It’s almost a new year, and LG is ready to celebrate with yet another new TV technical acronym: QNED Mini LED TV, a brand new TV series that will premiere at LG̵
Despite the buzz around these new QNED TVs, LG made sure to say that they are still a step below the company’s flagship OLED TVs, which offer emitting screen technology that allows each pixel to turn on and off independently for industry-leading contrast between the lightest and darkest images on the screen. While mini-LEDs are smaller than traditional backlights, they are not “emissive displays” like OLED and Samsung’s new MicroLED technology, so they can not create the same level of contrast.
The new QNED TVs can still be a hit for those looking for a brighter alternative to OLED screens. We can also expect QNED TVs to be cheaper than LG’s comparable OLED TVs. Their most direct competitors today are TCL’s 8 Series Mini LED TVs and Samsung’s QLED TVs.
“Our new QNED Mini LED series is a premium home entertainment option that expands and enhances the LCD TV space and gives consumers a new fantastic viewing choice,” said Nam Ho-jun, senior vice president of R&D at LG’s Home Entertainment Company.
LG says that the 2021 QNED series will include 10 new 4K and 8K models in total, for a wide range of screen sizes and price points. The top QNED TV, an 86-inch 8K monster, will have up to 2,500 zones that can be dimmed for exceptional contrast, along with (we expect) impressive brightness and color reproduction thanks to a mix of other display technologies as quantum dots. To put things in perspective, this equates to as much as 10 times the number of dimming zones you will see on traditional LED TVs.
At the virtual show on January 11, LG will have a live show of its new 86-inch 8K QNED TV, which the company hopes will give it an edge in the market over rivals such as Samsung and TCL. We have to wait and see if QNED can be proud of the other great Mini-LED TVs available today, but LG’s other OLED and LED offerings give us confidence that the new alphabetical listing in the TV acronym library will be worthy.
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