Mini-LED technology can change the future of the screen of various devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets.
For years, display technology has been steadily advancing in its path; Of course, after the creation of the first flexible smartphone display, products related to this technology jumped. Now, OLED displays have replaced LCD technology, even in mid-range phones, which shows the progress of display panel companies. The OLED panel is not the last station in the development of displays; Because for some time now, the name of a new technology has been published in cyberspace. Based on the information published so far, it seems that Mini-LED technology is the future of monitors.
Reports from Apple Camp indicate that the company’s iPad and Mac product line will use Mini-LED displays by the end of 2021. Apple appears to have identified Epistar and Sanan Optoelectronics as potential suppliers. Of course, this new display will be very expensive at first; Because this happens to all emerging technologies. It seems that the price of screens produced with this technology will decrease by 2021; As a result, different companies are expected to use it in several areas in the coming years.
Now, what exactly is this new technology that Apple plans to use for the next generation of its products, and what are its advantages compared to other current models such as LCD and OLED? In the continuation of this article, we will fully explain the mentioned technology.
Full knowledge of Mini-LED technology
Almost from the name of this technology, its information can be understood. The display produced by this technology has very small LEDs that make up the light. Mini-LED is rooted in the old backlight technology in LCD monitors. The difference between this type of display and previous models is that instead of using a large background or several small background lights, it uses thousands of LEDs to provide the best quality. To match the Mini-LED classification, the size of these backlight diodes is less than 0.2 mm.
In OLED displays, the pixels of the target area are turned off individually to indicate the black area; But this is not the case with LCDs, and black is used for this purpose. In Mini-LED panels, this method can be used better and the process complexity is even less.
When a panel uses thousands of backlights instead of hundreds, its quality will certainly increase. The differences that can be applied to the screen by doing this are a deeper black color, an improved contrast ratio, and a brighter panel. These features are great for HDR content and make the output much better.
One of the desirable features of the Mini-LED is that there is no limit to the size of the screen; This technology is more capable of displaying images in different sizes due to the use of more and smaller backlight. However, displays made with this technology are still as limited as the LCD matrix; Because this is the part that turns white background light into color.
Comparison of different display technologies
Mini-LED and Micro-LED are very different. For example, the first technology was based on LCD technology using smaller diodes for backlighting; The second technology is actually an evolution of OLED, which uses red, green and blue LEDs to directly produce colored light. In other words, each pixel produces its own light with Micro-LED; While the Mini-LED still uses the LCD matrix to filter backlight; But the backlight in this case has more control than traditional LCD.
This makes the Mini-LED much more practical than the Micro-LED and, as a result, a more cost-effective option. Placing a large number of small OLEDs on the screen is great for large TVs; But on smaller screens with high pixel densities, such as laptops and smartphones, this can be very difficult. Panels made with Mini-LED technology are less likely to have these problems; Because, as we said before, it is not limited to pixel density. Of course, only a few commercial TV products now use this technology.
Micro-LED technology is still problematic in terms of contrast ratio and deep black, and it is very expensive. The important point in this section is to reduce the distance between LCD and OLED despite the Mini-LED technology.
The reason for using the new Mini-LED technology in future products
The main reason for using new technologies is generally to improve the device, and the world of monitors is no exception. They are looking for clearer images as different companies improve display-related technologies. OLED can be better than LCD; But it is still very expensive; For this reason, this option is generally not suitable for large, high-density displays, such as laptops and tablets. In theory, Micro-LED is the leading technology; But for now, it’s too expensive for Apple to use such a panel. Also, we should not forget the problem of making smaller products with this technology.
Meanwhile, the Mini-LED may be the best option. The reasons for choosing this technology are the image quality and the contrast ratio in proportion to OLED and more brightness. Also, do not forget that the cost of making a display using this technology is cheaper than other options. Needless to say, Mini-LED primary displays are expensive; But in the coming years, this technology will become more cost-effective. This technology can be one of the most important events in the world of monitors.
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