Large enough to enjoy the picture but relatively discreet in the living room, here are our recommendations for 48 and 50 inch TVs.
The best 50-inch 4K TVs at a glance
While 55-inch and 65-inch TVs are the most common, they sometimes look really big and you might be looking for a smaller screen that can fit more inconspicuously into your living room or bedroom.
Based on our experience and our numerous tests, we have therefore selected for you the best 48 and 50 inch TVs, a suitable diagonal, but which still knows how to be reasonable. If the choice is a smaller one than on other formats there is something for all tastes with even OLED for the most demanding.
As for the other formats, the switch between the 2020 and 2021 ranges is in progress. Be careful not to pay full price for a device that will be replaced in a few weeks.
Now that the decor is set, make way for the selection:
For a selection by size:
If you are looking for a broader overview of the market, then read our pick of the best TVs.
Unveiled at CES 2020, the LG OLED48CX came to fill a gap in the OLED TV segment: that of the presence of this technology on smaller screens, less than 55 inches. This is now done with this model which obviously offers a 4K UHD definition highlighted by ultra-thin borders, reminiscent of the previous model. It is an ideal TV for those who do not have enough space to accommodate a screen of 55 inches or more, but who still want to take advantage of OLED and its infinite contrasts. As a reminder, LG is the essential brand in this area.
This CX embeds the third generation of the Alpha 9 processor, 15% more efficient than its predecessor which fitted the C9. This processor is assisted by an artificial intelligence, called LG ThinQ. The latter offers improved image processing that adapts to the content.
With this television, LG clearly wanted to approach the cinema experience, with in particular support for HDR10 (but not HDR10 +), Dolby Vision, Dolby Vision IQ, as well as Dolby Atmos for immersive and very vast sound. Note also the presence of an HDMI 2.1 socket, which allows 4K at 120 FPS and the variable refresh rate (VRR) to combat the tearing. A very good point before the imminent arrival of consoles next-gen, eagerly awaited by the players.
To top it all off, the TV is also G-Sync compatible. Put simply, the LG CX is the most versatile TV for gaming, as we showed you in a duel with the Samsung QLED Q95T.
The TV runs on webOS and is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as Apple HomeKit, AirPlay 2 and Chromecast. For even more details, do not hesitate to go to our full review of the LG OLED65CX6. If you want to enjoy such quality, you will still have to pay the price: the LG OLED48CX is available at 1390 euros.
The Samsung QE49Q80T is a high end TV that you can currently find in a 49 inch diagonal. This is a QLED, 4K and HDR TV and, as the letter “T” indicates, it is a model of the 2020 vintage.
In detail, the panel has a refresh rate of 50 Hz, like all Samsung televisions of 50 inches or less. On the other hand, it integrates several advanced features such as the local dimming “Full array” for better contrasts, the powerful Quantum Processor 4K or a worked audio part.
The TV also supports HDR10, HDR10 + and HLG standards, but still not Dolby Vision. You will find the amusing ambient mode, which software reproduces the wall behind the TV to make it less visible or the “multiview” allowing you to watch two contents at the same time. It runs on the Tizen OS and is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. Note also a input lag very low, ideal for gaming.
You will find all the details in our test of the Samsung QE55Q80T, technically very close, but with a 100 Hz panel.
Philips launched its “The One” series this year with multiple diagonals. The 50-inch model incorporates all trendy technologies, with the Philips exclusive soul supplement: Ambilight, on three sides in this case. The television also has the merit of running Android TV. Which makes it pleasant to use on a daily basis.
In detail, the Philips 50PUS7354 has a 50-inch 4K / UHD LCD (VA) panel supporting HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision standards. While content using these technologies is still relatively scarce, you’ll be ready for years to come, when they become popular. The panel is LED backlit with Micro Dimming to darken the blacks a little more and therefore gain a little in contrast.
Inside you will find a 1st generation P5 processor, renowned for its uspcaling. Rather practical when Ultra HD is still far from being generalized. You should know that the P5 was fitted to the firm’s OLED TVs at the time, a guarantee of quality. Android TV requires, “The One” connects to the internet via WiFi or Ethernet and you can call on Google Assistant using the remote control which has a microphone.
To find out more, you can consult our review of the Philips “The One” 58PUS7354, it’s the same, but with 8 inches more.
Very slightly updated last summer, it is now found under the name of Philips 50PSU8545 and trades for around € 800.
If you want to enjoy a good quality panel without spending 1000 euros, you can easily turn to the TCL 50C715. The brand figures very prominently among manufacturers positioning themselves at the entry level. On this TV, we are entitled to a QLED panel which offers amply satisfactory contrasts. This is naturally not up to the OLED, but for this price range, it will be quite sufficient.
But above all, this TV is compatible with the best HDR display standards, namely Dolby Vision and HDR10 +. The sound is not left with a Dolby Atmos emulation. The TCL 50C715 embeds the Android TV 9.0 operating system, with its host of flagship applications available on the Play Store. The Chromecast function is also in the game, as are Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. The C715 also natively integrates advanced voice control which eliminates the need for the remote control. Useful if you tend to lose it constantly.
Before you buy your TV
How did we make this selection?
Frandroid has been following the new technology industry for many years. We based our selection primarily on our personal experience of the products. We’ve tried most of them, although they haven’t been properly tested in our columns. Otherwise, we make our choices by reviewing numerous expert and user reviews of the product, as well as our knowledge of comparable models of the brand.
50 inch TV: how far should I stand?
There is a relatively simple rule of thumb for estimating how far to place the TV: 4.5 cm per inch. On a 50-inch TV, therefore, count 2.25 meters back. You will thus be able to immerse yourself in the image, while limiting eye fatigue. Obviously, you can adjust this distance according to your preferences or the constraints of your interior, but it is a good starting point.
Why aren’t there a lot of small OLED TVs?
Several factors prevent manufacturers from offering OLED TVs under 55 inches. The reason is both economic and technical. Economical first of all, because there is not that much demand. This is ultimately quite easy to understand: people looking for the best picture quality want to fully enjoy their content and are therefore looking for a large screen.
Technical then, but especially at the level of production. The details are skipped, but remember that given the way the tiles are produced, it is complicated to design small tiles at a reasonable cost due to the low demand for these diagonals. This situation has changed, however, since LG has been marketing 48-inch OLED panels since last year.