While the rest of the industry is going bigger in 2022, LG TVs are going smaller: For the first time, LG is offering its flagship C-Series OLED in a 42-inch size.
Since the announcement of the new LG C2 OLED and LG G2 OLED at CES 2022, which use LG’s OLED evo panels that have a higher peak brightness than 2020 models, we've now been given the whole lineup's price and release date information.
Pricing, as shown in a press release sent to TechRadar, shows that the LG C2 OLED will start off at $1,399 (around £1,060, AU$1,900) for the smallest 42-inch C2 OLED and rockets up to $24,999 (around £19,000, AU$34,800) if you’re after the monstrous 88-inch 8K Z2 OLED.
The good news? We still have a few cheaper OLED options in the form of the new LG A2 and LG B2 OLEDs, which piggyback off of the LG A1 OLED and B1 OLED that were released last year. They start at just $1,499 for a 55-inch OLED B2, and will likely cost even less around Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
LG TV 2022 technology - what's new?
LG didn't announce much new in the way of display technologies at CES 2022, but the company did emphasize that its OLED evo panels would be available in more models this year thanks to its arrival on the popular C-Series OLED TV. LG also talked up the use of mini-LED technology in its high-end QNED TVs, and the benefits that would bring to both color accuracy and off-axis viewing angles.
LG has quite a few TV technologies in play this year. Here's what you need to know.
OLED uses organic light-emitting diodes in each pixel to create virtually unlimited contrast (a pure white pixel next to a totally black pixel next to it, for example) but is limited by its peak brightness.
QNED is a new TV technology for 2021, with the acronym standing for quantum nano-emitting diodes (yup). It makes use of a mini-LED backlight with 30,000 tiny LEDs, almost 2,500 dimming zones for exceptional brightness control and contrast (for an LCD screen, at least).
In terms of chassis construction, LG says it's reducing the weight of a number of its OLED TVs up to 50%. That's the case for the new LG C2 OLED vs last year's C1 OLED, as the former now uses a composite fiber material. You'll also notice a smaller trim on the bezels (6mm vs 10.2mm) for both the new G- and C-Series OLEDs.
Under the hood, there's a lot more going on. The upgrade from last year's Alpha a9 Gen. 4 processor to this year's Alpha a9 Gen. 5 allows for higher AI audio upscaling that can transform stereo sound into a 7.1.2 mix, and Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro that will have 5,000 zones vs 500 zones of tone mapping.
Lastly, LG is changing the version number of webOS6 to webOS22 to help differentiate the software from its predecessor. The latest version of the software will come with new user profiles for recommended content and Always Ready mode that apes Samsung’s Ambient Mode by offering a minimalist backdrop when your TV isn't in use.
OLED 2022 TVS
LG 2022 OLED TVs
LG Z2 8K OLED (77, 88-inch): LG’s high-end 8K OLED returns in 2022. Not a ton has changed in this year’s model, other than the new Alpha a9 Gen 5 processor. In terms of features, you're getting top-class upscaling, Dolby Atmos audio, and the HDMI 2.1 / VRR gaming features found on the C2 and G2.The 88-inch version is now wall-mountable, but that’s an advantage that only the extremely wealthy among us will really benefit from.
LG Z2 OLED pricing and release dates
- 77-inch OLED778Z2PUA is available April 2022 for $12,999
- 88-inch OLED88Z2PUA is available April 2022 for $24,999
LG G2 4K OLED (55, 65, 77, 83, 97-inch): LG’s luxury Gallery Series has a place in the 2022 TV lineup with the LG G2 4K OLED. It will be available in a number of new sizes, including the absolutely massive 97-inch model, and still uses the LG OLED evo panel for a higher peak brightness than its competitors.
LG G2 OLED pricing and release dates
- 55-inch OLED55G2PUA is available April 2022 for $2,199
- 65-inch OLED65G2PUA is available March 2022 for $2,999
- 77-inch OLED77G2PUA is available March 2022 for $3,999
- 83-inch OLED83G2PUA is available April 2022 for $6,499
LG C2 4K OLED (42, 48, 55, 65, 77, 83-inch): Don’t worry, the ever-popular C-Series will return in 2022 and it’s going to be better than ever. First off, it will be available in a new smaller size of 42 inches. The 42-inch screen will still offer 4K/120Hz support, making it an awesome companion for your PS5 and Xbox Series X, and it will support Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos passthrough to your soundbar. Even better, the 55-inch version and above will utilize the LG OLED evo panels for even brighter HDR highlights. Last but not least, it will use the new LG Alpha a9 Gen 5 processor for better upscaling. Considering that the C2 was TechRadar’s #1 TV of 2021, we’re expecting big things from the C2.
LG C2 OLED pricing and release dates
- 42-inch OLED42C2PUA is available May 2022 for $1,399
- 48-inch OLED48C2PUA is available March 2022 for $1,499
- 55-inch OLED55C2PUA is available March 2022 for $1,799
- 65-inch OLED65C2PUA is available March 2022 for $2,499
- 77-inch OLED77C1PUA is available March 2022 for $3,499
- 83-inch OLED83C2PUA is available April 2022 for $5,499
LG B2 4K OLED (55, 65, 77-inch): LG played a bit coy last year with its LG B1 OLED series, saving its announcement for later in the year rather than at CES 2021. This year, however, LG has been up front by telling us that a B2 Series is definitely in-bound this year. The main difference between this and the LG C2, is that the LG B2 uses the LG Alpha a7 Gen 5 processor instead of the Alpha a9 Gen 5. That means upscaling and motion processing may not be as good as its higher-tier older sibling, but it’s likely not a ton worse, either.
LG B2 OLED pricing and release dates
- 55-inch OLED55B2PUA is available March 2022 for $1,499
- 65-inch OLED65B2PUA is available March 2022 for $1,999
- 77-inch OLED77B2PUA is available March 2022 for $3,299
LG A2 4K OLED (55 and 65-inch): The last OLED in LG’s 2022 lineup is the LG A2 OLED, a sequel to last year’s A1 OLED. Since its debut we’ve had our doubts about the A-Series OLED as it uses a native 60Hz panel instead of a 120Hz screen, but so far it has been an affordable alternative to the B- and C-Series.
We generally recommend the A-Series OLED for movie buffs who tend to watch more dramas or period pieces instead of action or sports content, and we definitely recommend that gamers move at least one step higher to the B2 when choosing a screen to pair with the Xbox Series X and PS5.
Pricing and release date information is TBA
QNED 2022 TVs
LG 2022 QNED TVs
LG QNED99 8K TV (65, 75, 86-inch): The Nano99 is once again this year’s highest-spec ‘QNED’ television, meaning it makes use of a Mini LED backlight to improve brightness control and contrast over standard LCD-LED displays. It’s an 8K TV too, and packs a 120Hz panel with Full Array Local Dimming, as well as supporting hands-free voice commands.
LG QNED95 8K TV (65, 75-inch): The QNED95 cleaves close to the QNED99, as a Mini LED 8K TV, but makes do with a 60Hz panel rather than 120Hz. It uses an 8K iteration of the a9 Gen 4 AI Processor too.
LG QNED90 4K TV (65, 75, 86-inch): This QNED television packs in 4K resolution, a 120Hz panel, and Full Array Local Dimming through its Mini LED backlight. It uses the a7 Gen 4 AI processor rather than the a9 though.
- LG QNED90 (65-inch): €2,500 (around $2,800 / £2,100)
- LG QNED90 (75-inch): €3,800 (around $4,200 / £3,200)
- LG QNED90 (86-inch): €5,700 (around $6,200 / £4,700)
LG QNED85 4K TV (65, 75-inch): This step-down QNED model is also 4K, and matches the QNED90 for specs aside from its 60Hz panel.
What else is coming from LG?
What else is coming this year?
As of yet, LG hasn't announced its plans for its UHD TV lineup and Nano Cell lineup. Our guess is that the Nano Cell lineup will be quite limited this year, but it's probably not quite decommissioned yet. To that end, expect a number of mid-range and budget models to make their way out around the middle of the year.
We'll obviously keep you posted when those models are announced, so be sure to revisit this page in a few months to see what's been added. If you're looking for discounts on older LG TVs, you can see our guide to the best TV deals and the best OLED TV deals.
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