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Model 3 screen....LCD or LED?

Discussion in 'Model 3: User Interface' started by ratsbew, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. ratsbew

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    I've seen conflicting reports. Is the screen a regular LCD (with LED backlighting) or is it an LED screen of some sort?
     
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    Pretty sure it's a regular LCD. Do you have a source claiming it's LED? I've never heard of LED screens short of things like Jumbotrons and large electronic signs.
     
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    You mean LED vs OLED?
    All LEDs are LCDs ... but not all LCDs are LEDs. OLED is a whole different animal despite the similar name, and are better in all/most ways, but cost more because of limited availability (they are difficult to make). Generally, on a OLED black is black, while on a LED black is really a darkish mixture of black, grey, and brown. To my knowledge, all the screens in both the 3 and the S are LED, but high quality. But I haven't looked at a recent edition of either.
     
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    It’s an LCD illuminated by LEDs; LCDs alone are not luminous. Older LCD panels were backlit with a fluorescent panel.
     
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    Samsung has deceived you into thinking there's any difference whatsoever (there isn't).
     
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    Actually no, you can have an LED screen without LCD and LCD without LED.
     
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    I'll agree, it's a LCD with LED backlighting. Just like essentially every computer and table out there.
     
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    Although that might be true for niche displays, there's no production LCD displays today that use the old CCFL backlighting. Not in anything you'd buy anyways. Also, LED-only screens (ignoring OLED) are only used in like large format displays (stadiums, etc). There's some advances in MicroLED and that type of thing, but nothing that's actually commercialized.

    It's a standard LED backlit LCD panel. I think there's reports it's an IPS display, but not sure. Could also be a VA-derivative type. It's definitely not TN. Brighter than your average computer monitor, but that's just to pump brightness for use in direct sunlight. I'm sure they did some testing on sunlight legibility.
     
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    I don't know what you're talking about, but there are many differences at play here. There's many forms of LED backlighting of LCD panels that all have their own strengths and weaknesses, and then there's various entirely LED based panels like OLED, MLED, and so on (not counting the gigantic LED billboard systems).

    The Model 3 display is just a LCD panel with what looks like white LED backlights.
     
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    #11 vinnie97, Jul 17, 2018
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    They're still LCD panels at their base, how the backlighting is arranged doesn't change what they are, Samsung's deceptive marketing notwithstanding.

    OLED panels are in a different league as emissive screens where light control is granular to the pixel level (aka no backlight and no zonal backlighting array like today's newfangled multizonal full array LCD screens).
     
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    Sitting here hopefully looking at my table to read TMC w/o sitting at the computer desk.

    Sorry, I couldn't resist :)
     

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