LG’s 2022 TVs promise to fix one of OLED’s biggest drawbacks

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LG is updating its fleet of OLED TVs at CES, and while the underlying technology remains largely the same, the company’s 2022 lineup has seen some tantalizing improvements.

Featuring OLED Evo, the latest generation of LG’s self-emitting pixel technology, the G2 and C2 TV series promises to improve upon what’s already the best display technology by delivering higher brightness. This is achieved through better heat dissipation and more advanced algorithms, LG claims.

OLED panels deliver perfect blacks, vibrant colors and exceptional contrast ratios, but they are not as bright as their LCD counterparts. Panel makers have made great strides 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 the picture improvements, LG’s flagship G2 series is now available in a massive 97-inch model, along with a new 83-inch option. The more affordable C-series TVs are going in the opposite direction, adding the “world’s first” 42-inch OLED TV to a collection of six sizes that scale up to 83 inches. We haven’t seen the new TVs in person yet, but LG says the C Series has slimmer bezels than before.

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Other updates are less visible. The TVs now run on an Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor that LG says uses deep learning to improve upscaling performance and give images a more “3D” appearance, accompanied by enhanced virtual surround sound. This is something that sounds great in a press release, but you have to see in person to believe it.

LG’s Smart TV platform is also getting attention. The latest version, webOS 22, adds personal profiles so you can only see the streaming services you watch, not all the other crap your roommates watch. It also gives you more tailored recommendations, so you don’t see just about everything on Apple TV+ if you just want to rewatch Ted Lasso endlessly.

Some TVs conveniently have Chromecast built-in, but LG takes a different approach with what it calls NFC Magic Tap, a feature that lets you mirror your smartphone’s screen. This isn’t new, but now you can mirror cable or satellite content from one LG TV to another via Wi-Fi. Also new to the 2022 TVs is something called “Always Ready” which lets you display artwork, a clock, or music by pressing the power button on the LG remote.

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Perhaps more important than all of these new features is support for Matter, the new smart home standard designed to make all your smart gadgets interoperable. Matter lets you control devices through one common interface, and major players Apple, Amazon, Samsung, and Google are already on board.

LG’s TVs are some of the best options for gamers who play on the latest consoles, and now the new models will have the ability to switch between game-specific features and settings, such as those for G-Sync, FreeSync and VRR, from the TV’s Game Optimizer menu. In this menu you will find a new Dark Room Mode, which adjusts the brightness of the screen to the lighting in your environment.

LG is also expanding its range of QNED miniLED TVs, which use LG’s Quantum Dot NanoCell technology. You won’t get perfect blacks and infinite contrast ratios, but these panels get much brighter than OLED and don’t run the risk of burn-in. Beware though, because not every QNED TV will use miniLED technology.

Pricing and specific release dates will be revealed as we get closer to launching the new TV this spring.

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