LG C1 vs LG C2 TVs: How Do They Compare?

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With the LG C2 range heading our way, alongside the LG G2, we're interested to know how it stacks up against the current LG C1 line, which proved to be an incredibly popular choice for gamers in particular.

The LG C2 line has a few interesting tweaks to performance, design, and size, but are they enough to swap out your existing set?

LG C1 vs LG C2

Here are some of the main areas that stood out to us between the two series. We'll be back to update these sections with more information as we get it on the LG C2 range.

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LG C1 vs LG C2 Sizes

The LG C1 range is sized from 48", 55", 65", 77", 83", while the LG C2 range will coming in at 42", 48", 55", 65", 77" and 83".

One of the big focus points following on from CES 2022 was the inclusion of a new 42-inch size for the C2 range.

This TV makes for an exciting entry as it finally brings OLED tech to a smaller room or desktop style of setup.

It also poses an interesting alternative to some of the larger HDMI 2.1 monitors, like the Gigabyte Aorus, that have proved popular with gamers since release.

LG C1 vs LG C2 Picture

LG C1 vs LG C2
Credit: LG
TOUGH TO BEAT: The LG C1 range is still one of the best in class

The LG C1 series features their OLED panel, however, the LG C2 series features their improved OLED Evo display.

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The main difference here is down to brightness, with OLED Evo's pixels being able to produce more light than ever before.

Why does that matter? Well, brightness is something to consider if you're using your TV in a room with a lot of natural light, but it's also important in providing depth and contrast to the picture too.

LG C1 vs LG C2 Processors

So LG TVs can house some seriously impressive processors designed to get the absolute most out of the content and it looks like there are some improvements in this department with the C2 series.

The C1 series features the Alpha 9-4 processor, while the C2 series is set to feature the upgraded Alpha a9 Gen. 5 processor.

The main differences here are improvements to AI audio upscaling that can actually take stereo sound and transform it into a 7.1.2 mix.

You're also getting Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro, which greatly increases the number of tone mapping zones.

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LG C1 vs LG C2 User Interface

LG has made some improvements to the user interface of the TV. LG C1's have webOS6, however, the C2's will have webOS22 which includes user profiles.

It also includes an Always Ready mode which provides a simple backdrop when you're not using it, following on with the trend we're seeing where brands aim to make their TV look like works of art when turned off.

It's the little things, right?

LG C1 vs LG C2 Prices

Prices haven't been released just yet for the LG C2 range, but we're expecting them to tip the scales even at 42 inches.

The LG C1 range has been out for some time and is a frequent feature in many of the major retail sales in the year; Prime Day and Black Friday especially so.

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In fact, it's not uncommon to find an LG C1 TV for under £1000 nowadays.

We'll have to wait until we know more, but if we had to throw our hat in the ring, we'd say to expect the C2 series to kick off at £1200/ $1500.

LG C1 vs LG C2 Gaming Features

The big draw of both the C1 and C2 lines is their gaming-orientated features and they look very much even across the board.

Both feature VRR, ALLM, and HDMI 2.1 compatibility for 120hz, 4K gaming, making them tipped to become one of the best TVs for PS5 and best for Xbox Series X too.

With the smaller sized 42" C2 TV, we've even got a unique alternative to some of the QD-OLED HDMI 2.1 monitors set to hit the scene this year.

LG C1 vs LG C2 Design

LG C1 vs LG C2
Credit: LG
NEW LOOK: The 42" LG C2 is designed with desktop usage in mind.

The C1 range looks great, but interestingly the C2 line is making some tweaks to design, most notably in the 42-inch version.

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Instead of the central pillar, what we're getting now is two sets of legs on either side. This is said to make it more suitable for a desktop setup, which we're all for.

On top of that, the LG C2 series is said to be lighter than ever before, meaning that wall mounting your TV will be easier and slightly less daunting for some.

LG C1 vs LG C2: Which Should You Go For?

Right now it's more a question of should you wait, but we'd say that the LG C2 does make some strong improvements on the C1.

With an advanced processor in the Alpha a9 Gen. 5, new sizes, and quality of life improvements to the UI, it's worth holding out for if you're after a major change to your setup.

That being said, the C1 is still tough to part with. It's a fantastic TV that still holds its own with some of the best. Sure, it may not burn as brightly as the new OLED Evo panels, but it's still a great choice for most people.

The fact that you can often find it in the sales is a bonus too, and we expect prices this year to drop even further than last.

We'll be back with you soon to update more of these sections as more information comes in.

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