LG NANO85 vs NANO90 TV comparison 2021/06

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?

Reflections Icon
Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
53%
LG NANO85 55"
62%
LG NANO90 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.
66%
LG NANO85 55"
63%
LG NANO90 55"
SDR Image Quality Icon
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
63%
LG NANO85 55"
66%
LG NANO90 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.
50%
LG NANO85 55"
58%
LG NANO90 55"
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
68%
LG NANO85 55"
72%
LG NANO90 55"
Gaming Icon
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
92%
LG NANO85 55"
96%
LG NANO90 55"
Sports Icon
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
64%
LG NANO85 55"
65%
LG NANO90 55"
Equipment Icon
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
80%
LG NANO85 55"
80%
LG NANO90 55"
LG NANO85 55"
LG NANO90 55"
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LG NANO85 2020

Mittelklasse NanoCell TV

Edge LED with Local Dimming
Edge LED with Local Dimming
ADS Panel
ADS Panel
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.
49" (123,9cm)
49NANO85UNA
55" (139cm)
55NANO85UNA
65" (164cm)
65NANO85UNA

LG NANO90 2020

Top NanoCell TV

Direct LED with FALD
Direct LED with FALD
IPS Panel
IPS Panel
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.
55" (139cm)
55NANO90UNA
65" (164cm)
65NANO90UNA
75" (189cm)
75NANO90UNA
86" (217cm)
86NANO90UNA

Detailed comparison: LG NANO85 or NANO90

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Reflections Icon
Reflections Comparison
LG NANO85 vs NANO90
53%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
1700 :1
Max. Brightness
570 Nits
Video technologies
62%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
1680 :1
Max. Brightness
640 Nits
Video technologies
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle Comparison
LG NANO85 vs NANO90
66%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Viewing Angle
wide
IPS Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
63%
Panel type
IPS Panel
IPS Panel
Viewing Angle
wide
IPS Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
SDR image Icon
SDR image Comparison
LG NANO85 vs NANO90
63%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Edge LED with Local Dimming
Edge LED with Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Edge Lit Local Dimming
Contrast
1700 :1
Max. Brightness
570 Nits
DCI-P3
78%
66%
Panel type
IPS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Direct LED with FALD
Direct LED with FALD
Local Dimming
Full Array Local Dimming with 32 Zones
Contrast
1680 :1
Max. Brightness
640 Nits
DCI-P3
78%
HDR image Icon
HDR image Comparison
LG NANO85 vs NANO90
50%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Edge LED with Local Dimming
Edge LED with Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Edge Lit Local Dimming
Contrast
1700 :1
Max. Brightness
570 Nits
DCI-P3
78%
REC 2020
59%
Video technologies
58%
Panel type
IPS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Direct LED with FALD
Direct LED with FALD
Local Dimming
Full Array Local Dimming with 32 Zones
Contrast
1680 :1
Max. Brightness
640 Nits
DCI-P3
78%
REC 2020
60%
Video technologies
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series Comparison
LG NANO85 vs NANO90
68%
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
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
72%
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
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
Audio formats
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Gaming Icon
Gaming performance Comparison
LG NANO85 vs NANO90
92%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
HDMI 2.1
2x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 17ms
ca. 5ms
96%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 4.4ms
HDMI 2.1
2x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 15ms
Sports Icon
Sports performance Comparison
LG NANO85 vs NANO90
64%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
65%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 4.4ms
Equipment Icon
Equipment Comparison
LG NANO85 vs NANO90
80%
Operating System
webOS 5.0
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
2
HDMI 2.1
2
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
80%
Operating System
webOS 5.0
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
2
HDMI 2.1
2
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
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Our conclusion:
Similar performance, just a little bit better in most respects

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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.

LG NANO85 2020
68%
LG NANO85
More about the LG NANO85
  • 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
49" (123,9cm)
49NANO85UNA
55" (139cm)
55NANO85UNA
65" (164cm)
65NANO85UNA
LG NANO90 2020
71%
LG NANO90
More about the LG NANO90
  • 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
55" (139cm)
55NANO90UNA
65" (164cm)
65NANO90UNA
75" (189cm)
75NANO90UNA
86" (217cm)
86NANO90UNA
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