The LG G3 OLED TV is here, bringing another dose of brightness enhancement excellence to the OLED TV market.
We got our first look at the new G-series OLED on the showroom floor at CES 2023, alongside the rest of the 2023 LG OLED lineup, which includes the LG C3, LG B3, LG Z3, and the new wireless M3.
The G Series model is known to be the brightest in LG’s 4K OLED range and this year is no different. The new Light Control Architecture combined with the existing LG Brightness Booster Max technology make it even brighter than last year’s OLED Evo panels, with 70% more brightness compared to the more basic OLED screen in the LG B3, meaning the G3 is probably the best home theater screen in LG’s new lineup.
If you want complete information on the LG G3 OLED, including its likely price, expected release date, and all the features included in this premium screen, you’re in the right place.
LG G3 OLED: price and release date
The LG G3 OLED will likely come in the same sizes as last year’s LG G2, ranging from a standard 55-inch to a massive 83-inch. There’s no replacement for the 97-inch G2, although last year’s model is still available if you need a super-sized screen.
We expect the LG G3 to be released around March/April and will cost around the same as the G2 launch prices listed below:
- 55-inch: $2,199 / £2,399 (around AU$3,200)
- 65-inch: $3,199 / £3,299 (around AU$4,700)
- 77-inch: $4,199 / £4,499 (around AU$6,100)
- 83-inch: $6,499 / £6,499 (around AU$9,300)
LG G3: Design and features – what’s new?
The LG G3 OLED has all the premium features you’d expect from LG OLED and more.
Let’s start with the fact that this TV was created to be mounted on the wall; while LG dropped the “Gallery Series” naming convention from last year’s model, it’s still a screen designed to be proudly displayed, like a painting in the Louvre.
The G3 has an astonishingly narrow bezel and a zero-gap design that keeps the TV flush to the wall when mounted on the wall (it comes with a special wall mount). The screen housing is made of lightweight composite fiber to reduce its weight compared to previous years. The G3 doesn’t come with a dedicated TV stand, although LG does sell feet or a floor stand if you want your TV to stand on its own.
The main talking point of the G3 is its brightness. LG traditionally introduces new light-enhancing technologies in more expensive G Series models before introducing these features to smaller models, and this year is no different.
While the lowered LG C3 uses OLED Evo technology, only the G3 uses LG’s Brightness Booster Max technology, which LG says “features a brand new lighting control architecture and brightness boosting algorithms to increase brightness by up to 70 percent.” Brightness is mapped and controlled pixel by pixel, resulting in sharper and more realistic images.”
That figure of 70% is compared to the traditional OLED used in the LG B3 – screens that LG put in flagship TVs about 3 years ago – so it’s not as drastic as it sounds. But given OLED’s notoriously limited brightness, any gain on that front is welcome.
The G3 uses the new sixth-generation Alpha a9 AI processor, which should perform largely the same as previous models, with a few tweaks to LG’s AI Picture Pro and AI Sound Pro modes that adjust audiovisual output depending on what content you’re watching again. The former offers “enhanced scaling” and object detection, while the latter imitates “virtual 9.1.2 surround sound” on TV speakers with 3.1.2 channels.
You get four HDMI 2.1 ports, one of which supports eARC for convenient two-way communication with a connected soundbar. There are also typical input latencies of less than 10ms, dedicated game modes, VRR support and premium Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos modes for true moviegoers – alongside an improved webOS platform geared towards custom user profiles, and Quick Media Switching for smoother jumps between content sources.
The G3 and Z3 models feature a built-in ATSC 3.0 tuner that meets the latest signal standard for US TV broadcasting – and you won’t find it on the cheaper C3/B3 models.
LG G3 OLED: What we think so far
Like its predecessors, the LG G3 OLED is a smart buy for moviegoers who want market-leading picture quality. The G3 OLED panel uses the latest brightness boosting technology for surprisingly bright lights and vivid colors, and is wall-mountable.
The LG G3 OLED isn’t a major upgrade over earlier TVs, but even a small advance is good. LG’s range of OLED TVs is already a unique fleet of TVs with breathtaking picture quality, many technologically advanced specifications and features that will satisfy gamers, movie buffs and casual viewers alike. While LG is experimenting with wireless screens and transparent TVs, it’s clear that most buyers are looking for a TV that does its main job exceptionally well – and the G3 fits that bill, with a touch of luxurious design. We fully expect it to be one of the best TVs in the world this year.