Samsung is reportedly gearing up to start production of new MicroLED display models in May at scaled down prices from previous years.

South Korean-based technology trade news site The Elec cited “sources” Thursday saying that Samsung is planning to lower its previous MicroLED price structure by about 40% for recently shown new 89-inch and 101-inch models. Prices will reportedly start around 100 million won (approximately $80,000).

The company’s previous 110-inch MicroLED package was available for about 170 million won.

MicroLED packages for 2022 are to include three screen sizes of 89-inches, 101-inches and 114-inches.

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The114-inch MicroLED model is expected to arrive later, priced at about $100,000, The Elec reported.

The pricing for the 101-inch model has not been finalized, the report said.

MicroLED displays are similar to OLED TVs in that they have self-emitting light properties, but instead of using organic light emitting diodes, MicroLEDs are based on tiny, non-organic LEDs – three per pixel. Each pixel can be individually turned on or off for greater contrast control for benefits ranging from very fine dark shadow details to very bright highlights. The displays also afford more precise control of colors, and very wide viewing angles. MicroLEDs displays can be offered as either singular pre-assembled panels (in smaller sizes) or as a kit of modular panels that are fitted together by custom installers to create variable sizes and aspect ratio configurations.

Samsung’s new models will be based on low-temperature polycrystalline silicon (LTPS) thin-film transistors (TFT), the report said. This technology will enable screens with 4K (3840×2160) resolution even at smaller screen sizes and will be able to control individual circuits.

The transistors measure 12.7-inch in size.The Elec said the new modular MicroLED panels used for the packages are being supplied by Samsung Display and AUO.

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By Greg Tarr

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