This year's upcoming LG C2 OLED and LG G2 OLED are set to be two of the best OLED TVs released in 2022. Building on the success and popularity of last year's impressive C1 OLED and G1 OLED models, what we've seen so far strongly suggests this year's televisions are going to be better than ever.
Picking between them will be quite tough though. Despite carrying different names, the LG C2 and G2 are fairly similar - both offer a 4K resolution using OLED panels, and based on their predecessors they'll likely both support the same kinds of HDR tech such as Dolby Vision. They'll even come inbuilt with the latest version of LG's webOS smart TV platform.
However, there are some key differences that are worth taking note of that you'll want to consider when registering your interest in a preorder for these new 4K TVs.
So to help you decide which is best for you we've rounded up everything we know so far about LG's soon-to-launch TVs so you can decide which option is the best for you in terms of price and performance.
LG C2 vs LG G2: price and sizes
The prices for the LG C2 and LG G2 OLED TVs have yet to be officially confirmed, however, we expect the new models will cost slightly more than their predecessors. Additionally, the LG G2 OLED will likely cost more than the LG C2 OLED.
That's based on previous iterations of LG's TV - such as the C1, G1, CX, and GX - as well as leaked pricing details from LG Germany.
According to the leaks we expect that the LG C2 will cost:
- 42-inch - $1,500 / £1,400 / AU$3,000
- 48-inch - $1,700 / £1,600 / AU$3,400
- 55-inch - $2,000 / £1,900 / AU$3,700
- 65-inch - $2,600 / £2,600 / AU$4,900
- 77-inch - $4,000 / £4,300 / AU$8,700
- 83-inch - $6,200 / £6,900 / AU$12,000
And the LG G2 will set you back:
- 55-inch: €2,499 (around $2,770 / £2,080 / AU$3,815)
- 65-inch: €3,599 (around $3,990 / £3,000 / AU$5,495)
- 77-inch: €5,999 (around $6,650 / £5,000 / AU$9,160)
- 83-inch: €8,999 (around $9,975 / £7,500 / AU$13,740)
As with all leaks we have to take these details with a pinch of salt, but the details fit with what we expected to see from the LG G2 and C2 in terms of price comparisons.
However, those of you in the US and Australia should take note that the prices above may not match what you will see even if the European prices prove to be accurate.
That's because we have used a 1:1 currency conversion, but LG typically chooses its own prices for each territory and is not beholden to exchange rates.
That said, we do still expect to see equivalent C2 models cost less than their G2 counterparts regardless of what their official prices are in each region.
LG C2 vs LG G2: OLED Evo explained
OLED Evo was the biggest differentiator between the LG C1 and G1 OLED TVs, however, in 2022 both the C2 and G2 will benefit from this screen tech. Take note though, the smaller C2 models (the 42-inch and 48-inch versions) will be stuck with regular OLED screens.
An OLED Evo display is, for the most part, the same as a regular OLED except that it has greatly improved brightness allowing it to produce more vivid colors - one of the weak spots for OLED TVs.
We’re interested to see how Samsung’s new QD-OLED screens compare - as these new displays promise to combine the excellent black contrast of OLEDs with the brightness of QLED displays - but we have to wait a little longer for Samsung to release these.
LG C2 vs LG G2: design and specs
The designs of the LG C2 and LG G2 aren’t noticeably different from what’s come before, both featuring a flat-screen surrounded by slim bezels on every side.
When it comes to design, the main factor to consider then is how you want to place this screen in your home? The LG C2 is intended as a more traditional home cinema display that comes with its own stand.
While the C2 could also be hung on a wall, the ultra-slim G2 is better suited for this - as the screen continues to lean heavily into its ‘Gallery’ aesthetic (which is what the G in G2 stands for).
As for specs, it sounds like these TVs will be more similar than ever. We mentioned it above but will reiterate that this year models in both the C2 and G2 range will come with OLED Evo panels. If you’re after a 55-inch screen size or bigger, you’ll now get a similar picture quality on each display.
This picture will be an improvement on what has come before thanks to the new Alpha a9 Gen 5 processor. This chip will enhance the TV’s upscaling abilities over what’s come before, and it will supposedly make onscreen images appear three-dimensional by making the foreground and background elements more distinct from each other.
Additionally, while LG hasn’t stated this officially, specs detailed by FlatpanelsHD show that the LG G2 and C2 OLED TVs will support HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Vision, though it looks like HDR10+ still won't be supported by either - which is a shame.
Audiophiles will be able to appreciate the expanded abilities of LG’s AI Sound Pro feature no matter whether they pick the C2 or the G2 OLED TV. The tool is designed to provide more lifelike audio and enables the TV’s built-in speakers to produce virtual 7.1.2 surround sound.
Meanwhile, gamers will get plenty out of either screen. Using LG's Game Optimizer you can quickly adjust the White Stabilizer, Black Stabilizer, and VRR to suit your needs - and it includes support for Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync.
Thanks to the TV's HDMI 2.1 support you'll be able to make the most of your PS5 and Xbox Series X's power by playing games at 120Hz in 4K. With a 1ms response time boot, PC gamers may also want to consider using this TV instead of a traditional monitor.
LG C2 vs LG G2: conclusion
The LG C1 and G1 started to create a more noticeable divide between LG's flagship models in 2021, however, in 2022 the C2 and G2 seem to have way more similarities than differences.
With its 42-inch and 48-inch OLED options, the LG C2 will likely appeal to more budget-conscious consumers if their happy sacrificing a little on the size and picture quality.
However, for those looking at televisions that are 55-inch or larger, the C2 and G2 seem to offer equally impressive specs. You'll get excellent OLED Evo-powered pictures, realistic surround sound, and impressive support for high-end gaming rigs.
For now, at least, it seems to be a tie that can only be broken by your preference for using a TV equipped with a regular stand or hanging your screen on the wall.
As LG reveals new details about its 2022 OLED TV lineup - and when we get a chance to try its screens out for ourselves - we might find out about new reasons to opt for the LG C2 over the G2 (or vice-versa). If that's the case we'll be sure to update this comparison piece with everything we learn.
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