Samsung unveils MicroLED 4K modular TV at CES

After releasing a huge MicroLED TV called The Wall at CES last year, Samsung returned in 2019 with a smaller 4K 75 TV, which is much more practical for the living room. It uses the same MicroLED base from The Wall, combining "individual blocks of self-emitting MicroLEDs with millions of inorganic, red, green, and blue microscopic LED chips that emit their own bright light to produce bright colors on the screen," then the MicroLED displays can be incredibly thin.

Photo: Chris Welch

But the biggest appeal of MicroLED is the image quality that must rival or surpass the OLED without any of the pitfalls of using an organic compound; is what OLED represents, after all.

Theoretically, the MicroLED should provide perfect blacks (all microscopic LEDs can be switched off individually), the best brightness of the class and an incredibly wide HDR color palette - no burning and hopefully with a considerably longer life span than OLED panels , since there is no natural degradation to worry about.

Samsung is not yet sharing launch details or specific pricing for the 75 inch MicroLED TV, but it certainly will not be cheap.

MicroLED monitors are incredibly challenging to produce in scale, with each of the RGB sub-pixels having to be carefully placed - with a very tight measure of pitch (or pitch) between them. If one of them is bad, the whole view - or, in this case, a TV - is a failure.

A single MicroLED module at CES 2018. These modules can be combined to form screens of any size or proportion. Photo by Chris Welch

But Samsung believes that MicroLED may be the custom display for you, even if it's the only company that uses it right now.

Its modular nature - you can see the seams of each piece if it is very close - allows any size or aspect ratio. There are two parts in each "MicroLED" module. The first is the back plate, which has hooks that extend with the swivel of a dial so that it can be easily attached to other wall modules. It's like Lego, but for home cinema. Samsung claims that the size of these modules can change when MicroLED reaches consumers. These are prototypes / initial samples.

Left: One of Samsung's MicroLED backplates, which connect with metal hooks and then hold the front display panels magnetically. Photo by Chris Welch

So the actual part of the screen just fits the back plate magnetically, like this:

Ignore how bad this GIF makes the MicroLED screen look like. For it is spectacular in person. Photo of Chris Welch

Prices and consumer availability of the 75-inch set are still unknown.

At CES 2018, Samsung predicted that it would take two to three years for a MicroLED market model to be feasible, but the company is probably trying to push the timeline forward as quickly as possible.

Source: The Verge | Samsung

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