LG presents a large part of the 2021 OLED TV lineup with the C1, G1 and Z1 models. We give you a detailed overview of the new features such as webOS 6.0, OLED evo, HDMI 2.1 and many more.
It will be really exciting again in 2021, as LG Electronics is integrating some innovations in its premium OLED segment. The Korean TV manufacturer has now published extensive details on the three most important model series, C1 (4K), G1 Gallery (4K) and the Z1 (8K). Let’s start with the size selection. The G1 Gallery OLED like last year is in 55, 65 and 77 inches available. But the model is the only one with the new one LG OLED evo display (more on this later). The most popular series C1 is broad in 48, 55, 65, 77 inches and now also in 83 in available. The 8K models Z1 continue to be limited to 77 and 88 inches (You can find an overview table at the end of the article).
LG OLED evo – 20% more efficient
Many users are longingly waiting for the popular OLED technology to be optimized. With the OLED evo, LG Electronics finally delivers an OLED display that is up to 20% more efficient. Means an increased peak brightness, as well as brighter, large-area displays with a wider color volume. Many are disappointed that the improved displays only appear in the high-priced G1 Gallery model range. However, LG Electronics never tried to replace the “old” OLED displays with the evo version. The company has always planned an additional purchase incentive in the premium segment – you might want to give the G-series an additional push!
G1 & C1 with OLED Motion Pro
Unfortunately, at least as far as the panel technology is concerned, there are no notable improvements in the C1 series (4K). Likewise, the Z1 (8K) will probably be equipped with the same panels. But there are some improvements “under the hood”, e.g. in image processing. The G1 and C1 can with the Alpha 9 processor of the meanwhile 4th generation use the improved OLED Motion Pro technology. This describes the Black Frame Insertion (BFI) which should have been optimized again in 2021. We will only be able to find out in a test how exactly the technology that ensures fluid image display has evolved. The Z1 (8K) devices meanwhile continue to rely on the regular OLED Motion from 2020.
webOS 6.0 and Magic Remote
The new webOS 6.0 operating system, which will be used in all 2021 TV models, was hotly debated in advance. In future, the menu will take up the entire screen so that even more “individual content” can be presented to the user. The live image, which was visible in webOS 5.0 (and before) in addition to the launch bar, disappears – at least visually. Many users suspect that LG would like to expand the advertising space for its partners. The hint “Sponsored” can already be seen in the preview image when a suggestion is made. Here Disney +, Netflix, Prime Video and Co. can outbid each other as to who gets the advertising space (just a guess). Is controlled webOS 6.0 with the new Magic Remote 2021. This offers a revised design and more access keys for streaming services and the integrated voice assistant Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The Airmouse function should remain.
Game Optimizer integrated in the LG OLED
One really exciting feature that will find its way into all 2021 models is the new one Game Optimizer. A new menu interface that allows the TV’s functions to be adapted to the gaming content. Use the button to switch between different gaming modes or to switch G-Sync and VRR added. This tab is also used for the new, integrated game streaming services Stadia and GeForce Now not become completely unimportant. In 2021, the LG OLED TVs can be converted into a gaming station with a controller. At the same time, LG has announced the integration of the popular Twitch app.
From AirPlay 2 to Dolby Vision IQ
Important features that have been with LG fans for several years can also be found in the 2021 lineup. So are the established HDR formats HDR10, HLG, Dolby Vision and the new Dolby Vision IQ supported. Also one Dolby Atmos decoding is back on board. The DTS decoder was discontinued in 2020 due to the few usage scenarios. Further would be HGiG, to mention support for standardized HDR gaming, as well as Filmmaker Mode. Smart features like Apple AirPlay 2, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa voice assistant are expanded by minor innovations. With a NFC connection (Tap the smartphone with NFC on the new remote control) the content of the mobile device can be displayed on the LG OLED, but the content can also be streamed from the TV to the mobile device (reverse mirroring).
Alpha 9 Gen 4 with AI video / audio processing
As in the last three years, LG is introducing the latest version of its Alpha 9 Processor in front. Now with the 4th generation, this (who would have thought that) should deliver an even better image quality – driven by artificial intelligence (AI or AI), objects are recognized on the screen, as are faces, bodies and adjustments are made, depending on according to which depth level (foreground or background) these objects are located. In a test we will find out what this is marketing blah and what has a real impact on the image quality. In addition, thanks “AI Audio Pro” the audio quality can be improved. The volume will be thanks Auto volume leveling adapted so that television, streaming apps or gaming via HDMI 2.1 are always at the same volume level. Stereo or 5.1 surround audio signals are said to be internal 5.1.2 Surround sound upscaled will. Sony has announced a similar feature for its new Bravia XR models.
HDMI 2.1 full equipment
LG will live up to its pioneering role in terms of HDMI 2.1 in 2021 and will equip all OLED televisions in 2021 four HDMI 2.1 ports (Except for the B1 series probably only two) with 4K @ 120Hz (Z1 additionally 8K @ 60Hz), ALLM, VRR and eARC out. We can only hope that the teething problems of the first TV generations with HDMI 2.1 have been resolved in the new models.
Notes on an A1 OLED series
There is a new, optional one Stand also “Gallery Stand” called. This is ideal for the G1 models in 55 and 65 inches, as well as for the C1 devices in the same size. In the notes on the gallery stand there is another A1 OLED series mentioned, which LG Electronics has not yet commented on during its presentation. The A1 models are inexpensive entry-level OLEDs available in 48, 55, 65 and 77 inches.