CES 2021 has not yet formally started, but one tech theme that will conquer the tech conference is already known to us. No, this year it’s not 5G or self-driving technology, but mini-LED screens that can be used on swanky TVs.
Each big TV maker has plans to demonstrate new TVs with a mini-LED display at this year’s all-digital CES, from LG to TCL. While many see mini-LEDs as an evolving TV technology, others estimate that popular notebooks, tablets, and even smartphones will soon receive mini-LED technology.
An upgraded variant of the LCD technology is a micro-LED display. Many modern LCD TVs use LEDs for their backlights, or light-emitting diodes. A improved variant of the standard LCD monitor is the mini LED, often referred to as a sub-millimeter light-emitting diode.
Similar to the LEDs used in LED TVs or QLED TVs, mini LEDs operate, but are much smaller. Mini-LEDs are about one-fifth the size of the regular LEDs in use in LCD panels, at about 200 microns or 0.008 inches wide. In reality, since they are smaller in size, more of them can be crammed onto a screen, allowing much greater backlighting control and this leads to better picture quality.
Advantages of Mini-LEDs over OLEDs
- Cheaper than OLEDs
- Better at displaying HDR content.
- Improved black levels and more contrast
- More control over the dimming zone, in other words, more emphasis can be given to dim parts of the screen.
Which TV Brand is planning to launch Mini-LED TVs?
TCL has been marketing Mini-LED TVs on the market since last year. TCL was also the first major manufacturer of TVs to produce mini-LED TVs. The Chinese company said at CES 2021 that it expects to introduce a new line of TVs with next-gen Mini-LED technology.
In the meantime, LG says its QNED TVs will use Mini-LED backlight technology and the latest range will be seen at the technology show for the first time. Samsung has not yet revealed any mini-LED TVs, but in the future, we expect the South Korean giant to be a major supporter of this monitor tech.
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