Not simply OLED: LG is about to launch its first Mini LED TVs

A large flatscreen TV mounted on a white wall
Enlarge / A promotional picture depicting one in all LG’s new Mini LED TVs.

LG plans to introduce its first client Mini LED TVs someday subsequent month, in accordance with a press launch from the South Korean firm. Mini LED is a brand new variant of LCD TV tech that gives higher distinction ratios, amongst different enhancements.

The brand new lineup within the US consists of one 4K TV (dubbed the QNED90) and one 8K variant (known as the QNED99). Each can be found in three sizes: 65 inches, 75 inches, and 86 inches.

A lot of the current promoting and advertising and marketing muscle behind Mini LED TVs has come from Samsung, however that is not the one firm making them. TCL, Hisense, and others have launched Mini LED units as effectively.

LG calls its Mini LED know-how “QNED,” which is only a advertising and marketing time period that stands for “Quantum Nanocell Mini LED.” So far as we will inform, there’s nothing essentially completely different about these TVs that truly requires a unique acronym in comparison with Mini LEDs from different corporations.

Mini LED TVs have hundreds of very small LED backlights, permitting for extra granular management of distinction than conventional LED-backlit or edge-lit TVs. This could permit for deeper blacks in sure components of the display and scale back blooming round vivid objects towards black backgrounds (as you may even see with white-on-black credit sequences in films taking part in on LED TVs). Mini LED tech can be utilized in different kinds of gadgets, together with Apple’s most up-to-date refresh of the 12.9-inch iPad Professional.

Mini LED is to not be confused with Micro LED, one other new show know-how that’s simply now hitting the market in units priced far past what most households can afford. Micro LED backers declare the know-how provides the identical peak brightness as Mini LED and the identical per-pixel good black ranges as OLED, all with no burn-in threat.

The brand new LG units sit beneath LG’s high-end OLEDs in pricing, however they’re nonetheless not low cost. The 4K 65-inch will retail at $1,999, whereas the 4K 75-inch is available in at $2,999, and the 86-inch prices $3,999.

In the meantime, the 8K model begins at $3,499 for the 65-inch mannequin. The 8K 75-inch TV will go for $4,799, and bumping that set as much as 86 inches will take you all the way in which to $6,499.

Every of those new units has HDMI 2.1 ports, permitting for 120 Hz content material at 4K. The TVs additionally help the HDR10, HLG, and Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR requirements, plus Dolby Atmos for audio. They run webOS 6.0.

Variable Refresh Charges (VRR) are supported on the 4K fashions however not the 8K ones.

Extra detailed specs are forthcoming. Whereas the QNED90 and QNED99 will launch first in North America in July, they’re going to head to different areas a couple of weeks later. However LG is not getting rather more particular than that presently.

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