Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Checking out Samsung's MicroLED and 8K QLED TVs

Checking out Samsung's MicroLED and 8K QLED TVs

But the output is the most varied for years - with each player pushing completely different technologies and Samsung stealing most of the headlines with a 146-inch wall based TV.

"Screens should not be limited by size or space".

More impressive, though, is the fact that Samsung's set is modular. A big draw is that it's modular, which means users can customize the size and shape of the screen by adding or removing sections of it. This comes in handy for consumer applications because each household has varying restrictions on the viewable area on their walls. Arguably, the tiling scheme could be arranged by Samsung to match customers' specific requirements and the bezel-free "wall" could be combined with other units. And doing so won't compromise the display's quality, according to Samsung.

The huge displays from LG and Samsung seem like aspirational headline grabbers more than actual shipping products, but both were incredible to see in person. Unlike most such prototypes, The Wall is actually expected to go on sale sometime in 2018. It's probably still a niche technology, but it is interesting. MicroLED panels are inherently emissive just like the competing OLED TVs, which are the current performance kings.

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Like OLED, MicroLED pixels are capable of emitting their own light, but replace the organic element of OLED with the inorganic substance, gallium nitride. It doesn't require color filters or backlighting.

It's still a race to have the biggest, baddest TV at CES. Likewise, there are developments such as 55-inch transparent display and a 77-inch wallpaper OLED TV display that would be exhibited soon.

LG has vowed it will make "the best TV even better" - and, as supplier of OLED TV panels to the TV industry as a whole, it's certainly in a position to do so. It also showcases some of the latest and most advanced TV display technology Samsung has ever presented to the wider world. Brand new designs from Samsung included an 85-inch 8K model, the Q9S Series. However, unlike the regular upscaling algorithm found in your average 4K television set, the one underpinning the Q9S is a lot more complicated. What's more, the AI component promises to improve the accuracy of upscaling by focusing and identifying individual areas of the content for optimal image processing.

Among Samsung's various CES announcements were some innovative new TVs.


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