LG had a huge success with its “first series” range of OLED TVs last year, becoming some of the most wide screens on the market. Despite these accomplishments, the brand doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down, as it has released new variants of its 2021 OLED TV series that look set to impress on all fronts.
The LG G2 TV will be the brand’s new flagship TV, offering a large number of advancements compared to its predecessor (LG G1). While it may have a similar Evo OLED panel, it will surpass its predecessor in color accuracy, daylight display, and peak brightness – which should have a direct impact on the screen’s HDR capability.
In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at the key differences that separate the LG G1 and G2 OLED TVs. We’ll compare them to price, performance, image quality, build quality, and everything else that may affect your decision-making.
LG G1 vs. G2: Specifications
LG G1 OLED Series
LG G2 OLED Series
55 inch, 65 inch, 77 inch, 83 inch 97 inch
New Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor
Excellent gaming performance
On initial inspection, the specifications of the G1 and G2 look incredibly similar. Both support 120Hz 4K gaming, 4K screen resolution, HDMI 2.1, and Evo OLED panel technology. On paper, the only basic specifications that separate these two generations of “G” series TVs are the sizes available.
Of course, this is somewhat misleading since there are a lot of differences to be found when comparing the two panels – which we’ll cover all in the next guide.
LG G1 vs. G2: gaming performance
While the G1/G2 are not the brand’s TVs designed specifically for gaming, that doesn’t change the importance of good gaming performance in these monitors. Gaming performance is critical to all modern TVs now that next-generation consoles have the ability to deliver 120Hz playback in 4K UHD resolution. Fortunately, both G1 and G2 perform to a high standard in this department.
Like its predecessor, the G2 offers all the specifications required for a smooth and immersive gaming experience – including; VRR technology, 120Hz refresh rates, near-instant response times and newly implemented game optimizer list which enables users to adjust response, image quality and colors according to their exact needs.
As we just explained, both the G1 and G2 feature the coveted HDMI 2.1 interface, enabling full 4K gaming at 120Hz on both PlayStation 5 and next-generation Xbox Series X consoles. VRR is also supported by both TVs, which is good news after Sony recently announced support for VRR for PlayStation 5.
Following in the footsteps of its predecessor, the G2 will also feature key specs like ALLM (Automatic Low Latency Mode) to help reduce annoying distortion and blur that can occur when viewing fast-moving images.
LG has implemented some variations on its new G2 OLED TV, one of which is HGIG technology. This new feature will allow the G2 to actively adjust HDR on the fly according to the scene being viewed – enabling the panel to better produce HDR content. Furthermore, the G2 will also feature Dolby Vision Game mode for Xbox Series X – a feature that allows Xbox Series X/S to enjoy full spectrum visuals synonymous with Dolby Vision.
LG G1 vs. G2: Price and Sizes
Die-hard LG fans have had to wait a long time for the official G2 pricing to be revealed, with pricing leaks creating quite a bit of confusion among consumers. Since then, official pricing for the entire LG series has been announced, with the G2 priced higher compared to last year’s initial price release.
That’s right, LG has introduced a price premium on the new G2 OLED TV – with increments varying depending on the size you choose.
Below you will be able to see the prices of both the LG G1 and G2 models:
|a series||we||United kingdom||DE||2021 prices|
|LG G1 55||£1699 (approx)||€1700.00||1400 EUR|
|LG G1 65″||£2,499 (approx)||€1,650||the new|
|LG G1 77″||£4,499 (approx)||€5400||5300 EUR|
|LG G2 55||£2,399 (approx)||€2500||2400 EUR|
|LG G2 65″||£3,299 (approx)||€3600||3500 EUR|
|LG G2 77″||£4,499 (approx)||€6000||6 euros, 500|
|LG G2 83″||£6,499 (approx)||€9000||the new|
|LG G2 97″||TBC|
LG G1 vs. G2: Picture Quality and Peak Brightness
One of the big differences between the LG G1 and the G2 is the enhanced Evo OLED panel technology that the G2 OLED TV uses. While both groups use a similar Evo OLED panel, the latter will offer a new heat sink element that should help the G2 generate higher peak brightness, greater vibrancy, and overall better color accuracy. LG says the LG G2 will offer a 30% increase in peak luminance over its predecessor, making SDR and HDR scenes look more realistic, 3D, and intense.
If you’re familiar with the G1, you’ll know that even with the increased brightness of the Evo OLED panel, it has fallen victim to annoying screen artifacts. Daytime viewing wasn’t the most exciting project, and the trim was definitely noticeable when watching the intense HDR scenes. Fortunately, with the LG G2, this is no longer an issue – with increased image resolution on all fronts thanks to a combination of new panel technology and better processing performance.
Besides, LG has equipped the new G2 OLED TV with the latest Alpha 9 Gen 5 processor – allowing the TV to unleash the full potential of this OLED panel. This high-performance processor delivers noticeable improvements to the G2’s image quality, while significantly improving sub-4K images. In addition, LG used the G2’s cinematic motion and default natural motion settings—two features specifically designed to eliminate unwanted shakiness and processing issues.
Users can also expect a new professional dynamic color mapping algorithm that effectively divides the image into smaller sections (about 10) to sharpen the image. The G2 also captures Dynamic Vivid Mode for an object background enhancement feature that can more efficiently distinguish depth of view – resulting in more realistic depth perception.
Of course, both the G1 and G2 models feature HDR support – however, the G2 brings HDR image quality to a much higher level. Dolby Vision in Fine Detail, HDR10 and HLG formats are all supported here.
LG G1 vs. G2: Sound Quality
The audio performance of the G1 and G2 models appears to be more or less identical – both support 4.2 channel 60W systems. Both also offer HDMI ARC, eARC, Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, and Dolby AC-4.
Of course, with the vocal performance, the proof is in the candy – which means we’ll have to put our ears to one so we can comprehensively compare the two.
LG G1 vs. G2: Design and Materials
Both G Series models look somewhat alike – delivering the picture frame aesthetic that is the essence of this ‘gallery’ TV. Both feature an ultra-thin design and ultra-thin bezels that aid immersion when gaming and general entertainment consumption.
Not unlike its predecessor, the G2 does, however, do away with 45-degree picture frame edges in favor of a more clinical right-angled approach. As you can expect, the G2 finish continues on the back, enabling seamless wall mounting for this set. Speaking of which, LG has improved its disassembly and assembly of the G2 with the arrival of new materials that see a serious weight reduction on the G1.
One of LG’s big improvements in this year’s G2 OLED TV is the implementation of an optional stand (standalone purchase required). LG fans who wanted the best possible image quality were restricted to mounting the G1 on a wall – a factor that would
LG G1 vs. G2: WebOS
LG has updated its in-house smart system for the LG G2 to “WebOS 22” – a rebranding of the previously coined WebOS 6.0. While WebOS 22 won’t be quite a revolutionary feature, it does bring a bunch of improvements to the table. Users will now be able to set custom profiles within the G2 smart system, allowing different family members to set their own unique home screen preferences, content algorithm, and image setting.
Speaking of family members, LG has now implemented a new family setting that allows the TV owner to monitor screen time, volume, and eye care settings. Although it is not a complete parental control, it does allow you to set certain features of the G2.
Even more impressive, however, is the new “Always Ready” feature that will be used across LG’s range of OLED TVs. This feature is an adaptation of the TV’s built-in anti-scalding technology, allowing users to set custom content when the TV is in standby mode. Instead of a general art carousel, users will now be able to set their own artwork, photos, and images instead. Even better, LG lets you choose between weather updates and news reports as well. Music streaming via voice activation is now a similar feature to the likes of Google’s Alexa Tools.
LG G1 vs G2: Which Should You Buy?
So, the only question left to answer is whether or not you should actually choose the LG G1 over the G2?
There is no doubt that the LG G2 is much better than the LG G1. It offers better image quality, better processing power, and greater HDR performance across the board. Furthermore, LG has also developed the manufacturing process for the LG G2 2022, using new building materials that are easy to disassemble and install.
However, it is much more expensive than the G1 and some regular users may consider the rise in image quality not worth the price premium.
Ultimately, whether you choose the G1 or the G2, you will be buying an amazing OLED TV. However, if you want the best when it comes to image quality and image processing, you can’t go wrong with the LG G2.