Samsung's new QLED TVs may have black levels to rival OLED


Unless you're the proud owner of an in-home movie theater, chances are your TV would look teeny-tiny compared to Samsung's new and incredibly large TV, which is appropriately named "The Wall". In the long term, analysts in the industry see microLEDs eventually win over OLEDs and QLEDs, but for now microLED TVs would be a costly proposition.

While voice assistants may not be as flashy as a TV the size of a wall, they are a useful feature for consumers, according to Forrester's Nail. "But the general reaction by foreign media is that Samsung and LG dominated other global companies in the TV and display sectors, which are the cores of CES". While that phrase sounds like typical PR/marketing hyperbole, we are actually inclined to trust Samsung's diagnosis in this case.

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"As the world's first consumer modular MicroLED television, "The Wall" represents another breakthrough". If true, it's a huge step forward for QLED and LCD, as these TVs require a backlight to function. Furthermore, just as is the case with OLED, the pixels (any one of several million of them inside a micro LED 4K TV bar) can turn off or on completely on an individual basis for flawless scene dimming and bright highlights. The Wall claims to produce 2,000 nits of brightness and this technology, even though it is still emerging is more longlasting than its closest competitor, the OLED. Perhaps MicroLED can get brighter; Samsung hasn't specified yet. Even today's best OLED 4K TVs can't reach even half of that so far. It can transform into any size, and delivers incredible brightness, colour gamut, colour volume and black levels. In other words, aside from its ridiculous size, The Wall is as close to the flawless new TV as we've seen so far from any brand. This results in a high contrast footage that is better than the traditional LCD screens.

This enormous television is 146 inches and features top-notch display technology known as microLED, something that Samsung has said will "set the standard for future screen technology". Companies like LG and Samsung were some of the biggest players in the event but Amazon, Asus, Acer and many other brands including those that make popular PC peripherals also made their presence felt in the event.