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LG, best known for, is coming out with a new line of televisions called QNED. Based on the more common technology instead of , QNED combines the benefits of its NanoCell technology with for improved color, contrast and brightness, according to LG.
QNED TVs will occupy the upper end of LG’s 2021 LCD TV lineup but representatives were careful to say they won’t deliver the same level of picture quality as its OLED TVs. AtLG announced a as well that includes brighter panels and a new 83-inch size.
QNED is just one letter away from, a technology touted by Samsung and TCL with largely similar underpinnings (LED LCD backlights and quantum dots), so confusion is inevitable. LG says its QNED TVs will use , much like TCL’s and QLED TVs, which again improve brightness and contrast compared to traditional LED backlights. and , for their parts, also announced Mini-LED equipped TVs at CES.
LG has yet to provide much additional information on its QNED sets. It did not say exactly how NanoCell and quantum dots would work together (both technologies traditionally focus on improving color) or provide more specifications — aside from saying the TVs would have “up to” 30,000 Mini-LEDs and 2,500, presumably in the largest sizes. It also did not announce exactly which models will use QNED or what screen sizes and resolutions (4K and/or ) they’ll have.
In the meantime TV shoppers are faced with yet another confusing, similar-sounding brand name. At CNET we’ll do our best to unravel it once we get more information. How QNED compares with QLED and other high-end LCD TVs, or with OLED TVs, is the biggest question however, and ultimately that answer will have to wait for reviews. Stay tuned.