LG G6 Signature OLED 4K HDR TV Review (OLED 65 G6P)
The best TV’s on the planet just got a whole lot better with the introduction of the new Signature OLED G6P series. If you thought that last year’s OLED were the real gem, read on to discover a new breed of OLED that has even raised the bar higher. Not only is this a 4K premium TV with full HDR certification from the Dolby Labs and UHD alliance, it’s simply stunning in every department. Last year’s OLED TV’s had excellent picture quality and perfect black levels but the brightness levels were not on par with other high-end TV’s on the market. This year, LG managed to expand the brightness without compromising the perfect black levels, perpetuating the OLED pedigree with the LG G6 series.
LG appears to be the only game in town for OLED mass production, introducing smarter and better sets each year while continuing to slice the price of the existing OLED TVs. This year, LG added high dynamic range (HDR) to its existing ultra high definition 4K panel with support for both HDR-10 and Dolby vision. All this combines with unrivaled OLED color gamut, built- in soundbar, and a posh glass-thin design to produce a next-gen display at an eye-watering price tag of $7,000 for the 65-inches and $25,000 for the 77 inches TV. Still, despite the price, I believe other TV manufacturers will have to delve deeper into the roots of innovation to come up with something worthy of competing with the LG G6 Signature OLED.
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It All Begins With the Design; Artistically Designed to Impress
Earlier OLED models had a stunning design, but the LG G6 outperforms them all. It’s like LG radically changed the DNA of the previous models. The super thin flat screen is mounted on a single piece of glass 2.57 mm deep. At the back, you will find a rectangular protrusion that houses most of the electronics and also connects the glass panel to the base. The base is elegantly designed and carries a near trapezoid shape with horizontal like metal strips running along the edge.
At the base, you will also find the 60-Watt soundbar designed by Harman Kardon along with the various ports and other connections. These include 4 HDMI inputs, an Ethernet port, composite/component video input, antenna cable connection, 3 USB ports, an RS232C connector, and an optical audio output. LG says the base can also be mounted vertically on the panel for wall mounting without hurting the soundbar’s performance. The screen has been crafted to show off its figure in the most flattering way possible.
Performance You Might Not See Again in the Near Future
The 2016 LG OLED TV’s are brighter than the previous models and have been optimized to meet the UHD Alliance’s requirement for its “UHD Premium” certification. This certification serves as a stamp, conveying the TV’s prowess to display HDR as well as a higher color gamut in addition to the 4K color resolution. All the 2016 OLED TV’s are capable of producing up to 99% of the DCI-P3 color space as opposed to the 2015 models which could only deliver up to 90%. The LG G6 signature OLED can also deliver Dolby Vision HDR in addition to delivering HDR content under the HDR-10 standards. You may now ask, how many nits?
“Nits” is just a unit of measurements that determines how bright a display is. It’s a unit of brightness and the most common expression of cd/m2 (candelas per meter squared). The new UHD Alliance requirements for “Premium HDR” certification require TV’s to meet one of the two benchmarks below:
A black level lower than 0.0005 nits => maximum brightness of at least 540 nits
A black level lower than 0.05 nits =>maximum brightness of at least 1000 nits
This requirement was effected because OLED usually don’t get that bright and LCD TV’s don’t achieve that perfect black level. In a nutshell, an LCD screen has to get twice as bright while keeping their black levels in check while an OLED will only qualify if gets over 540 nits. The LG G6 Signature OLED was able to go way beyond and above the benchmark to record 800 nits while keeping the perfect black level in check. If an OLED can achieve peak brightness while keeping the perfect black level in check, then it only signals danger to any LCD/LED screen that will ever attempt to compete with its picture quality. Even outside the HDR playback, the G6 increased luminance is impressive and better than any other OLED screen. Now this is where the magic comes in; picture quality.
OLED displays have traditional been known to exude weakness in red, blue, and greens reproduction. The record breaker, G6 produce jaw-dropping greens and blues that will make you love the beauty the Mother Nature has endowed on our planet. The reds look sensationally rich, and if you happen to come across any 4K content (few available on YouTube), then you will appreciate the new revolution in the digital universe. LG also claims that it has fixed the vignetting issue that plagued the 2015 OLED screens.
The LG G6 produces very accurate colors and the uniformity is the best as expected with OLED displays. For the same reasons, the LG G6 has excellent viewing angles. This came at no surprise as there is no display that can beat OLED in this department. While LED/LCD’s either use quantum dot color enhancements or enhanced phosphors, OLED color saturation is directly tied to how bright cells can get. In dark areas, the self-emitting diodes go completely off; you might be forgiven for thinking that the TV was turned off. This is how the OLED displays manage to achieve near-perfect black levels. The 2016 LG G6 Signature OLED continues to build on where the 2015 models left, further enhancing the OLED pedigree.
The G6 design and picture quality are clearly the Signature’s stand out features. And just like a double-edged sword, even the near perfect G6 is not without flaws. Some users have reported some motion artifacts and occasional moments of grayness above the black levels. Though this does not compromise the perfect black levels of OLED, it’s an issue we hope LG will fix with a software update. However, this should not put you off, in fact, you might not even notice it because it’s a very rare occasion.
Remote You Want to Touch
The LG G6 comes with two remotes. The larger one is an iteration of the Magic remote that the company has used with the previous OLED models. It’s long and bears the LG Signature byword. It measures around 8.8 inches and the color is silver covered with a black rubber plate on the upper side that holds the buttons. At the center is the navigation pad featuring a scrollable scroll wheel.
The remote has a soft touch and gently fills your hand like a smartphone. This remote serves as an air mouse navigating the cursor on the display as you navigate the new, intuitive WebOS 3.0 interface. The second remote is small and light. It only has the navigation pad, power button, channel, and volume control buttons. This remote does not function like its big brother. Its main use is to page you through streaming services and menu options.
The WebOS 3.0 Platform is Great
LG is well known for its friendly WebOS platform that entirely changed the smart TV game since it was launched in 2014. The WebOS platform has undergone various transformation and evolution starting with the first WebOS that featured on the LG OLED EC9300 and earlier models. Though still better than other smart TV platforms, that version of WebOS had many challenges and was not intuitive enough to earn a name among the best. Come WebOS 2.0 that fixed most of the issues that plagued its predecessor.
The WebOS 2.0 is the version that features in all the last year’s models and is good by the market standard if not the best. Now LG has upped the game with the introduction of the WebOS 3.0 that features in 2016 OLED models. Characterized by simplicity, sheer speed, and usability, the WebOS 3.0 lets you add specific TV channels to the strip of tiles along the bottom of the screen. It makes browsing and surfing between channels easy and intuitive. While the WebOS 3.0 still has to compete with other premium platforms like Sony’s Android smart TV that keeps on getting better, I must say that the WebOS 3.0 is the best the LG has come with so far. Whether it will beat Sony’s and Samsung’s platform only time will tell. So far so good, consumers have reported a smooth running with the platform with no bugs or issues to contend with.
Picture on Glass; just “Impressive”
The picture-on-glass design of the LG G6 is just impressive. The image is displayed on a flat screen chassis that is only 2.57 mm thick. The majority of that depth is made of a translucent backplate that creates an impression that the picture is somehow being produced by the glass. This is why LG called it the “picture on glass” design. In reality, it may not add anything to the picture quality but gives it a kicky look, like something stunning and very expensive to keep.
The OLED technology is indeed the future of TV’s, but not easy to manufacture. That is why they don’t come cheap and very few manufacturers have managed to do it. Samsung tried with their only OLED TV model S9C but didn’t go well. Panasonic tried with the CZ950 that performed exceptionally well but the price tag put off even the wealthiest movie fans. With LG, it is clear that there is no turning back. These TVs have not only raised the standards for LG dexterity in screen manufacture but also elevated the name higher in the market. And now with the new LG G6 Signature OLED, we might see more manufacturers opting to follow the OLED bandwagon as there is no any other technology that might beat the G6. That being said, the LG G6 is a great TV that packs all you need to transform your movies experience.