LG announces its largest and smallest OLED TVs ever as part of 2022 lineup

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LG announces its largest and smallest OLED TVs ever as part of 2022 lineup

It’s a brand new yr, and meaning immediately LG is asserting its newest sequence of OLED TVs. For 2022, the corporate is including new display screen sizes, ratcheting up the brightness (once more) on the G sequence, and bringing some extra options — like multiuser profiles — to the webOS software program that runs on its TVs.

Now on the fifth technology of its A9 processor, LG says 2022 TVs will embody higher 4K upscaling, improved tone mapping, and a better sense of depth by way of foreground object enhancement.

As for the TVs themselves, after debuting its higher-brightness OLED “Evo” panel on the G1 in 2021, this yr Evo will likely be featured in each the G2 and extra mainstream C2. LG says the G2 will ship increased peak brightness numbers than the C2 by way of a mixture of brightness booster algorithms and higher warmth dissipation from the TV’s elements. However the C2 ought to nonetheless outperform one thing just like the CX from two years in the past.

Increasing Evo to the C sequence makes a whole lot of sense: LG claims that line is the bestselling “premium TV sequence” — priced above $1,500 — in america. For each the G2 and C2, LG says it’s utilizing a brand new composite fiber materials of their development that makes these TVs considerably lighter; for instance, the 65-inch C2 is sort of half the burden of the C1. That ought to lead to a much less worrying unboxing and mounting expertise for these very skinny, fragile shows.

LG’s G2 (left) proven subsequent to final yr’s C1 OLED (proper), which isn’t precisely the proper comparability.

At a press briefing in New Jersey forward of CES, LG lined up the brand new G2 aspect by aspect with the C1 to point out off the brightness positive aspects. A extra useful comparability to display year-over-year enhancements would’ve been placing it towards the G1’s Evo show, however no such luck. The G2 positively seemed higher than the C1, however this was a staged demo — so take the stark distinction you see with a grain of salt.

LG’s C2 OLED TVs will embody the corporate’s brighter “Evo” panel.

They’ll nonetheless have the right blacks for which OLEDs are identified.

LG can be including new display screen sizes at each extremes. The C sequence is getting a brand new 42-inch OLED that the corporate thinks will likely be an ideal match for small bedrooms, places of work, or players in tight areas. (Beforehand, the smallest LG OLED was 48 inches.) And there’s an infinite 97-inch 4K mannequin that’s becoming a member of the G sequence. LG has provided 83-inch 4K and 88-inch 8K TVs prior to now, however there’s a brand new big OLED on the town.

LG’s 2022 OLED lineup features a 42-inch mannequin that could possibly be excellent as a gaming monitor.

As typical, each HDMI port on each the G and C sequence will provide full HDMI 2.1 capabilities — and this time LG actually means it. Whereas the corporate’s TVs have been restricted to about 40Gbps of HDMI bandwidth in recent times, for 2022 it’s utilizing the entire 48Gbps pipeline. You’ll additionally nonetheless be getting the standard 120Hz 4K gaming, variable refresh charge, auto low latency mode, and so forth. It’s value noting that LG is already being surpassed in a couple of of those areas, nevertheless; a few of Samsung’s just-announced 2022 TVs assist VRR as much as 144Hz for PC players.

The 97-inch G2 OLED is a real mammoth — and will definitely have a value to match.

That doesn’t imply LG isn’t making its personal enhancements for players. The sport dashboard will put extra data on the high layer so that you’ll keep away from further clicks and might alter key settings with out leaping into the total sport optimizer menu. There’s additionally a brand new fifth preset for sports activities video games and a darkish room gaming mode in image settings. In latest months, LG has rolled out assist for GeForce Now and Google Stadia cloud gaming companies.

The lower-tier A sequence will even stay a part of LG’s OLED household in 2022, although it’s primarily supposed for film and TV watching because it lacks HDMI 2.1 and gaming-centric options.

LG G2 OLED: out there in 97-, 83-. 77-, 65-, and 55-inch sizes

LG C2 OLED: out there in 83-, 77-, 65-, 55, 48-, and 42-inch sizes

LG joined the Mini LED bandwagon in 2021, and this yr it’s rolling out one other wave of its terribly named “QNED” TVs that use the know-how for vastly higher distinction and black ranges than the corporate’s older LCD units. It’s not excellent black and infinite distinction like an OLED, however you possibly can’t get a lot nearer — and Mini LED TVs can crank increased than OLED relating to general brightness.

However confusingly, LG is already muddying up what the “QNED” branding means, since not all the TVs that carry it in 2022 will embody Mini LED. The entry-level QNED80 mannequin could have conventional, much less exact native dimming with out the miniaturized LED backlighting.

Mini LED brings LG’s QNED TVs nearer to the distinction of OLED — with higher brightness.

The underlying webOS software program on LG TVs can be seeing some tweaks this yr. First off, the newest model will likely be “webOS 22” to match the yr of its launch. That’s just a little extra simple than earlier than. The corporate can be including assist for a number of person profiles, with every particular person getting their very own personalised suggestions and the liberty to customise the homescreen to their liking. I requested LG if TV image settings could possibly be custom-made and saved for every person (in case somebody in your house actually loves the cleaning soap opera impact), however profiles don’t lengthen that far.

LG can be promising a characteristic referred to as “room to room share” that may be capable of “quickly” ship the feed from one TV (the place a cable field or different element is likely to be plugged in) to a different in a special room. You’ll supposedly be capable of change channels and do different actions on this mode. However room to room share gained’t roll out till after the TVs ship, so there aren’t a ton of particulars proper now. Final is a new-for-2022 “All the time Prepared” mode that, when the TV is off, “transforms the display screen right into a digital canvas for showcasing art work, conserving monitor of time, or taking part in music.”

webOS now helps totally different person profiles.

However in any other case it’s the identical expertise that LG launched final yr.

Full pricing and launch timeframes for LG’s 2022 TV lineup must be out there as they arrive nearer to delivery this spring. It looks like the corporate is taking part in issues a bit protected this yr — particularly in mild of rumors of QD-OLED TVs being on the horizon. However possibly that’s nonetheless sufficient for LG to take care of its standing because the go-to advice for an OLED TV that doesn’t demand the premium of Sony’s pricier fashions.

Pictures by Chris Welch / The TechMac

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