LG's secret OLED TV could be a brilliant Black Friday bargain buy

LG has snuck out an even more affordable version of the amazing LG C2 OLED TV

LG CS OLED TV
(Image credit: LG)

If you can't quite justify buying the LG C2 OLED TV, one of the best TVs currently on the market, LG has quietly introduced a more affordable version – and it could turn out to be a brilliant Black Friday bargain. 

LG hasn't been making a lot of noise about the new model, but the LG CS delivers almost everything you'd find in the LG C2 for considerably less cash. The 55" version is currently £999.98 in the UK, or £979.98 if you're an LG member. That's £200 less than the C2, even though that model is currently discounted too. 

What's the difference between the LG CS and the LG C2?

The LG CS has all the key features of the C2. It has the same powerful a9 Gen 5 processor, the same Dolby Vision IQ support, the same set of four HDMI 2.1 ports for your Xbox Series X or PS5 and the same 120Hz refresh rate.

What it doesn't have is the 2022 frame design, the Always Ready mode for streaming and most importantly of all, the new OLED panel. In the C2 the Evo panel in all but the smallest models is significantly brighter than in the previous model, but the CS doesn't benefit from that newer technology. It's still a brilliant OLED screen, but it isn't as bright as the more expensive C2 one.

The other big difference is that the CS only comes in two sizes: 55 inches and 65 inches. 

I reckon this is one to keep an eye on during the Black Friday sales bonanza, because it's a likely candidate for further discounting. This looks like it's already one of the best TVs under £1,000, at least for the 55-inch model, but a wee bit more off the sticker price would make it even more attractive.

Writer, musician and broadcaster Carrie Marshall has been covering technology since 1998 and is particularly interested in how tech can help us live our best lives. Her CV is a who’s who of magazines, newspapers, websites and radio programmes ranging from T3, Techradar and MacFormat to the BBC, Sunday Post and People’s Friend. Carrie has written thirteen books, ghost-wrote two more and co-wrote another seven books and a Radio 2 documentary series. When she’s not scribbling, she’s the singer in Glaswegian rock band HAVR (havrmusic.com (opens in new tab)).