OLED v/s MicroLED – The new display technology

So, you are planning to purchase an OLED television for you home?

The OLED technology, although a recent entry in the television market, is already obsolete, due to its numerous drawbacks.

Read on to know more…

To begin, let me first tell you about LCD and LED TVs.

Display wise, there is no difference. Both use a LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) to so the image. The difference is in the backlights. While a standard LCD monitor uses fluorescent backlights, an LED monitor uses light-emitting diodes for backlights.

OLED

So what is OLED?

OLED, or Organic Liquid Crystal Display, are creating using light-emitting diode (LED) in which the emissive electro-luminescent layer is a film of organic compound that emits light in response to an electric current. For more details, chick here.

Although being pretty expensive, the OLED televisions have created a ripple in viewing pleasure – offering (almost) realistic images. To purchase a television at such high price, one need to be aware of its disadvantages to properly justify the cost…

Mode of organic materials which decay with age.
The picture quality of OLED reduces as it ages.
The OLED TVs has more chances of burn-in which results in a ghost image being stuck on the display.

  • Mode of organic materials which decay with age.
  • The picture quality of OLED reduces as it ages.
  • The OLED TVs has more chances of burn-in which results in a ghost image being stuck on the display.

MicroLED

microLED, also known as micro-LED, mLED or µLED, is an emerging flat-panel display technology. microLED displays consist of arrays of microscopic LEDs (inorganic) forming the individual pixel elements. Read more here.

The MicroLED is made of inorganic materials which makes it more durable.

It is expected to last 100,000 hours or at least a decade while the OLED has 46,000 to 230,000 hours. The OLED TV’s blue light is even shorter-lived which comes to 14,000 hours.

The picture quality of OLED reduces as it ages. The OLED TV has more chances of burn-in which can result in a ghost image being stuck on the display of the OLED.

As the MicroLED is made using inorganic LEDs, it does not suffer from self decay issues like the OLED, where each pixel will suffer from it with varying timelines.

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