What is Mini-LED Display Technology?

Apple has introduced its brand-new iPad Pro with 12.9-inch Mini-LED display. It comes with the powerful M1 chip that brings the performance level of the iPad series to the new level. One piece of amazing technology is the mini-LED display. This will set a new standard in the tablet market. With the Mini-LED technology, it is possible for Apple to market the Liquid Retina XDR feature for the new iPad Pro. XDR is the same term used for the professional monitor from Apple that’s very expensive at $5,000. By having this technology, you enjoy many perks, including 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio, peak brightness at 1,600 nits, vibrant colours and amazing viewing angles. Compared to the older LCD with backlit technology, the Mini-LED is definitely a huge improvement. With the arrival of the new iPad Pro with XDR technology, users can get the same capability without spending too much money. Also, the Mini-LED is incredibly more compact with LED. This means, it is possible to make future tablets with Mini-LED thinner or manufacturers can have more space inside the tablet to incorporate more components.

The Mini-LED is based on the well-known light emitting diodes or LED technology. LED was first developed in the 1960’s and since then, a good deal of miniaturization has allowed very small LEDs to be used on displays of mobile devices. Bigger versions of LED are flashlights on the back of your smartphone or the lighting you use at home. For display, LEDs are highly miniaturized to ensure excellent resolution. For old LCD displays, manufacturers use white LEDs and with LED displays, we get more vivid colours and much better contrast. Mini-LED is about the miniaturization of LED for display backlight. You will notice that the black part of the display looks much darker, while colours look very vibrant. With Mini-LED, it is possible for you tightly control lights on the display. If the device has HDR feature, you will get excellent dimming zones and much better isolation between zones on the display. Mini-LED also ensures that the display doesn’t have light bleed. In reality, Mini-LED isn’t a cutting-edge technology and researches have developed a follow-up technology called the micro-LED. It is similar to Mini-LED, but even smaller in terms of miniaturization. While regular LED backlight is 1mm in diameter, Mini-LED is 0.2mm and micro-LED is 0.005mm. We would need to wait until we get devices with micro-LED display.

Micro-LED has better dimming performance and the improved miniaturization makes it more suitable for smaller mobile devices, such as smartwatches. However, at the moment displays with Micro-LED technology is more difficult to produce than regular LED and mini-LED displays. In general, Mini-LED displays are quite amazing and they are much better than regular OLED displays. At the moment, only the new iPad Pro with 12.9-inch display have Mini-LED technology and we would need to wait until other manufacturers release display with the same technology. Thus far, we know that whatever Apple introduced, it is more likely to become a new standard in the industry.