As the CES (Consumer Electronic Show) 2019 commences today, Google and Apple take to billboard and commercial advertising as they exchange a few good-humoured puns. But while they may have cluttered the tabloids, the South-Koreans have taken the lead. Samsung unveils a never-been-seen-before MicroLED TV technology that’s capable of expanding and shrinking on demand. Using a set of LED panels, the 75-inch screen can be dismantled like a Lego set and remodelled as per the viewer’s preference. While they strive to revolutionize the everyday television experience with customisable screens and vibrant picture quality, they’ve played two more cards for workspace and gaming tech.
The concept was first introduced exactly a decade ago by IBM, was considered a cornerstone for modern gaming and entertainment as they merged multiple screen panels for a bigger and better experience. What’s different about Samsung’s new MicroLED screen is that the device is one pre-synced unit comprising of several smaller screens that can be dismantled, whereas, the IBM concept was operated using 5-8 independent units that were manually synced that pieced towards creating a bigger screen, it’s just the other way around. Samsung’s MicroLED 4K TV uses the same OLED panelling technology used in ‘The Wall,’ a revolutionary 0.5-inch ultra-thin wallpaper TV, launched in 2017.
But the bigger appeal of MicroLED is picture quality that should rival or beat OLED without any of the pitfalls of using an organic compound; that’s what the O in OLED stands for, after all. Said to produce perfect blacks, the microscopic LED screen panels don’t require a backlight, allowing them to self-illuminate as they pack an HDR colour palette. As they’re dismantlable, the TV can also have better lifespan as panels could be easily replaced and repaired without going into total standby.
Samsung haven’t officially named their MicroLED TV yet and neither is there and official launch date or price, we wouldn’t expect this to come cheap either way.
Samsung also featured a 49-inch curved gaming monitor dubbed the CRG9 and a 32-inch minimalist ‘Space Monitor’ for modern workspaces called the UR59C. They boast an Ultra-HD and Dual QHD Resolution which allows the CRG9 49” Gaming Monitor to create the perfect ‘Super Ultra-Wide Display’ The UR59C, built for the creative and professional minds, uses the support of a table clamp, creating a clutter-free desk with a pure minimalist approach. The neck can be easily adjusted as per preference and comes with three preferred positions.
The CRG9 includes one HDMI port, two Display Ports, USB 3.0 and headphone connectivity options. Samsung also designed the CRG9 with a smaller stand size for convenience and flexibility in every gamer’s space.
There isn’t an official commercial launch date for either screens but we could anticipate Samsung to retail them by the third quarter of 2019 or early 2020. And just the cherry on the top, they teased an image for 219-inch ‘The Wall 2.’ leaving us eager to know more about this gigantic living-room theatre screen.
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