LG 49SK8500PLA Review and Specs
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LG 49SK8500PLA (UK version)

SCORE:
90

Highlights

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LCD Display
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG support
  • Full Array Local Dimming
  • NanoCell Color Pro
  • Wide Viewing Angle
  • ฮฑ7 Intelligent Processor
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

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LG 49SK8500PLA Overview

LG 49SK8500PLA was introduced in 2018. It has a LCD screen with 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and 100 Hz/120 Hz refresh rate. The TV is HDR compatible. It supports HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG and Advanced HDR by Technicolorยฎ. Its powerful ฮฑ7 Intelligent Processor picture processor guarantees a high quality upscaling of any low resolution source to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160).

We give LG 49SK8500PLA TV 90 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
88
VIDEO FEATURES
94
AUDIO FEATURES
86
OTHER FEATURES
85
CONNECTIVITY
92
FORMAT SUPPORT
85
OVERALL
90

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of LG 49SK8500PLA.

PROS
High Resolution ๐Ÿ‘
High Refresh Rate ๐Ÿ‘
LED Type ๐Ÿ‘
Full-Array Dimming ๐Ÿ‘
Wide Viewing Angle ๐Ÿ‘
Color Depth ๐Ÿ‘
HDR10 ๐Ÿ‘
Dolby Vision ๐Ÿ‘
HLG ๐Ÿ‘
Advanced HDR by Technicolorยฎ ๐Ÿ‘
Dolby Atmos ๐Ÿ‘
DTS Digital Surround ๐Ÿ‘
Bluetooth Audio Playback ๐Ÿ‘
Wi-Fi ๐Ÿ‘
Wi-Fi Direct ๐Ÿ‘
Bluetooth ๐Ÿ‘
Does Not Work with Alexa ๐Ÿ‘
CONS
Low Number of Local Dimming Zones: 36 ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No HDR10+ ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No IMAX Enhanced ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No AMD Freesyncโ„ข ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No NVidia G-Sync ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No 4K HFR ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No 2K HFR ๐Ÿ‘Ž
No VRR ๐Ÿ‘Ž

Selected Features

IPS Panel

LG 49SK8500PLA has an in-plane switching (IPS) panel which is not commonly used in LCD TVs as they suffer from light leakage which lead to the lower contrast and poor HDR experience. However, this type of panel can provide better viewing angle and color accuracy compared to the VA panel.


Nano Cell Technology

LG Nano Cell technology uses particles to absorb unwanted light wavelengths and enhance the purity of the red and green colors displayed on the screen. In addition, they create subtler, more accurate colors that stay true, even at wide viewing angles. So, even if the whole family is gathered around the TV, everyone has the best seat in the house, whether theyโ€™re front and center, or across the room and off to the side.


Full-Array Local Dimming

The TV has Full-Array Local Dimming technology with multiple zones throughout the display. Individual zones of LEDs can light up independently which enhances black levels, shadow details and decreases level of light bleed in dark parts of the image. This gives higher contrast with increased picture quality which is very important for HDR reproduction. Higher number of zones gives better control over local dimming and less blooming around the bright objects and subtitles.

Detailed Specifications

In this section we present all the features and specifications available for LG 49SK8500PLA.

BASICS
BrandLG
CountryUK
Series 2SK85
Model49SK8500PLA
Release Year2018
Size49"
Smart TVโœ”
DISPLAY
Actual Size (Diagonal)48.5"
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate100 Hz/120 Hz
Screen DesignFlat
Display TypeLCD
LCD TechNologyNanoCell
Panel TypeIPS
Backlight TypeLED
LED TypeSlim Direct LED
Backlight DimmingFull Array Local Dimming
Number of Local Dimming Zones36
ColorNanoCell Color Pro
Viewing AngleWide Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth10 bits
Color Depth1.07 Billion
DCI P3 Color Space Coverage94%
Brightness400 nits
Contrast Ratio1600โˆถ1
Input Lag15 ms
VIDEO
3D Capabilityโœ–
HDR10โœ”
HDR10+โœ–
Dolby Visionโœ”
Dolby Vision IQโœ–
HLGโœ”
Advanced HDR by Technicolorยฎโœ”
IMAX Enhancedโœ–
4K HDRโœ”
HDR Effectโœ”
Technicolor Expert Modeโœ”
AMD Freesyncโ„ขโœ–
NVidia G-Syncโœ–
4K HFRโœ–
2K HFRโœ–
VRRโœ–
HGIG Compatibilityโœ–
Picture Processorฮฑ7 Intelligent Processor
Upscaling4K Upscaler
BlacksNanoCell Black
Frame Interploation TechniqueTruMotion 200
Frame Interpolation Frequency200 Hz
Filmmaker Modeโœ–
Auto Low Latency Modeโœ–
Depth Enhancementโœ” Active Depth Enhancer
AI Pictureโœ–
Auto Genre Selectionโœ–
Face Enhancingโœ–
Image Enhancingโœ–
Color Enhancerโœ” Dynamic Color
Noise Reductionโœ” NR
Deep Learning AI Pictureโœ–
AI Brightnessโœ–
Professional Game TVโœ”
Enhanced Motion Picture Response Timeโœ”
True Color Accuracyโœ”
Ultra Luminanceโœ” Pro
Sharpnessโœ–
Dynamic Tone MappingEnhanced Dynamic Tone Mapping
AUDIO
Speaker Channels2.2 Channel
Speaker TypeDown Firing
Speaker Power Rating40W (WF:20W)
Dolby Atmosโœ”
DTS Digital Surroundโœ” DTS-HD
Simultaneous Audio Outputโœ”
AI Soundโœ–
Surround ModeDolby Surround / ULTRA Surround
Clear VoiceClear Voice III
Sound TuningOne Touch Sound Tuning
Adaptive Sound Controlโœ”
WiSA Readyโœ–
Bluetooth Audio Playbackโœ”
LG Sound Syncโœ”
Smart Speaker Compatibleโœ–
LG Smart Speakerโœ–
CONNECTIVITY
Ethernet Inputโœ”
Wi-Fiโœ”
Wi-Fi Directโœ”
Wi-Fi Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Wi-Fi ProtocolIEEE802.11ac/a/b/g/n
Bluetoothโœ”
Bluetooth Version4.2
Apple Airplayโœ–
LG TV Plus Appโœ–
Smart ThinQ Appโœ–
Chromecastโœ–
Google Homeโœ” Google Home device sold separately (This feature is not available in Republic of Ireland)
Virtual Assistantโœ” Google Assistant Built-in Google Assistant features require software update (This feature is not available in Republic of Ireland)
Works with Alexaโœ” Amazon Alexa device sold separately (This feature is not available in Republic of Ireland)
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Version2.0b
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)โœ” HDMI 2
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI-CECโœ” SIMPLINK
USB Inputs3
USB 3.0 Portsโœ–
RF (Terrestrial / Cable ) Inputs2
Component Inputsโœ–
Composite Inputs1 via A/V 3.5mm Jack
RCA Audio Outputsโœ–
3.5mm headphone Audio Outputโœ”
Optical Audio Outputโœ”
RS-232C Remoteโœ–
DLNAโœ”
OTHER
CPU Cores4
GPU Cores2
RAM2 GB
Storage4 GB
Operating SystemwebOS
Internet Browserโœ”
Electronic Program Guide (EPG)โœ” 8 days
Parental Control (V-Chip)โœ”
Application Storeโœ” LG Content Store
PVR Functionโœ”
On-Screen Display Languages36
LG AI ThinQยฎโœ”
Speech to Textโœ”
LG Voice Searchโœ”
Amazon Echo Compatibleโœ–
AI UXโœ–
AI Homeโœ–
AI Recommendationโœ–
Intelligent Editโœ–
Home Dashboardโœ–
Apple HomePodโœ–
Voice Recognitionโœ” Intelligent Voice Recognition
Magic Linkโœ–
Focus Zoomโœ”
Live Zoomโœ”
Audio Guidance (Text To Speech)โœ”
Gallery Modeโœ”
Multi-viewโœ”
Freeview Playโœ–
DIALโœ”
Music Playerโœ”
360 VRโœ–
Mobile TV Onโœ–
Wi-Fi TV Onโœ–
Bluetooth Low Energy Onโœ–
Instant Game Responseโœ–
Live Plus (ACR-based Bilateral Service)โœ–
Hotel Modeโœ–
My Contentโœ”
My Channelsโœ”
Channel Advisorโœ”
Channel Plusโœ”
Screen Shareโœ”
Content Shareโœ”
Digital Recordingโœ”
Time Shiftโœ”
Watch & Recordโœ–
Auto Calibrationโœ”
Time Machine (DVR)โœ–
Analog DVRโœ–
HEVCโœ”
VIDEO FORMATS
3GPPโœ”
AV1โœ–
AVIโœ”
ASFโœ–
DivXโœ”
Flash Videoโœ”
H.263โœ”
H.264โœ”
H.265โœ”
MKVโœ”
M2TSโœ”
MP4โœ”
MPEG-4โœ”
QuickTimeโœ”
RealVideoโœ–
TSโœ”
VC-1โœ”
VP7โœ–
VP8โœ–
VP9โœ”
VOBโœ–
VROโœ–
WebMโœ–
WMVโœ–
Xvidโœ–
AUDIO FORMATS
AACโœ”
AC4โœ–
AIFFโœ–
ALACโœ–
APEโœ–
aptXโœ”
eAAC+โœ–
EAC3โœ–
FLACโœ”
HE-AACโœ”
LPCMโœ”
M4Aโœ–
MIDIโœ–
MP2โœ–
MP3โœ”
OGGโœ”
RealAudioโœ”
WMAโœ”
WAVโœ–
IMAGE FORMATS
BMPโœ–
GIFโœ–
JPEGโœ”
JPSโœ”
MPOโœ”
PNGโœ–
TUNER
Digital Tunerโœ” 1
SAT Tunerโœ”
Analog TunerPAL/SECAM, B/G, D/K, I, SECAM L
Digital Terrestrial TV SystemDVB-T/T2
Digital Cable TV SystemDVB-C
Digital SAT TV SystemDVB-S/S2
Color systemPAL / SECAM / NTSC
CI+CI+ 1.4
GENERAL
Energy EfficiencyA+
Power SupplyAC 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption (Typical)70 W
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5 W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)1096 mm x 638 mm x 63 mm
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)1096 mm x 707 mm x 248 mm
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)1197 mm x 810 mm x 175 mm
One Connect Boxโœ–
VESA Wall Mountโœ”
VESA Hole Pitch (W x H)200 mm x 200 mm
Weight Without Stand14.0 kg
Weight With Stand15.5 kg
Weight of Package (Gross)18.3 kg
ACCESSORIES
RemoteMagic Remote Control - AN-MR18
Universal Control Capability for remoteโœ”
Magic Remote Control Compatibleโœ”
WARRANTY
Warranty1 Year Parts & Labor

Successor

The 2018 SK85 series has a successor - 2019 SM85 series. Let us now display the major changes that the successor brought.


UPGRADES LG 49SM8500PLA LG 49SK8500PLA
4K HFR โœ” 4K HFR via HDMI will be updated โœ–
2K HFR โœ” โœ–

DOWNGRADES LG 49SM8500PLA LG 49SK8500PLA
LED Type Edge LED Slim Direct LED

For this comparison we chose 49" version of the successor - model 49SM8500PLA. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit LG 49SK8500PLA vs LG 49SM8500PLA where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

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