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Samsung makes the wall your TV with Micro LED

Big TVs that take up the wall might well be the future, and there’s one more on the horizon, as Samsung shows off with the latest in last year’s Micro LED concept.

Most of us have TVs in the home, and these TVs tend to sit in the living room, generally sitting atop an entertainment unit, but that might not be the only way to showcase media.

In fact about this time last year, Samsung showed off a concept that had the capacity to change the way we view things. Samsung showed at TV at CES 2018, but it wasn’t like any TV you’ be seen prior. Rather, it was more like a wall, and named accordingly.

It’s a concept Samsung called “The Wall”, with micro LED blocks that are able to connect together to form a larger TV on a wall itself. Essentially, it’s a customisable and configurable TV made of blocks of self-emissive micro LED blocks, and when they’re connected together, form TVs.

For instance, while last year Samsung showed off a 146 inch Micro LED TV that looked like a wall, this year it has a 219 inch model that may as well be a wall, offering a big 4K screen that can be adapted to various size walls.

You might not even need it to take over a wall, though, and Samsung has that in mind, providing a 75 inch Micro LED screen made in a home friendly design.

“For decades, Samsung has lead the way in next-generation display innovation,” said Samsung’s Jonghee Han.

“Our Micro LED technology is at the forefront of the next screen revolution with intelligent, customisable displays that excel in every performance category.”

While it might seem a little crazy to build a technology like wall-mountable Micro LEDs to create a TV, it’s worth noting that Samsung’s high-end competition in the TV space is generally held by LG and its W-series “wallpaper” OLED screens, a display that is so thin, it basically has to be mounted to a wall to be used.

It’s not hard to see then that Samsung is more or less going after that, though diverging with a design that can adapt to walls by using modules of varied sizes and aspect ratios, able to create displays that go beyond the 16:9 aspect ratio most TVs work in, and even hit unusually wide or even square screens if that’s what’s required.

Samsung hasn’t provided prices for its Micro LED walls, though given the technology on offer, we’d suggest that if you even have to think about the price as being an issue, you probably can’t afford it.

But it does look as though Samsung will be bringing the Micro LED technology to Australia, with a spokesperson for the Samsung Australia advising that “Samsung Australia is currently assessing when to launch this product locally. More details will be shared regarding local availability at a later date.”

“When to launch.”

We’d say that means it’s likely, but you might be waiting for a while yet. We’ll let you know when that changes.

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