LG unveils new OLED TVs for 2022 including a 97″ monster

LG's huge 97-inch G2 OLED TV

LG has taken the wraps off its 2022 OLED TV line-up at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The range sees improvements to brightness and picture quality, along with a broadened range of panel sizes. TVs will also gain an updated WebOS interface with added quality of life features.

The big news is that LG is upgrading to a more advanced OLED panel. Called “OLED evo” these screens will only be found in the new top-of-the-range G2 series models, and “select” C2 series TVs.

Improvements include a brighter image thanks to LG’s updated α (Alpha) 9 Gen 5 processor and Brightness Booster™ technology. While we don’t yet know how bright the panels will be actually be compared to 2021 models, the tech is meant to brighten the image through “…improved heat dissipation and an advanced algorithm.”

Another benefit of the new α (Alpha) processor is more lifelike 7.1.2 virtual sound from the TV’s speakers, made possible with the help of LG’s AI Sound Pro.

Image quality certified

To reinforce LG OLED’s premium viewing experience, the 2022 line-up has been certified by global product testing agency Intertek. According to the agency, LG’s 2022 OLED TVs display “…100 percent colour fidelity and 100 percent colour volume.” Intertek also says that “LG OLED TVs are unique in its [sic] ability to match the colours in the original source content and deliver accurate colour, regardless of how bright or dark the displayed images may be.”

Big (and small) panel choices

The G2 series makes some big gains in panel sizes, starting with an 83-inch unit and jumping to a whooping world-first 97-in version. This is in addition to the 55, 65 and 77-inch sizes already available.

LG’s mid-range C2 OLEDs also gain new sizes, including a world-first 42-inch model. This is aimed at gamers who are drawn to the benefits of OLED (such as self-lighting pixels and fast response times) but want a smaller screen to play on.  The C2 range is also available in 48, 55, 65, 77 and 83-inch sizes.

Updated interface, sharing and more

LG’s TV operating system, called WebOS, is now version ‘22’ and comes with some improvements. First, there’s personal profiles, which is a great way to provide customised settings for different household members. This includes favourite streaming TV services, content recommendations and alerts. Logging in to profiles can either be from the TV browser or a ‘NFC Magic Tap’ from a compatible smartphone. An NFC Magic Tap can also mirror an Android or iOS smartphone’s screen on the TV.

Other new features include ‘Room To Room Share’, which, as LG describes it: “…enables the viewing of cable or satellite content on another TV via Wi-Fi without an additional set-top-box.” 

The new ‘Always Ready’ feature can transform a LG TV into a media display when not in use. LG says the TV becomes a “digital canvas” that can be used to showcase artwork, play music or display a clock. Always Ready is configurable in the settings menu and activated by pressing the power button on the remote control.

The 2022 OLED range is also certified flicker-free by TÜV Rheinland and Underwriters Laboratories, and verified as “discomfort glare-free” by UL. TÜV Rheinland also recognises LG OLED panels for their low blue light performance.

With the upgraded LG ThinQ™ AI voice assistant, 2022 TVs can become smart home hubs. This means that you will be able to view security camera feeds, control lighting and other home automation from the on-screen menu or with your voice. The key improvement this year is support for Matter, which is a broad industry standard that enables LG TVs to securely connect to more compatible smart home devices.

Great for gamers

For game enthusiasts, the 2022 LG OLED range makes it easy to switch between game specific modes as well as view pre-sets from the Game Optimiser Menu. Introduced last year, the Game Optimiser is an overlay that displays real-time gaming settings and stats including frame rate, picture mode, G-Sync/FreeSync Premium, VRR and more. There’s also a new Dark Room mode that adjusts brightness for when the lights are off. A Sports mode joins other gaming pre-sets such as first person shooter, real time strategy games, etc., to depict sports content with optimal settings.

We’ll update you with Australian specific pricing and more specifications as they become available.

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