There’s absolutely a difference between the 42-inch and 55-inch LG C2 OLED, and it’s now not as easy as them being two different sizes… OK, there’s that too, however, it’s no longer the only difference.
LG has established that while the 42- and 48-inch models use common elements of the large sizes, such as the Alpha 9 Gen. 5 processor, due to the pixel pitch, there may be no essential beneficial properties in brightness vs. non-Evo models.
In essence, the pixel pitch (i.e. the density of the pixels in relation to the decision of the TV) of the 42-inch and 48-inch C2 OLEDs is so excessive that it prevents them from getting the brightness enhancement that the 55-inch and above models get from Evo.
In practice, LG says, there’s about a 20% difference in brightness between last year’s C1 OLED and this year’s C2 OLED, which the smaller models don’t benefit from.
What’s the difference between LG OLED Evo and other OLED panels?
When we talk about LG OLED Evo technology, we’re referring to LG Display’s advancement in panel technology that allows OLED TVs to get brighter than they could previously.
LG began using the new OLED Evo panels in last year’s LG G1 OLED and announced back at CES 2022 that the upcoming C2 Series would be getting them as well.
Since then other OLED TV makers have started to source those panels and created their own version of Evo technology – but it seems like LG still has a wider range of models if you count its smaller display sizes.
We’ve yet to go hands-on with the TVs, but we’ll be excited to see how much has changed between last year’s excellent LG C1 OLED and this year’s new C2 models.
There’s no equivalent to the 42-inch LG C2 because this year’s model is the first time LG has built a C Series set at that size. When we saw a preview of the set at CES 2022, we were hoping for a price around $1,000, but the European price of €1,650 would seemingly squelch that hope.
Here’s a full look at the LG C2 prices in Europe, what those prices convert to in U.S. dollars, and how that compares to LG C1 prices from last year.
|LG G2 size||European price (U.S. conversion)||LG C1 price|
|42 inches||€1,650 (about $1,825)||N/A|
|48 inches||€1,800 (about $1,990)||$1,499|
|55 inches||€2,300 (about $2,545)||$1,799|
|65 inches||€3,200 (about $3,540)||$2,499|
|77 inches||€5,400 (about $5,970)||$3,799|
|83 inches||€7,500 (about $8,295)||$5,999|
The new LG C2 sets are set to roll out in March through May.
Besides the introduction of a 42-inch model, the C2 lineup stands out for a new processor on its higher-end models and an enhanced game mode. That change is particularly significant given the LG C1’s prowess as one of the best gaming TVs available.
LG has other TV models coming this year, and those prices have been set in Europe as well. The premium LG G2 lineup starts at $2,499 for a 55-inch model, with prices rising to $8,999 for the 83-inch version. The budget B2 and A2 lineups have starting prices of $1,899 and $1,549 respectively.