LG NANO85 vs NANO90 TV Comparison 2020/08


If you are looking for a mid-range 4K TV for bright rooms and do not want to miss a wide viewing angle, you will soon come across LG’s NanoCell series. The three models of the series vary quite a lot in price, which of course raises the question whether the next more expensive NanoCell is really worth the extra charge. Therefore we compare the NANO90 with the NANO85 in this article and see if there is really a serious difference between the two TVs.

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LG NANO85 and NANO90 compared
Which TV is better?

Mittelklasse NanoCell TV
  • 120Hz IPS panel
  • Input Lag
  • Viewing angle
  • Reflection handling
  • Dolby Vision & Atmos
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Black level
  • Contrast ratio 1700 : 1
  • Edge Lit Local Dimming
  • Peak brightness ~570 Nits
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  • 120 Hz IPS panel
  • Input Lag <15 ms
  • Viewing angle
  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • Reflection handling
  • Dolby Vision & Atmos
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Black levels
  • Contrast ratio 1680:1
  • Dirty Screen Effect
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Detailed comparison: LG NANO85 or NANO90

Thanks to the IPS panel, the NANO85 has a wide viewing angle and has a quite respectable picture quality in brighter rooms. However, the black levels and contrast ratio is too low for it to be really convincing in dark environments. With a peak brightness of about 570 Nits it is bright enough under normal conditions, but not enough to display HDR content well - this is hardly distinguishable from SDR content on the NANO86. Unfortunately the cheaper NanoCell TV has only Edge Lit Local Dimming, which is rather disappointing and does not really improve the picture quality.
In the gaming category on the other hand, the NANO86 can do just as well as the NANO90. It has a 120Hz display and an HDMI 2.1 interface, which allows an ALLM and a VRR, so the NANO85 can already take the next gen consoles to the next level - at least with SDR gaming.

Since the NANO90 is also equipped with an IPS panel, it has the same strengths and weaknesses as its little brother. In brighter rooms, it can present its best picture quality, but is also somewhat limited by its brightness. With a peak brightness of about 640 Nits, it is slightly brighter than the NANO85, but still cannot display HDR content in a satisfying way. The contrast ratio of 1680:1 is a bit lower, but it has been equipped with Full Array Local Dimming, so it can deliver a much better picture quality in dark environments. But also its local dimming feature has not been implemented very well, which makes Blooming clearly visible. But it is still much better than the Edge Lit Local Dimming of the NANO86. Unfortunately, the NANO90 is affected by the Dirty Screen effect, which is also visible on the NANO85, but not quite as obvious.

Panel typeIPS PanelIPS Panel
Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
Contrast ratio1700 :11700 :1
Local DimmingEdge Lit Local DimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Frequency120 Hz120 Hz
Input Lag< 17 ms< 15 ms
Motion Handling
Color space coverage
Ø brightness
Max brightness
Operating systemwebOS 5.0webOS 5.0
Dolby Vision
Dolby Atmos
HDMI 2.1
Improved viewing angle
* All prices are in USD incl. VAT, if necessary plus shipping. Interim changes of prices, ranking, delivery time and costs are possible.
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Our conclusion: Similar performance, just a little bit better in most respects

The NANO85 and NANO90 are very similar due to the IPS panel used. Both have a wide viewing angle and can deliver their best picture quality in brighter rooms. In dark rooms, however, the performance is rather mediocre, even though the NANO90 is somewhat superior here. Due to full array local dimming and higher brightness, it has a better picture quality, which is probably the most important argument for the NANO90. In terms of motion handling and gaming performance, both are similarly well positioned – including the HDMI 2.1 interface and the 120Hz panel. The bottom line is that the NANO90 is clearly the better TV, which is worth the extra price. But if you are looking for an entry-level TV for next gen gaming with a wide viewing angle, which is mainly used in brighter rooms, you cannot do wrong with the cheaper NANO86, because both Playstation 5 and Xbox Series X can take it to the max – at least when it comes to SDR gaming.

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