Before Apple Launches A Mini-LED 14-Inch MacBook Pro, This Laptop Will Arrive, May Be The First: OLED Vs Mini-LED

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MSI will launch a mini-LED laptop early next month, long before Apple brings out new mini-LED MacBooks in 2020 or 2021.

MSI will launch the Creator 17 laptop for content creators, the “first with a mini LED display,” MSI said in an email this past week.

Meanwhile, Apple is developing a total of six Mini-LED products including an iPad, iMac Pro, a 14.1-inch MacBook Pro, and a 16-inch MacBook Pro, according to reports citing Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.


I have been testing several OLED laptops from Hewlett-Packard and Dell and the difference is remarkable vis-a-vis standard LCD laptops.

OLEDs deliver more vibrant colors, deeper blacks, better contrast, and can take advantage of dark mode by turning off pixels and thereby saving battery life, among other advantages over LCDs. And the goodness of an OLED is more apparent on a bigger, laptop-sized display than a smaller smartphone screen

(Note: Apple currently uses OLED displays on the iPhone X, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, and Apple Watch.)

Mini-LED is not a better OLED. Like standard LCD-based LED TVs, Mini-LEDs power the TV backlight, as explained here(CNET) and here (Medium).

OLEDs do not have backlighting because they can generate light on their own. While mini-LEDs emit light, they “still require a layer of LCD to illuminate in order to reproduce the color,” according to Medium.

Why mini-LED? In a standard LED TV there is a limit to how many LEDs you can use (for example, when used for “local dimming” to improve contrast).

Mini-LEDs, however, are tiny. “LEDs smaller than 0.2-millimeter tend to be called mini-LEDs. They’re often 0.1-millimeter or less…At around 0.01-millimeter, they’re called MicroLEDs,” according to CNET.

The upshot is, more LEDs* and better image quality than standard LED TVs — as long as companies are able to develop mini-LEDs that are more power efficient.

The proof will be in the pudding of course. And we’ll have to see if mini-LED is really a lot better than Apple’s current standard-LCD-based MacBooks or more of a marketing thing.


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