LG is perhaps the corporate that’s most synonymous with OLED TVs, however tonight it’s asserting what to anticipate from its LCD-based units in 2021. Like different producers together with TCL have already completed (and Samsung is expected to soon join in on), LG is adopting Mini LED expertise for its premium LCD 8K and 4K TVs coming subsequent yr.
LG says Mini LED permits for “an enormous leap ahead in LCD TV image high quality.” The very best LCD TVs at the moment have what’s referred to as “full-array native dimming,” the place LEDs — in some circumstances a whole lot of them — function the backlighting behind the display screen. These will be managed in zones, and every zone will be dimmed as applicable for darkish scenes, which helps enhance black ranges and distinction.
Mini LED adjustments up the technique a bit by utilizing a lot smaller LEDs (however far more of them) for higher distinction than TVs which may prime out at a pair hundred dimming zones.
In LG’s case, the corporate says its new backlight “contains as much as virtually 30,000 tiny LEDs that produce unbelievable peak brightness and a distinction ratio of 1,000,000:1 when paired with as much as 2,500 dimming zones and superior native dimming zones.” The tip result’s higher distinction, extra dynamic HDR, and improved colour accuracy over the corporate’s prior LCD units. Like all of LG’s 2020 flagships, refresh charges of as much as 120Hz are supported.
LG has branded these upper-end LCD TVs as “QNED,” with the Q referring to quantum dot colour and the N presumably standing for LG’s “NanoCell” branding. It comes off a little bit awkward — particularly since TV consumers should deal with a mixture of OLED, QLED, and QNED TVs when at their native Finest Purchase.
The closest comparability for LG’s QNED TVs can be something like TCL’s 8 Series, which comprises 25,000 LEDs in round 1,000 management zones. (LG says the QNED will are available sizes as much as 86 inches, which is the one I’m guessing these earlier numbers come from.) TCL’s 6 Sequence additionally makes use of Mini LED, although the whole quantity is far decrease than the expensive 8 Sequence.
However because the main OLED TV model, LG is being cautious to underline that OLED remains to be the place the very best image will be had — even with all these developments on the LCD aspect. 2020 noticed Vizio enter the OLED TV subject and attempt to undercut LG on worth, however LG isn’t about to simply quit its place on the prime. (Sony additionally makes high-end OLEDs; all three firms use panels from LG Show.)
Final, don’t make the error of blending up Mini LED with MicroLED. Consider Mini LED as one other evolution of LCD TVs, whereas MicroLED is a more radical upgrade that removes the backlight from the equation altogether (similar to OLED) and combines thousands and thousands of self-emissive LEDs that solely gentle up once they’re wanted. MicroLED TVs are nonetheless outrageously costly, and whereas we received’t know pricing for LG’s QNED TVs for a couple of extra months, it must be a lot much less eye-popping.