LG is updating its fleet of OLED TVs at CES, and while the core technology remains largely the same, the company’s 2022 line has received some tempting improvements.
With OLED Evo, the latest generation of LG’s self-emitting pixel technology, the G2 and C2 TV series promise to take over what is already cutting-edge screen technology and improve it by delivering higher brightness. This is achieved through better heat dissipation and more advanced algorithms, LG claims.
OLED panels provide perfect black levels, vivid colors and exceptional contrast ratios, but are not as bright as their LCD counterparts. Panel manufacturers have taken big steps in recent years to make OLED TVs more visible in bright conditions, and now LG claims to have taken another big step forward.
In addition to image enhancement, LG’s flagship G2 series is now available in a massive 97-inch model with a new 83-inch option. The more affordable C-Series TVs go in the opposite direction, adding the world’s first 42-inch OLED TV collection from six sizes to 83 inches. We haven’t seen the new TVs in person yet, but LG says the C series has thinner frames than before.
Other updates are less visible. The TVs now run on an Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor that LG claims uses deep learning to improve magnification performance and gives images a more “3D” look, paired with enhanced virtual surround sound. This is the kind of thing that sounds great in a press release, but it needs to be seen in person to be believed.
Also, attention is drawn to LG’s Smart TV platform. The latest version, webOS 22, adds personal profiles so you can only see the streaming services you normally watch, not all the other shit your roommates watch. It will also give you more personalized recommendations, so you won’t see anything on Apple TV + when you just want to watch endlessly Ted Lasso.
Some TVs practically have a built-in Chromecast, but LG has a different approach with what it calls the NFC Magic Tap, a feature that lets you mirror your smartphone screen. This is not new, but you can now transfer cable or satellite content from one LG TV to another via Wi-Fi. Also new to TVs from 2022 is something called “Always Ready”, which allows you to view artwork, clocks or play music by pressing the power button on the LG remote control.
Perhaps more important than any of these new features is support for Matter, a new smart home standard designed to make all of your smart gadgets interoperable. Matter allows you to manage devices through a single interface, and major players Apple, Amazon, Samsung and Google are already included.
LG’s TVs are some of the best options for gamers playing on the latest consoles, and now the new models will come with the ability to switch between game-specific features and settings, such as G-Sync, FreeSync and VRR, from the Game Optimizer menu on TV. In this menu you will find a new Dark Room mode, which adjusts the brightness of the screen depending on the lighting in your environment.
LG is also expanding its line of QNED miniLED TVs that use LG’s Quantum Dot NanoCell technology. You don’t get perfect black and infinite contrast ratios, but these panels get a lot brighter than OLED and don’t risk burning. However, be careful as not every QNED TV will use miniLED technology.
Prices and specific release dates will be announced as we approach the launch of the new TV this spring.