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 have different names, the LG C2 and G2 are quite similar: they both offer 4K resolution with OLED panels and, based on their predecessors, they are likely to support the same types of HDR technologies, such as Dolby Vision. They will even integrate with the latest version of LG's webOS smart TV platform.
However, there are a few key differences worth noting that you'll want to consider when registering 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 the soon-to-be-released LG TVs so you can decide which option is right for you in terms of price and performance.
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LG C2 vs LG G2: prices and sizes
The price of the LG C2 and LG G2 OLED TVs has not yet been 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 (48-inch) which lists the product at €1,399 (about €1,900 / AU$2,650), which is €100 more than the launch price of C1 OLED from 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/AU$3700
- 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-size LG G2 counterpart based on LG's price history for both ranges.
This year, the C2 and G2 are also launching 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 were hoping that the smaller version could launch at a price of less than €1,000 / €1,000 / AU€2,000, but we may have to wait until Black Friday for that.
Instead, the G2 is launching new, larger models, now offering 83-inch and 97-inch models in addition to the 55-, 65-, and 77-inch TVs offered by the G1.
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 it has improved brightness that allows it to produce more vibrant colors, one of the weak points of OLED TVs.
We are interested to see how Samsung's new QD-OLED screens compareAs 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 are not much different from the previous ones, both with a flat screen surrounded by slim bezels on both sides.
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 more suited to that, as the display continues to lean heavily into 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 at a screen size of 55 inches or more, you'll now get similar picture quality across all screens.
This image will be an improvement over 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 the images appear on the screen in three dimensions when making the elements foreground and background more distinct from each other.
Also, although LG hasn't officially stated it, the 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+ isn't supported by either yet, which is a big deal. pain.
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 make the most 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.
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 appear 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 size and picture quality a bit.
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 with a normal stand or hang the screen on the wall.
As LG reveals new details about its 2022 OLED TV lineupAnd 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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