LG G4 OLED vs C4 OLED – how do the two new models differ?

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LG’s OLED TVs have always been highly anticipated, and the latest models unveiled at CES 2024 are no exception. Among the lineup, the LG G4 OLED and G4 OLED stood out as popular choices amongst fans, offering a balance of features, performance, and price. In this article, we will compare the LG G4 OLED vs C4 OLED to help you make an informed decision on which one could be your latest purchase

For more LG OLED content, take a look at our in-depth breakdowns of both the LG G4 OLED and LG C4 OLED just by clicking on the links. Anyway, let’s get into what these new models could offer users.

LG G4 OLED vs C4 OLED design differences

In terms of design, the LG G4 and C4 share a reasonable amount of similarities. For instance, both TVs maintain the sleek and slim design of their predecessors, offering an aesthetically pleasing addition to your home decor. However, there are some notable differences to consider. The smaller models of the G4, the 55″ and 65″, now come with a stand, while the remaining larger sizes feature the Zero Gap Wall Mount for a flush wall installation.  In contrast, most sizes of the C4 (48 – 83″) come with a stand that has feet.

Picture quality

Our brief hands-on experience with the G4 at CES 2024 gave us an idea of its performance. The MLA technology, especially on the 83″ model, impressed us with its bright, rich, and vibrant colors. We were shown content through Apple TV+ which looked punchy without sacrificing natural-looking tones and mixes. When compared side by side with the C4, the G4 was noticeably clear and crisper.

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C4 is still an improvement

While its picture quality may be less than of the G4, it is important to note that the C4 still delivers exceptional picture quality with a little extra pop and punch compared to its own predessor, the C3 model.

Sound quality

The G4 OLED offers improved audio with AI Sound Pro’s virtual 11.1.2 surround upmixing and a voice remastering feature for enhanced dialogue clarity. Additionally, the G4 boasts gaming features such as a refresh rate of 144Hz for PC gamers, full Nvidia G-Sync certification, and LG’s Game Optimizer menu. Similarly, the C3 offers similar audio upmixing and voice mastering capabilities.

While LG has made efforts to improve audio with its AI Sound Pro’s virtual upmixing, the sound quality of the 2024 OLED models has not been extensively highlighted as of yet. This remains, for the time being, an area of focus for LG, even in the latest G4 OLED and C4 OLED models. We recommend considering a separate soundbar to enhance your TV’s audio experience and complement the investment in picture quality.

LG G4 OLED vs C4 OLED feature comparison

The G4 OLED, being the higher-end model, offers additional features compared to the C4 OLED. Both models feature the next-gen Micro Lens Array (MLA) panel technology, which enhances picture brightness. However, the G4 also includes a heatsink and the new Alpha 11 processor, which introduces the Peak Highlighter feature. This feature allows for a peak brightness level 150% higher than traditional OLEDs, but within a small 3% window, resulting in punchier and brighter highlights.

On the other hand, the C4 is equipped with an upgraded version of the Alpha 9 processor found in its predecessor but lacks the Peak Highlighter feature, heatsink, and MLA technology. However, LG claims that the C4 will still provide a brighter picture than the C3. Both the G4 and C4 run on the webOS 24 operating system, which includes features like free updates for at least five years, recommendations on the home screen, and password-protected user accounts.

LG G4 OLED vs C4 OLED price comparison

As with previous LG TV launches, the exact prices for these 2024 models have not been released yet. However, the prices should fall in the range of last year’s G3 and C4 models or a little bit higher. For context, the G3 arrived at $2500 for 55″ while the same size LG C3 OLED came in at $1,899. Displaying the LG C3 OLED to be the slightly more affordable option. It’s important to note that launch prices tend to decrease over time with newer releases entering the market.

Final thoughts

In conclusion, the LG C4 and G4 OLED TVs bring advancements in design, features, and picture quality. While the G4 offers superior technology and additional features like the Peak Highlighter and higher refresh rate for gaming, the C4 provides a more affordable option with its upgraded Alpha 9 processor and brighter picture. Consider your budget, desired features, and preferences to determine which model is the right fit for you.