Samsung Electronics held Samsung First Look 2018 in Las Vegas on January 7 (local time) and unveiled The Wall TV, a 146-inch modular TV incorporating micro-LEDs, in front of more than 300 reporters.
The Wall TV is the world’s first TV that uses micro-LEDs. The micrometer-sized LEDs function as light sources in the TV so it does not have to be equipped with any backlight and color filter. Samsung Electronics explained that The Wall TV is the display that currently provides the most excellent image quality.
“We are focusing on QLED and micro-LED TVs at the same time,” the company said, adding, “Micro-LEDs can be a tool for overcoming the size-related limitations of LED TVs and the price competitiveness of micro-LED TVs can be attained once mass production is initiated.” It went on to say that it is currently discussing joint technological development with a Taiwanese company and it will be in charge of the production side. The Wall TV has a modular structure and, as such, the size and shape of the screen can be adjusted if needed. In addition, an entire wall can be the screen as the TV allows zero-bezel design. Samsung Electronics is planning to start the sale of the TV on an OEM basis this year.
Also unveiled at the show were an 85-inch 8K QLED TV and Bixby-mounted new smart TVs. The former is characterized by converting low-resolution content into 8K content by means of artificial intelligence (AI). Moreover, it automatically adjusts sound effects in accordance with images. The product is scheduled to be released in South Korea and the United States in the second half of this year.
The Bixby-mounted new smart TVs work with Samsung Electronics’ IoT platform SmartThings so that channels can be switched and information can be searched by voice recognition. The TVs also come with the Universal Guide for personalized TV channel recommendation.