Over the past couple years, Samsung has confirmed off (and bought to a really wealthy few) its futuristic, modular TV dubbed The Wall that makes use of MicroLED know-how. MicroLED shares lots of OLED’s finest traits — with out a lot of the related drawbacks — and is extensively considered as the subsequent large improve leap for the shows in our lives. Now, Samsung is taking MicroLED and placing it right into a extra conventional TV kind issue. Right this moment the corporate introduced the 110-inch MicroLED TV, which works up for presale immediately in Korea and can launch globally within the first quarter of 2021.
As for the primary query that in all probability involves thoughts, no, Samsung is not but revealing a value for this monumental TV utilizing the most recent image know-how. However you’ll be able to anticipate it’ll value way over any of the corporate’s different 4K (and even 8K) units on account of the self-emitting MicroLED magic. You gained’t actually discover any bezels or borders in these pictures; this TV has a 99.99 % screen-to-body ratio, however Samsung nonetheless managed to construct in “an embedded Majestic Sound System” that it claims “delivers breathtaking 5.1 channel sound with no exterior speaker.”
Since all these LEDs are self-illuminating, you get the proper blacks and unbelievable distinction which have come to outline OLED. However crucially, MicroLED is inorganic and thus ought to have higher long-term sturdiness. There shouldn’t be any menace of burn in, which is already getting rarer on fashionable OLED TVs. Samsung estimates a lifespan of round 100,000 hours — or “as much as a decade.” Within the case of The Wall, these MicroLEDs are put into modular panels that may be mixed to create a TV of just about any measurement — should you’ve received the scratch to pay for it. Right here’s one instance of The Wall that was put in in a luxurious London residence. However the 110-inch TV is a extra conventional kind issue.
As for whether or not the 110-inch MicroLED contains HDMI 2.1 and helps all of the issues that it makes potential (like 120Hz 4K gaming), I’ve requested Samsung. however a solution wasn’t obtainable at press time. One neat software program trick is the power to concurrently watch as much as 4 sources of content material (even from totally different HDMI inputs) with the TV’s Multi View function.
Samsung says that manufacturing a 110-inch MicroLED TV wasn’t potential till latest improvements, and the corporate credit “a brand new manufacturing course of derived from its semiconductor enterprise” as serving to to make it potential. Smaller MicroLED TVs are already on the roadmap, so whereas this factor is bound to have a value that’s out of attain for many individuals, sometime there will probably be fashions that gained’t be as cost-prohibitive.
That’s nonetheless a methods out, although, and Samsung is anticipated to have a recent lineup of extra mainstream (and nonetheless nice trying) shopper QLED 4K and 8K TVs subsequent month throughout a digital CES 2021.