In 2021, LG will launch a range of more affordable A1 OLED TVs in 48 to 77 inches. A1 has a 50/60Hz 4K OLED panel and HDMI 2.0. LG will also launch new B1 OLED TVs.
LG A1 OLED TVs
In addition to the new LG C1, G1 and Z1 OLED TVs that were officially announced at CES 2021, FlatpanelsHD can now share official information on LG's A1 and B1 ranges.
LG A1 will be available in 48, 55, 65 and 77 inches. It is a range of affordable 4K OLED TVs that will help take the advanced self-emissive display technology mainstream. You are still getting deep blacks and high contrast, accurate colors, HDR picture quality (with support for up to Dolby Vision IQ), and fast response time.
However, there are some downgrades. A1 will have a 50/60Hz panel, as opposed to the 100/120Hz panel in other OLED TVs, and HDMI 2.0 – which makes sense given its 50/60Hz limitation. It will not support VRR either but will still offer eARC and ALLM, both of which can be supported on HDMI 2.0 chipsets. It has the non-Pro version of 'OLED Motion'.
Also read: LG unveils 2021 OLED TVs – C1, G1, Z1 with HDMI 2.1, VRR, Alpha 9-4
There are still no pictures of A1 and B1 available for the public to see, and there are still no official pricing details. However, FlatpanelsHD has heard that A1 will be coming in at a significantly lower price – whatever that means.
There are still no pictures available of LG A1 and B1. Here you see LG's other 2021 OLED TVs
B1 replaces BX
LG will also launch B1 as the successor to BX. So what is the difference between A1 and B1? B1 has a 100/120Hz OLED panel, HDMI 2.1 for 4K120 and VRR (also FreeSync and G-Sync Compatible), and 'OLED Motion Pro'.
LG B1 will be available in 55, 65 and 77 inches.
Both A1 and B1 will be powered by the company's Alpha 7 Gen4 video processor, and both feature webOS 6.0, Game Optimizer, Dolby Atmos decoding, Apple AirPlay 2, HomeKit, Google Assistant, HGiG, Filmmaker Mode, and TV Sound Mode Share. They are also both compatible with the new Gallery floor stand.
LG and Samsung launched the first OLED TVs in 2012/2013 but Samsung ultimately had to give up on its approach (RGB OLED TV). In 2021, LG will try to take the technology mainstream but it remains to be seen how big of a compromise A1 is compared to other OLED TVs. On the other hand we expect it to soundly outperform most, if not all, mid-range LCD TVs.
Follow the links for full specifications in the TV Database.