The king of OLED TVs is finally coming on that mini-LED train. Last night LG announced that it plans to introduce its first ‘QNED’ TV at CES 2021.
While LG is branding QNED, these high-end LCD TVs will have mini-LED technology. If you are not familiar with mini LEDs, they are basically tiny little LEDs that are about one-fifth the size of today’s LEDs. This means you can get more precise backlighting, as well as better contrast and brightness, for less than OLED. according to Edge, LG calls its version of the mini-LED ‘QNED’ because the TVs combine both quantum dot color (Q), the proprietary NanoCell technology (N), and you know, LEDs (ED). Just do not confuse it with QLED and OLED.
LG’s 2021 QNED line includes 10 4K and 8K TVs, with the largest measuring 86 inches. To get closer to the numbers, the TVs will have 30,000 small LEDs for an alleged contrast ratio of 1,000,000: 1 and up to 2,5,000 dimming zones. Like LG’s other flagship TVs, these babies will also have a 120Hz refresh rate. TL; DR – these QNED TVs should have excellent contrast, HDR picture quality and better color accuracy than a regular LED TV.
To compare, TCL also uses mini LEDs in its 8 series TVs that have 25,000 LEDs and 1,000 zones, and its cheaper 6-series, which has approx 1000 LEDs and 240 zones. Samsung is too the rumor to launch its first mini-LED TVs in the first half of 2021. The wave of mini-LED screens is also not limited to TVs. MSI launched a mini-LED laptop this year, while rumors say that Apple can adopt mini-LED already in 2021 in as many as six gadgets.
As with most CES-related announcements, we do not know exactly how much these LG QNED TVs will cost. That said, they will definitely be cheaper than the company’s OLED TVs. At the very least, we will be able to look at the 86-inch 8K LG QNED from January 11 at LG’s virtual trade show at CES 2021. Though, it probably won’t look nearly as good through our crappy webcams.