Samsung’s 146-inch Modular MicroLED TV.
Samsung has announced the world’s first modular MicroLED 146-inch TV, dubbed ‘The Wall”. The announcement was made at the company’s First Look event at the CES 2018 tech trade show in Las Vegas. The Wall features a module-based, bezel-less design so that users can customise the shape and size depending on the needs.
MicroLED shares many benefits with OLED; each microscopic LED can emit its own light — no backlight is required — and that creates the deep blacks and lush colours normally reserved for OLED sets. It also gets incredibly bright.
The wall has a bezel-less design that Samsung describes as “module-based.” Samsung says this approach will ultimately allow customers to create a TV-sized just for their needs. The company isn’t yet revealing many specifics on how that will work, however, only saying ”the modular screen can be used to create a wall-sized display, or simply let consumers increase their traditional screen size to suit a new room in the home.” Samsung wouldn’t even specify how many modules were in the concept set shown at tonight’s First Look event in Las Vegas. Up close, the edges of each module making up The Wall were visible under bright lighting, but they’re indistinguishable when there’s content playing on the screen.
‘Millions’ of LEDs
The micro-LED display, thanks to its self-emitting LEDs, should allow for a bright picture without the need for a backlight.
Backlights normally make it hard to produce deep blacks on screen because their illumination spills beyond the pixels they are targeted at.
Sony tried to produce TVs made from the same basic technology back in 2012 but they proved too expensive to make en masse.
Samsung’s decision to bet on micro-LED puts it in direct competition with rivals that have opted to go with OLED displays.
There’s no word yet on the availability of the modular TV in the market, but a Variety report claims Samsung plans to commercially start selling the device sometime this year. Samsung also announced its new Q9S 85-inch 8K QLED TV that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to convert low-resolution content to 8K. Samsung’s new 8K QLED TV is set to rival LG’s OLED line-up.