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Samsung's 146-inch "The Wall" is one ginormous modular microLED TV

By Ng Chong Seng - on 8 Jan 2018, 6:01pm

Samsung's 146-inch "The Wall" is one ginormous modular microLED TV

The Wall is the world's first modular microLED TV, and it's huge! (Image source: Samsung.)

At CES 2018, Samsung has unveiled “The Wall”, a 146-inch modular microLED TV.

Touted as the world’s first consumer modular microLED TV, The Wall is based on micrometer (µm) scale LEDs, a different display tech compared to today’s LED-based LCD TVs and OLED TVs. Similar to OLED though, these LEDs serve as their own source of light, so the TV doesn't need a backlight, which is the primary reason why current LED-LCD TVs are so thick (especially full-array local dimming models). And since each LED can turn itself on and off, it can, in theory, give you infinite contrast, which again, is like OLED TVs.

Because of this microLED tech, The Wall also doesn't need any color filters. And it supports DCI-P3. According to Samsung, other benefits of this microLED panel include better durability and effectiveness, including luminous efficiency (up to 2,000 nits), the light source lifetime, and power consumption. All that said, it’s unclear if The Wall is a 4K TV.

Finally, The Wall TV features a module-based, bezel-less design, so customers can customize the size and shape to suit their needs.

QLED TV with 8K AI tech

Samsung is also showing off a new 85-inch QLED TV at CES featuring an “8K AI technology”. In the company’s own words, this AI technology “upscales standard definition content to 8K resolution” by using “a proprietary algorithm to adjust screen resolution based on picture quality characteristics of each scene”. The Korean company says the set will go on sale starting with Korea and the U.S. during the second half of 2018.

Samsung’s 8K QLED TVs feature an image-upscaling AI technology that makes pictures appear more detailed than they would on a 4K TV. (Image source: Samsung.)

Expectedly, Samsung’s 2018 smart TV lineup will also be presented at CES for the first time. We’ll look at them in more detail in a separate article when we’ve more info, but briefly, you can expect enhanced connection and convenience functions, including Bixby, SmartThings, and Universal Guide, as well as strong support for HDR10+ and 4K HDR gaming with low input lag.

Source: Samsung (1, 2).

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