The LG G3 OLED TV is here, bringing another dose of brightness boost excellence to the OLED TV market.
We got our first look at the new G-series OLEDs on the showroom floors at CES 2023, along with the rest of LG’s 2023 OLED lineup, which includes the LG C3, LG B3, LG Z3, and the new wireless M3.
G-Series models are known for being the brightest in LG’s 4K OLED range, and this year is no exception. The new Light Control Architecture hardware, combined with LG’s existing Brightness Booster Max technology, is said to make it brighter than last year’s OLED Evo panel and 70 percent brighter than the more basic OLED screen in the LG B3, meaning the G3 could be is the best home theater screen in LG’s new range.
If you want to know the full lowdown on the LG G3 OLED, including its likely price, expected release date, and all the features packed into this premium screen, you’re in the right place.
LG G3 OLED: Price and release date
The LG G3 OLED could be the same size as last year’s LG G2, from a standard 55 inches to a whopping 83 inches. There’s no talk of a replacement for the 97-inch G2, but last year’s model is still available if you need an extra-large screen.
We expect the LG G3 to launch around March/April at roughly the same price as the G2 launch, which we list below:
- 55-inch: $2,199 / £2,399 (about AU$3,200)
- 65-inch: $3,199 / £3,299 (about AU$4,700)
- 77-inch: $4,199 / £4,499 (about AU$6,100)
- 83-inch: $6,499 / £6,499 (about AU$9,300)
LG G3: Design and features – what’s new?
The LG G3 OLED has all the premium features you’d expect from an LG OLED and more.
First off, this TV is wall-mountable; while LG has ditched the “Gallery Series” naming convention for last year’s models, it’s still a screen designed to be proudly displayed, like a painting in the Louvre.
The G3 has ultra-thin bezels and a “zero-gap” design that helps the TV sit flush against the wall when mounted (it comes with a special wall mount). The screen’s shell is made of lightweight composite fibers to reduce the weight of previous years. The G3 doesn’t come with a dedicated TV stand, but LG sells feet or floor stands if you want the TV to stand on its own.
The main talking point of the G3 is its brightness. LG traditionally rolls out new light-enhancing technologies in its pricier G-series models before bringing those features to smaller models, and this year is no exception.
While the step-down LG C3 uses OLED Evo technology, only the G3 uses LG’s Brightness Booster Max technology, which LG says “combines a new light control architecture and light enhancement algorithm to increase brightness by up to 70 percent. Brightness is measured on a case-by-case basis. are mapped and controlled on a pixel-by-pixel basis, resulting in sharper, more realistic images.”
That 70 percent figure is compared to the traditional OLED used in the LG B3 — the same screen LG used in its flagship TVs about 3 years ago — so it’s not as drastic as it sounds. But given OLED’s notoriously limited brightness, any progress on this front is welcome.
The G3 uses a new sixth-generation Alpha a9 AI processor, and it should run largely the same as previous models, with some upgrades to LG’s AI Picture Pro and AI Sound Pro modes, which adjust audiovisual to your content output. Looking at. The former offers “improved upscaling” and object detection, while the latter emulates “virtual 9.1.2 surround sound” over the TV’s 3.1.2-channel speakers.
You get four HDMI 2.1 ports, one of which supports eARC for convenient two-way communication with the connected soundbar. There’s also the usual sub-10ms input lag, a dedicated game mode, VRR support and an advanced Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos mode for true movie buffs – and an upgraded webOS platform built around custom user profiles, And the Quick Media Switch feature jumps between content sources more seamlessly.
The G3 and Z3 models feature a built-in ATSC 3.0 tuner to meet the latest signal standard in US TV broadcasts – you won’t find it on the less expensive C3 / B3 models.
LG G3 OLED: What we think so far
Like its predecessors, the LG G3 OLED is a smart choice for movie buffs looking for market-leading picture quality. The G3’s OLED panel uses the latest brightness boost technology to deliver stunningly bright highlights and vivid color output, and it’s designed for a flush wall-mount position.
The LG G3 OLED isn’t a huge upgrade from previous TVs, but even small improvements are nice. LG’s OLED range is already a phenomenal lineup of TVs, with breathtakingly good picture quality, plenty of high-tech specs, and features to please gamers, movie buffs, and casual viewers alike. While LG is experimenting with wireless screens and see-through TVs, it’s clear that most shoppers are looking for a TV that does its main job well — and the G3 fits the bill, with a definite luxe design. We fully expect it to be one of the best TVs on the planet this year.