This year's upcoming LG C2 OLED and LG G2 OLED are expected 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 TVs will be better than ever. Choosing between them, however, will be quite difficult. Although they go by different names, the LG C2 and G2 are pretty similar: Both offer 4K resolution with OLED panels, and based on their predecessors, they'll likely support the same types of HDR technologies, like Dolby Vision. They'll even integrate with the latest version of LG's webOS smart TV platform. However, there are some key differences worth noting that you'll want to consider when you register your interest in pre-ordering these new 4K TVs. So to help you decide which one is right for you, we've rounded up everything we know so far about LG TVs coming soon so you can decide which option is right for you in terms of price and performance.
LG C2 vs LG G2: prices and sizes
Pricing for LG C2 and LG G2 OLED TVs has yet to be officially confirmed; however, we expect the new models to cost a bit more than their predecessors. This is based on a John Lewis (a UK retailer) page for the LG C2 OLED TV (48in) which lists the product at €1,399 (around €1,900 / AU€2,650), which is €100 more than the C1 OLED launch price of 2021. Based on this, we expect the LG C2 to cost around:
- 42in - €1200/€1100/AU€2500
- 48in - €1600/€1400/AU€3200
- 55in - 2000€/1800€/3700AU€
- 65in - €2600/€2600/AU€4900
- 77in - €3900 / €4100 / AU€9200
- 83in - €6,200 / €7,200 / AU€13,000
We expect the LG G2's price difference over the LG G1 to be similar - around $100 / £100 for the smaller models, with the gap widening as screens get bigger. Additionally, we expect the LG C2 models to remain the cheaper option over their same-sized LG G2 counterpart based on LG's pricing history for both ranges. This year, the C2 and G2 are also rolling out new sizing options for their respective lineups. The LG C2 offers the first 42-inch OLED, now allowing users to purchase it in 42, 48, 55, 65, 77 or 83 inches. While that now seems less likely, we had hoped that the smaller version could launch for a price of less than €1,000 / €1,000 / AU€2,000, but we may have to wait until Black Friday for that.
(Image credit: LG) Instead, the G2 is rolling out new, larger models, now offering 83-inch and 97-inch models in addition to the 55-inch, 65-inch, and 77-inch TVs the G1 offers.
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, the C2 and G2 will benefit from this display technology. Note, however, that the smaller C2 models (the 42-inch and 48-inch versions) will have regular OLED screens. An OLED Evo screen is, for the most part, the same as a regular OLED, except that it has improved brightness which allows it to produce more vibrant colours, one of the weaknesses of OLED TVs. We are interested to see how Samsung's new QD-OLED screens compare
As these new screens promise to combine the excellent black contrast of OLEDs with the brightness of QLED screens, but we have to wait a little longer for Samsung to see them. .
LG C2 vs LG G2: design and specifications
The designs of the LG C2 and LG G2 aren't much different from the previous ones, both featuring a flat screen surrounded by slim bezels on either side. When it comes to design, the main factor to consider is how you want to place this screen in your home. The LG C2 is designed as a more traditional home theater screen, which comes with its own stand. While the C2 can also be hung on a wall, the ultra-slim G2 is better suited for that, as the screen continues to lean heavily on its "Gallery" aesthetic (which is what the G in G2 stands for). When it comes to specs, it looks like these TVs will be more similar than ever. We mentioned it above, but we repeat that this year the models in the C2 and G2 range will be equipped with OLED Evo panels. If you're looking for a screen size of 55 inches or larger, you'll now get similar picture quality across all displays. This image will be an improvement on the previous one thanks to the new Alpha a9 Gen 5 processor. This chip will improve the scaling capabilities of the TV compared to the previous one, and will supposedly make images appear on the screen in three dimensions when rendering the elements foreground and background more different from each other. Also, although LG hasn't officially stated it yet, specifications detailed by FlatpanelsHD show that the LG G2 and C2 OLED TVs will support HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision, although it appears that HDR10+ isn't supported for either yet, which is a grief. Audiophiles will be able to enjoy the expanded capabilities of LG's AI Sound Pro feature, whether they choose the C2 or G2 OLED TV. The tool is designed to provide more realistic sound and enables the TV's built-in speakers to produce virtual 7.1.2 surround sound. During this time, players will take full advantage of either screen. With LG's Game Optimizer, you can quickly adjust White Stabilizer, Black Stabilizer, and VRR to suit your needs, and it includes support for Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync.
(Image credit: LG) With the TV's HDMI 2.1 support, you'll be able to take full advantage of the power of your PS5 and Xbox Series X while gaming at 120Hz in 4K. With a 1ms response time, PC gamers can also 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 far more similarities than differences. With its 42-inch and 48-inch OLED options, the LG C2 is likely to appeal to more budget-conscious consumers if they're happy to sacrifice a bit on size and image quality. However, for those looking for 55-inch or larger TVs, the C2 and G2 seem to offer equally impressive specs. You'll get great visuals with OLED Evo technology, realistic surround sound, and impressive support for high-end gaming rigs. For now, at least, that seems to be a link that can only be broken if you prefer to use a TV on a normal stand or hang the screen on the wall. As LG reveals new details about its 2022 OLED TV lineup
And when we get a chance to test its screens for ourselves, we might discover new reasons to opt for the LG C2 over the G2 (or vice versa). If so, we'll be sure to update this comparison piece with anything we learn.
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