LG UP8000 vs Sony X80J TV comparison 2021/05

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LG UP8000 and Sony X80J compared – Which TV is better?

Reflections Icon
Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
38%
LG UP8000 55"
38%
Sony X80J 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.
64%
LG UP8000 55"
63%
Sony X80J 55"
SDR Image Quality Icon
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
40%
LG UP8000 55"
50%
Sony X80J 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.
18%
LG UP8000 55"
34%
Sony X80J 55"
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
47%
LG UP8000 55"
62%
Sony X80J 55"
Gaming Icon
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
65%
LG UP8000 55"
63%
Sony X80J 55"
Sports Icon
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
55%
LG UP8000 55"
62%
Sony X80J 55"
Equipment Icon
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
71%
LG UP8000 55"
79%
Sony X80J 55"
LG UP8000 55"
Sony X80J 55"
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LG UP8000 2021

Direct LED
Direct LED
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
The UP8000 is a 4K UHD TV released in 2021 that aims to convince with its price-performance ratio. VA panels are installed in the 50, 60 and 70 inch sizes and ADS panels, which are very similar to the better-known IPS panels, in the rest. In addition, the TV has HDMI 2.1 and a refresh rate of 120Hz from an inch size of 82 inches. The smaller sizes thus don't have an HDMI 2.1 interface and a refresh rate of 60Hz. The UP8000 is particularly suitable for regular TV broadcasts, as a PC monitor and due to its wide viewing angle for use in large groups. It has problems especially with lighting conditions, not only in the absence of light, due to its poor contrast, but also with light glare during the day, as the brightness is not sufficient to counteract this glare in well-lit rooms.
43" (109,2cm)
43UP8000PUA
50" (127cm)
50UP8000PUA
55" (139,7cm)
55UP8000PUA
60" (152,4cm)
60UP8000PUA
65" (165,1cm)
65UP8000PUA
70" (176,6cm)
70UP8070PUA
75" (190,5cm)
75UP8070PUA
82" (208,3cm)
82UP8770PUA
86" (218,4cm)
86UP8770PUA

Sony X80J 2021

Direct LED
Direct LED
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
The Sony X80J is part of Sony's 2021 lineup and is considered an affordable entry-level device in the Bravia series. It offers decent picture quality with Triluminos Pro and the installed HDR processor X1. Furthermore, the 4K Google TV has a good viewing angle , which makes watching in large groups, for example at a soccer event, no problem and is even suitable for that. In addition to Bravia's typical technologies, one of the biggest strengths of which is motion handling, the affordable Bravia entry-level uses the Dolby Vision feature. So, in line with the eARC port, you can take full advantage of Dolby. Unfortunately, important features for the next-gen consoles are missing, which means they cannot be used optimally. However, there is an analog connection with which you can use old consoles, which it can of course play optimally without problems.
43" (108cm)
KD-43X80J
50" (126cm)
KD-50X80J
55" (139cm)
KD-55X80J
65" (164cm)
KD-65X80J
75" (189cm)
KD-75X80J

Detailed comparison: LG UP8000 or Sony X80J

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Reflections Icon
Reflections Comparison

Common weakness

LG’s UP8000 generally handles reflections better, but due to its lower peak brightness and also the poorer contrast, the score evens out and ultimately it can handle reflections just as good as Sony’s X80J. Just as good means only below average in this case, unfortunately. Both TVs belong to the low-budget category and therefore some flaws have to be expected in some areas. One of these flaws is directly visible in the reflection area. However, both TVs can only assert themselves against reflections equally weakly and a difference cannot be determined.

38%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
900 :1
Max. Brightness
310 Nits
Video technologies
38%
Reflections
Reflections visible
No layer against reflections
Contrast
1120 :1
Max. Brightness
410 Nits
Video technologies
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle Comparison

Stable viewing angle thanks to ADS panels

The picture quality of both TVs remains stable even at wide viewing angles. This is due to their IPS-like ADS panels, which are known to be particularly good in terms of viewing angles, but have losses in terms of contrast. In a direct comparison of LG UP8000 vs Sony X80J, both TVs perform equally well and the picture remains stable even at slanted or particularly wide seating areas and when watching in large groups.

64%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Viewing Angle
wide
IPS Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
63%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Viewing Angle
wide
IPS Viewing Angle
Reflections
Reflections visible
Reflections visible
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SDR image Comparison

Everyday TV without extras

Both TVs are practical for everyday use, but you won’t get a wow experience with either model. The respective contrast is already lower average, but the UP8000 is even lower than the X80J with its contrast of 900:1. The color gamut is also only mediocre on both. The peak brightness does not differ seriously and is okay for everyday use. Thus, it is sufficient for most series and movies, but the brightness is not enough to counteract glare in well-lit rooms.

40%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Direct LED
Direct LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
900 :1
Max. Brightness
310 Nits
DCI-P3
61%
50%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Direct LED
Direct LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
1120 :1
Max. Brightness
410 Nits
DCI-P3
68%
HDR image Icon
HDR image Comparison

HDR content: biggest differences

In the direct comparison: LG UP8000 vs Sony X80J, the biggest differences are definitely in the display of HDR content. Both lack a local dimming function, which would ensure that HDR content can be displayed even better. Therefore, the performance of both TVs is unfortunately very poor, which makes it almost impossible to tell the difference between SDR and HDR content. Even if the X80J has Dolby Vision, it is theoretically redundant with such a minimal difference to SDR content.

18%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Direct LED
Direct LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
900 :1
Max. Brightness
310 Nits
DCI-P3
61%
REC 2020
46%
Video technologies
34%
Panel type
ADS Panel
IPS Panel
Backlight
Direct LED
Direct LED
Local Dimming
Contrast
1120 :1
Max. Brightness
410 Nits
DCI-P3
68%
REC 2020
59%
Video technologies
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Movies & Series Comparison

LG UP8000 vs Sony X80J - clear favorite

In the category Fime & Series, it is clear that the X80J is clearly better than the UP8000. In the context of the previous categories, you can quickly see why. The X80J not only provides a better picture in the SDR area, but also in terms of HDR content, the X80J is the clear favorite. The better picture is due to the small price jump from the UP8000 to the X80J. Thus, you get a better experience in terms of movies and series in proportion to the increasing costs, but this is not visible for everyone to this extent and the surcharge is therefore not worth it for everyone.

47%
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
/
62%
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

Responsive gaming

Both TVs can shine in the category of gaming performance, considering their price. This is due to their very low input lag and the fast response time of the TVs. Unfortunately, both lack a few features like the Variable Refresh Rate, but that was to be expected in this price range. It should be noted that LG’s UP8000 not only changes the refresh rate from 60Hz to 120Hz from an inch size of 82 inches, but also the possibility to play HDMI 2.1 content. The smaller sizes are denied this feature. This ensures that these sizes are especially suitable for the newer gaming content, which can then also be played to its full potential, apart from the picture quality.

65%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 6ms
HDMI 2.1
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 10ms
63%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
HDMI 2.1
Variable Refresh Rate
Input Lag [email protected] +HDR
ca. 11ms
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Sports performance Comparison

Large groups - no problem!

Both have the function of Motion Interpolation, which is used to increase the frame rate afterwards and thus make movements appear smoother and more natural. Even though the X80J can only interpolate content up to 30 frames per second. Due to the stable viewing angle, even with a very slanted view, both TVs are suitable for watching sports in large groups. There should also be no noticeable judder, since both have a low response time.

55%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 6ms
62%
Frequency
60Hz
Response Time
ca. 5ms
Equipment Icon
Equipment Comparison

Google TV vs. webOS 6.0

Both TVs have everything you can expect from a new smart TV. Only an HDMI 2.1 interface can be criticized – as already mentioned, the LG UP8000 is excluded from the 82-inch size. The most significant differences are the different operating systems. The LG UP8000 uses webOS 6.0 and the X80J is a Google TV.

71%
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
3
HDMI 2.1
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
integriert
Amazon Alexa
integriert
Ambilight
79%
Operating System
Google TV
Bluetooth
Twin Tuner
Integrated soundbar
Audio
2.0 Channels with 20 Watt
HDMI ARC / eARC
/
Audio formats
USB recording PVR
HDMI 2.0
4
HDMI 2.1
USB 2.0
1
USB 3.0
1
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
kompatibel
Ambilight
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Our conclusion:
Functions proportional to the price

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The Sony X80J is simply better in all aspects in a direct comparison with the LG UP8000, but it is also more expensive when discount campaigns and the like are left out. However, the degree of improvement is not enormous and not noticeable for the majority. In the end, both TVs are okay for everyday use according to their price, but not able to create a cinema atmosphere due to their very poor handling of HDR content, which thus differs very little from SDR content. The equipment is prepared for everything except the new console generation, which cannot be fully exploited due to the only mediocre picture quality alone. Due to the ADS panels, both TVs are suitable as PC screens. Furthermore, they are both well suited for watching with a large group, which makes sporting events no problem for both contenders. Thus, both TVs are very similar and the small surcharge of the X80J also provides a small improvement over the UP8000. Therefore, a clear winner cannot be drawn because the improvement is only recognizable to a limited extent and it often depends on subjective preference whether the surcharge is worth it for these marginal changes.

LG UP8000 2021
LG UP8000
  • PC Monitor
  • Viewing angle
  • Dolby Atmos
  • eARC connection
  • Contrast
  • No VRR
  • No HDMI 2.1
  • Local dimming
43" (109,2cm)
43UP8000PUA
50" (127cm)
50UP8000PUA
55" (139,7cm)
55UP8000PUA
60" (152,4cm)
60UP8000PUA
65" (165,1cm)
65UP8000PUA
70" (176,6cm)
70UP8070PUA
75" (190,5cm)
75UP8070PUA
82" (208,3cm)
82UP8770PUA
86" (218,4cm)
86UP8770PUA
Sony X80J 2021
Sony X80J
  • Viewing angle
  • Dolby Vision
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Cable Management
  • eARC connection
  • Trilumios Pro
  • No HDMI 2.1
  • No VRR
  • Contrast
  • Black level
  • No local dimming
43" (108cm)
KD-43X80J
50" (126cm)
KD-50X80J
55" (139cm)
KD-55X80J
65" (164cm)
KD-65X80J
75" (189cm)
KD-75X80J
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