CES 2022, which takes place in Las Vegas from January 5 to 8, 2022, continues to unveil the video equipment of tomorrow. LG’s transparent TVs, Samsung’s QD-Display and Sony’s QD-OLED TVs as well as the new Panasonic, Hisense and TCL ranges all promise to impress!
Transparent LG OLED TVs
LG is always one of the most anticipated brands at CES and certainly caused a stir with the presentation of its transparent OLED TVs. These four concept TVs are built around the same 1080p OLED display with an announced transparency of 40%. The first, called OLED Shelf, consists of two 55-inch screens mounted one above the other. They can be used to watch TV, but also to display artwork. The usefulness of a transparent TV in the living room has yet to be demonstrated, but the advantages for professionals are undeniable, especially thanks to the Shopping Managing Showcase mode which enables the creation of a futuristic advertising display by placing transparent TVs in front of products. It becomes possible to display certain characteristics, customization options or to create visual effects around the products.
For more ambitious stores, LG offers a window display format of this concept with the transparent Show Window TV made up of four 55-inch screens. Prototypes of this Show Window have apparently already been tested by institutions such as the Smithsonian museum in the United States. LG will reveal more information about its transparent TVs at a press conference on January 5th.
LG also presented its 65-inch rollable OLED television called LG OLED 65R1. Unlike the transparent televisions, this technology is not new since the brand launched the 64.5″ LG OLED65RX in early April 2020 with an ultra-thin OLED panel designed to roll up inside the cabinet which also houses the electronics, connectors and audio section. This model was launched a little hastily and was withdrawn from sale almost immediately. Available for 100,000 euros, will the LG OLED 65R1 meet the success hoped for by the Korean manufacturer? It is reasonable to doubt it.
Finally, LG will present a new Dolby Atmos soundbar equipped with a central driver that the manufacturer presents as “the only one of its kind in the world”.
New LG OLED TV ranges: A2, B2, C2, G2 and Z2
CES 2022 is an opportunity for each manufacturer to unveil its new TV ranges, which LG did not fail to do, presenting its 2022 OLED TVs at the show. Unsurprisingly, the LG OLED A1, LG OLED B1, LG OLED C1, LG OLED G1 and LG OLED Z1 TV ranges now have a “second edition” with their share of improvements compared to the previous generation and new screen sizes.
Among the main new features expected on these 2022 LG OLED TVs is the integration of the proprietary webOS 22 interface with six customizable profiles and the addition of an Ambient mode to display the date and time, artwork, photos, the weather and even a light animation in rhythm with the music played by the TV.
- The entry-level LG OLED A2 series comes in 48″ (121cm), 55″ (139cm), 65″ (164cm) and 77″ (195cm) versions and features the Alpha 7 Gen 5 processor. It has 4K 60Hz compatible HDMI 2.0 ports.
- The LG OLED B2 series doens’t feature a 48″ model but benefits from the same processor and above all from at least one HDMI 2.1 port compatible with 4K 120Hz, VRR, ALLM, AMD FreeSync and eARC.
- Heir to the brand’s best-selling 2021 range, the LG OLED C2 range is now available in 6 different sizes: 42″ (106cm, new for 2022), 48″ (121cm), 55″ (139cm), 65″ (164cm), 77″ (195cm) and 83″ (210cm, new for 2022). The LG OLED C2 range incorporates an OLED Evo display with a higher brightness (from the 55″ model) inherited from the LG OLED G1 2021 series and features the new Alpha 9 Gen 5 AI 4K image processor. Naturally, HDMI 2.1 with 4K 120Hz compatibility is included.
- More attractive than ever, in 2022 the LG OLED G2 range will benefit from the new OLED EX panel equipped with a specific cooling system to boost the light intensity of the pixels without the risk of premature wear. Brighter, this LG OLED EX dsplay should allow LG to become a serious competitor with QLED TVs in terms of brightness peaks. The Alpha 9 Gen 5 AI 4K processor is also present in this range, available in 5 sizes: 55″ (139cm), 65″ (164cm), 77″ (195cm), 83″ (210cm, new for 2022) and 97″ (246cm, new for 2022).
- Finally, the LG OLED Z2 8K OLED TV series remains the same as in 2021, with two sizes: 77″ (195cm) and 88″ (222cm), the second being offered with its stand. Both embark the Alpha 9 Gen 5 AI 8K Processor supposed to enhance Ultra High Definition 8K images.
Samsung OLED TVs?
While Samsung manages to provide increasingly efficient QLED televisions, the Korean manufacturer is also opening up to OLED technology with its new QD-Display televisions that mix Quantum Dot and OLED technologies. The best of both worlds brought together in a television offering abyssal blacks, high brightness peaks, an extensive color palette and very wide viewing angles. Enough to delight home theater enthusiasts all over the world!
Not yet revealed to the public, the existence of the Samsung QD‑Display 65” (165cm) Ultra HD 4K television has been leaked in the list of winners of the CES 2022 Best of Innovation Awards.
QD-OLED technology at Sony
Still concerning televisions, Sony has also just announced the presence of televisions equipped with QD-OLED (Quantum Dot-OLED) panels in its 2022 catalog. Unlike a conventional OLED television, this technology relies on the addition of Quantum Dots to combine the advantages of OLED, including perfect blacks and high contrast, with wide viewing angles, brightness and the instant response time of QLED TVs. The Bravia XR OLEDs from the Sony A95K range, which will be available in 55 inches (139cm) and 65 inches (164cm), should quickly establish themselves among the best 4K UHD TVs of 2022.
Those looking for a smaller OLED TV can turn to the Sony OLED A90K range available in 42″ (106cm), 48″(121cm), 55″ (139cm) and 65″ (164cm) versions. The successor to the Sony XR A90J series, this new Sony OLED 2022 lineup features the Cognitive Processor XR and Acoustic Surface Audio + technology while providing support for 4K/120 streams and VRR and ALLM features for video games. Unsurprisingly, the Sony XR A80J range has been replaced by the Sony A80K OLED series, also equipped with a standard OLED panel and available in three sizes: 77″ (195cm), 65″ (164cm) and 55″ (139cm).
New Panasonic ranges
Like every year, Japanese giant Panasonic has taken advantage of CES to unveil its new 2022 TV ranges. We can expect new OLED displays compatible with the latest HDR formats and, for high-end models, a Dolby Atmos audio system developed in collaboration with Technics, the group’s second entity.
Among the highly anticipated Panasonic 2022 releases is the Panasonic OLED LZ2000 range, a true demonstration of the Japanese manufacturer’s expertise. This new range will be available in 55 (139cm) and 65 inches (164cm), but also in 77 inches (195cm), something that was unprecedented for Panasonic. Highlights of the new Panasonic LZ2000 OLED range include increased brightness, new gaming features including a dedicated menu accessible on the fly, a new immersive audio section and an improved Auto AI mode.
Hisense: Laser TVs in the spotlight
A very recent arrival in France, Chinese manufacturer Hisense has quickly established itself in the TV market, offering models with unbeatable value for money, just like its main competitor TCL. Hisense is also a pioneer in the more exclusive market of laser TVs (an ultra-short throw projector with a dedicated screen), and intends to continue developing this range of UST projectors with even more powerful models.
The Chinese manufacturer showcased the first 8K 120Hz Laser TV on the market, the LX8K, which will be equipped with a 4.1.2-channel audio system and will be available in 2023 for the modest sum of 15,000 euros. Another new product from Hisense is the 77R1 Laser TV, which features a roll-up screen that folds away into a cabinet once the projection is finished, making it easy to integrate into a living room.
Finally, Hisense unveiled the Hisense PX1-Pro TriChroma Laser Cinema ultra-short throw projector featuring the same TriChroma system as the Hisense 120L9G-A12 Laser TV but not limited to one screen size. This is because it has a focus system that allows it to be placed more or less close the screen to project a very large 4K image that is between 90″ (228cm) and 130″ (330cm) in diameter.
Hisense is no less generous when it comes to new 4K TVs, in particular with a new OLED reference, the Hisense 65A9H. Equipped with an acoustic screen like Sony’s top-of-the-range televisions, it features a Dolby Atmos-compatible 3.1.2-channel audio system. The HDMI 2.1 ports of this Hisense OLED TV are compatible with 4K 120Hz streams and support AMD FreeSync Premium VRR technology. HDR Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision IQ, HDR10+ and HLG image formats are also supported and WiFi 6 is included to optimize streaming speed with compatible routers.
Finally, Hisense also showcased Mini LED technology with the Hisense U8HQ range equipped with 100 backlighting zones (local dimming) and offering a peak brightness of 1000 nits. Available in three sizes (55″, 65″ and 75″), this Hisense U8HQ range adopts an audio system consisting of a soundbar, a woofer at the rear and upward-firing drivers for Atmos effects.
TCL: 98″ (248cm) OD Zero MiniLED, video game optimization
Among the most impressive 2022 TCL TVs shown at CES 2022 is the largest model in its XL TV lineup: a 98-inch mini-LED-backlit QLED TV advertised for less than $8,000! Another great new release presented at CES 2022 by TCL: the 85-inch (241cm) TCL 85X925 Pro 8K television. It is equipped with the third generation of OD Zero backlight technology which offers very deep blacks while reducing the thickness of the screen to just 10 millimeters at its thinnest part.
TCL is therefore continuing to invest in the MiniLED technology that was successful in 2021, in particular with the TCL C825 4K MiniLED TV range. 2022 will also be dedicated to video game enthusiasts as TCL has announced an improvement in image fluidity for its future 2022 4K TV ranges (image refresh rate of up to 144Hz) as well as a settings menu specifically for video games. Lovers of high-contrast images will not be left out, as the manufacturer promises better management of local dimming with more than 1000 separately controllable backlight zones to improve the depth of blacks, optimize contrast and further reduce blooming around bright objects on a dark background.
There have therefore been many announcements at CES 2022, which is proving to be rich in new products, despite a difficult context and the withdrawal of certain big names in tech due to possible new restrictions linked to the ongoing health crisis.