Exactly one year ago, at the CES in Las Vegas, Samsung showed the first generation of The Wall – LED displays that work like large billboards, but with a much higher density of “pixels” (each of which represents a separate LED). Because of this density, the type of new displays was called MicroLED, because they use much fewer diodes than usual.
But the price for them turned out to be so high at first that they were sold only for business solutions or simply too very rich clients. For example, the cheapest configuration for a modular 4K display of this type costs more than half a million dollars in Russia. Usually, such a price level scares off ordinary buyers, and they lose interest in such a technique, but not in this case because MicroLED gives a good image. Such displays have high brightness, rich colors, and perfect blacks, because the “pixels”, that is, LEDs, in such panels glow themselves and emit light directly without filters.
However, the first generation of The Wall still had a drawback – not such a high pixel density as other types of displays. For the same business decisions, this is forgivable, but too unusual for home users, because 8K TVs with much smaller diagonals are already in use. Samsung was well aware of this and was preparing the second generation of MicroLED displays, which they told reporters at a private presentation in Korea just over a month ago.
Yesterday at CES in Las Vegas, they showed the new displays to the world. Now, these are not just screens, but MicroLED TVs for home use. They will be released at once with a whole line of models with diagonals from 75 to 292 inches. And the size of the diagonal will be fixed only for the 75, 88, and 93-inch models. And for the rest, the diagonal is an approximate value, because, like the first generation of The Wall MicroLED displays, the new models will have a modular design.
This means that they will also be “assembled” from modules and have the ability to change the configuration, that is, they can be increased in size if desired, change the aspect ratio, and even make screens of arbitrary shape.
The modules have virtually no frames – they are no more than the interpixel distance, so the boundaries between them on the TVs assembled from them are not visible at all. Accordingly, it is not visible on TVs and the general external frame – it is simply absent, which makes their appearance even more fantastic.
At a demonstration in Las Vegas, the TV was “assembled” from modules right in front of the astonished audience. This means that, unlike the first generation of The Wall, in the new models, the modules will not require special cables, the modules themselves will be assembled as Lego parts with automatic connection, and the TV processor will independently build the image based on the number and location of the modules. By the way, a new processor was made for this purpose – AI Quantum. It is officially announced that the maximum brightness of the new models will reach 5000 nits (cd / m2) – a record level for home devices, and several types of video with HDR will be supported.
The prices for the new models have not yet been named precisely because of their modularity, because the configuration can be changed within a very wide range. There are no detailed technical specifications yet. However, based on the resolution and diagonals (4K for 75 and 88 inches and 8K for 150 inches), we can assume that at least three types of modules will be used for building models, and the maximum pixel density will be about twice as high as that of the first generation of Samsung. The Wall, that is, almost the same as the LCD models 2-3 years ago.