Nearly three years after dazzling attendees at CES in Las Vegas with the aptly named “The Wall” MicroLED display technology, Samsung has just unveiled a consumer-ready 110-inch version of the television in South Korea, set to go on sale globally in the first quarter of 2021.
That is consumer-ready for viewers who can afford what is almost certainly going to be a television with a stratospheric price tag, though Samsung hasn’t yet disclosed just what that sum will be.
And that’s assuming you even have room for a 110-inch TV that would dwarf the 65-inch or 75-inch screen that may currently be anchoring your home theater.
It’s all relative, of course. The Wall showcased at CES 2018, and at subsequent events, could be configured up to a mammoth 292-inches. It was designed around modular panels that were mounted flush to one another, meaning it could be configured into a range of sizes.
But this new 4K HDR TV is prefabricated into what Samsung describes as a “traditional TV form.”
According to the company, the self-illuminating micrometer-sized LED lights employed here eliminate the backlight and color filters utilized in conventional displays. Instead, light and color emanate from their own pixel structures.
The MicroLEDs are made of inorganic materials which Samsung says should last up to 100,000 hours, or more than a decade.
Consumers will be able to exploit the huge screen real estate by watching up four content feeds at the same time, on up to 55-inch sized split screens. Samsung has removed the black matrix and bezel so a viewer is pretty much looking at all-screen; it has a 99.99% screen-to-body ratio. (Check out the images above and below that were supplied by Samsung.)
The embedded sound system can deliver 5.1 channel audio, without you having to add an external speaker, Samsung says.
Alas, with CES next month going all virtual because of Covid, I won’t yet be able to see and come to any kind of initial verdict on the TV in person. But I was blown away by those previous Wall TVs so I have pretty high expectations that if you can afford it and have the space, this new TV is likely to be special.