Innovations in 2021 LG Line-Up: QNED, OLED Evo & bendable OLEDs

Unlike last year’s CES, LG’s lineup is not all about OLED TVs this year. With the OLED Evo, improved LG OLEDs are released, but mini-LED TVs with the admittedly somewhat confusing name QNED are also pushing their way into the lineup. However, LG will come up with a lot more, so we will update this article during the CES as soon as new information is available.

OLED Evo – Brighter & Bigger OLED TVs

LG OLED G1 © LG 2021

The main criticism of OLED TVs is the comparatively low brightness, since the organic LEDs must not get too warm. However, this should more or less be a thing of the past with the OLED Evo, since a 20% brighter panel is to be used.

Whether this is a better heat sink like Panasonic’s HZW2000 or whether this effect is achieved by an adjustment of the organic LED layer remains to be seen. However, it is clear that the air for conventional LED LCD TVs will become even thinner.

During the CES presentation, LG also revealed which OLED will get the new panel. It is the Gallery OLED G1, the successor of the GX. Apparently, LG wanted to create a slightly larger gap in terms of picture quality between the C1 and G1 this year, so that it is more worthwhile for the consumer to buy the OLED in Gallery design.

The four existing 4K OLED sizes between 48 and 77 inches in 2020 will be joined by a larger variant, namely 83 inches. This is an interesting step, since other manufacturers, such as Sony, Panasonic and Philips, purchase their panels from LG, so they might also produce larger OLED TVs.

Unfortunately, it is not yet known which OLEDs of the 2021 lineup will have these higher brightness panels. However, there are rumors that the G1 will get such a display. It’s hard to say what the situation will be like with the C1.

LG OLED A1 – Low-priced OLED TV

It is now known that LG also wants to offer an LG OLED A1. It comes in 48, 55, 65 and 77 inches and, in contrast to the slightly more expensive B1, only has a 60 Hz OLED panel. In addition, the A1 will also have to do without HDMI 2.1 and VRR.

What initially sounds like a big disadvantage compared to the other OLED series is more of an advantage in our opinion. LG’s decision to launch a cheaper series without gaming features should set an interesting price trend for OLEDs in motion, and the A1 would also be an OLED in the mid-range segment, so the air for conventional LED-LCD TVs is getting thinner.

For non-gamers, the A1 would be a great way to immer

se themselves in the brilliant OLED picture quality without putting too much strain on the wallet.

QNED – Quantum Dot Mini-LED TVs with NanoCell Technologie

LG QNED Mini LED TV © LG 2021

The Samsung Neo QLEDs also get a tough competitor in the LED-TV range- at least in the 8K range.

LG has already announced in 2020 that they want to launch Mini LED TVs with Quantum Dot and NanoCell technology this year. It is unclear whether LG will continue to use the IPS panels used in NanoCell TVs or whether it will go new ways.

Mini LED means that the LEDs used for the backlight are much smaller than in conventional LED LCD TVs. This has some advantages; more LEDs mean a big plus for the local dimming feature and thus also for the contrast. According to LG, the new QNED TVs will be equipped with up to 2500 dimming zones, which allows HDR content to be staged impressively.

The 8K TV’s maximum brightness of 4000 Nits is also really impressive, so it can even be used in very bright rooms without any problems. Even very bright HDR details can also be displayed well in bright pictures.

It is not yet known for which price the new TVs will be available, but LG has announced that a total of three QNEDs will be available. Namely, the 4K QNED90 and the 8K models QNED95 and QNED99.

Bendable OLED TVs in 48″

A bendable OLED panel is actually nothing too new, because LG already presented a similar TV in 2014. Most users, though, did not need it, since a curved TV only provides limited added value when watching TV or streaming from a normal distance.

As the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X have been launched gamers have become much more interested in this technology, since the distance between seats is usually much shorter when gaming, and the curvature can be used to create an immersive gaming experience.

Biegbarer LG OLED ©LG Display

The fact that the bendable OLED is designed for gaming is also supported by the fact that it will be released in 48″ – that is, in a size that was primarily purchased by gaming affine users in 2020.

In particular, the fact that the TV can be curved at the push of a button is a really interesting option for gamers, since the TV is perfectly tuned for gaming and can be straightened again in seconds afterwards – so it is also ready for a movie night.

The TV is also equipped with the Cinematic Sound feature. Just like Sony’s Sound from Screen feature, the display itself becomes the center speaker because it is vibrated by actuators. This creates the sound directly in the center of the screen and the user is right in the middle of the action – so it’s pretty great for gaming!

LG 2021 TV Lineup

Except for the NanoCell series, LG has already announced its lineup for the current year at CES 2021. Besides OLEDs, QNEDs and Signature TVs, the NanoCell TVs, which are priced below the QNEDs, will also be released in 2021.

LG did not provide more detailed information about the NanoCell series, but the 4K NANO90 and the 8K NANO95 are to be continued this year.

ModelSizesDisplayResolutionRefresh RateFeatures
Signature Z177'' & 88''OLED8K120 HzAlpha 9 Gen 4 AI 8K,
HDMI 2.1
Signature R165''OLED4K120 HzRollable
Signature W165'' & 77''OLED4K120 HzWallpaper TV
Gallery G155'', 65'' & 77''OLED4K120 HzAlpha 9 Gen 4 AI 4K,
OLED Evo Display
HDMI 2.1
C148'', 55'', 65'' & 77''OLED4K120 HzAlpha 9 Gen 4 AI 4K,
HDMI 2.1
B155'' & 65''OLED4K120 HzAlpha 7 Gen 4 AI,
HDMI 2.1
A148", 55", 65" & 77"OLED4K60HzAlpha 7 Gen 4 AI,
HDMI 2.0
QNED9965'', 75'' & 86'' (?)LCD8K120 HzAlpha 9 Gen 4 AI,
HDMI 2.1 (kein VRR)
QNED9565'', 75'' & 86''LCD8K120 HzAlpha 9 Gen 4 AI,
HDMI 2.1 (kein VRR)
QNED9065'', 75'' & 86''LCD4K120 HzAlpha 7 Gen 4 AI,
HDMI 2.1

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