LG’s Mini LED TV vary of ‘QNED’ screens is beginning to roll out worldwide, bringing the corporate’s thrilling new mixture of NanoCell LCD and Mini LED backlighting to the world for the primary time. However what even is QNED, and must you pay it any consideration?
The primary confusion right here is that QNED sounds loads like… each different TV acronym. The title is similar to Samsung’s QLED (quantum light-emitting diode) panels, discovered within the newest new Samsung TVs, and – like Samsung’s QLED – additionally refers to LCD expertise somewhat than, say, OLED or MicroLED.
It’s particularly complicated given LG and Samsung are such shut opponents. Whereas Samsung is the world’s greatest TV maker, LG is considerably shut behind, and the 2 TV manufacturers are sometimes cited in the identical sentence, particularly in questions of the perfect TV to purchase.
QNED and QLED are so related that the occasional mixup or mistake feels inevitable, and we are able to’t assist however really feel that LG might have completed extra to distinguish itself – except, in fact, it deliberate to commerce on customers’ current familiarity with Samsung’s TV tech.
If you wish to know what a QNED TV truly is, and what marks it out from different LG TVs – or Samsung TVs – that is the information for you.
The time period QNED is an amalgamation of the phrase ‘Quantum’, LG’s ‘NanoCell’ LCD branding, and the ‘Emitting Diodes’ utilized in its backlight. That is a Q, an N, an E, and a D.
Spefically, QNED makes use of 30,000 miniscule LEDs utilized in its backlight, way over the quantity present in its current LCD TVs.
That’s as a result of QNED makes use of what’s known as Mini LED expertise – a form of backlight that makes use of numerous very small LED lights to manage brightness and create efficient distinction between completely different areas of the display. LG’s QNED TVs additionally boast 2,500 dimming zones to restrict blooming and guarantee mild is directed the place it ought to throughout your display.
This Mini LED tech can also be seen within the TCL’s 6-Sequence and 8-Sequence QLED TVs, and Samsung is predicted to announce its personal product line imminently.
LG says its new backlight “contains as much as virtually 30,000 tiny LEDs that produce unimaginable peak brightness and a distinction ratio of 1,000,000:1 when paired with as much as 2,500 dimming zones and superior native dimming zones.”
The distinction and brightness management is supposed to be much like that of OLED, given the variety of LEDs in play. OLED panels can flip off particular person pixels solely, resulting in its so-called ‘infinite’ distinction ratio between brilliant highlights and deep blacks. It’s not an OLED beater, however ought to nonetheless elevate the efficiency of LG’s present NanoCell LCD TV vary.
The backlight received’t be the one issue figuring out whether or not your TV is any good, although – and it’s notable that half of LG’s new QNED TVs use its highest-spec TV processor, the a9 Gen 4 AI, whereas the opposite half use a lower-spec a7 mannequin. So a TV having ‘QNED’ or ‘Mini LED’ plastered on it received’t mechanically imply it’s getting the perfect specs throughout the board.
What QNED TVs can I purchase?
LG has unveiled 4 QNED TVs to this point in its LG TV 2021 vary, beneath its NanoCell branding: the QNED99, QNED95, QNED90, and QNED85. The primary two are 8K TVs, and the latter two are 4K TVs – however all can be found in 65-inch and 75-inch sizes, with a further 86-inch measurement for the QNED99 and QNED90.
They range barely within the movement charge of its panel (60-120Hz), whereas the 4K fashions make do with a mid-spec a7 Gen 4 AI processor somewhat than the premium a9 Gen 4 AI chip used within the 8K fashions and most of LG’s new OLED units for this yr.
Actual pricing is TBA in most areas, however we have heard some studies concerning the price of the 4K QNED90 and 8K QNED99 TVs. The previous will begin at $1,999 within the US, rising to $3,999 for the biggest, 86-inch mannequin. The latter will begin at $3,499 for the 65-inch show, rising to a hefty $6,599 for the biggest.
In Australia, we all know, extra usually, that the screens will begin at AU$4,799 (possible round £2,400), and go as much as AU$10,799 (possible round £5,000) for the biggest, most premium 8K mannequin.
What about OLED?
The introduction of QNED is very attention-grabbing given LG’s penchant for OLED TVs. The TV maker releases a few of the finest OLED TVs on the market, such because the vastly fashionable LG CX OLED we noticed in 2020 (and which has bought a C1 successor for 2021).
LG stresses that QNED will sit beneath its OLED vary, somewhat than changing or superseding it, but it surely’s clear that the corporate needs to strengthen its LCD providing in order to not lose out to Samsung and others – given not everyone seems to be offered on OLED TV tech.
LG appears to have put a pin in its B Sequence OLED, changing the vary with a brand new A Sequence price range OLED – so we anticipate the mix of low-spec OLEDs and high-spec LCDs will begin to shut the hole between LG’s completely different product classes, even when the LG C1 and LG Gallery Sequence OLED ought to nonetheless comfortably outpace their QNED competitors.