What’s the Thinnest TV Available on the Market This Year?

Thick, heavy television sets are a thing of the past, but with so much choice available to the modern consumer, picking the best of the thinnest TVs on the market can be a little confusing. That’s where we come in. In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the thinnest TV’s on the market this year (2022), and weigh up some of the pros and cons of each one to see which one will suit you best.

There are many TVs that are already insanely thin, with the thinnest at the time of writing being the LG Wallpaper OLED TV, at only 0.15 inches thick. This is something we would have considered incredibly futuristic ten years ago, and now we’re living it. Because of the sudden rise in OLED tech, backlighting panels are no longer a necessity. This means that TVs are capable of being even thinner by default, and have self-emitting diodes build directly inside the display.

Already we are seeing TV’s on the horizon that are literal millimeters thick and is capable of being rolled up and stored away (or even used as a digital art frame, if that kind of thing takes your fancy). Although the majority of these TVs are not yet available for consumers to purchase, it’s only a matter of time before we’re able to get our hands on these incredible pieces of modern technology.

#1: LG OLED Evo G2 Series

LG has been doing very well in the TV business, selling millions of units every year. The South Korean firm is always on the cutting-edge of display development. Its WX-65 Wallpaper 4K Smart OLED TV was the thinnest TV you could buy last year, bringing together its top-tier techs while measuring a stunning 0.15 inch thick. 

LG OLED55G16LA 55 inch OLED Evo 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV Freeview Play Freesat (Renewed)

Things have changed in 2022. While the WX-65 Wallpaper Smart TV still crowns as the best ultra thin TV on the market, it’s so difficult to find it in stock. That’s why the LG OLED Evo G2 Series is the perfect choice this year. 

The LG G2 OLED is a superb TV for most people and a thing of beauty. It takes what’s best from its predecessor, G1 while sporting a bunch of new features and functions such as an Evo panel and a new heat since element. 

As for design, the G2 OLED maintains its slim chassis from the predecessor while measuring just 1 inch. It does not come with a stand, but instead has a slim wall mount in the box. 

One of the best things about the G2 OLED is the ability to display a nearly-perfect contrast ratio in dark rooms. This makes it perfect for watching Netflix or Disney Plus in a dark room. The LG G2 OLED also comes with a HDMI 2.1 port, allowing for a 120fps gaming experience on the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X. It also has an amazing selection of gaming features and can act as a PC monitor. 

Pros

  • Perfect contrast ratio for impressive blacks
  • Incredible viewing angle
  • Superb gaming experience
  • Impressively bright

Cons

  • No stand included in the box
  • Some uniformity issues
  • More expensive than the C2 Series

#2: Samsung The Frame (2022 Edition)

Samsung the Frame TV has always been one of the best TVs on the market. First debuted in 2017, the Frame TV quickly gained its popularity among TV connoisseurs, thanks to its beautiful QLED display and stunning visual effect.

Last year, Samsung announced that the company has sold more than one million units of the Frame, making it one of the best-selling Lifestyle TVs on the market. 

Samsung QE55LS03AAUXXU 55" The Frame, Qled, Dual Led, Art Mode, Ai Sound, Slim Fit Wall Mount

The 2022 edition of The Frame receives some major improvements in terms of thickness. The South Korean firm has made the Frame even slimmer, now standing at just 1-inch, while retaining the TV’s unique art function. 

The newest edition still serves as a piece of art in the home that displays your favorite artwork when it’s turned off. You will need to purchase new works of art from the Samsung Art Store to keep your gallery looking fresh. There are more than 1,400 selections from museums around the world to choose from. 

The Frame TV features built-in motion sensors, so the display will turn completely off to save energy when nobody is around. Besides, the TV offers an exceptional QLED display that delivers great color saturation for a vibrant picture quality. 

Pros

  • Improved wall mount and thickness
  • Clearer, less washed-out image compared to the 2021 edition
  • 4K Quantum HD for outstanding picture quality
  • Unique frame design

Cons

  • Mediocre performance
  • Lack of gaming and streaming features
  • No Dolby Vision support
  • No anti-reflective coating

#3: LG GX Gallery Design OLED TV (OLED65GXPUA)

Now we’ve mentioned Samsung’s The Frame, it’s only fair we take a look at LG’s own digital smart frame. The LG GX is actually thinner than Samsung’s The Frame, at just 0.9-inches. This means it really does look like a frame when it’s mounted on your wall, and you won’t be able to tell the difference between it being a TV or a work of art. Unfortunately, the availability of the art you are able to purchase for display is lacking, as the GX does not have access to the Samsung Art Store.

LG OLED55GXP 55" OLED Gallery Design Smart 4K Ultra High Definition TV with a LG AN-GXDV55 OLED GX 55" Furniture & Shelf Top TV Stand Mount (2020)

With the LG GX, you will undoubtedly need to use it in conjunction with a soundbar. As mentioned earlier when we looked at the LG WX, TVs this thin simply cannot produce a good enough sound quality on their own. At least not with the technology available at the moment. This could be bad news for you if you don’t already own a soundbar, but if you do, it’s not something you will even need to take into consideration when looking to make a purchase.

Pros:

  • The LG GX uses LG’s a9 3rd generation 4K processor. This means it is capable of producing both the best image and the best sound (providing you have the kit to connect it to) of its class.
  • Thinner than The Frame, and beautiful image quality.

Cons:

  • The Speaker system leaves a lot to be desired.
  • No Art Store.
  • Not as thin as the LG WX

#4: Samsung 65-Inch Class Neo QLED QN90A Series

We need to take a breath after saying that name! The Samsung QN90A Series is another of Samsung’s thinnest Smart TVs on the market at the moment, albeit a slightly more premium model. It measures an impressive 1-inch in depth that makes sure it looks beautiful even when not in use.

SAMSUNG 65-inch Class QLED Q60T Series - 4K UHD Dual LED Quantum HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (QN65Q60TAFXZA, 2020 Model)

This ultra-thin TV features Quantum Matrix and HDR 32X image enhancements which means you’ll be able to watch your movies and television show in spectacular color and depth. On top of this, you’ll be getting Object Tracking Sound+ realistic audio performance. This means it is one of the TV’s on this list that is better suited to gaming and streaming.

Pros:

  • A mere 1-inch thickness and perfect for you gamers out there.
  • Staggering color range and depth that will have you lost in your movies.

Cons: Pricey and not as pretty as some of the others on this list when switched off.

#5: Samsung Class Frame 50-inch Ultra-Thin 4K TV

Finishing this list up with another offering from Samsung is the Class Frame 50-inch Ultra-Thin 4K TV. This TV is one of the better smart frame TV’s on the market right now, as well as being impressively thin at just 1-inch in depth.

SAMSUNG 55-Inch Class Frame Series - 4K Quantum HDR Smart TV with Alexa Built-in (QN55LS03AAFXZA, 2021 Model)

The Class Frame sits completely flush against the wall with no gap behind, and also has access to Samsung’s Art Store and the other benefits this brings that we touched on earlier. Like the clothes, The Samsung Class Frame features 4K high-end Quantum Dot technology that delivers only the best when it comes to image and overall experience, although you will be needing to either purchase a soundbar or hook it up to an existing one to really make the most of it.

Pros:

  • Beautifully slim and flush with the wall. Provides access to Samsung’s well-stocked Art Store, as well as over twelve hundred pieces of artwork available to purchase direct from museums and artists around the globe.
  • A slightly more budget option for those of you looking to purchase an ultra-thin Smart TV.
  • Will make your friends jealous of you too.

Cons:

  • The lack of decent built-in speakers means you may be looking at additional costs on top of the subscription to the Art Store.
  • Not as good as some of the others on this list if you’re looking to mainly be gaming and streaming on your TV.
  • You’ll need to look into hooking it up to a soundbar or at least a decent pair of speakers if you want to get the most out of its limited built-in audio.
  • The lack of decent built-in speakers means you may be looking at additional costs on top of the subscription to the Art Store.
  • Not as good as some of the others on this list if you’re looking to mainly be gaming and streaming on your TV.
  • You’ll need to look into hooking it up to a soundbar or at least a decent pair of speakers if you want to get the most out of its limited built-in audio.

#6: Sony Bravia XR A80J

The Sony A80J is one of the thinnest OLED TVs you can buy now. Thanks to a near-infinite contrast ratio, it can display perfect blacks, making it ideal for watching movies in dark rooms. 

It has a beautiful viewing angle and HDR support for extra brightness. It also has 2.1 HDMI ports for a smooth gaming experience on the latest consoles. 

Sony BRAVIA XR OLED XR65A80J - 65-inch - OLED - 4K Ultra HD (UHD) - High Dynamic Range (HDR) - Google TV - (Black, 2021 model)

While the A80J delivers an impressive movie-and TV-watching experience, the image can be a bit too dim sometimes. Certain TV shows are dark when using calibrated settings. The brightness is decent for most viewing angles. 

The bottom line: The Sony A80J is a good option for those who crave the absolute best movie-watching performance TV. Though its smart UI is not optimized, it delivers an exceptional picture quality. If you are looking for one of the thinnest TVs with impressive image performance, this is the model to get.

Pros

  • Incredible picture quality with Sony’s advanced image processing
  • OLED panel with near-infinite contrast ratio for perfect blacks
  • Wide-viewing angles

Cons

  • Google TV OS is not highly optimized
  • Lack of VRR support
  • Brightness is average

#7: LG Signature R Rollable TV

LG’s rollable OLED TV is a marvel of technology from the South Korean firm. It first debuted back at CES 2018 and quickly attracted attention from the public. Nearly 4 years later, the technology behind LG’s first rollable TV remains impressive. 

The OLED R comes with all the features we can expect from a premium TV, like HDMI 2.1 ports and support for Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. It features a unique rollable glass panel that enables you to hide the TV screen out of sight. 

It has three viewing settings: a fully-closed zero view that allows for speaker control while the screen is hidden, a full standard TV viewing, and a low-profile line view that can display weather forecasts, music, and photos. 

The bottom line: the LG OLED R is not for a mass audience, mainly due to its hefty price tag. It’s currently a showcase piece of technology for those with deep enough pockets. 

Pros

  • Unique rollable feature
  • Impressive line view options

Cons

  • Pricy
  • Image quality is not better than other TVs

Overview

So there we have it, five of the thinnest (and best) TVs available on the market this year. With technology ever advancing we’re sure to see some truly incredible designs in the future, but for now, you can’t go wrong when picking any of these.

Our personal favorite is Samsung’s The Frame. Ignoring the price tag, for the time being, the smart technology that it employs, such as using motion sensors to turn its digital art display on and off depending on whether you are in the room, puts it one step ahead of the competition. On top of this, the fact that you are able to purchase additional, licensed pieces of art directly from the artists, as well as museums, is a big plus in our books, although it will see you spending a little more overall. It is beautiful, sleek, and impressive in every aspect.

It is perhaps little surprise that (in our opinion) Samsung offers some of the thinnest, as well as the best, TV’s on the market at the time of writing, given the models we already know of that are yet to be designated release date. We can only guess as to how much these high-end roll-up TVs are likely to cost right now, so we will not try, but we are excited to get our hands on those more than anything.

Thank you for sticking with us through this article and hopefully, it has helped you make a more informed decision as to which of the thinnest TVs available on the market right now is the best for you.

This article has been updated recently to reflect new changes.

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About Mike Herrera

Mike is a freelance journalist who specializes in writing about technology. He has a degree in computer science, and he likes to stay up-to-date on the latest software releases. He's an avid reader, and he enjoys spending time outdoors. When he's not working, you can usually find him playing video games or exploring new hiking trails.

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