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Samsung has plans to show off Micro LED TVs at CES

By Greg S ยท 8 replies
Nov 27, 2017
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  1. Samsung currently offers a range of QLED TVs for sale, but for high-end displays they still have some drawbacks. A QLED TV is nothing more than an LCD panel with quantum dot filters placed over the top. Instead of QLED, Samsung could be switching over to Micro LED displays. Micro LED TVs are exactly what they sound like: massive quantities of extremely tiny LEDs arranged in a grid pattern.

    Going back to 2012, Sony was the first to show off a 55-inch Micro LED TV. Since then, little data was revealed to the public and a commercial product was never launched. Samsung could be changing that at CES 2018 with the unveiling of a gigantic 150-inch TV. Micro LED TVs could further reduce power consumption and prevent burn-in.

    To be considered a Micro LED, each pixel must be less than 100 micrometers. Producing extremely small LEDs is a manufacturing challenge that seems to be the greatest roadblock preventing a marketable product. Once the tiny diodes can be produced, applying them to a plastic backing will allow for thin, light, and pliable displays.

    Samsung is not the only business interested in Micro LED technology. Apple is also working with TSMC to develop methods of mass producing Micro LEDs. It is believed that Apple would like to implement the new display technology into wearables and VR/AR uses. Mobile devices are unlikely to use Micro LED displays anytime soon since producing the required size of LED is still not scalable for mass production.

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  2. MUMMZ

    MUMMZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +8

    OLED is not mainstream as yet, but with the advancement of this technology, that could change and bring down pricing of OLED panels.
  3. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,819   +2,173

    I saw pricing for LG's B7 65" OLED at $2,250 over the weekend which is withing a few dollars of equivalently sized high-end LCD sets. The pricing for OLED is dropping and many consider OLED to be superior to LCD at this time.

    This tech has the possibility to be superior to OLED in that there should be no possible chance of burn in as well as higher light levels. Both of these improvements are not that far off for OLED, as well as other advancements that may not be so easy to achieve with this tech like flexible displays. In addition, inkjet printed OLED displays are not all that far in the future, too.

    With micro-LED, Sony must have decided that there was a good reason not to move forward with production. I wonder whether Samsung is just going for publicity at CES with this, and if not, just how much are these sets going to cost relative to OLED, and/or current high-end LCDs. OLED may well beat micro-LED to market with improvements and cost. If micro-LED is considerably higher priced than OLED, this may have a short, if any, market lifetime. IMO, Samsung appears to be scrambling because of the not-invented-here syndrome.
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2017
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,925   +1,194

    OLED's still have a drawback of "burn in", which isn't present in LED's.
  5. MUMMZ

    MUMMZ TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +8

    True...however Sony isn't a company known to take risks too much and they rather play things safe. Samsung has definitely been more groundbreaking than Sony has in the last decade. I will be watching closely to see how this develops. LG's OLED wallpaper tv is sexy af:eek:
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  6. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,819   +2,173

    And Samsung has been firestarting and law breaking, too! LOL
  7. Can't wait until we get panels that can do full HDR and don't require you to sell your entire family into slavery to afford it.
  8. Mighty Duck

    Mighty Duck TS Addict Posts: 151   +81

    But are these screens curved?
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 3,819   +2,173

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