LG NanoCell vs Samsung QLED TV comparison 2021/11

While researching for a new TV, you quickly stumble across the keywords “NanoCell” and “QLED”, which are model series from LG and Samsung. In order to give you a practical comparison between the NanoCell and QLED technology, we compare two equal representatives of these series. You will notice that the technologies are fundamentally different in a direct comparison.

Nevertheless, the question arises which series is better. We will therefore explain which series is suitable for which needs.

LG NANO85 2021
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LG NanoCell and Samsung QLED compared – Which TV is better?

Reflections Icon
Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
62%
LG NANO85 2021 50"
49%
Samsung Q70A QLED 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.
42%
LG NANO85 2021 50"
39%
Samsung Q70A QLED 55"
SDR Image Quality Icon
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
72%
LG NANO85 2021 50"
76%
Samsung Q70A QLED 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.
63%
LG NANO85 2021 50"
64%
Samsung Q70A QLED 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.
74%
LG NANO85 2021 50"
72%
Samsung Q70A QLED 55"
Gaming Icon
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
91%
LG NANO85 2021 50"
94%
Samsung Q70A QLED 55"
Sports Icon
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
64%
LG NANO85 2021 50"
62%
Samsung Q70A QLED 55"
Equipment Icon
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
81%
LG NANO85 2021 50"
80%
Samsung Q70A QLED 55"
LG NANO85 2021 50"
Samsung Q70A QLED 55"
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LG NANO85 2021 2021

Edge LED with Local Dimming
Edge LED with Local Dimming
VA Panel
VA Panel
LG NANO85 2021
The LG NANO86 is a NanoCell TV that is a very good choice especially for gaming. Thanks to HDMI 2.1, it is a good choice for the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. Furthermore, it is a good option for movies, series or sports in bright rooms because of its IPS panel. The viewing angle is also very wide but dark tones and performance in poorly lit rooms is not its strength despite Full Array Local Dimming.
55" (139cm)
55NANO85APA
65" (164cm)
65NANO85APA
75" (189cm)
75NANO85APA
86" (217cm)
86NANO85APA

Samsung Q70A QLED 2021

Edge LED
Edge LED
VA Panel
VA Panel
The Samsung Q70A has a VA panel which makes its core characteristics fundamentally different compared to the NANO86. As a result, its brightness is not as high and it cannot handle reflections as well, which makes it a good choice for rather dark rooms with few light sources. Like its predecessor, the Q70T, the Q70A does not have a local dimming feature to further improve its contrast ratio. It is also extremely suitable for gaming as it has all the necessary features like HDMI 2.1.
55" (138cm)
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65" (163cm)
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75" (189cm)
QN75Q70AAFXZA
85" (214cm)
QN85Q70AAFXZA

Detailed comparison: LG NanoCell or Samsung QLED

LG NANO85 2021 50"
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Reflections Icon
Reflections Comparison

Similar in bright environment

Both the NanoCell TV and the inexpensive QLED cannot really convince in very bright rooms. Both TVs have their advantages and disadvantages here. LG’s Nano86 can get a bit brighter and also adapts better to the ambient brightness, which is why it can also handle reflections a bit better.

62%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
3400 :1
Max. Brightness
720 Nits
Video technologies
49%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
7400 :1
Max. Brightness
590 Nits
Video technologies
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle Comparison

NanoCell clearly at an advantage

The NanoCell TV with IPS panel has a clear advantage in the viewing angle. If you sit at an angle to the TV, the picture quality decreases significantly less than with the VA panel of the Q70A.

42%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Viewing Angle
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VA Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
39%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Viewing Angle
narrow
VA Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
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SDR image Comparison

Solid picture quality

Both TVs have decent picture quality when it comes to SDR material, that is, anything without High Dynamic Range. However, the QLED is still slightly better because the NANO86 cannot make up for the poor contrast ratio with its local dimming function.

72%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Edge LED with Local Dimming
Edge LED with Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Edge Lit Local Dimming
Contrast
3400 :1
Max. Brightness
720 Nits
DCI-P3
78%
Energy consumption SDR
67 kWh / 1.000 Hours
76%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Edge LED
Edge LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
7400 :1
Max. Brightness
590 Nits
DCI-P3
79%
Energy consumption SDR
77 kWh / 1.000 Hours
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HDR image Comparison

Better HDR with Quantum Dots

In HDR, the Q70A can show its strengths in contrast ratio even better in comparison. Since the color space coverage is almost identical, these are also the decisive points for the QLED’s higher score. However, the Q70A could score even better, but it does not have Dolby Vision or a local dimming function.

63%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Edge LED with Local Dimming
Edge LED with Local Dimming
Local Dimming
Edge Lit Local Dimming
Contrast
3400 :1
Max. Brightness
720 Nits
DCI-P3
78%
REC 2020
58%
Energy consumption HDR
112 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
64%
Panel type
VA Panel
VA Panel
Backlight
Edge LED
Edge LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
7400 :1
Max. Brightness
590 Nits
DCI-P3
79%
REC 2020
59%
Energy consumption HDR
150 kWh / 1.000 Hours
Video technologies
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Movies & Series Comparison

The QLED is better in the evening

Since you usually watch movies or series in the evening or in darker surroundings, the QLED with VA panel can achieve the better result here. However, the NanoCell TV might be the better choice for afternoon entertainment.

74%
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

Next Gen Gaming TVs

Both the NanoCell TV and the QLED can serve with HDMI 2.1 and the advantages that come with it. Both support Variable Refresh Rates (VRR) and up to [email protected]! However, for gaming with two or more people, the LG TV is the better choice as it has the better viewing angle.

91%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
HDMI 2.1
2x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 16ms
ca. 5ms
94%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
HDMI 2.1
1x Connections
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 11ms
ca. 6ms
Sports Icon
Sports performance Comparison

Different qualities

If you will, the NANO86 is more of a team player and the Q70A is more of a lone wolf. You can enjoy soccer and Formula 1 on both, but the LG is better when you watch with several people and the Q70A has the slightly better picture when you sit in front of it alone.

64%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
62%
Frequency
120Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
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Equipment Comparison

Well-equipped Smart TVs

Both TVs are really well equipped with a lot of Smart TV features. LG’s webOS has Alexa and Google Assistant integrated, and it also supports Apple Airplay and HomeKit. The Samsung QLED has a twin tuner for that. As for audio formats, both TVs can even transmit Dolby Atmos via HDMI eARC in the Dolby True-HD codec. The NanoCell even has DTS.

81%
Operating System
webOS 6.0
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
Tizen 6.0
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
3
HDMI 2.1
1
USB 2.0
2
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:
NanoCell or QLED?

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The comparison of the two TVs above is not representative for all NanoCell or QLED TVs, but it gives a good overview.

Basically, it can be said that NanoCell TVs are better for bright rooms because they have an IPS panel. Thus, they have a higher brightness, can handle reflections better and have a wider viewing angle. Unfortunately, their black level is rather weak and has a slight gray cast.

QLED TVs can match the peak brightness of NanoCell TVs, but they use VA panels. This means a narrower viewing angle, but much better and deeper blacks. The contrast ratio of VA panels is also much higher. This makes them better suited for very dark rooms with few light sources. The more expensive QLEDs in Samsung’s lineup starting with the Q80A mostly use an IPS panel, which is why you should take a closer look here since some sizes still use a VA panel. Furthermore, the Neo QLEDs offer a mini LED backlight, which increases the contrast ratio even more. This is especially noticeable in the top model QN95A with its VA panel.

LG NANO85 2021 2021
69%
LG NANO85 2021
  • 120 Hz
  • Viewing angle
  • Brightness
  • Low input lag
  • Dolby Vision IQ
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Contrast ratio
  • Black level
  • Poor local dimming
55" (139cm)
55NANO85APA
65" (164cm)
65NANO85APA
75" (189cm)
75NANO85APA
86" (217cm)
86NANO85APA
Samsung Q70A QLED 2021
67%
Samsung Q70A QLED
More about the Samsung Q70A QLED
  • 120 Hz
  • Contrast ratio
  • Deep Black
  • Low input lag
  • HDR10+
  • Dolby Atmos
  • No DTS
  • Viewing angle
  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • No Dolby Vision
55" (138cm)
QN55Q70AAFXZA
65" (163cm)
QN65Q70AAFXZA
75" (189cm)
QN75Q70AAFXZA
85" (214cm)
QN85Q70AAFXZA
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