LG 55SM8500PLA Review and Specs

LG 55SM8500PLA (UK version)

SCORE:
73

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 73 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
64
VIDEO FEATURES
76
AUDIO FEATURES
86
OTHER FEATURES
91
CONNECTIVITY
81
FORMAT SUPPORT
55
OVERALL
73

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 Yes 4K HFR via HDMI will be updated No
2K HFR Yes No

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.

Pros and Cons

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

PROS
High Resolution 👍
High Refresh Rate 👍
Wide Viewing Angle 👍
Color Depth 👍
HDR10 👍
Dolby Vision 👍
HLG 👍
Advanced HDR by Technicolor® 👍
4K HFR 👍
2K HFR 👍
Powerful Picture Processor 👍
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 👎

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
CountryUK
Series 2SM85
Model55SM8500PLA
Release Year2019
Size55"
Smart TVYes
DISPLAY
Actual Size (Diagonal)54.6"
Resolution4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Refresh Rate100 Hz/120 Hz
Screen DesignFlat
Display TypeLCD
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 CapabilityNo
HDR10Yes
HDR10+No
Dolby VisionYes
Dolby Vision IQNo
HLGYes
Advanced HDR by Technicolor®Yes
IMAX EnhancedNo
4K HDRYes 4K Cinema HDR
HDR EffectYes
Technicolor Expert ModeNo
AMD Freesync™No
NVidia G-SyncNo
4K HFRYes 4K HFR via HDMI will be updated
2K HFRYes
VRRNo
HGIG CompatibilityNo
Picture Processorα7 Gen 2 Intelligent Processor
Upscaling4K Upscaler
Frame Interploation TechniqueTruMotion 200
Frame Interpolation Frequency200 Hz
Filmmaker ModeNo
Auto Low Latency ModeNo
Depth EnhancementYes Object Depth Enhancer
AI PictureNo
Auto Genre SelectionNo
Face EnhancingNo
Image EnhancingNo
Color EnhancerYes Advanced Color Enhancer
Noise ReductionQuad Step NR
Deep Learning AI PictureYes
AI BrightnessYes
True Color AccuracyYes
Ultra LuminanceYes Pro
SharpnessFrequency based Sharpness Enhancer
Dynamic Tone MappingDynamic Tone Mapping
AUDIO
Speaker Channels2.2 Channel
Speaker TypeDown Firing
Speaker Power Rating40W (WF:20W)
Dolby AtmosYes
DTS Digital SurroundYes DTS-HD
Simultaneous Audio OutputYes
AI SoundYes
Surround ModeDolby Surround / ULTRA Surround
Clear VoiceClear Voice III
Sound TuningOne Touch Sound Tuning
WiSA ReadyYes
Bluetooth Audio PlaybackYes
LG Sound SyncYes
Smart Speaker CompatibleYes
LG Smart SpeakerYes
CONNECTIVITY
Ethernet InputYes
Wi-FiYes
Wi-Fi DirectYes
Wi-Fi Frequency2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Wi-Fi ProtocolIEEE802.11ac/a/b/g/n
BluetoothYes
Bluetooth Version5.0
Mobile ConnectivityYes
Apple AirplayYes Airplay 2
LG TV Plus AppYes
Smart ThinQ AppYes
ChromecastNo
Google HomeYes
Virtual AssistantYes Google Assistant
Works with AlexaYes 19.5 MR
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Version2.1
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)Yes eARC (HDMI 2)
HDCP Version2.2
HDMI-CECYes SIMPLINK
USB Inputs3
USB 3.0 PortsNo
RF (Terrestrial / Cable ) Inputs2
Component InputsNo
Composite Inputs1 via A/V 3.5mm Jack
RCA Audio OutputsNo
3.5mm headphone Audio OutputYes
Optical Audio OutputYes
RS-232C RemoteNo
DLNAYes
OTHER
CPU Cores4
GPU Cores2
RAM2 GB
Storage8 GB
Operating SystemwebOS
Internet BrowserYes
Electronic Program Guide (EPG)Yes 8 days
Parental Control (V-Chip)Yes
Application StoreYes LG Content Store
TeletextYes Flof
Teletext Page2000 page
Closed CaptionsYes Subtitle
PVR FunctionYes
On-Screen Display Languages36
LG AI ThinQ®Yes
Speech to TextYes
LG Voice SearchYes
Amazon Echo CompatibleYes
AI UXYes
AI HomeYes
AI RecommendationDefault: off
Intelligent EditYes
Home DashboardYes
Auto Device DetectionYes
Apple HomePodYes
Voice RecognitionYes Intelligent Voice Recognition
Magic LinkDefault: off
Audio Guidance (Text To Speech)Yes
Gallery ModeYes
Multi-viewYes
DIALYes
Music PlayerYes
360 VRYes
Mobile TV OnYes
Wi-Fi TV OnYes
Bluetooth Low Energy OnYes
Instant Game ResponseYes ALLM
Live Plus (ACR-based Bilateral Service)Yes with Samba TV App
Hotel ModeYes
Screen ShareYes
Digital RecordingYes
Time ShiftYes
Watch & RecordNo
Auto CalibrationYes
Time Machine (DVR)Yes
Analog DVRYes
HEVCYes
VIDEO FORMATS
3GPPYes
AV1No
AVIYes
ASFNo
DivXYes
Flash VideoYes
H.263Yes
H.264Yes
H.265Yes
MKVYes
M2TSYes
MP4Yes
MPEG-4Yes
QuickTimeYes
RealVideoNo
TSYes
VC-1Yes
VP7No
VP8No
VP9Yes
VOBNo
VRONo
WebMNo
WMVNo
XvidNo
AUDIO FORMATS
AACYes
AC4No
AIFFNo
ALACNo
APENo
aptXYes
eAAC+No
EAC3No
FLACYes
HE-AACYes
LPCMYes
M4ANo
MIDINo
MP2No
MP3Yes
OGGYes
RealAudioYes
WMAYes
WAVNo
IMAGE FORMATS
BMPNo
GIFNo
JPEGYes
JPSYes
MPOYes
PNGNo
TUNER
Digital TunerYes 1
SAT TunerYes
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 (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 BoxNo
VESA Wall MountYes
VESA Hole Pitch (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 remoteYes
Magic Remote Control CompatibleYes

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