CES 2021 – Micro LED, Mini LED, brighter OLEDs and more!

From Jan. 11 – Jan. 14, 2021, the Consumer Electronics Show will take place – this time completely online due to the global pandemic. At this event, most TV manufacturers will announce their new models for 2021 and possibly also give a small preview of future TV generations. In addition to the Mini LED and Micro LED technology, the new OLED panels are probably the focus this time – so it will be interesting to see what all will come to market this year!

Samsung focuses on the Neo QLED series with mini LED technology

Samsung Neo QLED © Samsung Newsroom 2021

In the run-up to CES 2021, the market leader Samsung has already given a preview of the new product range and new features in its own online event The Look 2021, in addition to the ambitious plans such as sustainability and an improvement of the eco balance.

2021 is certainly the year in which Mini LED LCD TVs will find their way into living rooms at home, so it is not surprising that this technology is not only found in Samsung’s Neo QLED series, but will also get attention from other manufacturers like LG.

The Micro LED TV “The Wall” is also supposed to be released in a smaller version, so this great technology will probably become more and more important in the following years – but it will probably not really be a mass-market product in 2021 due to its horrendous price.

In addition, many new smart features and functions for barrier-free TV were shown, so that our TVs will probably become a lot smarter this year and more people will also be able to enjoy TV.

LG expands repertoire with QNED, OLED Evo & bendable OLEDs

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LG 8K Mini LED QNED © LG ELECTRONICS 2021

LG is probably broadening its range a bit this year, since besides LG’s flagship OLED products, 8K TVs with Mini LED technology will also be released. With Quantum Dot and NanoCell technology, these are expected to become a strong competitor to Samsung’s Neo QLED range – at least in the 8K segment. Unfortunately, it is not yet known how far LG will rely on IPS panels like in the NanoCell series.

With OLED Evo, TVs with organic LEDs are also to experience an innovation. In the run-up, information leaked out that upcoming OLEDs should be more luminous and have brightness levels of up to 1000 Nits. Thus, the air for conventional LED-LCD TVs is getting smaller, since the lower luminosity of OLEDs was always an argument LED-LCD TVs.

Furthermore, some more exotic models will probably also be shown. In addition to a transparent OLED, a 48-inch model designed especially for gaming will be shown, which can be bent and thus becomes a curved TV if desired. We are therefore looking forward to what LG will present us this year.

Sony shows new cognitive processor and 83″ OLED with up to 1000 Nits!

Sony Z9J 8K TV © Sony 2021

At Sony’s, admittedly somewhat unspectacularly staged, presentation in the run-up to CES 2021, Sony also presents the new cognitive processor XR alongside the entire 2021 lineup.

This is supposed to eliminate the teething troubles of the 2020 4K HDR processor X1 and also ensures that most models in the lineup come with HDMI 2.1. Only the cheapest models X80J and X81J will still have the conventional HDMI 2.0 interfaces.

In addition, the new chipset is said to have not only artificial intelligence, but also cognitive intelligence, which means that content is automatically optimized to be displayed as the human eye would perceive it.

A much higher degree of immersion is the result, since we could then perceive the TV’s pictures like our real surroundings. However, we will only know if this is really well implemented or if it is rather marketing when we have tested the device extensively.

Furthermore, an OLED TV was shown with the A90J, which, in addition to the HDMI 2.1 interface, also has an improved OLED panel that is supposed to enable up to 1000 Nits of brightness. In addition, this OLED is supposed to be available in up to 83 inches, which many users have really been longing for.

Panasonic shows new premium OLED TV JZ2000

Panasonic JZ2000 © Panasonic 2021

Panasonic actually has its own event where they present the innovations in the new year. Nevertheless, they appeared at the CES and gave a preview of the upcoming lineup with the JZ2000.

The JZ2000 is the 2021 4K flagship and follows the highly innovative HZ2000, which also has an optimized OLED panel to make it brighter.

The biggest problem of the HZ2000 was that it does not have an HDMI 2.1 interface integrated and thus does not have the important gaming features. This is different with the JZW2004. It has HDMI 2.1 with eARC, ALLM, VRR and [email protected]

Therefore, the is an interesting competitor for LG’s G1 and Sony’s A90J, which have quite similar specifications.

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