With these MicroLED TVs, Samsung takes a more familiar approach. The thin panels come pre-assembled, so you just need to lift the screen out of the box (using the included installation handles) and mount it on your wall. In the interview above, Samsung executives Mike Kadish and Dan Shinasi tell us that you’ll definitely need a few 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. Even though they’re preconfigured, it’s possible for MicroLED panels to slide out of alignment over time, executives tell us. But you should be able to readjust them with a screwdriver, if needed.
As for the look of these sets, Samsung claims they will have an even finer stitch pitch than earlier versions of The Wall. These are all 4K displays, as you might expect, and they support HDR10 and Dolby Vision. Since the panel itself is thin and delicate, MicroLED TVs rely on an external breakout box for connectivity, much like recent high-end sets from Samsung. The company has yet to confirm whether it will support HDMI 2.1 or a 120Hz refresh rate, but I certainly hope so, as you probably wouldn’t want to upgrade these beasts anytime soon. Likewise, there is no word yet on response times or support for variable refresh rates.
In truth Back to the future 2 mode, you will be able to watch up to four inputs at a time on these MicroLED sets with Samsung’s Multi-View mode. A 110-inch screen could effectively be made into four 55-inch panels. It’s a cool living room thing, although I wonder how useful it will be in practice. The functionality is also limited to showing individual inputs, you won’t be able to launch the TV’s built-in Netflix or Hulu apps in different windows. (Although Samsung executives say it could be added over time.)
If you’re wondering, no, we don’t yet know what these MicroLED TVs will cost. That’s not unusual – most TV companies showcase their new programming at CES and follow up with pricing and availability details in the spring. But in this case, I’ll be intrigued to see how they stack up against large QLED and OLED TVs. LG’s 88-inch Signature ZX 8K OLED TV costs $ 30,000, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Samsung’s pricing starts there, even if they’re 4K TVs. MicroLED is still a nascent display technology, after all, so it’s probably more difficult and more expensive to produce than OLED, which LG has been producing consistently for years.
The real question will be whether consumers with deep pockets jump on Samsung’s large MicroLED arrays when large OLEDs have already proven their worth. It’s one thing to be an early adopter of something like foldable 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’d bet audiences who want to spend a ton on a big screen might be better off with OLED or alternative options like ultra short throw laser projectors.