LG’s OLED vs QNED MiniLED

Buying a new TV is no easy task. With endless technologies on the market, getting the right TV for your needs is nothing short of a challenge. To help you research and choose the best LG TV for your needs, we’ve created this guide that compares the latest LG TV technologies: OLED and QNED MiniLED.

Firstly, what’s OLED?
OLEDs are ‘organic light emitting diodes’ which don’t require back lighting, therefore making the TVs they are in, much thinner than older models. OLEDs deliver brighter colours than conventional TVs and they’re found in many smart TVs on the market.

And what’s QNED MiniLED?
QNED MiniLED is a TV technology that’s exclusive to LG and combines three technologies: Quantum Dot technology + NanoCell technology + Mini LEDs. All three components are combined in the TV’s panel, and because Mini LEDs are much smaller than traditional LEDs, more of them can fit in the panel. Click here to read more about LG QNED MiniLED.

Comparing OLED and QNED MiniLED
LG have a wide range of TV models on the market to suit any budget, lifestyle and space. For the purpose of this comparative guide, we will be looking into the LG OLED C1 Series and the LG QNED91.

What’s the same between the TVs?

A lot of the TV functionalities you expect and use from a Smart TV can be found in both TVs. These include:

Visual Technologies:

  • 4K Ultra HD Resolution
  • 4K Upscaler
  • Dolby Vision IQ
  • Film Maker Mode

Audio Technologies:

  • Dolby Atmos
  • 40W Audio Output
  • AI Sound
  • Bluetooth Surround Compatible

Smart TV & Entertainment:

  • webOS 6.0 Smart TV Operating System
  • Magic Remote
  • Smart TV features: ThinQ, Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa Built-In, Works with Apple HomeKit & Apple AirPlay, Smart Speaker Compatible
  • Streaming apps such as Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Stan and Apple TV
  • FreeviewPlus

Gaming Features:

  • Game Optimiser
  • Variable Refresh Rate
  • Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM)
  • AMD FreeSync® Premium

What’s different between the TVs?

The technology that powers the TV’s panel is noticeably the main difference between the LG OLED C1 Series and the LG QNED91 Series. The OLED C1 features self-lit organic light emitting diodes that delivers a vivid visual experience. On the other hand, the QNED91 Series is lit with the combination of three imaging technologies: Quantum Dot technology + NanoCell technology + Mini LEDs.

The OLED C1’s individual self-lit pixels can switch on and off when required to display immensely bright and incredible colours. In comparison, the QNED91’s pixels are grouped into ‘zones’ so they cannot be switched on or off as easily – so the display of colours and black is not as intense and impressive as self-lit pixels in the OLED C1.

Which TV is better for my viewing lifestyle?

Cinematic Sensation

The C1 Series is a cinematic-like TV that’s perfect for watching movies at home. Since the pixels are self-lit, they can control and switch themselves off, delivering a bright reproduction of colours and shades of black which are easier to view in all lighting conditions.

In terms of picture quality, the OLED C1 boasts incredible image production that begs to be the determining factor if you love to kick back with your favourite movies and TV shows. When watching off centre or on an angle, the picture quality doesn’t change as much, with colours remaining deep and details clear.

Gaming & General Greatness
Thanks to the combination of the three TV panel technologies, the LG QNED91 performs better when it comes to brightness. If image brightness is your top priority, then the QNED91 is the ideal TV for you. The QNED91 is great for viewing in a brightly lit room or when the sun comes in thanks to the minimal ‘gloss’ on the TV’s glass surface (compared to the C1 Series).

The LG QNED91 is perfect for everyday viewing and it’s suitable for gaming too thanks to its wide range of gaming features. The dedicated Game Optimiser mode lets you adjust settings such as Low Latency, Variable Refresh Rate and Black Stabiliser.

Let’s Compare the Pair

TV

LG 65″ C1 4K ULTRA HD SMART OLED TV (OLED65C1PTB)

LG 65″ QNED91 4K ULTRA HD SMART MINILED TV (65QNED91TPA)

Resolution

3840 x 2160 4K Ultra HD

3840 x 2160 4K Ultra HD

Panel/Screen Type

OLED

LED/LCD

Backlight Type

None

Mini LED

Image Processor

α9 Gen 4 AI Processor 4K α9 Gen 4 AI Processor 4K

Dolby Vision IQ

Yes

Yes

Wide Colour Gamut

Yes

Yes

Upscaling  

4K Upscaler 4K Upscaler

Motion Rate

1ms Response Time

Tru Motion 200 with backlight scanning

Picture Modes

9 (Vivid, Standard, FILMMAKER MODE™, APS, Cinema, Cricket, Game Optimiser, ISF Bright Room, ISF Dark Room) 9 (Vivid, Standard, FILMMAKER MODE™, APS, Cinema, Cricket, Game Optimiser, ISF Bright Room, ISF Dark Room)

Sports Alert 

Yes Yes

Art Gallery

Yes Yes

Game Optimiser Mode

Yes Yes
Audio Output 40W 40W

AI Sound

AI Sound Pro AI Sound Pro

Virtual Sound

Dolby Atmos Dolby Atmos

Sound Modes

AI Sound Pro, Standard, Cinema, Clear Voice Pro, Cricket (Sports), Music, Game Optimiser AI Sound, Standard, Cinema, Clear Voice Pro, Cricket (Sports), Music, Game Optimiser

Magic Remote

Yes (Magic Tap) Yes

ThinQ

Yes Yes

Amazon Alexa Built-In

Yes Yes

Works with Apple AirPlay/Apple HomeKit

Apple HomeKit & Apple AirPlay Apple HomeKit & Apple AirPlay

Need More Help Choosing Your TV?

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