During Display Week 2022, LG has shown what futures will be like OLED panels with MLA technology (‘Meta-lit Lens Array’). This is the future evolution of its EX technology, which is expected to compete against the current QD-OLEDs manufactured by Samsung. Each new generation is promised a jump in brightness of about 20%, but MLA OLED demos go much further.
MLA technology consists of the use of microlentes applied on the organic LEDs to regulate the passage of light inside the panel. Basically, it allows better precision when it comes to transmitting reflections outside, which in practice means greater luminance. That is, a brighter image.
OLEDs with 2,000 nits of brightness are already a reality
The figures shown by LG Display with its new panel leave no room for doubt: we are facing a very important generational leap. Through a 8K Association video we know that the new panel with ‘The Next OLED Technology’ has reached a 2,000 cd / night brightness on white screen.
It is a panel, which at the moment is not a commercial television but a prototype, where these figures are reached, more typical of Full LED technology. We have a 77-inch panel with 8K resolution and this huge brightness figure, almost double what models like the LG C2 or the new Sony A95K offer. Usually with figures that do not reach or slightly exceed 1,000 nits.
According to LG Display specifications, the panel offers about 650 nits at 25% and 250 nits at 100% black screen. At the color level, the panel reaches 99% DCI and has a refresh rate of 120 Hz.
Compared to the 97-inch LG Ultra HD OLED.EX panel that LG Display has also shown, the model with MLA technology shows clearly higher brightness figures. The latter stays, for example, at 500 nits with an advantage of 25%, while we have commented that the OLED MLA goes up to 625 nits. This means that in scenes with chiaroscuros or not so bright tones, even the dark parts will be bright enough.
It is something that we usually appreciate when we compare QLED vs. OLED and that the OLED manufacturers want to tip the balance. All be said, even with this advance the LED models will still have a superior brightnessWell, televisions with MiniLED can go to 4,000 nits.
There’s no set timeline yet for when we’ll see this MLA technology in future commercial OLED TVs, but time is usually short. Between the fact that the panel company shows the prototypes and the commercial television reaches the stores, it does not usually take more than one or two years.