Samsung’s previous plans for a 70-inch range of MicroLED TVs next year have changed, according to a recent report out of S. Korea.

The smaller range of MicroLED TVs for home-entertainment-targeted screen sizes for 2022 has been altered to now include 89-inches, 101-inches and 114-inches, according to technology trade website The Elec. Previously announced plans had listed a “70-inch range,” according to the report.

MicroLED TV technology has been presented as a sort of Holy Grail for advanced television applications. In addition to enabling large wall-sized flat-panel displays, MicroLED leverages arrays of direct-lit microscopic LEDs to form bright, colorful individual pixel elements. In comparison to today’s LCD and OLED displays, MicroLED displays are supposed to deliver better contrast, response times, energy efficiency, viewing angles and resistance to image retention.

Samsung has previously sold 110-inch MicroLED display versions. The Elec said the most recent version of this model was based on the use of printed circuit boards that are difficult to apply to smaller LED chips to produce 4K and 8K picture resolution levels.

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Samsung is planning to use low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) thin-film transistors (TFT) instead, The Elec said. This is based on glass substrates for individual protective circuits that can be applied in smaller applications.

Samsung had previously discussed plans included 88- and 76-inch MicroLED versions, to appeal to a broader market.

For now, anyway, The Elec article suggested that Samsung seems “keen on focusing on ultra-large-sized models for its MicroLED TVs,” since the current state of the technology makes it difficult to produce a 4K resolution MicroLED TV at a price tag under $84,500.

At the same time, Samsung is reportedly working on its first televisions based on QD-OLED technology as well as current 8K mini-LED-based LCD models available for much lower prices.

The report said the LTPS TFT technology Samsung Electronics plans to use for its MicroLED TV models are being produced by its sister company, Samsung Display.

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By Greg Tarr

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