Samsung Unveil 146-inch Modular 4K TV in Las Vegas

Antonio Villas-Boas  Business Insider

We covered this subject recently in a post on the future of QLED technology (essentially another name for the micro LED tech of "The Wall" TV) and discussed how it might advance enough to replace OLED or conventional LCD displays to become the dominant type of display for most near-future TVs.

As yet it isn't clear when it will be launched although an announcement is expected in the forthcoming weeks. The MicroLED panels comprising the TV are quite unlike existing LED-backlit LCD technology, otherwise commonly found in LED TVs.

Samsung Electronics launched "The Frame" lineup previous year.

Also dubbed "The Wall", Samsung's innovative TV uses MicroLED technology to deliver an amazingly rich 146-inch picture. It's not the same technology as OLED, and Samsung says it offers the flawless blacks of OLED but can get much brighter and has fewer off-axis color issues.

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

Demonstrated at CES, the "Wall" as the company calls it is made up of tiles of microLEDs seamlessly jointed together and is described as a modular product. It's very similar to the technology used in scoreboards and jumbo screens but scaled for home use. This TV's screen's resolution is a huge size of 7680 x 4320, which means there are 33 million pixels in it- four times that of Ultra HD (4K), which is itself four times the resolution of regular old HD. What's more, an early report by CNET states that the seams between modules isn't visible, unlike other modular large form factor displays. Samsung says it will be commercially available this year.

Ranking in at a world's first 88 inches television. Most impressively, it showed a 150-inch version, though that is not yet slated for commercial availability. It's an interesting technology, but mostly suited for viewing in very dark rooms.

Of course, all of these technologies will be much more expensive than conventional sets, but they are important technologies, because they can often go where conventional TVs are a tough fit. OLED reached 270,000 shipment units in November as falling prices pushed the sweet spot purchases around 55-inches and above, offering genuine UHD and 4K down into the budget range... 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.

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