Friday, November 28, 2014

55UB8500 vs 55UB8200, 49UB8500 vs 49UB8200 (LG UB8500 vs UB8200)

Given that an IPS type of panel of the same resolution (3840x2160) is utilized by both of them, any differences in color reproduction and viewing angles are negligible. That said, the UB8500 has one extra picture mode in comparison to the UB8200 (which has a total of 8 modes), in addition to being equipped with the Tru Color generator technology. Due to the Tru 4K Engine being present on both, the quality of the upscaled content is identical amongst them. Regardless if the source is SD, HD or full HD, the aforementioned technology is capable of upscaling it in near-4K quality although there might be slight variations between upconverted BluRays and TV broadcasts aired in standard definition, for example. When it comes to native 4K content, the UB8200 supports 4K @ 60Hz, albeit only 8-bit 4:2:0, on all HDMI inputs. The UB8500, on the other hand, supports 4K @ 60Hz feeds with higher color depth (10- and 12-bit) and chroma subsampling ratio (4:2:2), as well as 8-bit 4:4:4, albeit only on the HDMI 3 input (the remaining HDMI inputs support 4K @ 60Hz, 8-bit 4:2:0). It's also worth mentioning that there are 4 HDMI ports on the UB8500 vs only 3 on the UB8200. Both series incorporate HEVC decoder which makes streaming content in 4K possible.

Thanks to the Ultra Clarity Index (UCI) of 1200 UCI the UB8500 has a slight advantage over its counterpart in terms of fast motion handling, although the UB8200 is almost just as good since it has 1080 UCI (Ultra Clarity Index). Considering the native refresh rate is 120Hz, neither of them should have any motion blur related issues with action movies and sports programming.

Both have Smart TV capabilities, albeit using different platforms. The UB8500 employs the LG WebOS system while the UB8200 has the LG Smart TV (for 2014). The WebOS main design feature is the Launcher Bar which allows you to switch to a new application from the one you're currently using, thus there is no need to return to a home screen every time you change applications. In contrast, the UB8200 Smart TV interface lists applications within a dedicated tile, which, alongside other tiles, is situated on the Home Dashboard. As a result, switching between applications is less intuitive in comparison to the WebOS interface. The UB8500 includes the motion-sensing Magic Remote, so you can navigate through the webOS platform by simply pointing and clicking. There is also a scroll-wheel, and a built-in microphone. The latter, in conjunction with the Natural Voice Recognition technology, can be used for controlling your TV by the means of voice commands. The UB8200 doesn't include the Magic remote - instead it has a standard one, which lacks the aforementioned features. However, the UB8200 supports the Magic remote, which can be purchased separately.

The UB8500 utilizes the passive 3D technology and comes with 2 pairs of polarized 3D glasses included. The UB8200 in not a 3D capable TV, so you won't be able to watch any 3D movies on it.

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