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Samsung’s 75-inch, modular MicroLED TV is a glimpse at home entertainment’s future

Brighter and longer-lasting than OLED, MicroLED screens are tipped to lead the TV market in the future — and they're bezel-less by design.

Published onJanuary 7, 2019

Samsung 75-inch, 4K MicroLED display on stage at CES 2019

Samsung has shown off a new, 75-inch MicroLED TV at CES 2019. The modular display is the smallest 4K MicroLED display Samsung has ever shown off ahead of its first MicroLED TV release sometime in 2019.

Little else is known about the product; we’re yet to see a price or any other specs. The big draw is the technology itself. MicroLED is in its infancy right now but it’s anticipated to overtake OLED in the future as it includes several advantages.

MicroLED screens are made up of millions of tiny light-emitting LEDs, meaning there’s no need for a dedicated backlight. So MicroLED displays can be as thin and light as OLED screens, but they’re also said to be brighter and longer-lasting. They don’t burn-in in the same way, either.

Samsung 75-inch, 4K MicroLED display on stage at CES 2019

But possibly the biggest benefit of MicroLED tech is its modularity. You can build these screens to be (almost) as large or small as you like, as they comprise several square panels, as well as building them in unconventional aspect ratios (though I’m not sure why you would). Presumably, Samsung will sell individual square panels at some point so you can add them to your existing MicroLED if you want something larger.

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This also means each individual display is bezel-less, though you will see a seam if you’re standing close to the screen.

Though Samsung intends to release microLED displays to the public in 2019, we don’t know if this exact 75-inch model will be on sale. Whatever form it takes, the first few generations of these displays are likely to be incredibly expensive — The Verge suggests MicroLED TV sets like this one would cost “tens of thousands of dollars.” Yikes.

Samsung is also showing off a 219-inch MicroLED TV, based on the same tech, at the Las Vegas tradeshow. If you want to learn more about that, hit the previous link.

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