Samsung has unveiled changes to its industry-leading Micro LED technology The Wall, which will allow unprecedented picture quality and let users change the screen size to suit their needs.
At last year’s CES, Samsung introduced Micro LED by unveiling The Wall, a floor-to-ceiling display that uses Samsung’s Micro LED display tiles, with dozens of small modular segments joining together to make the enormous screen.
At Samsung’s First Look event, which launched this year’s global tech showcase the Consumer Electronics Show, the tech giant unveiled a smaller, more home-friendly 75” (190.5cm) version of The Wall.
The original product, which has been available since mid-2018, was a massive 146” (370.84cm).
While the 146” version is more suitable to commercial customers, who may use the cutting-edge technology in the lobby of buildings, the 75” version is much better suited to home theatre buffs looking for excellent picture quality and versatility.
“Thanks to the modular nature of Micro LED, this technology offers flexibility in screen size that allows users to customize it to fit any room or space. By adding Micro LED modules, users can expand their display to any size they desire,” Samsung said in a statement.
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“These transformative TV displays are made up of individual modules of self-emissive Micro LEDs, featuring millions of inorganic red, green and blue microscopic LED chips that emit their own light to produce brilliant colours on screen – delivering unmatched picture quality that surpasses any display technology currently available on the market.”
Usually, the panels are created from a single sheet, which is one reason they tend to come in a standard set of sizes.
Pricing is yet to be announced but Jonghee Han, President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, has said it will be more affordable than you think.
A roll-out date in Australia has yet to be decided, with Samsung Australia saying it is “currently assessing when to launch this product locally.”
SAMSUNG TO PARTNER WITH APPLE
Samsung has also revealed it will offer iTunes movies and TV shows on its Smart TV models in a partnership with Apple.
A new iTunes Movies and TV Shows app is likely to be available on an industry-first app in Australia later this year (a date has yet to be confirmed) and will allow you to access your existing iTunes library and make purchases.
The app will be available on both Samsung’s 2019 TVs as well as its 2018 models (after a firmware update). It is the first time Apple has allowed third-party devices to access its video library outside of Windows PCs.
The move by Apple is a significant shift from its strategy in allowing iTunes to be available on the products of its rivals and indicates it is focusing more on services revenue.
Samsung will also include AirPlay2, Apple’s wireless streaming standard, which means you can access your favourite content from Apple products in over 190 countries across the world.
“We look forward to bringing the iTunes and AirPlay 2 experience to even more customers around the world through Samsung Smart TVs, so iPhone, iPad and Mac users have yet another way to enjoy all their favourite content on the biggest screen in their home,” said Eddy Cue, senior vice president of internet Software and Services at Apple.
Won-Jin Lee, Samsung Electronics’ executive vice president of visual display business, said the partnership with Apple was about provide Samsung users with a broad range of content.
“We pride ourselves on working with top industry leaders to deliver the widest range of content services to our Smart TV platform,” said “Bringing more content, value and open platform functionality to Samsung TV owners and Apple customers through iTunes and AirPlay is ideal for everyone.”
This journalist travelled to the CES in Las Vegas courtesy of Samsung