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CES: Samsung unveils 146-inch TV called ‘The Wall’

Samsung has unveiled a 146-inch modular MicroLED TV, dubbed ‘The Wall’ at its annual first look event at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.


Samsung said The Wall is a self-emitting TV with micrometer (µm) scale LEDs – which are much smaller than current LEDs and serve as their own source of light. This means the TV does not need colour filters or backlight.


The module-based design also means consumers can customise their TV’s size and shape to suit different purposes.


“At Samsung, we are dedicated to providing consumers with a wide range of cutting-edge screen experiences,” said Jonghee Han, president of visual display business at Samsung Electronics.


“As the world’s first consumer modular MicroLED television, ‘The Wall’ represents another breakthrough. It can transform into any size, and delivers incredible brightness, colour gamut, colour volume and black levels.


 “We’re excited about this next step along our roadmap to the future of screen technology, and the remarkable viewing experience it offers to consumers.”


At CES Samsung also showcased its first QLED TV featuring 8K AI technology, which is due to launch internationally in the second half of 2018, starting in Korea and the US.


The AI technology is designed to upscale standard definition content to 8K and uses a proprietary algorithm to adjust screen resolution based on the picture quality characteristics of each scene.


It also demoed its 2018 Samsung Smart TVs, which include enhanced functions and connections, including Samsung’s intelligent assistant platform Bixby and Samsung’s IoT platform hub SmartThings


The 2018 smart TVs will also include the launch of Universal Guide – an advanced program guide that recommends TV programs and content based on a user’s preferences.


First Ever Modular TV with MicroLED: The Screen of the Future


“The Wall,” with MicroLED and self-emitting technology, delivers incredible definition without restrictions to size, resolution or form. It replaces color filters with micrometer (µm) scale LEDs, which are much smaller than current LEDs, and serve as their own source of light.


Thanks to its module-based, bezel-less design, “The Wall” allows consumers to customize their television to the size and shape of their choice. The modular screen can be used to create a wall-sized display, or simply let consumers increase their traditional screen size to suit a new room in the home.


AI Technology for 8K-Like Picture Quality: Maximizing the Viewer Experience


Samsung also featured the world’s first QLED TV featuring 8K AI upscaling technology. This technology upscales standard definition content to 8K by employing a proprietary algorithm to adjust screen resolution based on the image quality characteristics of each scene. This includes detail enhancement - upgrading standard definition content; noise reduction; edge restoration function – which more clearly outlines on-screen objects Automatic sound adjustment for different content, such as sports events or music concerts will also be a feature of this TV.


2018 Smart TV, Upgraded with Bixby and SmartThings


Samsung also showcased its 2018 enhanced Smart TV platform, including Bixby, SmartThings and Universal Guide. Bixby, an intelligent assistant platform developed by Samsung, enables easier interaction between the TV and consumers thanks to its intuitive UX and comprehensive voice analysis capabilities.


SmartThings integration into 2018 Samsung Smart TVs will also offer easier sharing, connectivity, and an overall simplified way to control the television and sync with other devices. 2018 will also see the launch of Universal Guide, an advanced program guide that allows users to search for specific content across all apps and programs and automatically recommends TV content according to a user’s preferences.


First Look also highlighted a variety of product zones, showcasing 8K AI technology, 4K HDR Gaming, HDR10+, intuitive Smart TV features and more that will be on display during CES 2018. For more information on the latest innovations in television from Samsung, please visit Samsung’s CES booth #15006, on Level 1 of the Central Hall in the Las Vegas Convention Center from January 9-12, 2018.