It is reported that although the Mini LED backlight can enhance the brightness and HDR (high dynamic range) of the LCD display, its competitiveness depends on its cost compared to OLED.
The 65-inch Ultra High Definition Direct LED Backlit LCD Module with Quantum Dot Enhancement is priced at approximately $600. If a Mini LED backlight is used, the module will require 16,000 chips and the cost will rise to $700. If 40,000 Mini LED chips are used in the backlight to improve display performance, the cost could rise further to $1,200, which is 20% higher than the 65-inch UHD OLED panel.
Global market research firm Jibang Consulting stated that the balance of cost and performance is critical to the market acceptability of Mini LED backlights. Depending on the number of chips used, the cost of a Mini LED-backlit LCD panel is estimated to be 2.2-3 times the cost of a typical LED backlight with the same size and resolution.
It is reported that AU Optronics (AUO) will begin production of Mini LED-backlit LCD panels for game monitors and gaming notebooks by the end of 2018, while Innolux will produce Mini LED-backlit LCDs for PID (Public Information Display) by the end of 2018. The panel produced a Mini LED-backlit LCD panel for TV in the second quarter of 2019.