Samsung Micro LED takes on OLED for Next Gen TV crown

posted on Monday, 7th January 2019 by Steve May

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In a surprise move, Samsung has used CES to position Micro LED as its next-generation premium TV display technology. At a First look unveiling in Las Vegas, it presented a 75-inch Micro LED 4k display which it says it will sell into the consumer space.

There’s no mention yet of retail pricing, but a 2020 launch date has been mooted.

The screen builds on technology first seen a year ago, when Samsung  introduced The Wall. This year is presented a 219-inch version, alongside last year's 146-inch example.

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Like OLED, Micro LED is a self emissive display, however the display comprises modules (pictured above) which can be used to form a screen of any size or shape. By adding these, users can theoretically expand a screen to fit any specific viewing space.

This scalable technology allows a variety of screen resolutions to be configured says the brand - 4k, 5k, 8k even 10k, declared Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business. Aspect ratios are also variable. Micro LED can support 16:9, 21:9 widescreen, and unconventional aspect ratios like 32:9, or even 1:1

Early impressions are certainly impressive. The Micro LED 75-incher looks outrageously bright and dynamic, offering deep, vibrant colours. Off-angle viewing is also exceptional, with no drop off in colour intensity or contrast. However at normal domestic viewing distances it's possible you’ll still see the joins that make up the Micro LED screen. 

The sheer brigtness of the display, which seves it so well in a big exhibition space, could also potentially going be fatiguing at regular viewing distances. But we're sure both of these issues will be factored in, as the screen nears production.

The larger Wall variants still appear to be digital signage solutions, although home theatre applications are clearly possible.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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