want to jump on the 8K bandwagon with 65-inch NANO99.
So which of these should you buy? Well, we have to see them ourselves before we can say anything with certainty – but unless you have a critical eye, you might not miss much by using a quad-core processor over the Alpha series of chips. The latter have multi-step upscaling techniques that reduce grain and increase sharpness – which is great if you plan on connecting, for example, a DVD player – but most HD videos should look good on NANO81.
In terms of availability, LG delivers 49-inch NANO85 and 86-inch NANO90 as of today, and they will be joined by 65-inch NANO81, 55-inch NANO90 and 65-inch NANO85 later this month. The rest of the range – including the 75-inch NANO99 8K – comes in May with the latest model, the 75-inch NANO85, coming sometime in September.
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