LG 55SM8500PLA Review and Specs

LG 55SM8500PLA (UK version)

SCORE:
79

Highlights

  • 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LCD Display
  • HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG support
  • Nano Cell Color Pro
  • Wide Viewing Angle
  • α7 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor
  • Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

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LG 55SM8500PLA Overview

LG 55SM8500PLA was introduced in 2019. 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 Technicolor®. Its powerful α7 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor picture processor guarantees a high quality upscaling of any low resolution source to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160).

We give LG 55SM8500PLA TV 79 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
72
VIDEO FEATURES
84
AUDIO FEATURES
88
OTHER FEATURES
93
CONNECTIVITY
86
FORMAT SUPPORT
60
OVERALL
79

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of LG 55SM8500PLA.

The TV has strengths such as High Refresh Rate, Wide Viewing Angle, Color Depth, HDR10, Dolby Vision, HLG, Advanced HDR by Technicolor®, 4K HFR, 2K HFR, Dolby Atmos, DTS Digital Surround, Clear Voice, WiSA Ready and Bluetooth Audio Playback. And it has weaknesses sush as LED Type, no 3D Capability, no HDR10+, no IMAX Enhanced, no AMD Freesync™, no NVidia G-Sync, no VRR, no HGIG Compatibility and no Filmmaker Mode.

PROS
High Refresh Rate 👍
Wide Viewing Angle 👍
Color Depth 👍
HDR10 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
HLG 👍
Advanced HDR by Technicolor® 👍
4K HFR 👍
2K HFR 👍
Dolby Atmos 👍
DTS Digital Surround 👍
Clear Voice 👍
WiSA Ready 👍
Bluetooth Audio Playback 👍
CONS
LED Type 👎
No 3D Capability 👎
No HDR10+ 👎
No IMAX Enhanced 👎
No AMD Freesync™ 👎
No NVidia G-Sync 👎
No VRR 👎
No HGIG Compatibility 👎
No Filmmaker Mode 👎

Major Changes from its predecessor

A predecessor of 2019 SM85 series is 2018 SK85 series. In this section we show major changes from the predecessor.

UPGRADES LG 55SM8500PLA LG 55SK8500PLA
4K HFR 4K HFR via HDMI will be updated
2K HFR

DOWNGRADES LG 55SM8500PLA LG 55SK8500PLA
LED Type Edge LED Slim Direct LED

For this comparison we chose 55" version of the predecessor - model 55SK8500PLA. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit LG 55SM8500PLA vs LG 55SK8500PLA where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

Selected Features

IPS Panel

LG 55SM8500PLA 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 they’re front and center, or across the room and off to the side.

Detailed Specifications

In this section we present all the features and specifications available for LG 55SM8500PLA.

BASICS
BrandLG
Country VersionUK
SeriesSM85
Model55SM8500PLA
Release Year2019
Size55"
Smart TV
DISPLAY
Actual Size (Diagonal)54.6"
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate100 Hz/120 Hz
Screen DesignFlat
Display TechnologyLCD
LCD TechnologyNanoCell
Panel TypeIPS
Backlight TypeLED
LED TypeEdge LED
Backlight DimmingLocal Dimming
ColorNano Cell Color Pro
Viewing AngleWide Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth8 bits + FRC
Color Depth1.07 Billion
Minimum Response Time5 ms
Picture Quality Index3300
VIDEO
3D Capability
HDR10
HDR10+
Dolby Vision
Dolby Vision IQ
HLG
Advanced HDR by Technicolor®
IMAX Enhanced
HDR 4K Cinema HDR
HDR Effect
Technicolor Expert Mode
AMD Freesync™
NVidia G-Sync
4K HFR 4K HFR via HDMI will be updated
2K HFR
VRR
HGIG Compatibility
Picture Processorα7 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor
Upscaling4K Upscaler
Frame Interploation TechniqueTruMotion 200
Frame Interpolation Frequency200 Hz
Filmmaker Mode
Auto Low Latency Mode
Depth Enhancement Object Depth Enhancer
AI Picture
Auto Genre Selection
Face Enhancing
Image Enhancing
Color Enhancer Advanced Color Enhancer
Noise ReductionQuad Step NR
Deep Learning AI Picture
AI Brightness
True Color Accuracy
Ultra Luminance Pro
SharpnessFrequency based Sharpness Enhancer
Dynamic Tone MappingDynamic Tone Mapping
AUDIO
Speaker Channels2.2 Channel
Speaker Type and ConfigurationDown Firing
Speaker Power Rating40W (WF:20W)
Dolby Atmos
DTS Digital Surround DTS-HD
Simultaneous Audio Output
AI Sound
Surround ModeDolby Surround / ULTRA Surround
Clear VoiceClear Voice III
Sound TuningOne Touch Sound Tuning
WiSA Ready
Bluetooth Audio Playback
LG Sound Sync
Smart Speaker Compatible
LG Smart Speaker
CONNECTIVITY
Ethernet Input
Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi Direct
Wi-Fi Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Wi-Fi ProtocolIEEE802.11ac/a/b/g/n
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version5.0
Mobile Connectivity
Apple Airplay Airplay 2
LG TV Plus App
Smart ThinQ App
Chromecast
Google Home
Virtual Assistant Google Assistant
Works with Alexa 19.5 MR
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Version2.1
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) eARC (HDMI 2)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI-CEC SIMPLINK
USB Inputs3
USB 3.0 Ports
RF (Terrestrial / Cable ) Inputs2
Component Inputs
Composite Inputs1 via A/V 3.5mm Jack
RCA Audio Outputs
3.5mm headphone Audio Output
Optical Audio Output
RS-232C Remote
DLNA
OTHER
CPU Cores4
GPU Cores2
RAM2 GB
Storage8 GB
Operating SystemwebOS
Internet Browser
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) 8 days
Parental Control (V-Chip)
Application Store LG Content Store
Teletext Flof
Teletext Page2000 page
Closed Captions Subtitle
PVR Function
On-Screen Display Languages36
LG AI ThinQ®
Speech to Text
LG Voice Search
Amazon Echo Compatible
AI UX
AI Home
AI RecommendationDefault: off
Intelligent Edit
Home Dashboard
Auto Device Detection
Apple HomePod
Voice Recognition Intelligent Voice Recognition
Magic LinkDefault: off
Audio Guidance (Text To Speech)
Gallery Mode
Multi-view
DIAL
Music Player
360 VR
Mobile TV On
Wi-Fi TV On
Bluetooth Low Energy On
Instant Game Response ALLM
Live Plus (ACR-based Bilateral Service) with Samba TV App
Hotel Mode
Screen Share
Digital Recording
Time Shift
Watch & Record
Auto Calibration
Time Machine (DVR)
Analog DVR
HEVC
VIDEO FORMATS
3GPP
AV1
AVI
ASF
DivX
Flash Video
H.263
H.264
H.265
MKV
M2TS
MP4
MPEG-4
QuickTime
RealVideo
TS
VC-1
VP7
VP8
VP9
VOB
VRO
WebM
WMV
Xvid
AUDIO FORMATS
AAC
AC4
AIFF
ALAC
APE
aptX
eAAC+
EAC3
FLAC
HE-AAC
LPCM
M4A
MIDI
MP2
MP3
OGG
RealAudio
WMA
WAV
IMAGE FORMATS
BMP
GIF
JPEG
JPS
MPO
PNG
TUNER
Digital Tuner 1
SAT Tuner
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 Efficiency ClassA
Power SupplyAC 100-240 V, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5 W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)1452 mm x 833 mm x 62.5 mm
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)1452 mm x 806 mm x 315 mm
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)1600 mm x 970 mm x 190 mm
One Connect Box
VESA Wall Mount
VESA Dimensions (W x H)300 mm x 300 mm
Weight Without Stand27.0 kg
Weight With Stand28.8 kg
Weight of Package (Gross)35.1 kg
ACCESSORIES
RemoteMagic Remote Control - AN-MR19
Universal Control Capability for remote
Magic Remote Control Compatible

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