Samsung Q80T vs LG NANO90 TV Comparison 2020/08


LG’s NanoCell series and Samsung’s QLED series are eternal competitors when it comes to the mid-range TV segment. The respective characteristics of the series differ immensely, so you should consider which TV you want to buy. When looking for a new TV, these two series are constantly being encountered, so we’ll compare two similarly powerful models here, namely the Samsung Q80T and the LG NANO90.

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Samsung Q80T and LG NANO90 compared
Which TV is better?

Samsung QLED Q80T
Samsung QLED
  • 120Hz VA-Panel
  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • Deep black
  • Contrast ratio 7300:1
  • Viewing angle
  • Dolby Atmos
  • HDMI 2.1
  • No Dolby Vision
  • 49'': 60Hz Panel & no VRR
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LG NanoCell
  • 120Hz IPS panel
  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • Viewing angle
  • Reflection handling
  • Dolby Vision & Atmos
  • HDMI 2.1
  • Black levels
  • Contrast ratio 1680:1
  • Dirty Screen Effect
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Detailed comparison: Samsung Q80T or LG NANO90

Because the Samsung Q80T QLED uses a VA panel, it has a deep black and good contrast ratio. Due to the high peak brightness of ~820 Nits, it can also be used well in brighter rooms. Samsung has also compensated for the supposed disadvantage of VA panels with an additional display layer, which also has a positive effect on the reflection behavior. However, its contrast ratio and brightness is affected by this, which is still greater than that of the NANO90. HDR content is presented much more impressively, which is due to the brightness and the larger color gamut, which makes the colors look richer and more vivid. In terms of motion handling, both TVs perform excellently, but the Q80T is slightly ahead of the rest thanks to its shorter response time.

The LG NANO91 is the most expensive TV in the NanoCell series and comes up with a good performance in bright surroundings and a wide viewing angle. However, it does not get as bright as the Q80T and is therefore not much better suited for use in bright rooms - the reflection handling of the IPS-Panel is excellent, but due to the Q80T's additional display layer the Samsung TV has an even better one. The NANO91 supports Dolby Vision, which allows HDR content to be dynamically optimized - the Q80T only supports HDR10+, which is rarely used. When it comes to gaming, the two perform similarly well and have all the features you need for a good gaming experience. A good input lag, a Variable Refresh r
Rate, ALLM and an HDMI 2.1 interface are present in both devices. However, the Q80T has an even wider viewing angle, which makes gaming with several people on it a little more fun.

Panel typeVA PanelIPS Panel
Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p3840 x 2160 pixels Ultra HD (UHD) / 4K / 2160p
Contrast ratio4200 :11700 :1
Local DimmingFull Array Local DimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Frequency120 Hz120 Hz
VRRFreeSyncHDMI 2.1
Input Lag< 14 ms< 15 ms
Motion Handling
Ø brightness
Max brightness
Operating systemTizen 5.5webOS 5.0
Dolby Vision
Dolby Atmos
HDMI 2.1
Improved viewing angle
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Our conclusion: Q80T: The obvious winner

The bottom line is that the performance of the Samsung Q80T QLED is definitely better than that of the LG NANO90. Thanks to the VA panel, the picture quality in dark rooms is more beautiful, due to the higher contrast ratio and the deep blacks – but this is a weak point in all TVs with an IPS panel. In bright rooms, the picture quality is quite similar, which is due to the Q80T’s higher peak brightness and the even better reflection handling. Unfortunately, the NANO90 shows the dirty screen effect. This is particularly annoying in scenes with large areas of the same color, such as a football field – but under normal conditions, this effect is not quite as noticeable. Next Gen Gaming with PS5 or Xbox Series X is a great experience on both devices, as they have all the features that enrich the gaming experience.

When playing a FIFA tournament with friends, neither TV has an unfair disadvantage of fading colors when viewed at an angle. The Q80T also performs better in this respect, but under most conditions the difference is not really noticeable.

As you can see, the Q80T is the better device in almost every category. Except the missing Dolby Vision there is hardly anything, where the NANO90 performs better.

We compared the following televisions:
Samsung QLED Q80T LG NANO90
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