Samsung Unveils The Wall

Yolanda Curtis
January 14, 2018

"At Samsung, we are dedicated to providing consumers with a wide range of cutting-edge screen experiences", said Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.

Samsung QUHD 4K CES 2018

While regular LED TVs use a liquid crystal design and an LED backlight, MicroLED uses millions of tiny LEDs for its image. At 146 inches of diagonal screen size, The Wall is nearly as big as most average walls, with its dimensions measuring in at 10 feet wide and 6 feet tall. Yet the company keeps investing in microLED TV R&D in parallel, which has the potential for much brighter displays with a higher luminous efficiency, while still offering the pure blacks from OLEDs as it is too a self-emitting technology. Arguably, the tiling scheme could be arranged by Samsung to match customers' specific requirements and the bezel-free "wall" could be combined with other units. The technology actually uses many different LED modules stacked together, but it's borderless so you don't see seams between the different modules.

More impressive, though, is the fact that Samsung's set is modular. Sony has not yet said when this kind of model could be available to buy. In other words, aside from its ridiculous size, The Wall is as close to the flawless new TV as we've seen so far from any brand. Most impressively, it showed a 150-inch version, though that is not yet slated for commercial availability. But I was interested to see a couple of vendors, such as Stream TV and Changhong (working with technology from MirraViz), pushing glasses-free 3DTVs. At least that's true when talking about Samsung's new Q9S TV that will convert anything - even SD content - into eye-watering 8K resolution.

The technology underlying The Wall is quite interesting. Most recently, at IFA 2017, Samsung unveiled The Frame which lets an aesthetically conscious TV owner hide their TV in plain sight, disguising it as a painting or a piece of art.

While we'd love to tell you more - what type of panel the TV uses, its peak brightness or any other detail beyond its AI upscaling capabilities - but we can't.

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