With these MicroLED TVs, Samsung is taking a more familiar approach. The thin panels are completely mounted, so all you have to do is lift the screen out of the box (using the included mounting handles) and mount it on the wall. In the interview above, Samsung executives Mike Kadish and Dan Shinasi tell us that you will definitely need some extra hands to handle such large screens. These TVs are meant to be wall mounted, but you can also purchase a stand separately if you prefer to use a console table. Although pre-configured, there is the potential for MicroLED panels to slip out of alignment over time, management tells us. However, you should be able to readjust them with a screwdriver, should the need arise.
As for what these sets will look like, Samsung claims that they will have an even finer dot height than early versions of The Wall. They are all 4K displays, as you would expect, and they support HDR1
In truth Back to the future 2 fashion, you will be able to see up to four inputs simultaneously one of these MicroLED sets with Samsung’s Multi-View mode. A 110-inch screen can be effectively converted into four 55-inch panels. It’s a cool salon trick, although I’m wondering how useful it will be in practice. The function is also only limited to displaying individual inputs, you will not be able to throw the TV’s built-in Netflix or Hulu apps in different windows. (Although there is something Samsung’s executives say can be added over time.)
If you’re wondering, no, we do not know what these MicroLEDs will cost yet. This is not uncommon – most TV companies show off their new series at CES and follow up with information on pricing and availability at the beginning. But in this case, I would be interested to see how they compare to large QLED and OLED TVs. LG’s 88-inch Signature ZX 8K OLED TV goes for an overwhelming $ 30,000 dollars, and I would not be surprised if Samsung’s prices start there, even though these are 4K sets. MicroLED is still a new display technology, after all, so it’s probably tougher and more expensive to produce than OLED, which LG has been steadily for several years.
The real question will be whether some pocket consumers will jump on Samsung’s big MicroLED set when big OLEDs have already proven their worth. It’s one thing to be an early adopter of something like folding phones or dual-screen PCs; it’s another to spend tens of thousands on first-generation display technology. As impressive as these MicroLED TVs sound, I would bet that audiences who want to spend a lot on a large screen can be better with OLED, or alternative options such as ultra-short-range laser projectors.