In a bid to push consumers to upgrade their television sets, TV makers have been pushing increasingly large screens, some as big as 75 inches or even 80 inches. These big screen TVs do not necessarily cost a fortune, either. However, Samsung just made even the biggest consumer TVs look puny by comparison with the unveiling of its massive 146-inch modular, self-emitting microLED TV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Samsung is pitching its new display as the screen of the future. That is reference to its micrometer-scale LEDs and not the ginormous size of the display panel, the latter of which many people would have trouble fitting into their homes. These microLEDs, as they are called, are much smaller than current LEDs and serve as their own light source. In other words, no backlight is required, similar to organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology. The implication here is superior picture quality compared to traditional LED TVs, with deeper blacks and rich colors.
Of course, we can't ignore how incredibly huge Samsung' showcase TV is. Appropriately dubbed "The Wall," Samsung's 146-inch TV features a near bezel-free design that Samsung refers to as "module-based." Details on what that exactly that entails remain a bit fuzzy, with Samsung saying The Wall "exemplifies how consumers can customize their television sizes and shapes to suit their needs."
"At Samsung, we are dedicated to providing consumers with a wide range of cutting-edge screen experiences," said Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. "As the world’s first consumer modular MicroLED television, ‘The Wall’ represents another breakthrough. It can transform into any size, and delivers incredible brightness, color gamut, color volume and black levels. We’re excited about this next step along our roadmap to the future of screen technology, and the remarkable viewing experience it offers to consumers."
For the time being, Samsung is keeping mum on the hard numbers, including contrast ratio, peak brightness, and cost. In regards to the latter, it's a save bet Samsung's asking price once it commercializes The Wall will be at least tens of thousands of dollars, if not six figures.