This time last year Samsung unveiled The Wall. Named for its mammoth size and bezel-less design, it also featured brand new Micro LED display tech.
It was a sensation at the time, but begged the question - how is this relevant to my home? 146-inches isn't practical for the everyday person.
Besides, it was only ever released commercially. But that's going to change in 2019.
At CES 2019 Samsung unveiled The Wall - a bloody huge TV that certainly lived up to its namesake.
Well apparently a casual 146-inches wasn't quite big enough. In 2019 its getting even bigger.
Today it was announced at CES that Samsung will be releasing a new 4K 75-inch micro LED TV, as well as an even bigger Wall, which will be coming in at a crazy 219-inches.
It's also been implied that we may be seeing even smaller TVs with Micro LED displays in the near future.
But what is Micro LED display? It basically means that the display is made up of individual modules of self-emissive Micro LEDs. They feature millions of red, green and blue microscopic LES chips that emit their own light. No colour filters or backlights are required, which means that it should produce vibrant colours and high picture quality.
"For decades, Samsung has lead the way in next-generation display innovation,” said Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “Our Micro LED technology is at the forefront of the next screen revolution with intelligent, customisable displays that excel in every performance category. Samsung Micro LED has no boundaries, only endless possibilities.”
One of the theoretical selling points of the micro LED technology is its theoretical flexibility. With modular Micro LEDs in particular, users can customise the screen to fit any room or space due to the tech and bezel-less design.
Adding more modules should even allow the displays to scale in order to increase the resolution without impacting the pixel density. But as it hasn't been released as a consumer product, we haven't really been able to see that in action properly.
Micro LED is supposed to support everything from regular 16:9 content to 21:9 films to weird and wonderful ratios like 32:9 and 1:1 ... all while maintaining good picture quality.
Here's hoping we will see more affordable iterations of the technology sometime this year. Samsung's local representatives confirmed with Gizmodo that the micro LED TVs would be released in Australia, but were still working on the timing.
This is awesome, as is the idea of an elegant display that fits any living space - but I want to see it.
We'll have more on the 2019 Wall and Micro LED designs later this week.
The author travelled to CES 2019 as a guest of Samsung and Dell.