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Seeing Samsung's 'The Wall' MicroLED TV Made Me a Believer

Seeing Samsung's 'The Wall' MicroLED TV Made Me a Believer

The second exceptional TV on the South Korean manufacturer's stand is the world's first 88-inch 8K OLED TV, pushing back the limits even further with more than 33 million pixels (7680×4320) - 16 times more than regular Full HD (1920×1080). This is, as the "light-emitted diode (LED)" part of the name implies, a self-emitting technology, as opposed to the backlit-driven technology in LCD sets (including most of what is sold as LED, which refers to LED backlighting behind a liquid crystal display).

The 146-inch size might seem random, but it's actually just tall enough to be able to cover most home walls from the floor to the ceiling. For starters, the underlying display technology is a vastly different from what you'd get at Best Buy. The Wall has no bezels to speak of, so it all fits together seamlessly. Companies like LG and Samsung were some of the biggest players in the event but Amazon, Asus, Acer and many other brands including those that make popular PC peripherals also made their presence felt in the event. In other words, aside from its ridiculous size, The Wall is as close to the flawless new TV as we've seen so far from any brand. Hisense was really pushing these, and especially its Laser TV line that uses laser lights and TI's DLP technology. Most impressively, it showed a 150-inch version, though that is not yet slated for commercial availability. Among them was Sony's $30,000 4K projector capable of projecting a 120-inch HDR image on a wall.

The modular technology behind The Wall allows the TV to be customised to individual viewing room needs.

Samsung QUHD 4K CES 2018
Seeing Samsung's 'The Wall' MicroLED TV Made Me a Believer

Is this the future of televisions?

But I was interested to see a couple of vendors, such as Stream TV and Changhong (working with technology from MirraViz), pushing glasses-free 3DTVs. It's probably still a niche technology, but it is interesting. LG is also upping the game with an 8K TV that automatically upgrades content to a higher resolution than the current 4K standard.

While we'd love to tell you more - what type of panel the TV uses, its peak brightness or any other detail beyond its AI upscaling capabilities - but we can't.





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