After showing off 'The Wall' at CES 2018, Samsung has announced that the same microLED display tech will be making its way into a consumer television next year.
We already knew that Samsung was planning to manufacture the panels for professional use cases, but this is the first time the company has confirmed (via Engadget) that actual consumers will be able to buy microLED TVs for their homes.
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The consumer version won’t be exactly the same as the professional model (in fact it will be around 50mm thinner), and we also imagine it’ll be packed with consumer-specific features, such as access to streaming services.
You can read all about the new display technology in our microLED explainer, but the general idea is that uses individual LEDs as pixels, rather than relying on an LED shining through a coloured liquid-crystal layer.
This means that pixels are producing their own light, and means they can create fantastic contrast levels and ‘true’ blacks by turning off their pixels entirely. They can also go brighter than existing OLED panels, meaning more detail and sparkle in bright parts of an image.
So far, Samsung has only shown off its microLED concept called ‘The Wall’. This display was actually made up of a number of smaller panels which were clipped together to create one 146-inch TV.
It’s unclear whether the consumer version of the TV will use this same layout. It would presumably keep Samsung’s costs down if it only had to manufacture a single panel that it could then assemble into multiple different TV sizes.
We imagine we’ll have to wait until next year to see the consumer version of the TV for ourselves, but the entire market is looking very interesting right now.
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