LG makes the best 4K TVs around if you’re in the market for an OLED screen, but they don’t come cheap. Even the entry-level LG BX started out at £1,399 (though can now be had for a little less), and while LG hasn’t unveiled the RRP of its new C1 and B1 OLED TVs, it would be surprising if they saw any kind of discount on last year’s pricing.
But it looks like LG has created a new tier of OLED TVs aimed at (more) budget buyers: the LG A1. Spotted by Forbes, it’s an intriguing proposition, promising to bring the deep blacks and infinite contrast that come with OLED for a fair bit less than you might expect. There’s even support for Dolby Vision, Dolby Atmos, Filmmaker mode, AirPlay 2 and Alexa/Google Assistant, so it’s not short of features for cinephiles.
But it has drawbacks – especially if you’re a gamer with plans to buy a PS5 or Xbox Series X in the near future. While the B1, C1 and G1 TVs will have some HDMI 2.1 ports, meaning support for 4K at 120fps over HDMI and variable refresh rates, the A1 will stick with three HDMI 2.0b ports instead (albeit with support for lossless sound transmission over eARC).
In other words, this isn’t the most future proofed TV, and will be stuck in the world of 50/60Hz – though that won’t be a problem if you don’t game, and probably won’t be much of an issue even if you do. Other than backwards compatible Xbox One games on the Series X, 120fps gameplay on the new consoles has so far been largely theoretical, and there’s a big question mark over whether the new consoles, powerful as they are, have the grunt required to put out 120fps gameplay very often.
So the LG A1 may be worth keeping an eye on, provided there aren’t more devils in the details and the price is low enough to make up for the compromises on its siblings. It will come in 48, 55, 65 and 77in versions and should be on store shelves later this year.