Best 48 – 50 inch TVs 2021/06

What makes the best TV with 48 - 50 inches?

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Size is not everything – the television does not always have to be huge. Large screen diagonals are respectable and well suited for large rooms, but for smaller rooms, as a second set in the bedroom or just for occasional viewing, a large 4K TV is usually not worth it. One of the most popular screen sizes for smaller rooms are TVs between 48 and 50 inches. The selection in this size is somewhat limited, but there are still excellent devices in this category.

If the TV should be your main device, for example in a smaller apartment, then the LG CX OLED or the Sony XH95 is recommended. These two models are not cheap, but the extra price is worth it: HDR content looks great and black levels as well as the contrast ratio is unmatched in this category. The CX is also well positioned for gaming. But if you are looking for a cheap alternative with HDMI 2.1, the NANO85 is the only model in this size that has all the gaming features for PS5 and Xbox Series X in addition to the CX.

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The best 48 - 50 inch TV 2021: LG CX OLED

LG CX OLED (48 Inch)
LG's all-round wonder with amazing picture quality
Reflections Icon Reflections
74%
Viewing Angle Icon Viewing Angle
90%
SDR image Icon SDR image
95%
HDR image Icon HDR image
83%
Movies & Series Icon Movies & Series
88%
Gaming Icon Gaming
97%
Sports Icon Sports
81%
Equipment Icon Equipment
86%

LG CX OLED compared to the alternatives

Reflections Icon
Reflections
Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
74%
LG CX OLED
74%
Sony X950H
53%
LG NANO85
Viewing Angle Icon
Viewing Angle
Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
90%
LG CX OLED
44%
Sony X950H
66%
LG NANO85
SDR Image Quality Icon
SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
95%
LG CX OLED
79%
Sony X950H
62%
LG NANO85
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HDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
83%
LG CX OLED
74%
Sony X950H
49%
LG NANO85
Movies & Series Icon
Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
88%
LG CX OLED
85%
Sony X950H
67%
LG NANO85
Gaming Icon
Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
97%
LG CX OLED
71%
Sony X950H
90%
LG NANO85
Sports Icon
Sports
Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
81%
LG CX OLED
69%
Sony X950H
64%
LG NANO85
Equipment Icon
Equipment
Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
86%
LG CX OLED
86%
Sony X950H
80%
LG NANO85
LG CX OLED
Sony X950H
LG NANO85
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The LG OLED CX will be available in 2020 as the first OLED in 48 inch and therefore it is directly the best TV in this size. The 120HZ OLED panel delivers perfect blacks, an almost infinite contrast ratio and has hardly any disadvantages if you sit at an angle to the screen. In addition, OLEDs can display movements extremely sharply, which is due to the low response time that conventional LED TVs cannot keep up with.

In bright surroundings the TV is not quite as convincing as in dark ones, but it can produce a very convincing picture that cannot be achieved by many other TVs – despite Automatic Brightness Limiter. But if you want to use the TV in extremely bright surroundings, or if there is direct irradiation, you could rather use a conventional LED TV like the Sony X950H.

With the HDMI 2.1 interface, the CX is well prepared for the future and can be perfectly used for next gen consoles as it has all the necessary gaming features. VRR, ALLM and Dolby Vision IQ are present, so it has everything for great HDR gaming.

LG CX OLED Pro / Contra

  • Perfect Blacks
  • Contrast Ratio: ∞:1
  • Motion Handling
  • Viewing Angle
  • HDMI 2.1 ([email protected])
  • HDMI VRR & G-Sync Compatible VRR
  • Dolby Vision
  • Dolby Atmos
  • Alpha 9 Gen 3 Processor
  • Automatic Brightness Limiter (ABL)

Alternatives to the LG CX OLED as 48 - 50 inch TV

Alternative
More affordable TV for movies & series 
Sony X950H (49 Inch)
Picture Quality Bright Room +10
Picture Quality Dark Room -31
Gaming -12
Higher price $+998*

The Sony X950H is a good alternative if one of the LG CX is too expensive for your taste. Due to the VA panel it has a high contrast ratio, which is further improved by Full Array Local Dimming. HDR content is shown to its best advantage thanks to the high peak brightness and therefore the picture quality in bright surroundings is really impressive. Unfortunately, the X950H only has a display layer to extend the viewing angle in larger sizes, so if you are not sitting straight to the TV, it is definitely not the best choice.

It was not really designed for gaming. It has neither an HDMI 2.1 interface nor a Variable Refresh Rate. The input lag is okay at 19ms, but it cannot really keep up with other TVs. However, the motion handling of the 120Hz panel is really good due to the low response time, so there is hardly any blurring – even with very fast movements.

Alternative
More affordable TV for gaming 
LG NANO85 (49 Inch)
Picture Quality Bright Room -18
Picture Quality Dark Room -52
Higher price $+947*

The LG NANO85 does not come close to the great picture quality of the LG CX or the Sony XH95, but it can be perfectly used for gaming. Besides the HDMI 2.1 interface and the 120Hz panel, it has all the features you need for a good gaming experience. This includes VRR, ALLM and Dolby Vision, which are all important standards for the next gen consoles to be released in 2020.

The NANO85 in 49 inch is the cheapest TV with these features for gaming, but in return you have to make some sacrifices in picture quality. Although it still has a pretty decent picture in bright surroundings, you cannot really say the same about the picture quality in dark surroundings – which is quite typical for IPS panels. On the other hand, it has a very wide viewing angle and can therefore be used in many setups; even if the couch is not exactly in front of the TV.

The best 48 - 50 inch TV compared

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HDR image Icon HDR image
Movies & Series Icon Movies & Series
Gaming Icon Gaming
Sports Icon Sports
Equipment Icon Equipment
74%
90%
95%
83%
88%
97%
81%
86%
74%
44%
79%
74%
85%
71%
69%
86%
53%
66%
62%
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67%
90%
64%
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* Prices incl. VAT, plus shipping costs. Please note that prices shown here may have changed in the meantime. All data without guarantee.
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