One of the coolest products I saw on CES last year it was LG M3 Wireless OLED TV, and this year the company is expanding its wireless TV offering with the new M4 series. The M4 will be LG’s flagship OLED TV in 2024, combining that wireless HDMI cooling factor with its better picture quality technology. The M4 will come in 97-, 83-, and 77-inch sizes, and adds a new 65-inch model that should make this expensive series a little more accessible.
The standout extra of the LG M4, which no other major TV manufacturer currently offers on the market, is wireless connectivity. Instead of plugging hdmi devices like game consoles on the back of the TV, you plug them into a separate box that you can place up to 30 feet across the room. Picture and sound are sent from the box to the TV wirelessly with full bandwidth and minimal delay, with no loss of picture quality according to LG. The only cable to the TV is the power cable.
The M4 also uses the company’s brightest OLED TV panel, powered by its MLA (micro lens array) technology. The first OLED TV with MLA, the LG G3, delivered the best image quality I’ve tried it once and I expect similar things from the M4. Note that the larger 97-inch size of both series lacks MLA, so it won’t be as bright. The M4 also uses an all-new Alpha 11 chip which, according to LG, promises AI-powered improvements to clarity, color and sharpness.
For high-end TV buyers who don’t need that wireless connectivity, LG offers the G4 series. The G4 has the same MLA panel and processor, so it should offer the same level of image quality.
LG hasn’t announced pricing for the M4, but the most affordable version of the M3 costs $5,000 for the 77-inch model. That’s $1,200 more than the same size G3 wired, and while the new 65-inch size will be less expensive, I expect the premium for wireless to stay high in 2024.
And let’s face it: wireless HDMI is not a necessity. Most TV buyers are fine with connecting their devices to the TV. Unlike the 55-inch Move the television ($3,000), which is completely wireless and battery-powered, you still need to power the M4 from a wall outlet. Wireless TV technology is great, but unless it drops a lot in price, I don’t expect it to catch on.