Samsung used a pre-CES 2019 press conference to celebrate its 50th anniversary by unveiling the latest advancement in its MicroLED television technology supporting a wider range of screen sizes with up to 4K Ultra HD resolution.

The company revealed variations on the 146-inch MicroLED “The Wall” television that it first unveiled at last year’s show, by announcing a stepped-up version employing the same modular-adoption system that allows customers to assemble a TV of the size, shape, aspect ratio and resolution level of their choosing. This MicroLED modular system is being marketed as “The Window.”

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Samsung also announced it has reduced the pixel pitch in each modular tile that makes up a finished display screen to allow for a 4K MicroLED TV measuring 75-inches. This variation, which is still in “prototype form” at the show, will fit more readily in average homes, Samsung said.

MicroLED is a self-emissive direct-LED panel technology affording ultra-thin panel depths, a wide bright color gamut, near-perfect black levels and high peak brightness.

A MicroLED TV like the 4K 75-inch model is made up of individual tiles of self-emissive MicroLEDs, featuring millions of inorganic red, green and blue microscopic LED chips that emit their own bright light. As production efficiencies advance, MicroLED is expected to be very cost effective to produce, which should help prices come down over time.

Currently, Samsung and other MicroLED makers are trying to overcome a few issues that have been difficult to solve, making prices high at this time. Samsung did not disclose pricing for the models announced Sunday.

Samsung also showed an advancement on last year’s The Wall MicroLED display system with a larger 219-inch 4K version. Also comprised of modular tiles, the system can be customized.

Samsung said its The Window MicroLED concept tiles can support everything from standard 16:9 HD content, to 21:9 widescreen films, to unconventional aspect ratios like 32:9, or even 1:1 – without having to make compromises in picture quality.


By Greg Tarr


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