After many promises and teases, Samsung’s first MicroLD is set for a global rollout by the end of early 2021.
The company launched its commercial microLD model, The Wall, back in 2018 and has promised on several occasions that a customer version will be available soon. This time it looks like it will actually happen.
For strangers, micro LED is a next-gen TV technology that basically takes away the best qualities of LED and reduces or diminishes it. Like LEDs, each pixel is self-contained, so it can be completely black while its sides can be bright white or a vibrant color, creating incredible contrasts.
MicroELDS may actually be much brighter than OAELD although theoretically this results in more spectacular contrasts. Samsung is quoting a top brightness rating of 2000 Nights about this new Microlade TV, which makes it twice as bright as the best OLD. What’s more, unlike LED TVs, which use organic matter (‘OLD’ is ‘organic light emitting diode’), micro LEDs are inorganic, so don’t degrade and suffer from image retention or burn-in.
The new consumer MicroLDD, for which we do not yet have an official model number, measures a whopping 110 inches in diagonal and is pre-assembled as a full-screen TV; Unlike commercial microLDs, which come in small modules that can be assembled in a variety of configurations.
Samsung is keen to mention that it offers a true customer base in other ways as well, such as a complete smart platform, multiple HDMI inputs and an integrated sound system.
This sound system is interesting in that Samsung describes it as both ‘5.1 Channel’ and ‘OTS Pro’ and because we still don’t know if it consists of a TV or a frame with full vibrated drivers we still don’t know the vein screen of Sony’s LED TVs. What we do know is that the OTS Pro is Samsung’s new top version of OTS (Object Tracking Sound) technology, which typically uses multiple drivers located around the frame of a TV to create a full virtual surround sound experience with height effects, and it’s the customer. The sound system of MicroLD TV is rated at 80W.
Another interesting, though niche, feature of Samsung’s new MicroLDD TV is that it can split the screen into smaller parts and display up to four sources at once. Dividing the screen into quarters basically gives you four 55-inch displays and each can play something different from the HDMI input or smart platform. Just think; You can invite up to three friends with their game console and have a four-player LAN party using a TV. Nerd heaven.
Surprisingly, the new consumer looks very attractive even before considering the huge size of the microLED. For starters, it has no bezel: from the front, it’s all screen. But microLD panels themselves can be thinner, more so than just a modern TV screen: it also requires speakers, connections and processing hardware, and all of this has to go somewhere. Thus, Samsung customer MicroLD referred to Samsung as a ‘pure metal plate’, which seems to give the set a depth of about 5 centimeters or more, although it is still difficult to get any idea about the scale from the supplied images though.
Clearly, the micro LED is designed to be walled, but the pure metal plate apparently gives the TV the strength to stand on its own. Although you will have to buy the Bospok floor stand separately.
If you wall-mount it, Ambient Mode (a feature of the company’s QLEDs for the past few years or more) allows the TV to display artwork or photos or match the color and pattern to the wall.
Interestingly, given its huge size and subsequent Zen certifications, this new consumer MicroLDD is proud of the ‘cable’ of 4K resolution. This is because the size of the individual microLDs (each of which represents a single pixel, remember) means there is a physical limitation to the pixel density (how many pixels can be spread out in each inch of each screen). In other words, microLDs with higher resolution will have to be smaller before they can be made available in smaller sizes.
Of course, all you need to know is how much Samsung’s new customer MicroLD costs. Unfortunately, there is still no official word on this (we asked), but Business Korea Claims that it will cost more than 100 million pounds, which translates to around £ 70,000 ($ 90,000, AU $ 125,000). Best starting savings.
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