After launching an enormous MicroLED TV called The Wall at last year’s CES, Samsung has returned in 2019 with a smaller, 75-inch 4K TV that’s a far more practical fit for the living room.
It uses the same MicroLED foundation as The Wall, combining “individual tiles of self-emissive MicroLEDs, featuring millions of inorganic red, green and blue microscopic LED chips that emit their own bright light to produce brilliant colors on screen.
Samsung isn’t yet sharing specific release details or pricing for the 75-inch MicroLED TV, but it’s certainly not going to come cheap. MicroLED displays are incredibly challenging to produce at scale, with each of the RGB sub-pixels having to be carefully placed — with a very tight measure of space (or “pitch”) between them. If one of them is bad, the whole display — or in this case a TV — is a bust.
But Samsung strongly believes MicroLED can be the display that’s customized to your life — even if it’s really the only company going for it. (Others including Apple have been rumored to be researching the technology.) Its modular nature (you can see the seams of each tile if you stand very close) allows for any size or aspect ratio. So far we’ve seen last year’s The Wall, this 75-inch 4K TV, and also a new, even more monstrous 219-inch version of The Wall to showcase its sheer expandability.
Pricing and consumer availability for the 75-inch set are still unknown; at CES 2018, Samsung predicted it would be two or three years before a consumer MicroLED would be viable, but the company is likely trying to push that timeline forward as fast as it can.