What comes after OLED? LG relies on “OLED evo” as the next generation display type. The upcoming LG G1 series offers brighter, more powerful image maintenance with increased luminance.
We saw the eye-catching new 65-inch LG G1 OLED evo in person after its official CES 2021 debut, and it has all telltale signs that it has beaten our best TV pick right now, the LG CX. Indeed, it is time to also oust the brand new successor to the CX, the LG C1 OLED.
The LG G1 is the superior 4K TV among LG’s 2021 TVs, and while the specs and design aren’t all that different from the C1, it literally glows in the brightness of the new OLED Evo display. According to LG, the panel contains an additional layer to refine the wavelengths of the light. This makes it the brightest picture of the company to date.
Brightness is important for OLED TVs because, while they have great black levels, they are not the best in brightly lit rooms. This is one of the few areas where Samsung’s QLED TVs have a slight advantage. The OLED evo display from LG – so far exclusively for the G1 series – is supposed to fix this.
The LG 65G1 model we saw looked most satisfactory in the abundantly lighted LG showroom, and the stock video coil on the TV perfectly demonstrated the smoothness of the company’s new a9 Gen4 AI processor. We’ll have to create our own footage in a final LG G1 review, of course, but so far we’ve been impressed, even though we think the C1 will be a better (and cheaper) mainstream choice.
The G1 comes in two additional sizes: 55 and 77 inches, and while those weren’t available, they have the same top specs as the 65-inch sets we introduced. If you want to get even bigger, e.g. B. 83 inches, you will have to fall back on the C1 series – unless you are using an 8K TV.
LG G1 OLED price and release date
LG did not inform us of the price of the G1 series, but they expect it to be extremely expensive (last year’s GX was $ 3,499 / £ 3,199 / AU $ 5,999 for the 65-inch size). OLED evo is the company’s revised display technology. The G1 has an attractive gallery design with which it is flush with a wall or on a gallery stand. Like a classic painting, this television can break the bank for most people but instantly becomes an invaluable addition to the home for others.
The LG TV 2021 range has rolled out around the world, so you can expect the LG G1 OLED to hit the market in late February or early mid-March.
LG G1 picture quality and specifications
The G1 is ready to set a new bar for LG’s already impressive OLED TVs, which are boosted in brightness, color and contrast thanks to the company’s implementation of the company’s first OLED Evo panel.
OLED evo offers an increase in luminance, so it’s here to address one of OLED’s few weaknesses in OLED’s back and forth battle against QLED. While OLED has always had excellent black level performance, it can’t always keep up in brightly lit rooms. Here, QLEDs shine with a peak brightness that can be two or three times as high as that of OLEDs.
Our short demo – in a brightly lit LG showroom – has proven two things: the image brightness that can be achieved with this next generation OLED is satisfactory even with the lights on, and the smooth movement of the AI-assisted processing from LG sees wonderfully liquid.
The new a9 Gen 4 AI processor analyzes and optimizes the image to adjust the color and remove noise. It should serve as a small step forward over the a9 Gen 3 processor of the CX series. We can’t tell yet how much improvement you will see from this generation of motion processing. We’re excited for more than LG’s limited stock footage: gracefully moving ballot dancers.
What we can tell you today is that the LG G1 Nvidia includes G-SYNC, FreeSync and VRR (variable refresh rate) as well as a new Game Optimizer menu. This video game-oriented menu offers a way to optimize the image for specific genres (FPS, RPG or real-time strategy) and toggle settings like OLED Motion Pro, reduce input delays and blue light. The Samsung Game Bar is coming to their new TVs with almost the same controls for 2021.
The back of this TV contains four HDMI 2.1 connections and supports 4K at 120 Hz, ideal for PS5 and Xbox Series X. The technical data are rounded off by HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision and Atmos. However, HDR10 + and DTS: X are still missing, even on LG’s most advanced 4K TV for 2021.
LG G1 OLED design, features and audio
The LG G1 has an impressive design ethos with its flush design that minimalists will absolutely love. But this TV hugging on the wall also highlights a room. We have already seen this in the LG OLED GX series, which competes with Samsung The Frame TV in elegance.
We saw the 65-inch version of this OLED TV sit flush against a wall thanks to a built-in wall bracket. There was no space between the back of the G1 OLED TV and the wall except in sacred passages where HDMI cables could snake out of the rear ports.
Of course, you don’t have to assemble this quaint TV. We also need to look at another 65-inch model attached to LG’s new Gallery Stand – sold separately – that supports the 55-inch and 65-inch G1 (and C1) series. However, you need to hang this 77 inch size.
You may not need to buy dedicated speakers as this LG TV supports 5.1.2 virtual surround sound up-mixing capabilities thanks to the a9 Gen 4 processor. This is another thing that we won’t be able to tell for sure until we take the TV to our test room for review. We always prefer the best soundbars, but unless you’re too picky, these rear-facing speakers should satisfy.
Auto Volume Leveling is another new benefit of the company’s new OLEDs. This allows LG to keep the volume constant across different TV channels and streaming apps. May we all soon forget the bother of switching to another source only to hear booming noises while diving after pressing the volume button on the remote control.
LG’s TV interface will be slightly revised on 2021 TVs. A new start screen makes it easier to recognize, as does faster access to apps. An updated Magic Remote includes new hotkeys for popular apps. Google Stadia is built in for cloud gaming and you get access to two intelligent assistants: Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. While Siri isn’t built into this TV (this requires an Apple TV 4K), LG TVs support Apple AirPlay 2 and HomeKit.
LG G1 OLED is love at first sight. This is how you will feel about this television when you walk into a retail store and see it for the first time. The OLED Evo standard offers a brightly lit screen with increased luminance compared to conventional OLEDs. The design hugs the wall and lets the television sit flush like a painting.
However, depending on your budget, love can be lost. While we don’t have the official LG G1 price tag yet, we know it will be expensive in any size. This is LG’s top-rated 4K TV for 2021 after all, and touts this cutting-edge (read: expensive) OLED Evo panel. Most consumers should just call it back a bit to buy the fully functional LG C1. This bright new OLED disguises itself as a work of art and is clearly intended for big donors who can afford such fine craftsmanship.
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