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LG announces Dual-Hz OLED monitor with 4K 240Hz and FullHD 480Hz modes
9:44 am | December 22, 2023

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LG has unveiled the range of UltraGear OLED gaming monitors that it will be showcasing during CES 2024. Chief among these is the new 32GS95UE, which has an interesting trick up its sleeve. The 32-inch 32GS95UE features what LG calls Dual-Hz. This allows the monitor to switch between two modes, one where it runs the display at its native 4K (3840x2160) resolution at a maximum of 240Hz refresh rate, and the other where it can run it at a reduced FullHD (1920x1080) resolution but at the panel's maximum 480Hz refresh rate. The user can switch between these modes easily using a hotkey or...

LG 32LQ6300 review: a small, reliable TV that packs great performance
3:49 pm | December 14, 2023

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The 32-inch LG LQ6300 is the company’s ’s only TV in that screen size from its 2022 lineup. It comes with a standard LED panel with a Full HD (1080p) resolution and sits in the mid-range of the 32-inch TV market, with pricing around $249 / £249 upon release. 

LG TVs are amongst the best TVs on the market owing to their features and competitive pricing. The LG 32LQ6300 is no exception in this regard, featuring LG’s  Alpha 5 Gen5 AI processor, web OS smart TV platform and Game Optimizer menu for a better gaming experience.

Picture quality of the LG 32LQ6300 is impressive given it uses a standard LED panel. Viewing a couple of scenes from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in Movie mode, to test HDR images (even though it’s a 1080p TV, the LQ6300 supports HDR10 high dynamic range), colors were punchy and the picture was well-defined and detailed, with the reds within the throne room scene looking true-to-life without being overwhelming. When measuring the DCI-P3 color gamut coverage (the color space used to master 4K movies and digital cinema releases) and BT.2020, the 32LQ6300 yielded results of 81.2 and 62.2% respectively, which are good results for an LED TV, if not a little lower than expected. 

Testing black levels on the LQ6300 using The Batman, some of the limitations of the LED screen became apparent as blacks took on more of a gray tone, but shadow detail was still rich enough. Contrast was also good, with the lights and shadows during the opening subway fight scene looking well-balanced. When measuring the LG 32LQ6300’s peak brightness on a 10% window test pattern the results were 236 nits and 216 nits in Standard and Movie (Cinema) mode, respectively. 

LG 32LQ6300 with rocky landscape on screen

The LG 32LQ6300 has a very clear, punchy HDR picture  (Image credit: Future)

When evaluating motion using Top Gun: Maverick, the LQ6300 handled the intense scenes well, with the fast-moving jets during the training and final missions looking smooth on screen. There is a picture setting called ‘Real Cinema’ (which was set to On by default in Movie mode) that helped with motion processing, but it’s worth noting that on quick panning shots from left to right the LG LQ6300 did struggle a bit. 

As you’d expect from a 32-inch TV, sound quality isn’t mind-blowing. But the LQ6300’s 2 x 10W speakers still do an adequate, if not sometimes surprisingly good, job compared to other 32-inch TVs. Standard sound mode offered a more direct, powerful sound with a bit of bass. This was welcome in the Batmobile scene in The Batman, as there was heft to the Batmobile’s engine. 

Cinema sound mode offered a wider soundstage, but overall didn’t have the same balance as Standard. Although perfectly decent for a small screen, those using this TV for more than just bedroom or secondary viewing will want to invest in one of the best soundbars

In terms of design, the LG LQ6300 is a very basic TV. It’s deeper than a good chunk of other 32-inch TVs on the market and has a thicker frame than other TVs as well. It has two feet serving as its stand that are fairly far apart, which could cause issues for those with narrow furniture. It does, however, feel solidly built thanks to this chunkier appearance. The included remote is packed with buttons, arguably a few too many, but it’s functional and covers all the bases.

LG 32LQ6300 with Battlefield V and Game Optimizer menu on screen

The Game Optimizer from LG (pictured) featured on the LG 32LQ6300 enables you to edit settings for games such as Battlefield V (pictured) (Image credit: Future)

Although it doesn’t have any next gen-gaming features, gaming performance is still good on the LQ6300. Playing Battlefield V on Xbox Series X, the LQ6300 handled graphically intense battle sequences well with quick-switching between targets feeling smooth. Colors were bold and vibrant and the same definition in textures that was present in movies was evident here as well. 

The LQ6300 comes with LG’s own webOS smart TV platform built-in. Although it doesn’t have the same range of settings to adjust as other LG TVs, there’s still plenty to choose from to tailor the picture to your needs. A large portion of the screen on its home menu is taken up by recommendations, with apps in a line along the bottom, and although this was not a major deal, I still found it a little overwhelming and cluttered. 

Considering value for money, the LG 32LQ6300 is one of the better 32-inch TVs available. There are cheaper models out there with QLED screens and better smart TV platforms, but in terms of features and picture quality, the LG LQ6300 overall is a good 32-inch option for those looking for a smaller set. 

LG 32LQ6300 remote

The LG 32LQ6300's remote (pictured) is functional, if not a little cluttered  (Image credit: Future)

LG 32LQ6300 TV review: Price & release date

  •  $249 / £249 
  •  Release date: 2022 

The LG 32-inch LQ6300 is the 32-inch model in LG’s 2022 TV lineup. Released in 2022, the LQ6300 was initially priced at £249 / $249 on release, which is about right for a 32-inch TV with its specs. Since its release, the LG has dropped in price, sitting around £199 / $179 at the time of writing, although prices have dropped further than this in sales before.

LG 32LQ6300 TV review: Specs

Should you buy the LG 32LQ6300 TV?

Buy it if...

You want a punchy, detailed picture
The LG 32LQ6300 has a great HDR picture with detailed sharpness and punchy colors that really jump out during brighter scenes

You want a bedroom gaming TV
Although it may not have the next-gen gaming features such as VRR and 120Hz, gaming performance and picture are still great on the LQ6300

You want solid built-in sound
It may not have the most powerful sound, but the LQ6300's speakers do a good job considering its small size 

Don't buy it if...

You want the all-around best picture
Whilst the LQ6300's picture looks great in bright, colorful scenes, its black levels aren't the best and it struggles with black uniformity 

You like a plain smart TV platform
LG's webOS22 is easy enough to navigate, but its main menu is a little cluttered with recommendations which on a small screen take up a lot of room 

LG 32LQ6300 review: Also consider

LG 32LQ6300 with testing equipment connected from Portrait Displays, Murideo and HP Omen

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How I tested the LG 32LQ6300

  • Tested in our lab room with varying lighting conditions
  • Measurements taken using Portrait Displays' Calman software
  • Tested through a variety of sources, both SDR and HDR

I used a variety of SDR and HDR sources to test the TVs preset picture modes, including streaming through Disney Plus, live TV via antenna and several Blu-rays played through a Panasonic DP-UB820 4K Blu-ray player (although I used standard Blu-rays to test the LG 32LQ6300).

After choosing the best picture mode, Movie, I then selected several reference scenes from movies such as The Batman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Top Gun: Maverick and more to test elements of the picture such as color, black levels, and contrast. I tested gaming performance by using an Xbox Series X. 

When it came time to take measurements of the LQ6300, I used Portrait Displays’ Calman calibration software. With this, I measured peak brightness on a 10% window and 100% window in both SDR and HDR. I then recorded the Delta-E values (which demonstrates the margin of error between the test pattern and what is displayed) for color accuracy, grayscale and gamma again using Calman. I then measured the color space looking at DCI-P3 and BT.2020 coverage. For all tests, I used the Murideo Six 8K test pattern generator.

Report: Meta partners with LG for $2,000 VR headset coming in 2025
6:21 pm | September 5, 2023

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The fate of the Meta Quest Pro is uncertain – even if it wasn’t canceled (as some premature reports claimed), the headset is no match for the Apple Vision Pro (which is super popular, Apple says). The Facebook owner has now apparently partnered with LG to build a much improved sequel, according to Korean publication Maeil Business Newspaper. Initially, Meta struck a deal with LG Display for OLED microdisplays. However, that deal has been expanded to include parts from sibling companies – batteries from LG Energy and other components from LG Innotek. Meta Quest Pro The new headset...

Samsung to start buying OLED panels from LG for its TVs
10:21 pm | May 16, 2023

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Samsung may be a big TV manufacturer, but it doesn't do OLED TVs since 2015. The company bet on its QLED panels, which are far closer to LCD panels in terms of both cost and quality. The company is also rapidly developing its microLED tech, which is seen as superior to OLED in terms of image quality, but still prohibitively expensive and only available in the largest diagonals. It now seems Samsung is looking to buy more time for the microLED tech to mature and will look to cover the premium market with OLED TVs. And the company has turned to its South Korean neighbor to achieve...

LG Cinebeam HU915QE: an ultra short throw projector that’s ultra-bright
7:35 pm | May 3, 2023

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LG Cinebeam HU915QE: one-minute review

A great many of the best projectors are turning up ultra short-throw (UST) models. These can combine powerful light engines with handy smart TV functions and potent speakers all in a system that sits conveniently at the front of the living room. The LG Cinebeam HU915QE is a new addition to the world of UST projectors, and it’s a fabulous one. But at $5,999 / AU$9,999 (about £5,600), this is not the most casual home theater purchase.

The LG Cinebeam HU915QE costs more than almost every other projector we recommend, save for the hugely expensive JVC DLA-NZ8 and Samsung The Premiere

You get plenty for the money though. The LG Cinebeam HU915QE is exceedingly bright and richly colorful, which all gets put on display with a massive 90-120 inch picture. Even with ambient light or daytime viewing, the projector is more than bright enough to create a pleasant picture in a well-lit environment, and just a little bit of ambient light control goes a long way in allowing it to display exceptional cinematic visuals.

With potent speakers, a handy smart TV system, the convenience of a manual focus wheel, and an image that’s hard to find many faults with, you’d be getting quite a lot for your money with the LG Cinebeam HU915QE. The Hisense L9G is great and cheaper, but less flexible, meanwhile the Epson LS12000 is more impressive but far less convenient to setup and use day-to-day. Ultimately, LG is adding a new option to the high-end of the market, though we see diminishing returns at this point. 

LG Cinebeam HU915QE review: price and release date

  • Release date:  June, 2022
  • Price: $5,999 / AU$9,999 (about £5,600)

The LG Cinebeam HU915QE lists for $5,999 / AU$9,999 (about £5,600), but typically sells for less than that amount. The slightly dimmer but higher contrast LG Cinebeam HU915QB lists for $6,499 (about £6,070, AU$10,060).

LG Cinebeam HU915QE review: Specs

LG HU915QE projector beaming image with hand holding remote control in front

The LG Cinebeam HU915QE comes with the same Magic Remote control used with the company's smart TVs. (Image credit: Future)

LG Cinebeam HU915QE review: design and features

  • Built-in speakers and LG webOS
  • Ultra-short throw makes 100-inch image at 3.9 inches
  • Hidden manual focus wheel

The LG Cinebeam HU915QE joins the fleet of high-quality UST (ultra short throw) projectors hitting the market lately with a wonderful marriage of built-in speakers, a smart operating system, and a big image all coming from a small box that can live at the front of the living room instead of at the back. 

Sitting at the front of the room, it has to put a little extra effort into style, and it has a retro sort of chic to it with a tweed-like front cover over the speakers, and a nearly perfectly rectangular design. However, the white top is a magnet for smudges, smears, and anything that can make it look discolored. 

The LG HU915QE is on the larger side of the USTs we’ve tested, measuring 26.8 inches wide and 13.7 inches deep (a touch larger than the Hisense L9G) but is just 5 inches tall. Despite being a bigger UST projector, the LG HU915QE is diminutive next to the 100-inch TVs it's competing with, and at just 26.9 pounds, it’s infinitely easier to move around.

While some UST projectors have a fixed focus, such as the Hisense L9G, the LG HU915QE supports projecting an image from 90 to 120 inches in size. A rather large, manual focus wheel hides under a panel on the top of the projector. It provides focus adjustment that’s much quicker and easier than Hisense PX1 Pro, another UST with adjustable focus, which handles it electronically. 

One thing we still regret not seeing on this (and many other UST projectors) is any sort of lens cover. It’s almost baffling how many standard projectors have covers for their lenses, meanwhile UST projectors, with their lens glass just asking to gather dust, lack covers.

The projector’s built-in speaker system delivers 2.2 channels at 40W, pumping out enough sound to readily overwhelm a 200 sq.ft. room. The projector also offers Bluetooth, optical digital audio, and HDMI eARC for connecting to external audio sources. LG advertises pairing the projector with a duo of LG Bluetooth speakers to create a surround setup, but we were unable to test this. 

Controlling the TV is easy with the same webOS as found on LG’s TVs and the same Magic Remote. The motion controls of the remote can be a bit obnoxious — it’s not super accurate — but the remote lighting up its buttons whenever it moves is handy in a home theater that’s liable to have the lights dimmed.

  • Design and features score: 4.5/5

LG HU915QE shown from angle to reveal connections

The LG  Cinebeam HU915QE has a good look and connection options, but at this price we wish it had a lens cover. (Image credit: Future)

LG Cinebeam HU915QE review: picture quality

  • Wonderfully bright and colorful
  • Crisp and sharply focused 4K images
  • Select Filmmaker mode for best pictures

At $6,000, the LG HU915QE can’t afford to be a slouch when it comes to image quality, and it isn’t. With a 3,700 ANSI Lumen brightness coming from a three-laser light engine, this projector absolutely crushes it with bright, colorful pictures. While the nature of a projector rules out wanting to use it in a bright room for some media, this projector doesn’t struggle in the slightest with presenting a bright picture for content like cartoons or sitcoms even when we haven’t done anything to cut down on ambient light.

Viewing cinematic content calls for some ambient light mitigation, but even just dimming the lights at night is enough to make for a downright luscious, colorful image. The bright spots in the visuals are matched with a strong enough contrast ratio to create the perception of darkness even if the projection surface isn’t actually that dark. Shutting out all ambient light just drives the experience home even further. 

All that light and color is matched with exceptional visual clarity, and the benefits of a 4K picture make all the more sense when it's stretched out to 100-plus inches. I felt like I could reach out and snatch one of the chin hairs right off Duke Leto Atreides in Dune. Making that image look great is easy with the focus wheel and 4-, 9-, or 15-point keystone adjustment.

However, LG has some ideas about how a picture should look that often get incredibly distracting. Its automatic brightness and contrast settings caused some dramatic shifts right before my eyes, creating chaotic jumps in brightness and seeing colors jump around in unintended ways. The motion smoothing is also persistent, making film visuals video-like while creating all sorts of artifacts in cartoons. Filmmaker Mode is salve for these things but can also strip some of the extra vividness offered by the projector away.

One handy feature, ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) helps ensure all the extra processing steps out of the way while gaming, and I was able to carve through enemies in Ghost of Tsushima without noticeable input lag – a crucial thing during all those samurai standoffs.

For now, at least, the LG Cinebeam HU915QE only supports HDR10 and HLG. Its representation of HDR content is stunning, to be sure, with the explosions raging through brightly amidst the nighttime scenery during the Harkonnen raid in Dune, but Dolby Vision is absent. We’ve seen Dolby Vision in action on the Formovie Theater 4K, and it continues to show its worth in the cinema.

  • Picture quality score: 4.5/5

LG Cinebeam HU915QE review: value

  • Pricey compared to competition
  • High light output enhances value
  • Can use a less expensive model for dim room viewing

With many other good ultra short throw projector options to choose from, the LG HU915QE’s value rating takes a hit given its comparatively high price. Having said that, with its high light output, LG’s UST should be at the top of your list if you’re seeking a projector that can be used for viewing sports in a bright room during daylight hours.

The HU915QE’s ability to deliver high contrast images in dim room environments for movie viewing balances its value, making it a good all-around projector choice. But if you’re mainly interested in movie viewing, you could easily spend less and get a less bright model that will perform comparatively well in a dim or darkened room.

  • Value score: 3.5/5

Should I buy the LG Cinebeam HU915QE?

LG HU915QE projector on table with screen in background

(Image credit: Future)

Buy it if...

Don’y buy it if… 

Also consider...

Hisense PX1 Pro
The Hisense PX1 Pro is a less pricey UST projector option than the LG Cinebeam HU915QE, but also has much lower peak brightness, which makes it a less flexible option for bright room viewing. The PX1 Pro uses the Android TV system for streaming, which is notably clunkier and not as useful as LG's webOS smart interface.

Apple to sign in Samsung and LG in move to swap OLED for microLED
2:31 pm | April 26, 2023

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Apple will start using microLED panels as early as 2024, reveals The Korea Herald. This is the third time we hear such a move is on the way from a third different outlet, suggesting the switch is innevitable. According to a report by the Institute for Information & Communications Technology Promotion (IITP), Apple is looking to eventually manufacture the panels itself, but it won't be ready to do so at the start of the transition. That's why it will keep sourcing panels from South Korea, with at least 60% of the orders going to Samsung Display and LG Display. The transition from...

Week 15 in review: LG rebrands, Xiaomi 13 Ultra is coming
4:01 am | April 17, 2023

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Another week down, here are the highlights. LG announced a new brand identity and look, dubbed LG Active Red. The company is going for a more "dynamic and youthful" look. It will continue to not make new phones, sadly. It was a big week for Xiaomi 13 Ultra teasers. The phone is going official on April 18 and it will bring four rear cameras - the 1-inch IMX989, and three IMX858 (reportedly a 1/2.4-inch sensor) for the 3x, 5x, and ultrawide cameras. We also saw the Ultra in press renders, with a standout design with a centered camera lens-style module, and a contoured leather-bound...

Samsung to source Galaxy Z Fold5 and Flip5’s batteries from LG
7:35 am | April 16, 2023

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5 and Galaxy Z Flip5, expected to launch in Q3 2023, will pack batteries sourced from LG Energy Solution, reports TheElec. Well, that's hardly surprising since Samsung has purchased batteries from LG Energy Solution for its foldables for the past three years. In addition to LG Energy Solution, Samsung will also source the batteries for its 2023 foldable smartphones from Samsung SDI and China's Amperex Technology Limited (ATL), which should help it avoid any delays that might occur due to issues with the supply chain for the batteries. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4...

LG announces new brand identity
11:24 am | April 12, 2023

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LG introduced its new company logo which features a flatter look and a lighter shade of red dubbed LG Active Red. The signature Life’s Good brand slogan will be used more widely across branding and product packaging and features a new typeface. LG is going for a more “dynamic and youthful” look in hopes of reinventing its brand identity. New LG logo next to its predecessor Having a strong, consistent brand strategy enables us to better communicate our value proposition and unique identity, which harmonically blends innovation and warmth. Implementing the new brand strategy, LG...

LG showed me the new G3 OLED, and it crushes every high-end TV so far
8:13 pm | March 2, 2023

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LG's G3 is the company's flagship 4K OLED TV series for 2023, and one that brings a number of improvements over last year's LG G2 series. The G3 OLED TV uses a new α9 Gen6 AI Processor packed with features to enhance high dynamic range images with OLED Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro, which divides pictures into 20,000 blocks and optimizes each one in real time, and HDR Expression Enhancer, a tech that recognizes important aspects of pictures – a face, for example – and then uses deep learning to apply tone mapping and enhance sharpness on that area.

But the more attention-grabbing news about the LG G3 series is Brightness Booster Max, a trio of refinements that serve to increase peak light output on LG's top TVs by 70% over regular OLEDs such as the also-new B3 series models. That feature alone puts the new G3 in the running for our list of the best 4K TVs for 2023, and would rank it among the best OLED TVs as well.

LG invited me to a viewing session where I had the opportunity to get an in-depth briefing and a close look at its new G3 series TV (second screen in from left in above image). We'll dive into the details of that session, and also discuss Brightness Booster Max in more detail, below, but let's first list the new G3 series screen sizes, along with pricing for each when they arrive sometime this month.

  • 55-inch: $2,499 / €2,800 / around £2,100
  • 65-inch: $3,299 / €4,000 / around £2,760
  • 77-inch: $4,499 / €6,300 / around £3,770
  • 83-inch: $6,499 / €8,700 / around £5,440

One thing that followers of LG's OLED TV output over the past few years will note is that the company's new models are priced higher than last year's G2 series offerings. That's most likely due to the new brightness enhancing tech included in each, the 83-inch G3 excepted. (That model is priced the same as 2022's 83-inch G2.)

What Brightness Booster Max brings to the table is a new "light control architecture", includes the technology known as MLA. This is actually a structural enhancement to the OLED panel that adds an uneven, "bubbly" lens-like surface that transmits light from the display’s individual pixels more effectively and with less loss than previous OLED models.

Alongside MLA, G3 series OLEDs with Brightness Booster Max feature a light-increasing algorithm called META and a heatsink arrayed across the full expanse of the TV to increase panel efficiency. LG's AI Picture Pro, a feature found in previous models, now also offers improved upscaling of regular HD sources according to the company, while the new new α9 Gen6 AI Processor also powers AI Sound Pro, a tech that delivers virtual 9.1.2-channel audio from the TV's built-in speakers.

LG G3 OLED TV shown from side mounted to gray wall

LG’s "ultra-seamless One Wall Design'' for the G3 models lets them be wall-mounted with no visible gap. (Image credit: Future)

Design Details 

Each G3 series model provides four HDMI 2.1 (48Gbps bandwidth) ports and supports 4K 120Hz, VRR, FreeSync Premium, and Nvidia G-Sync for gaming. A Game Optimizer on-screen menu lets users easily switch between game genre presets, including a new customizable User option. According to LG, G3 OLEDs are also the first sets to be certified by the HDMI organization for Quick Media Switching Variable Refresh Rate (QMS-VRR), a feature designed to eliminate the "black screen" that can pop up when switching between different HDMI-connected sources.

G3 models will also be outfitted with an ATSC 3.0 tuner for pulling in over-the-air next-gen digital broadcasts in the US.

LG’s "ultra-seamless One Wall Design'' for the G3 models lets them be wall-mounted with no visible gap, and the sets are constructed from a new, lightweight composite fiber material (83-inch model excepted). They also feature Super Anti Reflective technology to reduce screen glare and come with a five-year panel warranty to ease owners' anxiety about OLED screen burn-in, though part of the LG G3 presentation I attended was dedicated to explaining how its WOLED (white plus red, green, and blue pixels) tech is less prone to that issue than competing QD-OLED tech.

A new feature of the webOS 23 smart interface found on G3 models is a Quick Settings menu that provides quick onscreen access to frequently used adjustments (contrast and brightness for example) and also lets users edit the settings located within. Another new feature is Quick Cards, which provides easy access to apps and settings for categories such as Music, Sports, Smart Home, and Home Office. That last Quick Card option will be a good fit for LG's new optional Smart Cam, which can be used for video chats and meetings.

Along with AI Sound Pro, audio features of the G3 series include integration with the company's soundbars, which support Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, and IMAX Enhanced. WOW Orchestra combines an LG soundbar's output with the TV's built-in speakers to widen the soundstage – something it does very effectively in a demo I heard of it – and WOWCAST uses Wi-Fi to make a wireless audio connection between the TV and an external device.

LG OLED TV smort onscreen interface showing new Quick Settings menu

LG's new Quick Settings menu for its 2023 TVs. (Image credit: Future)

Eyes-on with the LG G3 OLED TV 

LG's briefing and viewing session arrayed a 65-inch G3 model alongside the company's G2 OLED, Samsung's S95B QD-OLED, and Sony's A95K QD-OLED (all 2022 models). Each TV was set to its default Filmmaker mode (except for the Sony, which was set to Custom mode) according to the LG rep who conducted the demo.

The comparison started out with a screening of the montage section from the Spears & Munsil UHD HDR Benchmark, with the disc's 4,000 nits option selected. Along with those clips from the S&M montage, LG also screened some of its own test material mastered at 2,000 nits that was designed to stress-test a TV's HDR tone mapping capability.

In each sequence I viewed, the G3 had both better peak and overall brightness than the other three TVs in the comparison. A full white screen test pattern also showed the G3 to have superior white uniformity, something the company attributed to the TV's MLA tech.

The G3's HDR tone mapping of high peak luminance clips was also better than last year's G2 – that new OLED Dynamic Tone Mapping Pro in action – and a significant improvement on what could be seen on both the Samsung and Sony QD-OLED screens. A clip that showed sunlight reflected on the surface of water made for a compelling demonstration of the new G3's capabilities, with highlights showing a wide range of detail that was absent on the G2, and all but obliterated on the two QD-OLED TVs.

LG G3 OLED TV with other TVs showing test pattern

LG used test patterns designed to show each set's ability to display colors at very low brightness levels. (Image credit: Future)

Ramp patterns mastered at a low brightness level designed to test a TV's ability to display dark colors also showed the G3 to advantage, with the new LG OLED easily showing red, green, and blue hues descending from dark to near-black. On the Samsung and Sony QD-OLED TVs, these same dark ramp patterns had a pale, washed out appearance.

Another observation I had when viewing both video clips and test patterns in LG's comparison was that the new G3 excelled in delivering light colors in image highlights, performing notably better than last year's competition and the company's own G2 in that respect. It also showed a higher degree of picture detail without coming across as unnaturally crisp or enhanced. These advantages are most likely due to LG's new α9 Gen6 AI Processor, which is only found on the company's 2023 G3, LG C3, and Z3 8K models.

LG G3 OLED TV in dark room side by side with other TVs showing colorful image onscreen

A test of video upscaling on all four TVs used in LG's demo. (Image credit: Future)

Is LG's new G3 series OLED as good as the company makes it out to be? Given what I saw in LG's comprehensive demo and comparison, it would be hard to argue that it doesn’t crush the existing OLED TV competition. Then again, it was a controlled demo conducted by LG with no hands-on component, so it's impossible to say if the G3 is as demonstrably superior to current models on the market as it appeared to be. It will also face tough competition this year from the Samsung S95C and Sony A95L QD-OLED models, both of which will arrive with improved brightness among other enhancements.

Any final G3 conclusion will come with our own full review, so stay tuned to read that in the near future.

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