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WTF is MicroLED? Samsung's new TV tech explained

WTF is MicroLED? Samsung's new TV tech explained

In other words, aside from its ridiculous size, The Wall is as close to the ideal new TV as we've seen so far from any brand.

Each year at CES, we've come to expect a new generation of TVs that are bigger, brighter, and clearer than the year before, and this year's show did not disappoint.

The annual CES tech conference is often filled with vapourware announcements - take a look at Razer's Project Linda for instance - but Samsung's latest TV tech is something that urgently needs to make an appearance on the high street, no matter how long it takes. This display is based on the same technology as the company's current UHD (4K) OLED panel, but can completely roll up and disappear into a box that lives below it. While we were shown "The Wall", a 146-inch MicroLED prototype TV, regular LCD, or more specifically, QLED TVs were missing, instead waiting until March to see the light of day.

It says the device is its first-ever MicroLED television for consumers. And doing so won't compromise the display's quality, according to Samsung.

It can sink down when the content on screen is in a narrower aspect ratio so viewers can enjoy what they're watching without any black space, while another setting drops the screen even lower, leaving only a thin wide strip that displays smart home information, including music streaming controls. It doesn't require color filters or backlighting.

Finally, Sony was also keen to show off its 8K developments, with an as yet unnamed 8K TV.

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Pricing for the TV has not yet been announced.

LG's 2018 OLEDs are also packing HLG, HDR10 and Dolby Vision varieties of HDR - and, uniquely for a TV manufacturer, Technicolor's Advanced HDR.

Alas, as The Wall is still very much at an early concept stage, there's no official word yet on United Kingdom pricing or a release date.

Touted as a TV with artificial intelligence, the Samsung Q9S packs in some serious processing power to run a sophisticated AI engine that converts any format - be it 4K, FullHD, or SD - into 8K resolution through the magic of upscaling.

The newly revealed LG television is very much in the news as the Korean firm is boasting so much about its huge display.

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