Samsung confirms 8K launch, intros cinematic MicroLED Wall TV to challenge OLED

posted on Monday, 8th January 2018 by Steve May

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Samsung is aiming to regain the high-ground in TV, with an early introduction of 8K and a new generation of TV technology, in the shape of MicroLED. JH Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics (pictured) says the aim is to make the giant screen “the center of everyday life.”

Critics have said Samsung has a wall to climb if it wants to challenge OLED. Well here it is. Literally dubbed The Wall, the modular Micro LED set (pictured above and below) will debut in a 146-inch screen size. Design-wise, the big 8K set (pictured bottom) looks rather similar to the easel-approach adopted by Samsung’s S range launched back in in 2013.

MicroLED, as used by The Wall, is an emissive technology, and doesn’t require a backlight or colour filters. It's a mash-up of semiconductor processing techniques and LED technology.Each chip incorporates RGB colour and is able to deliver up to 2000 nits of peak brightness.

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The suggestion is that MicroLED will scale larger than conventional display technologies, including OLED which become prohibitively expensive to produce beyond 65-inches. MicroLED could prove a significant new product option for custom install professionals looking for premium image quality at hitherto unavailable screen sizes. Each MicroLED module measures 238mm. Thanks to its bezel-less modular design, consumers can add blocks to the screen, as required.

The pixels of a MicroLED module (above right) are much smaller than those in a conventional LED  display. The display is extremely bright, and capable of vivid colours and deep blacks. The MicroLED screen may be modular, but we couldn't spot any joins on Samsung's CES booth demo from a normal viewing distance. The Wall did, though, appear to be radiating a considerable amount of heat. 

The Wall

8K TV


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The 85-inch Q9S 8K TV uses smart AI algorithm to upscale content, even SD, to 7680 x 4320 resolution. Advanced processing techniques also promise extremely low input lag and fast frame rate conversion.The screen will debut in Korea and the US mid-2018, with a European launch to follow (expect to hear more of this at IFA 2018).

Samsung also confirmed that it is moving from edge-lighting to a full-array backlight for its 2018 QLED flagship TV, which should signify a big step up in image quality. The set’s promise a 2000 nit peak brightness for HDR content. The set will be compatible with HDR10+.

The company also promoted Bixby as the brains behind a new generation of smart TVs, and smart home products, under the SmartThings brand. Bixby will also open the door to voice control.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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