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LG A1 OLED – The entry-level OLED with 60Hz

Published 06/24/21
Update 08/10/21

An OLED at a low price? That might sound paradoxical, but LG has managed exactly that with the release of the A1 OLED. It is cheaper than the previous B-series, which is still available on the market, and cuts a very good figure with the familiar OLED features. Nevertheless, you can see that some corners have been cut, since you have to do without certain things. For the 60 Hz panel alone, you already notice that there is a serious difference to the other premium OLEDs.

Can LG’s A1 still convince and for which purposes is the entry-level OLED suitable?

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LG A1 OLED - High-quality design with compromises

Unfortunately, you can already see where LG has saved on the design of the A1. Actually, the A1 is very similar to the B- and C-Class in terms of design, but there are still some significant differences. The frame is made of metal as usual, is narrow and the entire TV is very flat. The stand, which unfortunately doesn’t fit the overall concept, are made of plastic, are relatively wide and a bit wobbly. Thus, LG’s A1 unfortunately only fits on a large surface.

Of course, mounting it on the wall is a good alternative, but you have to keep in mind that some ports are aligned to the back. This makes it very awkward to connect new devices. The cable management also has its weaknesses, because you have to be creative yourself, since LG does not provide any help for a clean cable management – not even clips on the feet.

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Design
  • High quality design
  • Made of metal
  • Narrow frame
  • Cheap plastic stand
  • Connections to the back
  • No cable management

Usual OLED quality with lower brightness

OLED TVs are known for their incredible picture quality and many aspects of this are also found in LG’s A1. Thanks to the 10-bit OLED panel, you do not have to do without perfect black and theoretically infinite contrast, and such values cannot be achieved by any conventional LCD TV.. Unfortunately, the OLED has to forfeit some brightness since it can only achieve a peak brightness of around 500 nits. This is especially noticeable in HDR content, where highlights simply do not stand out. Here, the color space coverage can make up for a lot, because it is as good as we are used to from OLEDs.

The built-in OLED panel minimizes reflections well, even though a different coating was chosen for the A1 than for the C1. Reflections are therefore a bit softer, but still stronger than in the OLED competition. However, the viewing angle is very high as usual. Thus, you do not have to accept a loss of image quality and can also enjoy the OLED quality from an oblique angle.

The Alpha7 Gen4 AI processor, which is also found in the LG B1, definitely gives LG’s A1 enough power for image processing and optimization. In addition, the A1 has the HDR formats HDR10, HLG and the dynamic Dolby Vision IQ at its disposal, whereby the latter not only further optimizes the picture, but also adjusts it to the ambient brightness. An Automatic Brightness Limiter is also available, but it can be negatively noticeable when switching quickly between very bright and very dark scenes.

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Picture Quality
  • Alpha7 Gen4 AI processor
  • 10 bit OLED panel
  • Contrast infinite:1
  • Perfect black
  • Max. brightness 500 Nits
  • Viewing angle
  • Color space coverage
  • Dolby Vision IQ
  • Automatic Brightness Limiter

Solid Motion Handling in the LG's A1

LG’s A1 only has a 60Hz panel instead of the usual 120Hz panel. Nevertheless, the A1 is very fast due to the low response time of less than 1ms, which is even slightly higher than an OLED TV with a 120Hz panel when it comes to a full 100% transition. However, the value is 7ms when changing colors from very dark to very bright content, which can also lead to very slight motion blur. On a positive note, there is less stuttering during very slow camera pans.

LG has also saved in some places here. Unfortunately, you have to make some sacrifices in the intermediate frame calculation, which is why you have to reckon with more motion blur. A Black Frame Insertion feature is also missing here, which would reduce motion blur even more. Judder can also only be removed from external sources with 24 Hz.

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Motion Handling
  • Frequency 60Hz
  • Response Time ~ 0.3ms
  • Less stutter
  • Can remove judder only from external sources with 24Hz
  • No Black Frame Insertion feature

Very good gaming features - for older consoles

In itself, LG’s A1 is a very good gaming TV, especially when compared to other devices with a 60Hz panel. Even if you have to make a few compromises in motion handling, it is still good enough for a gamer’s evening. The response time of under 1ms couldn’t be better and the input lag is also low at 10ms. Thus, there are almost no delays during gaming. Additionally, the A1 has an Auto Low Latency Mode, which keeps the input lag as low as possible. A connected and switched-on console is immediately recognized and the TV goes directly into gaming mode.

However, the values refer purely to gaming with the older consoles, since both HDMI 2.1 ports and a Variable Refresh Rate are missing and the frequency has reached its limit at 60Hz. These values are not sufficient for the PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, but they are perfect for a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One. The gaming performance is always sufficient for that and if you would rather use the new consoles, you should rather take a look at the B1.

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Gaming
  • Frequency 60Hz
  • Response Time ~ 0.3ms
  • Input Lag ~ 10ms
  • Auto Low Latency Mode
  • No HDMI 2.1 connection
  • No VRR

Hardly any bass but HDMI eArc

Most TVs lack volume due to their flat design, which is why the sound is unfortunately always a bit thin. LG’s A1 has a 2.0 sound system with a total output of 20W, which can reproduce dialogs clearly and distinctly, but cannot create a suitable atmosphere.

There is hardly any bass, which is why there is simply no corresponding atmosphere when watching movies or series. In addition, distortions can quickly occur especially at a very high volume, which is why you should definitely look for a soundbar. It would also easily fit between the widely spaced feet. The HDMI eArc port, which can transmit uncompressed Dolby Atmos in Dolby True HD, is a positive feature.

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Sound
  • 2.0 channels with 20W
  • Clear dialogues
  • HDMI eArc
  • Dolby Atmos (Dolby True HD)
  • Hardly any bass
  • Distortions at high volume
  • No DTS

Intuitive smart TV with new Magic Remote

The new operating system WebOS 6.0 does not come with any real innovations, but it still works smoothly and can be used intuitively. The dashboard also looks nice and tidy, even though you have to get used to advertisements, as is the case with all manufacturers nowadays. However, the app selection is huge, so you do not have to do without anything: Games, apps and of course all common streaming services are available.

Another new feature is the Magic Remote, which allows controlling the TV with hand gestures. This works surprisingly well and is a welcome alternative to the usual use. If that is still too cumbersome, you can of course also use the integrated voice assistants Alexa and Google. Apple Airplay 2 is also available.

LG‘s smart ThinQ quickly turns the A1 into the control center of the smart home and corresponding devices can now be controlled via the TV. LG’s A1 also features Time Shift and the USB recording function; however, it is not possible to record one thing and watch another at the same time due to the single tuner.

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Smart TV
  • WebOS 6.0
  • Intuitive operation
  • Large app selection
  • Magic Remote
  • Amazon Alexa integrated
  • Google Assistant integrated
  • Apple Airplay 2
  • LG ThinQ
  • Time Shift & PVR
  • Single Tuner
  • Ads on the home screen

The LG A1 - A good entry-level OLED with certain weaknesses

LG’s A1 OLED is a good OLED in a slimmed-down version for a small budget. Thus, an OLED TV is no longer only a premium product, but the A1 also makes it a mid-range TV for which you do not have to dig quite as deep into your pocket. With it, you get the excellent picture quality of an OLED, especially when it comes to SD content and everyday TV. Here, the contrast, color gamut, and natural upscaling do a wonderful job without needing more brightness than present. HDR content unfortunately lacks some of the peak brightness, but the picture is still good.

So if you can do without certain gaming features and prefer gaming on older consoles, you get a really great TV for little money. Granted, you still have to spend more money for the full OLED experience, but with the A1, LG has successfully managed to make the OLED TV palatable to more people.

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PROS
  • Perfect black
  • Infinite contrast
  • Viewing Angle
  • Smart features
  • Cost-benefit ratio
CONS
  • Peak brightness 500 nits
  • No HDMI 2.1
  • No VRR
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Image quality in bright environments and dealing with reflections
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Picture quality when sitting at an angle to the TV - Also relevant when sitting very close in front of a large TV.
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SDR Image Quality
Picture quality when viewing material in SDR, i.e. anything that is not HDR.
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Picture quality when viewing material in HDR, so everything from HDR, HDR10, HLG to HDR10+ & Dolby Vision.
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Movies & Series
Use of the TV for movies, series & documentaries - be it as stream, BluRay or in the TV program.
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Gaming
Gaming performance of the TV especially for responsive games with focus on PS5 and Xbox Series X
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Suitability for watching soccer, Formula 1, Olympics and more, even with several persons
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Smart TV features, connections and general equipment of the TV
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Data sheets LG A1 OLED

LG OLED 48 A1 technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal48 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1071 x 618 x 47 mm
Weight without stand15 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1071 x 679 x 271 mm
Weight with stand15.3 kg
Footprint (WxD) x 271 mm
VESA Norm300 x 200 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeOLED Panel
Panel ManufacturerLG Display
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratioinfinitely :1
Color space coverage87 %
REC 202067 %
Average brightness450 Nits
Maximum brightness500 Nits
BacklightingOLED
Local dimmingOLED
Dimming ZonesOLED
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 1 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency60 Hz
VRRN/A
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+N/A
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemwebOS 6.0
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Picture-in-picture
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin TunerN/A
Audio
Audio Channels2.0
Power (W)20 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.1
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack1
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna1
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LG OLED 55 A1 technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal55 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1228 x 706 x 47 mm
Weight without stand18.4 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1228 x 767 x 271 mm
Weight with stand18.7 kg
Footprint (WxD) x 271 mm
VESA Norm300 x 200 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeOLED Panel
Panel ManufacturerLG Display
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratioinfinitely :1
Color space coverage87 %
REC 202067 %
Average brightness450 Nits
Maximum brightness500 Nits
BacklightingOLED
Local dimmingOLED
Dimming ZonesOLED
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 1 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency60 Hz
VRRN/A
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+N/A
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemwebOS 6.0
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Picture-in-picture
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin TunerN/A
Audio
Audio Channels2.0
Power (W)20 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.1
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack1
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna1
Ci+ 1.41
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LG OLED 65 A1 technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal65 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1449 x 830 x 47 mm
Weight without stand23.7 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1449 x 891 x 271 mm
Weight with stand24 kg
Footprint (WxD) x 271 mm
VESA Norm300 x 200 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeOLED Panel
Panel ManufacturerLG Display
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratioinfinitely :1
Color space coverage87 %
REC 202067 %
Average brightness450 Nits
Maximum brightness500 Nits
BacklightingOLED
Local dimmingOLED
Dimming ZonesOLED
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 1 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency60 Hz
VRRN/A
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+N/A
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemwebOS 6.0
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Picture-in-picture
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin TunerN/A
Audio
Audio Channels2.0
Power (W)20 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.1
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack1
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna1
Ci+ 1.41
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LG OLED 77 A1 technical specifications

Dimensions
Screen diagonal77 Inch
Dimensions without stand (WxHxD)1723 x 994 x 55 mm
Weight without stand26.3 kg
Dimensions with stand (WxHxD)1723 x 1057 x 362 mm
Weight with stand27 kg
Footprint (WxD) x 362 mm
VESA Norm400 x 200 mm
Removable standN/A
Image properties
Panel typeOLED Panel
Panel ManufacturerLG Display
Colour depth10 Bit
FRC
Resolution4K
Contrast ratioinfinitely :1
Color space coverage87 %
REC 202067 %
Average brightness450 Nits
Maximum brightness500 Nits
BacklightingOLED
Local dimmingOLED
Dimming ZonesOLED
Curved
Improved viewing angle
Motion Handling
Response Time< 1 ms
Input Lag< 10 ms
Frequency60 Hz
VRRN/A
HDR
HDR
HDR10
HLG
HDR10+N/A
Dolby Vision
Energy
Energy consumption standby (W)0.5 W
Energy consumption On (W)N/A
Energy consumption per year (kWh)N/A
Energy efficiency class
Smart TV
Operating systemwebOS 6.0
Bluetooth
WLAN
USB recording PVR
Timeshift
Picture-in-picture
TunerAnalog (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) DVB-T DVB-T2 DVB-C DVB-S DVB-S2
Twin TunerN/A
Audio
Audio Channels2.0
Power (W)20 W
Dolby Digital
DTS
Dolby Atmos
Integrated soundbar
Connections
HDMI 2.03
HDMI 2.1
HDMI ARC
USB 2.02
USB 3.0
Ethernet RJ451
3.5mm jack1
Digital optical1
Satellite1
Antenna1
Ci+ 1.41
All information without guarantee.

Frequently asked questions about LG A1 OLED

The LG OLED55A1PUA has 3 HDMI 2.0 inputs but no HDMI 2.1 input, an HDMI eARC, 2 USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a digital optical TOSLINK output
The LG A1 OLED is dimensioned without stand as follows (WxHxD):
  • 48 Inch: 1071 x 618 x 47 mm
  • 55 Inch: 1228 x 706 x 47 mm
  • 65 Inch: 1449 x 830 x 47 mm
  • 77 Inch: 1723 x 994 x 55 mm
The LG A1 OLED is compatible with the following wall mounts:
  • 48 Inch: 300 x 200 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 55 Inch: 300 x 200 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 65 Inch: 300 x 200 mm
    Flat Pivotable
  • 77 Inch: 400 x 200 mm
    Flat Pivotable
The LG A1 OLED needed for 1,000 hours of use with SDR image 91 kWh and 166 kWh for HDR image.
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