Samsung 'The Wall' Might Put MicroLED In Homes By Next Year
We were totally blown away when we first saw the Samsung 'The Wall' at CES earlier this year and truthfully nothing has changed about that excitement. The massive 146-inch microLED display was nothing like we have ever seen before and was promised to oust OLED as the king of displays. And I'll be damned if it didn't live up to that hype.
And while many analysts were predicting that they may only be able to enjoy the fully-modular display in a commercial setting, Samsung is apparently ready for mass production reports The Korea Herald.
“We have completed the microLED technology and are in a stage to raise production yields,” said Han Jong-hee, president of Samsung’s visual display business during a press conference Friday. Han also noted that the newest venture should be called "a display or screen -- and not a TV" because of it's modular, bezel-less appearance.
Fair enough, but the naming convention of adding 'the' in front of everything already frustrating enough so I can't see a lot of momentum behind that movement.
The Wall occupies an interesting headspace from Samsung. Heralded for their gorgeous OLED smartphone screens, the company decided to invest in quantum dot technology for their flagship line of consumer-focused TVs. And while the QLED has been getting better, competitors investing OLED have proved it to be the superior technology time and time again.
However, this also gives them a convenient excuse to move onto the next biggest technology and hit the ground running.
MicroLED is actually a lot like OLED in many regards. Each pixel emits its own light enabling them to be turned off individually for true black purposes as well as omitting any need for a backlight. Both have 10,000:1 contrast ratios and consume less power than regular LED. But one main difference is microLED uses inorganic materials, offering longer lifespan - some 100,000 hours - and less pixel burn-in than the organic materials in OLEDs.
It's obvious that this is built for luxury and will certainly sit in that bracket. The secret sauce is the modular design that allows for complete customization of the 30mm panels - Samsung states that commercial models will be closer to 80mm - to fit any width or heigh issue from the consumer.
But beyond the announcement, there haven't been too many huge details on the technical aspects of The Wall. And although a price wasn't specified, Han said production will begin in September and that “the price will not be as high as people think.” Of course, we know that production costs are coming down across the board which is playing directly into MSRP's, but The Wall brings a unique situation to the table because it will be produced in squares, not as one continuous screen.
Is it possible that The Wall comes out swinging with an ultra-competitive space for flagship TVs? And even if it is outrageous, would it be so shocking to imagine a relatively faster decline in production costs? Only time will tell.