Checking out Samsung's MicroLED and 8K QLED TVs

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The company claims dramatically improved colour and brightness with the new technology.

All told, Samsung sells a billion devices a year and has quietly made a startling 90 per cent of them networkable. Let us explain all. It also showcases some of the latest and most advanced TV display technology Samsung has ever presented to the wider world.

Like OLED, MicroLED pixels are capable of emitting their own light, but replace the organic element of OLED with the inorganic substance, gallium nitride.

LG OLED technology has created a new high-end category of displays that delivers an awe-inspiring picture with flawless blacks and incredible color, even from wide viewing angles, unlike any LCD/LED display. The technology actually uses many different LED modules stacked together, but it's borderless so you don't see seams between the different modules.

The MicroLED technology eliminates the need for a backlight and the screen excels in durability and effectiveness. Now LG Electronics once again took the next developmental step to this quintessential living room appliance with a new 65-inch 4K OLED screen that can be rolled up like a newspaper. MicroLED panels are inherently emissive just like the competing OLED TVs, which are the current performance kings. If an OLED pixel is off, then it's black. It's not the same technology as OLED, and Samsung says it offers the ideal blacks of OLED but can get much brighter and has fewer off-axis color issues.

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Its USP? Packing the ability to go five times brighter than the brightest TV now on the market, to give HDR footage some extra punch when it counts.

What's impressive, too, is that the rollable OLED panel looks just as good as a regular stiff OLED panel. That's not as big an issue with inorganic material, which has a longer overall lifespan. It was an operating system for budget TVs which served up all the usual TV stuff - a program guide, picture and sound settings - and a way to quickly get to Amazon's Prime Video content. Thus, Samsung has allocated part of its resources to develop Micro LED TV technology and successfully debuted a giant 146-inch Micro LED display in CES 2018. 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.

The television is expected to hit the market during the second half of 2018.

What's this modular stuff about?

The incredibly high-resolution 8K displays aren't mainstream here yet, and there's a dearth of 8k content to even show on them, but LG Displays is getting ready for the future.

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