LG’s mini LED TVs to go on sale in the US from July

The company announced that LG’s new line of QNED-branded LED mini TVs will be on sale worldwide from next month. The lineup consists of three sets: 8K QNED99 and QNED95 and 4K QNED90 in sizes from 65 to 86 inches. LG says the TVs will first appear in North America, with other regions appearing “in the coming weeks”.

Mini LED is a relatively new type of display technology that uses an array of thousands of tiny LEDs to illuminate the screen. Since there are so many of them (up to 30,000 in the case of the 86-inch QNED99), they can create sharper contrast between light and dark areas of an image. LG says this technology, which was previously used in some TCL TVs as well as Apple’s latest 12.9-inch iPad Pro, provides “10 times better contrast ratio” than conventional LCD TVs.

LG advertises Mini LED as “a giant leap forward in LCD TV picture quality,” but it’s not exactly the same as an OLED TV, where individual pixels are illuminated to create an image (with Mini LEDs, LEDs still light up through the LCD layer ). Mini LED should not be confused with Samsung’s outrageously expensive MicroLED technology, which also uses an array of tiny LEDs, but no LCD layer at all.

We contacted LG for pricing for the entire line of QNED TVs (they are still listed as “coming soon” on LG’s US website), but based on a previous report from Flat PanelsHD they are unlikely to be cheap. The 8K QNED99 will reportedly start at $ 5,000 for the 75-inch model, up to $ 8,000 for the 86-inch version, while the 4K QNED90 will reportedly cost up to $ 4,000 for the 86-inch model.