LG confirms that some C2 Smart TVs will not have an OLED EX panel as advertised
LG has confirmed that the first batch of 42-in C2 OLED TVs to be shipped will not purely contain the latest OLED EX (WBE) panels. Instead, some of these smaller TVs will have the older WBC OLED panel.
The lower than expected product spec was noticed during a review by HDTVtest, which measured the spectral power distribution of a recently purchased 42-in C2 TV. KBench picked up these allegations and sought an explanation from LG.
The tech company explained that the lower-spec panels were being used due to supply chain issues. LG said it would revert to using the planned OLED EX panels in the second half of the year.
The mix of OLED panels used is not a complete surprise; last year, LG Display announced its plans to shift its OLED TV panel production towards the deuterium-based OLED EX panels by the end of Q2 2022.
Benefits of the OLED EX panel include a longer lifetime and improved energy efficiency. LG advertises its range of 2022 OLED TVs as having improved brightness by up to 20%. It’s worth noting that it warns in the product listing that this is not the case on the smaller 42-in and 48-in models due to increased pixel density.