Smaller is newer
The bigger news, however, is that Samsung announced it's ready to go into large-scale production on smaller MicroLED TVs, from 75 to 150 inches. Smaller MicroLED TVs are more challenging than big ones, because the LEDs need to fit closer and tighter together while still producing acceptable brightness for a TV.
Only 146 inches
Here's the first The Wall, a 146-inch model shown at CES 2018. It's actually on sale now for the commercial market. Pricing depends on how it's installed, but it's safe to say it's very, very expensive.
One benefit of MicroLED is that it's easier to make different screen sizes and aspect ratios than with traditional LCD and OLED technologies.
Another example of the modular capabilities.
Sizes and shapes
It'd be possible with MicroLED to have these different shapes and sizes all be high-resolution video displays.
Current versions are slightly thicker than other display tech, but the trade-off is an almost nonexistent bezel, giving 99% of the TV's facia to the screen itself.
Wall-sized The Wall
Although for years you've been able to get a display this size (human for scale) using a projector and screen, none could ever be as bright as MicroLED.
One of Samsung's MicroLED modules. Put a bunch together and you've got a TV.
A close-up view of MicroLEDs making an image.
A comparison of an LED of a conventional TV (left) with a Samsung MicroLED (right).
The evolution of LEDs getting smaller and smaller. The top left is the most recent, and they get larger and older in a clockwise direction.
An illustration of the size difference between traditional LEDs and MicroLEDs.
Check out MicroLED is the first new screen tech in a decade. Can it beat OLED? for more about how this technology works.
Originally published last year.