LG has revealed new TVs both big and small at CES, including its largest OLED model by far.
The high-end G2 OLED series includes the slimmest TVs LG offers, with a design intended to be mounted flush to the wall. It features a 97-inch model, the company's largest OLED panel so far, along with 55-, 65-, 77-, and 83-inch versions.
The C2 series, meanwhile, is an update to the Editors' Choice award-winning C1 line we reviewed last year, and instead of reaching for record-breaking sizes, LG is looking in the other direction, with what it calls the world's first 42-inch OLED TV. Previously, LG's smallest OLED model was 48 inches.
Both the C2 and G2 TVs use LG's latest OLED panel, called OLED evo, which the company says can get brighter than previous OLED models. This is important, because while OLED panels excel at perfect black levels and wide colors, they can't get nearly as bright as high-end LED-backlit LCD TVs.
The C2 and G2 lines use effectively the same technology, with the more expensive G2 distinguished by its slimmer Gallery Design.
While OLED is the focus of LG's announcement, the company is also updating its QNED line of LED TVs. The 2022 models of LG's high-end QNED90 series and above are rated to cover 100% of the DCI-P3 digital cinema color space, just like its OLED TVs do.
LG also announced a new Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor, which uses improved image analysis to individually discern foreground and background elements of content. In addition, the processor expands LG's AI Sound Pro virtual surround feature to produce simulated 7.1.2-channel audio, with virtual height channels. The Alpha 9 Gen 5 will be found in C2, G2, and 8K Z2 OLED TVs, as well as QNED95 and QNED99 LED models.
All new LG TVs will use the company's webOS 22 smart TV platform, the latest version of the system. WebOS 22 adds individual user profiles for households with multiple people, and one-touch phone screen mirroring with NFC Magic Tap for compatible devices. A new idle mode, Always Ready, turns the TV into a passive art display when it's not being actively used.
WebOS 22 is also getting LG's first fitness platform, LG Fitness, which provides recommended workouts, guided meditations, and other activities. Other new apps include LiveNow for watching live concerts and events, Independa for enabling video-based remote assistance for family members and seniors, and 1M HomeDance for learning how to dance to K-Pop.
LG hasn't yet announced pricing or availability for its new TVs, but we hope to check them out as soon as we can.
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