Skip to main content

LG’s most affordable A1 Series OLED TVs start at $1,300

It wasn’t that long ago that OLED TV prices were so high, only those with a lot of disposable income could justify owning one. Now, with the official availability of LG’s new 2021 A1 Series OLED TVs, you can buy one for as little as $1,300 for the entry-level 48-inch model.

Before today, there was a lot of speculation over how much LG would charge for its A1 Series, given that Vizio’s OLED TVs (which use OLED panels from LG Display) are already very aggressively priced. But we now know that Vizio gets to retain its title of most affordable 55-inch OLED TV: Its 55-inch OLED model sells for $1,300 — the same price as a 48-inch LG A1 Series, and $300 less than the 55-inch A1 Series model.

LG has announced pricing and availability for all of its 2021 OLED TV models, and promises that it will follow up with its QNED Mini-LED TV prices in April. We’ll update this post when that happens.

2021 LG A1 Series OLED TVs

2021 LG A1 Series OLED TV
Image used with permission by copyright holder

LG’s new A1 Series might be its most affordably priced OLED TVs, but these models aren’t short on features. They have LG’s Alpha 7 Gen 4 AI Processor, which automatically optimizes picture and sound settings while also handling the upscaling of lower-resolution material to 4K. LG’s “Cinema HDR” means you get support for Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG HDR formats, while Filmmaker Mode gives you one-button access to the settings that ensure movies look exactly as intended — free of the dreaded soap opera effect.

Speaking of HDR, the A1 is equipped with Dolby Vision IQ, which uses the TV’s onboard light sensor to automatically adjust picture settings according to the amount of ambient light in your room — even if that light changes while you’re watching TV. A 20-watt, two-speaker sound system is built-in and has support for Dolby Atmos.

While the A1 Series doesn’t feature full support for the newest HDMI 2.1 standard (presumably part of the reason why it’s so affordable), there are still some advanced HDMI features like HDMI eARC, for support of lossless hi-res audio, plus auto low-latency mode (ALLM) and HGiG — both of which will enhance gaming on the A1. LG also includes its Game Optimizer, giving you easy access to all gaming-related settings. If gaming is a high-priority activity, you may want to check out the LG C1 or G1 OLED models, as these have the full complement of HDMI 2.1 features, as well as additional gaming-oriented technologies.

LG’s latest version of WebOS powers the smart TV experience and is bolstered by a variety of connected technologies like Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit, plus there’s built-in support for both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants.

  • 77-inch OLED77A1PUA: $3,200, available June 2021
  • 65-inch OLED65A1PUA: $2,200, available April 2021
  • 55-inch OLED55A1PUA: $1,600, available April 2021
  • 48-inch OLED48A1PUA: $1,300, available June 2021

2021 LG C1 Series OLED TV

2021 LG C1 Series OLED TV

The C1 Series for 2021 will likely remain LG’s most popular OLED model, thanks to its combination of accessible prices and comprehensive features. The C1 gets LG’s latest processor, the Alpha 9 Gen 4 AI processor for audio and video, and uses a native 120Hz OLED panel.

With the addition of four HDMI 2.1 ports, the C1 is a gamer’s dream. There’s also a host of gaming-oriented features like variable refresh rate (VRR), ALLM, HGiG, and 4K gaming at 120Hz. LG has also added support for Nvidia’s G-Sync and AMD’s FreeSync Premium VRR technologies, making the C1 a great companion for console and PC gamers alike. It has LG’s Game Optimizer console for fast access to the most common game settings.

There’s also a huge range of supported video and audio formats, like Dolby Vision, HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Atmos. With HDMI eARC, you can pass lossless, hi-res audio formats like Dolby TrueHD to a compatible soundbar or A/V receiver using a single cable. Speaking of audio, the C1 is WiSA-Ready, which means that with an optional USB dongle, you can send lossless 5.1 hi-res audio wirelessly to compatible WiSA-enabled speakers — no A/V receiver needed.

We’ve previously reviewed LG’s CX Series OLED, and if the C1 performs as well as we expect, it should be an awesome OLED TV.

  • 83-inch OLED83C1PUA: $6,000, available May 2021
  • 77-inch OLED77C1PUB: $3,800, available March 2021
  • 65-inch OLED65C1PUB: $2,500, available March 2021
  • 55-inch OLED55C1PUB: $1,800, available March 2021
  • 48-inch OLED48C1PUB: $1,500, available April 2021

2021 LG G1 Series OLED Evo TV

2021 LG G1 Gallery Series OLED Evo TV

While the LG A1 and C1 Series OLED TVs are going to be a great choice for those who want the many benefits of an OLED TV, the G1 Gallery Series gets LG’s newest OLED panel — the OLED Evo — which promises better brightness and color than past OLED panels. In fact, Digital Trends has already had the opportunity to review the G1 and the jury is in: It’s the finest OLED TV LG has ever made.

The G1 has been designed to hang flush to your wall. In fact, this so central to the G1’s design, LG doesn’t even ship these TVs with a traditional stand — you’ll have to buy one separately if you need it.

The G1 packs all of the features of the C1 Series, plus it’s the only non-8K model to come equipped with a NextGen TV tuner, giving you access to ATSC 3.0 TV stations as they become available in your area, without the need for an external set-top box.

  • 77-inch OLED77G1PUA: $4,500, available March 2021
  • 65-inch OLED65G1PUA: $3,000, available March 2021
  • 55-inch OLED55G1PUA: $2,200, available April 2021

Editors' Recommendations

Simon Cohen
Contributing Editor, A/V
Simon Cohen covers a variety of consumer technologies, but has a special interest in audio and video products, like…
LG 2022 OLED TVs get brighter, bigger and … smaller?
The 97-inch LG OLED EVO G2.

The wait is over. LG has taken the wraps off its 2022 OLED TV lineup, and there's plenty to be excited about.

I traveled to LG's U.S. Headquarters in New Jersey ahead of CES 2022 to get a close-up look at all of LG's new 2022 TVs. Given the predictable excitement about LG OLED TVs in general, I'll stay focused on those models in this report, but you can learn about LG's QNED mini-LED TV lineup and some improvements to its Dolby Atmos soundbars here.

Read more
Toshiba brings 120Hz to Fire TVs with new flagship M550-Series
Toshiba M-Series 4K Fire TV.

Toshiba has announced the first smart TV based on Amazon's Fire TV software that has a native 120Hz LCD panel. The M550KU-Series LED 4K UHD Smart TV with Fire TV starts at $800 for the 55-inch model. Other sizes include the $1,000 65-inch and $1,200 75-inch models. All three sizes will be available in December on, as well as Best Buy (online and in stores), starting with the 55-inch model on December 6.

The M-Series is the latest model to bring a set of upscale specifications to Fire TV-enabled smart TVs. It joins the recently announced Fire TV Omni, which was designed by Amazon itself, as well as the Insignia F50, a Fire TV with a quantum dot display.

Read more
Skyworth’s $1,200 XC9000 Series is now the cheapest OLED TV you can buy
Skyworth's XC9000 4K OLED TV.

OLED TVs have routinely topped our lists of the best TVs you can buy, thanks to their perfect blacks, gorgeous colors, ultrawide viewing angles, and impressive gaming performance. But inch for inch, they're still very expensive, which is why it's worth taking note of the Skyworth XC9000 Series that just made its U.S. debut on Amazon. Staring at $1,200 for the 55-inch model, Skyworth has managed to undercut the 55-inch Vizio OLED TV by $100, making it the most affordable 4K OLED TV you can buy.

Also available is a 65-inch model that costs $1,700 -- once again, that's $100 cheaper than the 65-inch Vizio OLED TV. Skyworth and Vizio get their OLED panels from LG Display, the same company that provides OLED panels to LG Electronics and Sony. Does that mean Skyworth's OLED TVs will look as good as those from LG and Sony? Possibly, but given how important a company's picture-processing and related technologies are, using the same panels is far from a guarantee.

Read more