Checking out Samsung's MicroLED and 8K QLED TVs

Pablo Tucker
January 13, 2018

"Screens should not be limited by size or space". It's sheer gargantuan size is guaranteed to draw media and CES attendee attention while its host of cutting-edge new technologies give a glimpse of what Samsung is working on for their newest consumer models. Samsung seems to have taken this hyperbole to heart and launched a 146-inch monstrosity of a TV at its annual First Look event at CES 2018.

So what exactly are these other technologies?

Antonio Villas-Boas  Business Insider
Antonio Villas-Boas Business Insider

Samsung revealed a television concept they're calling "The Wall". While that phrase sounds like typical PR/marketing hyperbole, we are actually inclined to trust Samsung's diagnosis in this case. The bezel that surrounds the screen isn't all that thick (maybe an inch at most) but it's a far cry from the completely bezel-free The Wall, another Samsung product shown off at this year's CES.

The MicroLED technology featured in The Wall eliminates the need for color filters or backlight, yet allows the screen to offer consumers the ultimate viewing experience, according to Samsung. "But it also uses micro-led technology which is brand new TV technology that they use in scoreboards". MicroLED panels are inherently emissive just like the competing OLED TVs, which are the current performance kings.

Based on my impressions, The Wall and MicroLED very much challenge OLED for TV picture supremacy.

Thanks to its smaller self-emitting LEDs, Samsung's technology promises an even brighter image while delivering black levels that are on a par with or better than OLED. The Wall claims to produce 2,000 nits of brightness and this technology, even though it is still emerging is more longlasting than its closest competitor, the OLED. As absurdly big as its 146 inch display surface is, Samsung has said that the screen is modular, meaning that it can be both shrunk down or enlarged as needed to cover a whole wall.

No word on when the screen - or the processor, for that matter - will be coming to market, but with a demo this polished, we'd expect to see this come out of prototype in the next year or two. This TV has a modular design since it's made up of smaller borderless displays, all of which are interchangeable.

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