At last year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samsung introduced The Wall, a fantastically large 146-inch micro LED display. Now a year later, Samsung is upping the ante with an even bigger 219-inch model, as well as a more pedestrian 75-inch micro LED display that could actually find its way into living rooms.
These displays that are powered by micro LED technology ditch the traditional backlight and replaces it with millions of inorganic red, green, and blue microscopic LED chips, each of which emits its own light. This approach allows for both much thinner displays and, in theory, superior image quality. Accordingly, Samsung is pitching "unmatched picture quality that surpasses any display technology currently available" to consumers.
"Thanks to the modular nature of micro LED, this technology offers flexibility in screen size that allows users to customize it to fit any room or space. By adding Micro LED modules, users can expand their display to any size they desire. The modular functionality of Micro LED will allow users in the future to create the ultimate display even at irregular 9×3, 1×7, or 5×1 screen sizes that suits their spatial, aesthetic and functional needs," Samsung says.
The modular nature of micro LED technology will likely appeal to businesses for things like digital signage and things of that nature, rather than home consumers. It's a neat concept, just not real practical for home environments. What should appeal to consumers, though, is the prospect of a display technology that rivals (or surpasses, if Samsung is to be believed) OLED, and does it without suffering from burn-in.
Micro LED displays should offer high levels of brightness, deep blacks, and wide color gamuts. This technology should also solve the problem of bloom, which affects traditional LED displays with local dimming. This is when brightly lit objects sort of bleed out to surrounding areas—it's most noticeable when there's a bright white object on a dark black background. In short, micro LED could be the future of TVs
It's not clear when the 75-inch model will be available or how much it will cost.