LG QNED96 Ultra HD 8K Mini LED TV: Alpha 9 Gen 4, HDMI 2.1, HDR Dolby Vision ...

After our spotlight on the LG NANO75 / LG 86NANO75, LG NANO77, LG NANO80, LG NANO81, LG NANO86, LG NANO88, LG NANO91, LG NANO92, LG NANO92 Ultra HD 8K series LG NANO96, and the LG QNED90 Mini LED series of UHD 4K obedience, return as promised on the LG QNED96 8K UHD Mini LED.

The LG QNED96 TV series has two references, the LG 65QNED96 (65 '', 165 cm) and LG 75QNED96 (75 '', 191 cm).

Main developments in LG QNED96 TVs

As a reminder, the LG QNED Mini LED TV series tops the brand's LCD range above the NanoCell models. Namely, the QNED96 screens reproduce most of the specifications of the QNED90 modulo several major differences. The first concerns the LCD panel, Ultra HD 8K (against UHD 4K) and its native display frequency, 50 Hz (against 100 Hz) with True Motion 100 processing. Another major change, the presence of the Alpha 9 Gen 4 processor (against Alpha 7 Gen 4) which is accompanied by the Auto Genre Selection function recognizes more precisely, and automatically, the nature of the content displayed on the screen and selects the optimum settings (film, sport, SD definition, HD, etc.). Still in terms of developments, we note the Magic Tap function (as a reminder, this allows the content of an NFC smartphone to be shared on the TV screen by simply touching the remote control with it).

For the rest, there is a Full LED Local Dimming backlight based on Mini blue LEDs and technology called Quantum Dot NanoCell Color. This combines, with the aim of richer and more accurate colors, the use of Quantum Dots technology (i.e. the nano-crystals at the heart of QLED diffusers) and the exclusive NanoCell + process announced by LG as an evolution of the NanoCell without more. details.

Finally, we also notice that the design of the screens differs with here a central foot. In the chapter of unknown information, we note the energy label.

Alpha 9 Gen 4 and HDMI 2.1

Already mentioned, the new Alpha 9 Gen 4 processor in charge of video processing has four major and distinct steps to remove video noise from the image (compared to two on the Alpha 7 Gen 4). The power of this chip allows LG QNED96 TVs to take advantage of the AI Picture Pro 8K and AI Sound Pro processes: the first is based on a Deep Learning program (the image processing is adapted to the nature of the content for display optimized on the screen), ditto for the second modulo the audio content, with the aim of improving the sound immersion.

Also features a 2.2 sound section delivering 40 W of power, Wisa compatibility for connecting wireless speakers and the Home Dashboard function to view all connected equipment at a glance and / connected to the screen.

Similarly, the Alpha 9 Gen 4 identifies even more precisely the faces and the text displayed on the screen to optimize the settings. Result, a sharpness announced on the rise and a complexion never faulted. We also note the HGiG (HDR Gaming interest Group) certification.

LG WebOS 6.0 interface

In terms of new features for 2021, we should point out the new WebOS 6.0 interface (click on the link to find out all about this new ergonomics). With it, the Launch Bar disappears in favor of a proposal similar to that of Google TV or Android TV. In terms of flagship services, in addition to Google Stadia, GeForce Now and Blade Shadow are announced on LG TVs (see our CES 21> Stadia, GeForce Now and Blade Shadow news on LG 2021 TVs). And the new Game Optimizer mode brings together all the TV settings involved with a video game signal and allows the user to set them individually.

The new Magic Remote MR 21 remote control is also in order, with the NFC function like certain series already presented in our columns (Oled LG C1, LG G1, NANO86…). . And to learn more about the Magic Explorer functionality, in addition to the Magic Tap already mentioned, you can click on the following link: Magic Remote 2021 + Magic Explorer.

HDR10, HDR Dolby Vision, HDR HLG and Dolby Vision IQ

There are also Advanced Color Enhanced and True Color Accuracy functions for unprecedented color accuracy. Still on the menu, the AI 4K Upscaling UHD algorithm capable of magnifying SD / HD sources in Ultra HD. Without forgetting the compatibility HEVC 2160p / 50 and 2160p / 60, codec used for VOD HD and Ultra HD Blu-Ray and the management of Dolby Atmos.

The 4K Cinema HDR function is associated with HDR10, HDR Dolby Vision and HDR HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) compatibilities. Also present, the Dolby Vision IQ process to enjoy a Dolby Vision HDR image always perfectly configured whatever the surrounding light conditions, plus the HDR called HDR Dynamic Tone Mapping. Finally, we notice the Ultra Luminance Pro function to further improve the dynamic range of the image. This is able to boost brightness by transferring unused light energy in dark areas of the image to bright areas.

Good point, the 4 Cinema Screen design is essential here (the four edges of the screen are extremely thin).

Active HDR and Upscaler HDR

On the video performance side, this screen integrates the Active HDR function capable of analyzing the signal frame by frame in order to integrate dynamic metadata for HDR modes which do not have it, such as HDR10 and HDR HLG. Note also an Upscaler HDR mode, or an SDR / HDR conversion process (Dynamic Range standard to High Dynamic Range) fully developed by LG engineers. Plus the Filmmaker Mode, a Cinema mode that hides its name.

HDR management is supported by the Billion Rich Color function to improve color rendering by avoiding, for example, solarization problems (marked color gradients in the form of a rainbow).

Smart TV ThinQ AI on the menu

We also find the new ThinQ AI 2021 platform with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa accessible directly on the remote control via a dedicated button. Of course, AirPlay 2 and HomeKit are on the menu. All of this provides access to the Internet and to specific services (LG App Store online store, chat on social networks, etc.), or even directly to the web, like on a computer.

Also present are HBBTV compatibility and UPnP (DLNA) multimedia gateway function associated with Miracast, Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.0 APT-X compatibilities. The latter allows the pairing of headphones, a suitable speaker or the activation of the LG Sound Sync function to connect, for example, a wireless compatible sound bar to the TV. Or, via the Bluetooth Surround function, to assign LG Bluetooth speakers as surround speakers to recreate a multi-channel audio configuration. Not to mention the Magic Remote with integrated microphone for greatly improved ergonomics in voice control.

Also worth mentioning is the DVR function to record your favorite programs via one of the three USB Host ports on a suitable key or an external hard drive, and the Time Shifting function.

Zoom on the connection

The connection brings together four HDMI 2.1 inputs (40 Gb / s) associated with ALLM and eARC compatibility, all HDCP 2.3 compatible, an optical output plus three USB Host ports compatible with Fat32 and NTFS, an RS- socket 232C and an Ethernet port. MP3, AAC, Dolby Digital, WMA, VP9, HEVC, Xvid, VC-1, Mpeg, Mpeg 2, Mpeg 4 and Jpeg compatibility are provided.

Availability announced for the start of the school year. Indicative prices still unknown.

Reminder of the key features of LG QNED96 TV:

• 50 Hz panel

• 10-bit panel

• LCD panel

• Ultra HD / 8K panel

• Processor: Alpha 9 Gen4

• Wide Color Gamut function

• UPnP (DLNA) multimedia gateway function

• eARC function

• ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) function

• TruMotion 100 function

• WCG NanoCell Color function

• Billion Rich Color function

• Ultra Luminance function

• Upscaller HDR function

• Time Shifting function

• LG Sound Sync Wireless Function

• Quantum Dots Function

• AI Sound Pro Function

• AI Picture Pro Function

• NanoCell + Function

• Miracast Compatibility

• Dolby Vision HDR compatibility

• Dolby Vision IQ compatibility

• HDR10 and HDR HLG compatibility

• VP9 compatibility

• HDCP 2.3 compatibility

• HEVC compatibility

• HBBTV compatibility

• Fransat compatibility

• CEC compatibility

• Channel Ready compatibility

• Bluetoo compatibility th 5.0

• Wi-Fi ac compatibility

• Dolby Vision IQ compatibility

• Bluetooth Surround compatibility

• HDCP 2.3 compatibility

• Filmmaker Mode certification

• Outputs: 1 optical

• Inputs: 4 HDMI 2.1 inputs, 3 Fat32 and NTFS compatible USB Host ports, 1 RS-232C and 1 Ethernet port

• AirPlay 2 multimedia

• HomeKit multimedia

• Multimedia Works with Alexa

• Multimedia Works with Hey Google

• Multimedia LG ThinQ AI

• Multimedia WebOS 6.0

• Mini LED Local Dimming Backlight System

• Mini LED technology: yes

• DVB-T2 tuner

• DVB-C tuner

• DVB-S2 tuner

• Sound section: 2.2

• Power: 40 W