LG 65SK8500PLA Review and Specs

LG 65SK8500PLA (UK version)

SCORE:
65

Highlights

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

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LG 65SK8500PLA Overview

LG 65SK8500PLA 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 Technicolor®. Its powerful α7 Intelligent Processor picture processor guarantees a high quality upscaling of any low resolution source to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160).

We give LG 65SK8500PLA TV 65 overall score out of 100. Our ranking system is based on the display specifications, video, audio and other features, connectivity and format support.

DISPLAY
61
VIDEO FEATURES
73
AUDIO FEATURES
65
OTHER FEATURES
55
CONNECTIVITY
72
FORMAT SUPPORT
55
OVERALL
65

Pros and Cons

In this section we highlight pros and cons of LG 65SK8500PLA.

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

Selected Features

IPS Panel

LG 65SK8500PLA 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.


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 65SK8500PLA.

BASICS
BrandLG
CountryUK
Series 2SK85
Model65SK8500PLA
Release Year2018
Size65"
Smart TVYes
DISPLAY
Actual Size (Diagonal)64.5"
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 Zones48
ColorNano Cell Color Pro
Viewing AngleWide Viewing Angle
Panel Bit Depth10 bits
Color Depth1.07 Billion
DCI P3 Color Space Coverage94%
Brightness400 nits
Contrast Ratio1600∶1
VIDEO
3D CapabilityNo
HDR10Yes
HDR10+No
Dolby VisionYes
Dolby Vision IQNo
HLGYes
Advanced HDR by Technicolor®Yes
IMAX EnhancedNo
4K HDRYes
HDR EffectYes
Technicolor Expert ModeYes
AMD Freesync™No
NVidia G-SyncNo
4K HFRNo
2K HFRNo
VRRNo
HGIG CompatibilityNo
Picture Processorα7 Intelligent Processor
Upscaling4K Upscaler
BlacksNano Cell Black
Frame Interploation TechniqueTruMotion 200
Frame Interpolation Frequency200 Hz
Filmmaker ModeNo
Auto Low Latency ModeNo
Depth EnhancementYes Active Depth Enhancer
AI PictureNo
Auto Genre SelectionNo
Face EnhancingNo
Image EnhancingNo
Color EnhancerYes Dynamic Color
Noise ReductionYes NR
Deep Learning AI PictureNo
AI BrightnessNo
Professional Game TVYes
Enhanced Motion Picture Response TimeYes
True Color AccuracyYes
Ultra LuminanceYes Pro
SharpnessNo
Dynamic Tone MappingEnhanced Dynamic 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 SoundNo
Surround ModeDolby Surround / ULTRA Surround
Clear VoiceClear Voice III
Sound TuningOne Touch Sound Tuning
Adaptive Sound ControlYes
WiSA ReadyNo
Bluetooth Audio PlaybackYes
LG Sound SyncYes
Smart Speaker CompatibleNo
LG Smart SpeakerNo
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 Version4.2
Apple AirplayNo
LG TV Plus AppNo
Smart ThinQ AppNo
ChromecastNo
Google HomeYes Google Home device sold separately (This feature is not available in Republic of Ireland)
Virtual AssistantYes Google Assistant Built-in Google Assistant features require software update (This feature is not available in Republic of Ireland)
Works with AlexaYes Amazon Alexa device sold separately (This feature is not available in Republic of Ireland)
HDMI Inputs4
HDMI Version2.0b
HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC)Yes 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
Storage4 GB
Operating SystemwebOS
Internet BrowserYes
Electronic Program Guide (EPG)Yes 8 days
Parental Control (V-Chip)Yes
Application StoreYes LG Content Store
PVR FunctionYes
On-Screen Display Languages36
LG AI ThinQ®Yes
Speech to TextYes
LG Voice SearchYes
Amazon Echo CompatibleNo
AI UXNo
AI HomeNo
AI RecommendationNo
Intelligent EditNo
Home DashboardNo
Apple HomePodNo
Voice RecognitionYes Intelligent Voice Recognition
Magic LinkNo
Focus ZoomYes
Live ZoomYes
Audio Guidance (Text To Speech)Yes
Gallery ModeYes
Multi-viewYes
Freeview PlayNo
DIALYes
Music PlayerYes
360 VRNo
Mobile TV OnNo
Wi-Fi TV OnNo
Bluetooth Low Energy OnNo
Instant Game ResponseNo
Live Plus (ACR-based Bilateral Service)No
Hotel ModeNo
My ContentYes
My ChannelsYes
Channel AdvisorYes
Channel PlusYes
Screen ShareYes
Content ShareYes
Digital RecordingYes
Time ShiftYes
Watch & RecordNo
Auto CalibrationYes
Time Machine (DVR)No
Analog DVRNo
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 (Typical)115 W
Power Consumption (In Standby)0.5 W
Dimension Without Stand (W x H x D)1455 mm x 835 mm x 63 mm
Dimension With Stand (W x H x D)1455 mm x 903 mm x 319 mm
Dimension of Package (W x H x D)1600 mm x 1035 mm x 190 mm
One Connect BoxNo
VESA Wall MountYes
VESA Hole Pitch (W x H)300 mm x 300 mm
Weight Without Stand26.6 kg
Weight With Stand28.1 kg
Weight of Package (Gross)35.5 kg
ACCESSORIES
RemoteMagic Remote Control - AN-MR18
Universal Control Capability for remoteYes
Magic Remote Control CompatibleYes
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 65SM8500PLA LG 65SK8500PLA
4K HFR Yes 4K HFR via HDMI will be updated No
2K HFR Yes No

DOWNGRADES LG 65SM8500PLA LG 65SK8500PLA
LED Type Edge LED Slim Direct LED

For this comparison we chose 65" version of the successor - model 65SM8500PLA. For more detailed comparison between the two please visit LG 65SK8500PLA vs LG 65SM8500PLA where you can also choose different size and country models to compare.

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