Tonight, LG Electronics announces its intention to introduce QNED Mini LED TVs and Virtual CES 2021. QNED is LG’s implementation of quantum dots in a FALD backlit LCD, in this case the N stands for NanoCell (LG’s name for its premium LCD offerings). Details are scarce, after all this is a preshow announcement, but QNED TV’s will comprise a line of 10 new 4K and 8K models, with sizes up to 86 inches.

According to LG, the mini-LED backlighting is part of a technology package that is the first to combine quantum dots with its NanoCell tech, all in one product. The company claims that the result is highly accurate color as well as improved contrast and deeper Blacks.

LG’s early press release notes that these TVs offer a refresh rate up to 120 Hz. Depending on the screen size, the mini-LED backlight may contain up to 30,000 individual LEDs, which are broken up into 2500 dimming zones and deliver a contrast ratio of 1 million to 1, as well as high peak brightness.

“Our new QNED Mini LED series is a premium home entertainment option that expands and improves the LCD TV space and gives consumers another terrific viewing choice,” said Nam Ho-jun, senior vice president of R&D at LG’s Home Entertainment Company. “These TVs deliver an experience that set them apart from other LCD TVs and speak to our commitment to innovation and pushing the standard forward.”

LG plans to show off its 86 inch 8K QNED in the LG virtual exhibition booth, beginning January 11, 2021.

This is going to be in an unprecedented year for covering TVs at CES, given that most of the AV press will not get any chance to actually see these screens in person. But there is a flipside to it, which is that Virtual CES 2021 is by far the most accessible CES to date, for the average consumer. This is because it is a tradeshow that, despite its enormity, has traditionally limited attendance to industry and credentialed reporters (and more recently, vloggers). Normally the press serves as the go-between (and in some cases it still will).

So, while you might not be able see the actual TVs before they hit stores, this year consumers who click into CES coverage will get a closer look at the way new technology is first presented to the CES audience. AVS Forum will be covering Virtual CES 2021, which kicks off January 11 and runs through January 14, 2021.