Mini-LED display technology is a new display technology that uses miniature LEDs to backlight the display. Mini-LEDs are much smaller than traditional LEDs, and they can be used to create a very thin and efficient backlight for LCD displays.
Mini-LEDs are still in the early stages of development, but they have already been used in a few high-end TVs and monitors. In the future, Mini-LEDs could become the standard backlight technology for LCD displays.
The mini-LED display technology was first used in 2012 by the company Apple. Apple used miniaturized LED lights in the display of the MacBook Pro with Retina display. The use of mini LED display technology in the MacBook Pro with Retina display allowed for a thinner and lighter design. The MacBook Pro with Retina display was the first mass-produced mini LED display.
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 the micro-LED display. Many modern LCD TVs use LEDs for their backlights or light-emitting diodes. The mini LED is an improved variant of the standard LCD monitor, often referred to as a sub-millimetre light-emitting diode.
Like 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 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, leading to better picture quality.
Advantages of Mini-LEDs over OLEDs
Mini-LEDs offer several advantages over traditional LEDs. They are more energy efficient, they produce less heat, and they provide a more even backlight for the display. Mini-LEDs also allow for a thinner backlight, which allows for thinner LCD panels.
- 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 we expect the South Korean giant to be a major supporter of this monitor tech in the future.
The mini LED display technology is expected to continue to be used in various displays in the future. The use of miniaturized LED lights in displays allows for a more compact design that can be used in smaller devices. The use of miniaturized LED lights also allows for a more efficient production process and a higher level of brightness.