23. October 2021

QNED? Neo-QLED? Mini-LED? Deciphering the latest TV tech acronyms


If you’re after an amazing new tv, it’s straightforward to get confused by the latest serving of alphabet soup in the case of display screen applied sciences.

OLED has lengthy been the gold commonplace when it comes to image high quality, however there’s a rising vary of rivals with confusingly comparable names like Neo-QLED, QNED and ULED. What does all of it imply?

Micro LED TVs, like Samsung’s Neo QLED, aim to offer both brightness and contrast.

Micro LED TVs, like Samsung’s Neo QLED, purpose to supply each brightness and distinction.

All tv screens are made up of hundreds of thousands of pixels, which consistently change color. Most LCD screens have brilliant LED backlights shining by means of the pixels, so you possibly can see the image.

OLED screens, by comparability, don’t have backlights. Instead, each pixel is its personal colored gentle. Turn one off and it’s completely black, even when the pixel beside it’s brightly lit.

Each display screen know-how has its strengths and weaknesses. LED-backlit televisions are usually brighter than OLEDs, typically with extra vibrant colors. This will be necessary if you happen to’re watching in a brightly lit room.


The trade-off is LED-backlit televisions can wrestle to utterly block the backlight, to supply actually deep blacks and nice distinction. This is the place OLED excels, which is why it appears its greatest in a darkened room.

Over time, OLEDs have turn out to be brighter with extra vivid colors, whereas LED-backlit televisions have turn out to be higher at maintaining the backlight in test.

Which brings us to the latest batch of acronyms, that are all advertising phrases for a know-how referred to as Mini-LED.

Local dimming

On backlit televisions, the gentle is usually damaged into zones which will be managed independently; generally known as “local dimming”.

Imagine a graveyard at midnight, with a brilliant full moon in the sky. A single-zone backlight is compelled to strike a compromise between gentle and darkish areas when setting the brightness. As a end result, the white moon and black shadows all look a bit gray and washed out.

There’s additionally an undesirable halo round the moon and stars, as the brilliant backlight peeks out from behind the supposedly darkish sky.

With native dimming, totally different zones will be lit appropriately, with a lift of sunshine behind the moon and dim gentle elsewhere. Now the moon glows however the shadows stay darkish with excessive distinction, so you possibly can nonetheless see a sky stuffed with stars and the vampires lurking in wait.

The extra dimming zones, the higher the image, which is the place Mini-LED is available in. Its backlight is made up of lots of and even hundreds of miniature LED lights.

Neo-QLED is Samsung’s tackle Mini-LED, whereas LG dubs it QNED and Hisense calls it ULED Mini-LED. Meanwhile, TCL dubs some fashions Mini-LED and others — which have smaller lights — OD Zero Mini-LED. While all of them purpose to enhance distinction, not all Mini-LED TVs are created equal; the quantity and dimension of zones varies broadly.


Many Mini-LED televisions additionally add “quantum dot”, “nano-cell” and “triluminos” filters, to additional enhance the brightness and color accuracy in an effort to outshine OLED.

Which tv impresses you most will rely upon what you wish to watch, once you wish to watch it and whether or not you could have an eye fixed for element.

In a brightly lit room, Mini-LED mixed with quantum dots appears gorgeous, matching OLED’s distinction and beating its brightness. But after darkish, OLED nonetheless has the higher hand when chasing phenomenal distinction and the deepest of blacks.

Keep in thoughts that none of this impacts sharpness, as the image’s decision is decided by the variety of pixels on the display screen. Mini-LED is on the market in 4K and 8K resolutions, though there’s nothing but to look at in 8K. Meanwhile, 4K OLEDs are widespread however 8K OLEDs are nonetheless fairly uncommon and costly.

There’s nobody tv to rule all of them, so it pays to grasp the distinction when on the lookout for the greatest massive display screen on your lounge room.

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