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The LG OLED G2 borders on 1000 nits of brightness in the best factory calibrated modes

The LG OLED G2 is close to 1000 nits of brightness in the best factory calibrated modes… surprising locals and strangers. If only a few days ago we indicated that the improvement with respect to the G1 was scarceit seems that finally the improvement will be greater than announced.

Depending on how lucky we are with our panel (because there is a large variability between panels of the same model) and, especially, if we let about 100 hours pass for our television to settle, we can have a super bright OLED: hovering around 930-950 nitsvery close to the mental challenge of reaching those long-awaited 1000 nits.

The LG LG OLED G2 touches 1000 nits in calibrated modes

On this occasion we have several sources that support this figure. Starting with the German magazine HDTV Magazin, who in his paper version of his review of the LG G2 claims that his unit measures 980 nits in the best factory calibrated mode (FILMMAKER, 10% window) in HDR10. Similarly, the first review of the British media Expert Reviews of this model, it also certifies its jump in brightness: 930 nits at 10%. The same measurement has been obtained by the television expert Vincent Teoh, 930 nits at 10%. All these first measurements also coincide in the full screen brightness: 170-175 nits.

Vincent Teoh, on his channel HDTVTest, has measured 930 nits of brightness at 10% on the LG OLED G2

It should be remembered that the model that this LG replaces, the excellent LG OLED G1, it was already an outstanding television and that it had around 800 nits of brightness at 10% and about 160 at full screen. As we can see, the G2 is a clear improvement over last year’s model.

Even so, and as we told you in last week’s news, the American caliper D Nice measured its 77-inch G2 resulting in significantly lower figures. These variations could be because your model was measured right out of the box, OLEDs needing a run-in of at least 100 hours to unfold their full potential. Even so, with these new measurements, the red, green and blue still give the same values, only brightening the white subpixel, washing out more of the color as it gets brighter:

MODEL / MEASUREMENT 10% WHITE 10% RED 10% BLUE 10% GREEN FULLSCREEN
LG OLED G2 (HDTVTest) 929 nits 89 nits 32 nits 285 nits 171 nits
LG OLED G2 (E.Reviews) 931 nits 89 nits 33 nits 285 nits 174 nits

As you can see, the difference lies only in the 10% window (which is normally used as a reference to measure brightness in HDR) and between the G2 last year’s G1, the difference is about 100-130 nits. Despite this, as we said in the previous paragraph, the brightness achieved with the color (the sum of red, green and blue) remains the same as last year: 400-410 nits. From there up to 930 nits it’s all pure white light.

Remember also that nits are a non-linear unit of brightness. That is, to perceive approximately twice the brightness, we would need to multiply the nits from one panel to another by four, so 10% more nits does not equal 10% more brightness.

A great year of rivalry in the OLED world: WRBG vs QD-OLED

The other day we already told you several news about the two QD-OLED televisions, especially the Japanese model that we could see in person: the sony a95k, which promises to be one of the best televisions of the year. The other, the great unknown, the Samsung S95B at a more moderate price than the Japanese model.

Seeing that the issue of nits (brightness), both technologies are going to be really in a fist. The other big area where they will compete will be in color. As we indicated in the previous section, LG’s OLED technology has a great «weak point«: its entire brightness output is based on the white sub-pixel (placed at the bottom of the panel), which goes through an RGB (red, green, and blue) color filter to generate the color. That makes only about 400 nits of the 930 color, while the remaining 530 is pure white light.

On the other hand, technology QD-OLED is based on blue sub-pixels (which are also placed in the upper part of the panel to maximize brightness) that pass and impinge on the nanoparticles (or Quantum Dots) green and red, thus generating the three colors (blue passes as is). Since there is no white sub-pixel, all the glow emission comes with full coloras seen in the following image, adding a total of 1100 nits, the same as the QD-OLED panel achieves in brightness:

Image property of Linus Tech Tips

Whichever the winner, what is clear is that this year the competition is fiercer than eversomething that, as has been shown with these first measurements, it’s really good for the consumer. Technology improves, brands take more risks to improve their products and, in the long run, the price will begin to fall so that customers opt for one brand or another. We have to wait to be able draw more accurate conclusions being able to analyze all the 2022 models. Less is left.

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