LG’s OLED TV from my dreams reportedly delayed to 2022

At CES 2021, LG Display announced that it intended to produce a 42-inch OLED TV panel sometime in 2021. You weren’t alone if, like me, you got really excited, and also expected one of these more compact OLED panels to have already launched. That’s not happening this year, according to sources speaking to The Korea Economic Daily, who say that the launch of LG’s planned 42-inch OLED TV has been pushed to 2022 instead, alongside the new 2022 TV lineup and debut at CES 2022.

The delay doesn’t seem to have been caused by issues with production, according to The Korea Economic Daily. While its sources expected LG to launch the 42-inch in the second half of 2021 following mass production of the panels, they say the company switched the launch window to “maximize its marketing efforts rather than unveiling it later this year.”

I’d probably pose like this with an OLED if I owned one.
LG Display

Compared to LG’s entry-level A1-series OLED TVs that have 60Hz displays, LG is apparently angling this new 42-inch model to fit in with its other high-end OLED TVs, like the OLED G1 evo and C1 lineups, despite its smaller size.

If all of this pans out, it’ll ideally have a 120Hz refresh rate display with multiple HDMI 2.1 ports that allow 120 frames per second 4K gameplay (in games that support it) on PC, PS5, or Xbox Series X. It should also support variable refresh rate (VRR) and auto low-latency mode, which are features that can make gaming look and feel smoother and more enjoyable. Though, with specs like that, I wouldn’t expect this to be a particularly affordable TV. The current 48-inch C1 was originally priced at $1,499.99 (but can currently be purchased for $1,299.99), so this smaller one will hopefully cost a little less.

At 42 inches, this OLED panel isn’t going after the average TV viewer. This size straddles the line between TV and gaming monitor, and it seems ideal for gamers with desk space — and disposable income — to spare. There are plenty of big gaming monitor options north of $700 that offer competitive specs like HDMI 2.1 ports and VRR, but none that have a panel that can compete with the rich contrast, color accuracy, and brightness of an OLED. Well, except for Gigabyte’s $1,500 Aorus FO48U gaming monitor. Okay, the $2,500 curved Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is rad, too.

The Verge has reached out to LG for confirmation of this alleged delay, and whether it can confirm if the TV will appear at CES 2022 next year.

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The title got me excited I thought they announced an even brighter TV or something

The past year and a half has created a pretty captive audience—what other marketing opportunities are they waiting for? I bought my first OLED last year and have certainly made good use of it during this time.

Chip shortage

Fair, fair.

I’m guessing this means that an OLED gaming monitor from LG is not coming this year either. That would have been fantastic.

Is there an OLED TV that has great picture quality but none of this high refresh and weird frame smoothing stuff? I literally never want anything to play at more than 30 fps. It messes with my eyes and is extremely distracting.

You can turn off the smoothing in the settings on an LG. I didn’t like it either

42" is an unfathomable screen size for me. It’s too small to be the primary TV for most living rooms, but way too big to be a PC monitor, even if you have a huge desk.

I use a 48" screen just fine as a pc monitor… desk is only 33" width and length, LG C1 fits just fine on it
I watch tv on it as well.. really nice setup

Still too much and too mysterious. LG will not tell you the expected lifetime of these things, but the sad fact is that OLEDs dim over time. They dim faster the higher the brightness level, and if they are in a room where the Sun shines in, UV light will also cause them to degrade.

If you have a dark, windowless video sanctum, it’s probably OK. You can run it at medium to low brightness and turn the room lights off. If you want to put it in your living room, you should maybe think about that.

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