Samsung’s The Wall TV is the first consumer display to use micro-LED technology

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Like OLEDs, mLEDs enable deeper blacks because they don't need a separate backlight

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8 January 2018 | 0

Samsung is making some of the most exciting TV news at the 2018 CES: The first consumer TV based on micro-LED technology (aka MicroLED, mLED, and µLED). You can think of the mLEDs in the 146″, 8K UHD (7680×4320 pixels) The Wall as significantly brighter, non-organic OLEDs that similarly provide their own individual, energy-efficient light source.

Micro-LEDs eliminate the need for both a separate backlight and LCD shutters, so there should be little to no leakage of light in areas where you don’t want it. In plain-speak, mLEDs should deliver vastly improved blacks while increasing the peak brightness of LED TVs. Actually, for the first time, LED TV (which was shorthand for LED backlit) won’t be a misnomer.

Forget 4K, that’s last year’s resolution
As with others companies in the consumer electronics industry, Samsung has latched on to the acronym AI (artificial intelligence) and promptly started misusing it. In this case it describes the adaptive, learning algorithm used to upscale 1080×2160 (4K UHD) content for its new 85″, Q9S 8K (7680×4320 pixels) UHD TV. Yes, that new 4K UHD TV you scrimped and saved to buy is already sporting a resolution of the past, thanks to Samsung (and LG, which announced an 8K OLED TV last week).

Get Smart
Samsung’s 2018 smart TVs will support the company’s voice-recognition digital assistant Bixby under the umbrella of Q Smart, which also shelters Samsung’s IoT technology (like Amazon Echo, Apple HomeKit, Google Home, etc.).

Q Picture encompasses everything Samsung is doing to to improve TV images (backlight arrays with more elements on its non-mLED TVs, refined quantum-dot color, and the aforementioned AI), while Q Style covers everything the company has done to make its TVs thin, reduce cable clutter, and so on.

HDR warrior
Samsung continues to push HDR10+, a royalty-free, open alternative to Dolby Vision and the successor to HDR10. Like Dolby Vision, HDR10+ supports dynamic metadata that can optimise the colour palette and contrast of content scene by scene frame by frame.

The only salient difference, which will be hard to spot with the eye on today’s TVs, is that Dolby Vision supports 12-bit colour, while HDR10+ renders exclusively in 10-bit colour.

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