LG certainly made the most of the online-only CES 2021 Expo by announcing a list of new OLED TVs, 8K TVs, all-new budget models, and even a "QNED" screen that's expected to give its range its biggest upheaval in years. But what is QNED? Should I pay attention to it?

The main confusion here is that QNED looks a lot like...all the other TV acronyms. The name is very similar to Samsung's QLED (quantum light-emitting diode) panels found in the latest new Samsung TVs and like Samsung's QLED, it also refers to LCD technology rather than, say, OLED or Micro LEDs.

This is particularly confusing since LG and Samsung are such close competitors. While Samsung is the world's largest TV maker, LG falls a bit behind, with both TV brands often being cited in the same sentence, especially in questions about the best TV to buy.

QNED and QLED are so similar that the occasional mix-up or mistake seems inevitable and we can't help but think that LG could have done more to set itself apart, unless of course it was planning to change. on the existing familiarity of consumers with the Samsung TV. technology.

If you want to know what a QNED TV really is and what sets it apart from other LG TVs, or Samsung TVs, then this guide is for you.

What is QNED?

QNED stands for "quantum nano-emitting diode" and "nano" refers to the small size of its 30.000 LEDs used in its backlight.

This is because QNED uses something called MiniLED technology., a type of backlight that uses many very small LED lights to control brightness and create effective contrast between different areas of the screen. LG QNED TVs also feature 2500 dimming zones to limit blooming and ensure light is directed where it should be on the screen.

This MiniLED technology is also present in TCL 6 and 8 series QLED TVs, and Samsung is expected to announce its own line of products soon.

LG says its new backlight "includes up to nearly 30,000 tiny LEDs that produce incredible peak brightness and a 1,000,000: 1 contrast ratio when combined with up to 2,500 dimming zones and advanced local gradation zones."

Contrast and brightness control is supposed to be similar to OLED, given the number of LEDs in play. OLED panels can turn off individual pixels entirely, leading to their so-called 'infinite contrast ratio'. between reflections and deep blacks. It's not an OLED mixer, but it should improve the performance of LG's current line of NanoCell LCD TVs.

However, the backlight won't be the only determining factor if your TV is good, and it's worth noting that half of LG's new QNED TVs use their high-performance TV processor, the a9 Gen 4 AI, while that the other half uses a -spec a7 model. So a TV with "QNED" or "MiniLED" stuck does not automatically mean that you get the best specs across the board.


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What QNED TVs can I buy?

LG has so far unveiled four QNED TVs in its 2021 LG TV lineup under its NanoCell brand: Nano9Z, Nano9X, Nano9C and Nano9A. The first two are 8K TVs and the last two are 4K TVs, but they all come in 65-inch and 75-inch sizes, with an additional 86-inch size for the Nano9Z and Nano9C.

They vary slightly in their panel movement speed (60-120Hz), while 4K models settle for a mid-spec AI a7 Gen 4 processor instead of the premium AI a9 Gen 4 chip used in 8K models. and most of LG. new OLED sets for this year.

No pricing or version information yet, but we'll be sure to update this page when more details are confirmed. We'd expect a price range starting at around € 1,000 / € 1,000 / AU 1,500 for the cheapest QNED model, and up to two to three times as much. The second quarter of 2021 (therefore April to July) seems the most likely time for these sets to start rolling out in the market.


The introduction of QNED is particularly interesting given LG's penchant for OLED TVs. The TV maker is launching some of the best OLED TVs, like the popular LG CX OLED that we saw in 2020 (and which had a successor C1 for 2021).

LG notes that QNED will drop below its OLED line, rather than replace or replace it, but it is clear that the company wants to beef up its LCD offering so as not to lose to Samsung and others, given that not everyone is convinced of it. OLED TV technology. .

LG seems to have put a pin on its B-Series OLED, replacing the line with a new inexpensive A-Series OLED, so we'd expect the combination of low-spec OLED and high-end LCD to come together. The specification is beginning to bridge the gap between LG's various product categories, although the LG C1 and LG Gallery series OLEDs are still expected to outperform their QNED competitors comfortably.

  • See all the CES 2021 coverage of LaComparacion. We cover the program remotely online just to bring you the latest tech news and releases, along with some helpful reviews.


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