LG Unveils 2022 OLED And QNED TV Ranges

LG Electronics will not be present at the CES 2022 but it is still using the event to launch its 2022 TV range. LG Electronics has revealed that the range will once again be led by five OLED series: the C2, B2, A2 and A2 4K models as well as new Z2 8K models.

Highlights of LG’s 2022 OLED offering include the brand expanding its OLED size offering, with new 42-inch OLED models and 97 inch models. The brand’s flagship 4K G2 series will receive an improved version the brightness-boosting Evopanel design that was first seen in LG’s 2021 G1 models. The Evo panel that was introduced to the 2021 G1 sets will be available for the new C2 series (which are traditionally the most popular OLED sets in LG’s range of OLEDs), however.

New processors will be available for all new LG OLED sets, including the Alpha 9 Gen 5 for the Z2, G2, C2, and C2s, as well as the Alpha 7 Gen 5 for the B2s/A2s.

The new G2s have a new ‘brightness booster heat dissipation component in their construction. This allows them to produce even more brightness than their G1 predecessors (without increasing the risk of screen burn). Three key improvements to LG’s AI Picture Pro system are made by the G2 series’ Alpha 9 Gen 5 processing.

First, AI-driven upscaling of 4K TVs has been improved. This apparently eliminates the noise-inducing step in the previous upscaling. The second is a better dynamic tone mapping using HDR sources. This can detect the genre and the scene (night, day), of the content being played at any particular moment. This will improve the algorithms used for’mapping’ HDR imagery to each OLED television’s specific capabilities. New dynamic tone mapping circuitry divides images into more than 5,000 ‘blocks’, compared to 600 for 2021.

The final new enhancement to picture processing is the improved AI Object/Background. This picks out objects from an image and calculates their relative ‘weight’. It then manipulates their appearance to create a more lifelike final image.

The new Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor doesn’t just improve picture quality. The new Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor also offers audio enhancement, allowing for the upmixing of two channels to 7.1.2 channels instead of last year’s 5.1.2 channel implementation.

G2s are wall-hanging-friendly and have a sleeker design than G1. Their bezels are now thinner at 10.2mm and 6.0mm respectively. The flatter, dual-layer design looks better for the wall-mount option that the G2’s Gallery aesthetic is optimized for. Some believe that the G2s may be using the OLED EX panels that LG Display, a separate company to LG Electronics’ TV division , has announced. However, we don’t know for certain if this is true. LG refuses to confirm or deny.

They are not only slimmer than their predecessors, but they are also significantly lighter. Both the C2 series and the G2s have a new composite fiber material that makes them lighter. The G1’s 65-inch size is reduced from 29kg to 23kg and the OLED65C2 is down to 17.2kg from the OLED65C1.

Gamers will be thrilled to learn that all four HDMI ports on the G2s are compatible with the G1s’ key gaming features, including 4K at 120Hz refresh rate, variable refresh rate, and automatic low latency mode switch. LG wants to emphasize that all four HDMI 2.1 ports (rather than one or two) on the G2s accept full HDMI 2.1 48Gbps bandwidth.

There have been heated debates in the gaming industry over whether LG’s switch to 40Gbps-bandwidth HDMI ports is really necessary. LG should therefore open up the HDMI taps fully again. LG specifically refers to the 4K120Hz 4:4;4 RGB 12-bit and the 4K120Hz Dolby Vision as beneficiaries of the return at 48Gbps. LG seems to have reaffirmed its belief that 48Gbps is better than 40Gbps, despite previously denying it.

Gamers are also reminded that LG has added a Sports mode to its Game Optimizer feature. This joins the existing Standard, FPS and RTS options.

WebOS 22 is the last feature to be highlighted on the G2 OLEDs. This does not mean LG has skipped 16 generations of WebOS 6.0. It is a result LG’s new approach to simply labeling each webOS version with the year it was developed.

webOS 22 now offers enhanced support for individual profiles, including personalized viewing recommendations and ‘Always ready’. The TVs are equipped with far-field microphones that allow them to listen out for commands, even when they are in standby. They also have the ability to display information like weather reports, the time, favourite photos, or artworks when they are not being watched.

We don’t have any price information on the G2 range, but we know it will be available in sizes 55, 65 and 77, as well as 97 inches.

The C2 models still have the Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor with all its attendant features. They also get LG’s Evo panels, which are not available in the C1s. They also have a wider bezel than the C1s last year, but a more standard (but still very glamorous) design.

All the gaming features that G2s have, including 120Hz support, are still available to the C2s. They will also be available in 42, 48 and 55 inch sizes.

The main differences when you get down to the B2s are that they are not Evo panels, that you get the Alpha 7 Gen 5 AI CPU rather than the Alpha 9, which gives you less power and two-channel audio mixing potential. You also don’t get full HDMI 2.1 ports. However, the panel can still be used for 4K/120Hz gaming. The B2 range will come in sizes 55, 65, and 77 inches.

The A2 series will be LG’s entry-level OLED range in 2022. The A2 series is available in sizes 48, 55, 65, and 77 inches. They still have the Alpha 7 Gen 5 processor, latest webOS 22 smart systems, and the latest webOS 22 smart systems. However, they swap out the 120Hz panels found on all other LG OLED series for a 60Hz panel. This is a way for people who enjoy movies, but don’t care much about gaming, to have an affordable way to combine their love of film and OLED screens.

The flagship OLED TVs from LG will finally be the 8K Z2 range, at least in terms of price. These massive pixel-counting TVs, measuring 77 inches and 88 inches respectively, combine with the power of the Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor and latest WebOS system. They won’t be able to benefit from LG’s Evo panel technology, despite the likely high price.

OLED will remain LG’s premium TV solution in 2021. LG, however, is building on its 2021 debut of the Mini LED-based QNED’ technology by offering a wider range of QNED models in 2022.

If you missed it last year it uses smaller LED light sources to illuminate LCD screens than regular LED TVs. This allows LCD screens to provide more brightness and more control over light levels. According to reports, the flagship QNED model will have 2,400 independently controlled zones of backlighting. This is in contrast to the 100 blocks found on LG’s full-array LCD TVs with local dimming.

For 2022, there will be four QNED series: the QNED80 (QNED85), QNED90 (QNED90), and QNED99s. The first three will have 4K resolutions, and LG’s Alpha 7 Gen 5 CPU. The 8K QNED99 will be equipped with the Alpha 9 Gen 5 Processor. Other than this, the differences between the ranges will mainly be due to design variations and the number dimming zones used.

As soon as I have more information, I will provide you with details on the prices and release dates of LG’s OLED and QNED TVs.

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