Samsung’s Gargantuan New 146 Inch 4K TV From CES Shows The Immediate Future Of QLED
Stephan Jukic – January 11, 2018
We strongly suspect that very few people will ever buy their own copy of one of Samsung’s new The Wall” 4K ultra HD HDR TV. At 146 inches, this thing is a true monster that outclasses even some 4K projectors in how much display space it can give you. It also showcases some of the latest and most advanced TV display technology Samsung has ever presented to the wider world.
Thus obviously enough “The Wall” is going to cost a true fortune for anyone with enough space to actually fit the damn thing in their home comfortably.
However this isn’t the real point of Samsung’s gigantic new HDR 4K TV and its 146 inch screen, No , what Samsung really wants from such a massive piece of home entertainment technology lots of attention to its size during a major consumer electronics event (VES 2018), so that the company can then showcase all the cool new display technologies that “The Wall” comes with and let buyers judge for themselves if they’d be willing to pay premium prices for the same things in the more ordinary-sized 4K HDR TVs that emerge in 2018 and maybe 2019.
At achieving this latter PR stunt, The Wall succeeds wonderfully. It’s sheer gargantuan size is guaranteed to draw media and CES attendee attention while its host of cutting-edge new technologies give a glimpse of what Samsung is working on for their newest consumer models.
So what exactly are these other technologies? Well, first and foremost, there’s something called Modular microLED. This is the heart and soul of the new Wall TV from the company and Samsung is promising that it will be part of the “screen of the future.” While that phrase sounds like typical PR/marketing hyperbole, we are actually inclined to trust Samsung’s diagnosis in this case. The Wall is possibly the first large television from this or any brand to, supposedly, come equipped with a technology called modular Micro LED, in which LEDs on the display can be lit up individually with colors appearing more vibrant than ever before and with perfect infinite contrast due to a complete lack of backlight technology.
We covered this subject recently in a post on the future of QLED technology (essentially another name for the micro LED tech of “The Wall” TV) and discussed how it might advance enough to replace OLED or conventional LCD displays to become the dominant type of display for most near-future TVs. Like OLED, micro LED tech creates light and color right inside a TV’s pixels themselves and thus doesn’t require any sort of large, bulky LED backlight arrays. Furthermore, just as is the case with OLED, the pixels (any one of several million of them inside a micro LED 4K TV bar) can turn off or on completely on an individual basis for perfect scene dimming and bright highlights.
However, unlike OLED, the Micro LED tech of the gargantuan Wall TV doesn’t have quite so many limitations on peak brightness. Thus, this beast of a television can also get incredibly bright, much more so than OLED, managing up to over 2000 nits according to its makers. Even today’s best OLED 4K TVs can’t reach even half of that so far.
Other key specs of “The Wall” include a full HDR support package with inclusion of full DCI-P3 wide color gamut and some essentially perfect contrast, with total black levels where needed alongside spectacularly high peak brightness as we’d mentioned above. In other words, aside from its ridiculous size, The Wall is as close to the perfect new TV as we’ve seen so far from any brand. It combines the best of OLED (perfect, total black levels) with the best of LCD (stunningly high peak brightness) and joins them with incredible high dynamic range color.
Another cool feature of the Wall is that it can be customized to even larger sizes. As absurdly big as its 146 inch display surface is, Samsung has said that the screen is modular, meaning that it can be both shrunk down or enlarged as needed to cover a whole wall.
So there you have it, next-generation electro-QLED technology has finally arrived and so far its specs indicate something that could blow both current LCD TVs and the best that OLED offers out of the water, if only we can soon start seeing more normal-sized versions of this monster TV on the market.
Samsung hasn’t yet named an official price for The Wall or a firm launch date but there will be a press event in March with more information. We’re not expecting this giant’s price tag to even remotely fit any ordinary home theater budget.