For videophiles, one of the most important stories at CES 2018 is Samsung’s The Wall microLED display. It’s the world’s first such display intended for home use, and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
The Wall microLED display consists of tiles embedded with tiny trios of red, green, and blue LEDs. These tiles are assembled into a screen of just about any size, and the seams between tiles are virtually invisible. The display being demonstrated at CES measures 146″ diagonally in a 16:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 4K/UHD.
Few technical details were revealed, except that each pixel is less than 1 mm in diameter, and the distance between pixels is less than 1 mm. If you were to assemble a smaller screen with fewer tiles, it would have lower resolution. Also, as far as I could see, it’s very bright, far brighter than any projector producing a similar-sized image. And the blacks are absolute, since each pixel can be controlled independently and even turned off entirely.
The demo revealed that The Wall has several modes, such as Art Mode, which displays works of art, and Wall Mode. As seen in the photo above, this mode makes it look like a wall with bookshelves and a TV; another example is a wall with a fireplace. Talk about meta! Of course, it can also display video content, which looks absolutely gorgeous.
The Wall microLED display provides a projector-sized image with none of the drawbacks of projectors. No need for a darkened room, no alignment problems, no optical distortion, no uniformity issues, and super-high dynamic range. Everyone who saw it was floored.
I was delighted to learn that it is expected to be available to consumers later this year. How much? Samsung wouldn’t say, but if you have to ask, you probably can’t afford it. Regardless of its price, The Wall microLED display was a shoe-in for an online-shashki Forum Best of CES 2018 award.
You can read more about The Wall here. That article also includes my interview about it with Samsung’s Scott Cohen.