LG G1 vs Samsung QN90A TV comparison 2021/09

LG G1 vs Samsung QN90A. These are the two best 4K TVs from tech giants LG and Samsung and once again the question is: Is OLED or Neo QLED better and can the mini-LED technology make the difference here?

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LG G1 and Samsung QN90A compared – Which TV is better?

Reflections Icon
Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
80%
LG G1 OLED evo 55"
87%
Samsung 55"
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle
Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
92%
LG G1 OLED evo 55"
78%
Samsung 55"
SDR Image Quality Icon
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
96%
LG G1 OLED evo 55"
88%
Samsung 55"
HDR Image Quality Icon
HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
88%
LG G1 OLED evo 55"
82%
Samsung 55"
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Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
90%
LG G1 OLED evo 55"
84%
Samsung 55"
Gaming Icon
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
99%
LG G1 OLED evo 55"
97%
Samsung 55"
Sports Icon
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
84%
LG G1 OLED evo 55"
75%
Samsung 55"
Equipment Icon
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
88%
LG G1 OLED evo 55"
83%
Samsung 55"
LG G1 OLED evo 55"
Samsung 55"
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LG G1 OLED evo 2021

LG OLED with an evo panel and gallery design

OLED evo Panel
OLED Panel
The LG OLED G1 wants to convince with an even more efficient and brighter Evo panel as well as its gallery design. This creates a coherent overall picture. Besides the excellent OLED picture quality, the TV itself also cuts a good figure.
55" (139cm)
OLED55G1PUA
65" (164cm)
OLED65G1PUA
77" (195cm)
OLED77G1PUA

Samsung 2021

Neo QLED with mini LED technology

Mini LED with FALD
Mini LED with FALD
VA Panel
VA Panel
Wide Viewing Angle Layer
Wide Viewing Angle
Layer against reflections
Layer against reflections
Samsung
Whether it's Neo QLED, Mini-LED or Quantum Dot technology - it sounds like lofty marketing jargon, but the results speak for themselves. The only question now is whether all this can compete with the tried and tested OLED technology.
65" (163cm)
QN65QN90AAFXZA

Detailed comparison: LG G1 or Samsung QN90A

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Samsung 55"
Reflections Icon
Reflections Comparison

Good image quality - without distractions.

The Samsung QN90A can handle direct light better due to its higher brightness and the anti-reflective coating. However, you can also see that the biggest drawback of OLED TVs is not as noticeable as many think.

80%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
850 Nits
Video technologies
87%
Reflections
Layer against reflections
Layer against reflections
Contrast
26000 :1
Max. Brightness
1860 Nits
Video technologies
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle Comparison

Despite additional layer worse

Even though the Samsung QN90A has a wide viewing angle layer, the LG OLED evo G1 is still better – in terms of viewing angle. Despite the missing layer, the OLED has an even wider viewing angle where the picture does not lose quality. However, it has to be said that the QN90A is also sufficient for any use here and such a slanted angle would be nonsensical.

92%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Viewing Angle
very wide
OLED Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
78%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Viewing Angle
Wide Viewing Angle Layer
Wide Viewing Angle Layer
Reflections
Layer against reflections
Layer against reflections
SDR image Icon
SDR image Comparison

Impressive even in SDR

In a direct comparison, LG G1 vs Samsung QN90A, both TVs perform extremely well. The theoretically infinitely high contrast and the resulting perfect black level of the LG G1 ensure an excellent SDR picture quality. Samsung’s QN90A, however, also performs extremely well here due to its Full Array Local Dimming as well as the wide color space.

96%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
850 Nits
DCI-P3
86%
Energy consumption SDR
107 kWh / 1.000 Hours
88%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Mini LED with FALD
Mini LED with FALD
Local Dimming
Full Array Local Dimming with 576 Zones
Contrast
26000 :1
Max. Brightness
1860 Nits
DCI-P3
90%
Energy consumption SDR
103 kWh / 1.000 Hours
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HDR image Comparison

Cinema experience from home

HDR content looks simply stunning on both high-end TVs, but once again the LG G1 has the edge here. The QN90A has all sorts of gimmicks that improve the picture quality, especially in terms of HDR, thanks to the mini-LED backlight and full array local dimming, but the G1 is just that little bit better here. The perfect black level as well as the lack of any blooming effects let the G1 present the better picture quality, especially in a dark environment.

88%
Panel type
OLED Panel
OLED Panel
Contrast
infinite :1
Max. Brightness
850 Nits
DCI-P3
86%
REC 2020
61%
Energy consumption HDR
165 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
82%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Mini LED with FALD
Mini LED with FALD
Local Dimming
Full Array Local Dimming with 576 Zones
Contrast
26000 :1
Max. Brightness
1860 Nits
DCI-P3
90%
REC 2020
70%
Energy consumption HDR
200 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
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Movies & Series Comparison

Whether series by day or movies by night

When watching movies and series on a regular basis, both TVs should be able to convince just about everyone. Both TVs offer amazing picture quality, whether with SDR or HDR content. Thus, both are very suitable for everyday use, and the G1’s improved evo panel means you have to worry even less about the notorious burn-in risk.

90%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
4.2 Channels with 60 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
84%
HDR Image Quality
SDR Image Quality
Environment & Reflections
Tuner
Analog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin Tuner
Audio
4.2.2 Channels with 70 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Gaming Icon
Gaming performance Comparison

Armed for the new generation

The rating already shows it: both TVs are ideally suited as gaming TVs. Thanks to the HDMI 2.1 interfaces, the 120 Hz panel, VRR, Free- and G-Sync and an extremely low response time, even the latest gaming consoles, i.e. Xbox Series X and Playstation 5, can be used to their full potential.

99%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
HDMI 2.1
4x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 13ms
ca. 5ms
97%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 3ms
HDMI 2.1
4x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 10ms
ca. 5ms
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Sports performance Comparison

Even with several people!

Thanks to the good viewing angle of both flagship models, every sports event can be enjoyed even in a large group. The 120 Hz panel and the fast response time provide perfect motion handling in fast scenes. The LG G1 also features the Automatic Brightness Limiter, which reduces the picture brightness when a scene becomes brighter over a large area. Such scenes are rare, but occur more often especially in the sports segment, such as winter sports.

84%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 0.2ms
75%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 3ms
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Equipment Comparison

The newest of the newest

The equipment of both rivals is largely the same. The main difference here is the operating system, which offers the latest version of the company’s internal software in each case. Both TVs have 4 HDMI2.1 interfaces and an Hdmi-eARC connection is also available on both TVs.

88%
Operating System
webOS 6.0
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
4.2 Channels with 60 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
HDMI 2.1
4
USB 2.0
3
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
1
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
1
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
integriert
Amazon Alexa
integriert
Ambilight
83%
Operating System
Tizen 6.0
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
4.2.2 Channels with 70 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
HDMI 2.1
4
USB 2.0
3
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ45
1
3.5mm jack
Digital optical
1
Ci+ 1.4
1
Timeshift
Apple Airplay
Apple Homekit
Assistants
Google Assistant
kompatibel
Amazon Alexa
integriert
Ambilight
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Our conclusion:
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For most, the LG OLED G1 should be the better choice. It generally performs better, except when there is a lot of reflection on the TV – but this can be fixed with a curtain in virtually all cases. The G1 is the slightly better option both as a dedicated home theater and for gaming or sports. However, Samsung’s Neo QLED QN90A is better here when it comes to a crisp and color-intensive picture. However, this is highly subjective and simply a matter of taste.

LG G1 OLED evo 2021
90%
LG G1 OLED evo
More about the LG G1 OLED evo
  • OLED evo panel
  • Perfect Blacks
  • Contrast Ratio: ∞:1
  • Motion Handling
  • Viewing Angle
  • HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
  • HDMI VRR & G-Sync Compatible VRR
  • Dolby Vision
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Alpha 9 Gen 4 AI Prozessor
  • Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)
55" (139cm)
OLED55G1PUA
65" (164cm)
OLED65G1PUA
77" (195cm)
OLED77G1PUA
Samsung 2021
85%
Samsung
  • Mini LED VA-Panel
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Viewing Angle
  • Reflection Handling
  • No Dolby Vision
65" (163cm)
QN65QN90AAFXZA
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