At CES 2021, LG Display announced plans to produce a 42-inch OLED TV panel sometime in 2021. You weren’t alone if, like me, you were really excited, and you also expected the one of those more compact OLED panels has already launched. That won’t happen this year, according to sources speaking to Korea Economic Daily, who say LG’s planned 42-inch OLED TV launch has been pushed back to 2022 instead, alongside the new 2022 TV lineup and debut at CES 2022.
The delay does not appear to have been caused by production issues, according to The Korean Economic Daily. While its sources expected LG to launch the 42-inch in the second half of 2021 after mass production of the panels, they say the company changed the launch window to “maximize its marketing efforts rather than reveal it. later this year ”.
Compared to LG’s entry-level A1 series OLED TVs with 60Hz screens, LG is apparently orienting this new 42-inch model to fit its other high-end OLED TVs, like the G1 OLED series. evo and C1, despite its smaller size.
If all of this goes, it will ideally have a 120Hz refresh rate display with multiple HDMI 2.1 ports that allow 4K gameplay at 120fps (in games that support it) on PC, PS5, or Xbox Series. X. It should also support Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) and Low Latency Auto Mode, which are features that can make gaming run smoother and more enjoyable. However, with such specs I wouldn’t expect this to be a particularly affordable TV. The current 48-inch C1 was initially 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 for the average 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 great gaming monitor options north of $ 700 that offer competitive specs like HDMI 2.1 and VRR ports, but none have a panel that can compete with rich contrast, color accuracy, and sharpness. brightness of an OLED. Well, with the exception of Gigabyte’s $ 1,500 Aorus FO48U gaming monitor. Okay, the curved $ 2,500 Samsung Odyssey Neo G9 is also great.
The edge has contacted LG to confirm the alleged delay and if it can confirm whether the TV will appear at CES 2022 next year.