MicroLED vs. Mini-LED: Which Display Technology Will Power Your Next Tv?

  • by Rachel Hansen

The world of television has never been low on acronyms or buzzwords, but it’s been feeling like sinking in the alphabet soup lately. OLED, QLED, HDR, HDTV, HDMI, ARC, eARC … all you need to do is turn your head. And even though we hesitate to add to the vertigo sensation, hold on to your hat; you need to become acquainted with two more words because they are about to change the TV landscape again: MicroLED and Mini-LED. The words apply to very various types of displays, while they look identical, so let’s get straight into what they are, how they are distinct from each other, and how both might play a role in your next purchasing of television.

What is MicroLED?

MicroLED is an emitting display technology that, with no need for a different backlight, operates similar to OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) displays, in that each of its pixels lights up on their own. Any emissive display’s greatest advantage is that it can reach a perfect black level. It produces no light at all when a pixel is not in use, which in turn gives you the feeling of inky darkness.

But over OLED, microLED displays have two major advantages: since LEDs can get much brighter than OLEDs, the ideal black level is accompanied by incredible brightness to produce an overall contrast ratio that every other technology is currently unsurpassed. How much brighter will it be? A peak brightness of about 1,000 nits can currently be achieved by OLED panels (the base device display experts use to calculate brightness), but micro-LEDs can theoretically output up to 5,000 nits.

To build a screen that is calculated in feet, not inches, and with a resolution that goes all the way up to 16 K and beyond, a microLED panel can also be paired with other microLED panels, with no real limitations on how many are attached. OLED’s overall height, for now, is 88-inches. Several teams are focusing on microLED displays, including LG, Sony, and Samsung, but so far, only Samsung and Sony are offering them.

What’s Mini-LED?

Treating it as a better-LED show is the easiest way to know what a mini-LED is. LED displays to make use of the brightness of an LED backlight as their source. The mini-LED also requires a backlight for you to see the show on the screen, similar to LEDs. What makes it easier for the mini-LED than your traditional LED TV? The mini-LED has smaller LEDs for powering the backlight, for one thing. As the scale of the former is almost as similar to the scale of the pixel, the more LEDs, the better the comparison.

To connect to that, it would be possible for smaller LED lights to attain a better black level, which is what many people are searching for on a TV. Treating it as a better-LED show is the easiest way to know what a mini-LED is. LED displays to make use of the brightness of an LED backlight as their source. The mini-LED also requires a backlight for you to see the show on the screen, similar to LEDs. What makes it easier for the mini-LED than your traditional LED TV? The mini-LED has smaller LEDs for powering the backlight, for one thing. The more LEDs, since the scale of the former, is almost as similar to the scale of the pixel, the greater the contrast. To attach to that, it would be possible for smaller LED lights to attain a better black level, which is what many people are searching for on a TV.