LG is expanding its OLED line-up in 2022 with smaller and larger sizes, now ranging from 42 to 97 inches. C2 will get the OLED Evo panel while G2 will get an even brighter panel.
LG 2022 OLED TVs
The 2022 line-up consists of A2, B2, C2, G2, and Z2 models that will replace last year's A1, B1, C1, G1, and Z1. LG will continue to focus mainly on 4K resolution with the only 8K option being the Z2 line.
The biggest development in 2022 is that LG is adding new sizes. C2 will be available in a new smaller 42-inch version and top out at 83 inches whereas G2 will be available in larger sizes compared to 2021; a 83-inch model and the new larger 97-inch size with 4K resolution.
LG 2022 G2 OLED TV
Another new development is that G2 will get OLED Evo with 'Brightness Booster', which represents a new brighter panel with a heatsink. We hear that it should hit above 1000 nits peak brightness under certain conditions that remain unspecified at this time.
LG's C2 will get the OLED Evo technology, but without 'Brightness Booster', and should hit up to 900 nits peak brightness under certain conditions. Updated: Note that the 42- and 48-inch C2 models are still OLED Evo but they will not necessarily hit as high brightness levels as the 55-inch C2 and up. LG A2 and B2 will use the regular OLED panel.
LG 2022 C2 OLED TV
G2 has LG's Gallery design that lets you mount it flush to the wall – feet are optional. Both C2 and G2 will have a slimmer screen bezel (6 mm in 2022 vs. 10.2 mm in 2021), which suggests that both models use LG Display's 2022 'OLED EX' panel. The difference most likely comes down to the heatsink used in G2.
Some of these improvements will reach OLED TVs from other brands and LG will face renewed competition in the segment this year as Samsung Display is planning to start production of its QD OLED panels for partners. Still, LG remains in a strong position with a wider OLED TV line-up than ever. LG has been the leader of the global premium TV market for nine years, according to analyst firm Omdia.
LG C2, G2 and Z2 will feature an upgraded Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor with improved 'Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro' and the company's latest "AI" video and audio processing features. A2 and B2 will once again use a scaled-down Alpha 7 Gen 5 video processor.
All models except A2, which is still a 50/60Hz panel, will come with all the features that you have come to expect from an LG OLED TV meaning HDMI 2.1 with 4K120 and VRR, Game Dashboard, Filmmaker Mode, Dolby Vision, and Dolby Atmos.
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LG's 42-inch C2 OLED TV
In addition, C2 and G2 will have room-to-room sharing (requires firmware update) for viewing cable or satellite content on another TV at home. LG G2 features 'Always Ready' to turn the screen into a digital canvas for showcasing artwork, keeping track of time or playing music with the push of a button on the remote control. A new LG Fitness app will give users access to HIIT workouts, stretching and meditation, among others.
LG also announced plans to support Matter in its 2022 TVs. Matter is a new industry standard for the smart home that will be cross-compatible across brands and platforms. Besides LG, Matter is backed by major players such as Amazon, Apple and Google. Matter will require a firmware update that is scheduled to be released in the second half of 2022.
LG TVs recently gained support for the Google Stadia and GeForce Now game streaming services. These will of course also be available in 2022 LG OLED TVs. LG highlighted that its OLED TVs deliver 1 ms response time. Gaming features like HDMI VRR and AMD FreeSync can be controlled from the Game Optimizer menu in the TVs.
There was no mention of DTS audio support. We have heard that at least some of LG's new models will support WiFi 6 but we are chasing confirmation. We are also chasing details on VVC decoding. This article will be updated if we learn anything, and you can expect more coverage on FlatpanelsHD after CES 2022.
There is a new 'OLED Care' menu with panel optimization, diagnosis and self-care features. One of the options is 'Kids Care'. You can also engage logo brightness reduction and other features.
A new floor stand for the 42- and 48-inch C2 models can be purchased separately.
LG's 2022 OLED models will launch in spring 2022. Pricing details will be announced later.