Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Samsung Unveils "The Wall", the World's First Modular MicroLED 146-inch TV

Samsung Unveils

It's all part of the company's broader 2018 software update, which also includes support for the Korean tech titan's Bixby virtual assistant inside the smart TVs launching this year, alongside an integration with the company's SmartThings home automation platform.

If a modular MicroLED TV sounds a bit like a made-up language only spoken in the back of AV clubs, MicroLED is a type of panel technology that, like OLED, has pixels that produce their own light - i.e. they're self-emitting. It clearly signals a new phase in the Samsung vs LG battle in the TV space, with the latter unveiling the 88-inch 8K OLED TV. In the lead-up to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 in Las Vegas, Samsung has taken the wraps off the Q9S-this is an 85-inch television with 8K resolution and uses AI. The company isn't yet revealing many specifics on how that will work, however, only saying "the modular screen can be used to create a wall-sized display, or simply let consumers increase their traditional screen size to suit a new room in the home". Both outlined Samsung's vision of the future - one in which TV displays deliver brilliant visuals and also evolve to integrate seamlessly into people's lives, according to Samsung.

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"The modular, self-emitting MicroLED 146" TV is the largest TV in the World. But here the individual LEDs are far smaller than usual - down to the micrometer scale - and give The Wall a clearer picture in terms of brightness, color gamut, color volume and contrast.

The wall has a bezel-less design that Samsung describes as "module-based".

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The 8K AI TV will be rolled out to Korea and the United States in the second half of 2018, and Samsung will demonstrate the whole lineup at CES this week.

You can find out more details about Samsung's The Wall TV over at their website at the link below. This AI technology upscales standard definition content to 8K resolution.

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2018 Samsung Smart TVs will also offer easier sharing and connectivity, via Samsung's IoT platform hub.

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