Samsung Shows Off 219-Inch Wall, Modular Micro LED Displays

It wouldn't be CES without a peek into the future. Samsung's answer for CES 2019: a TV larger than most walls in your house, and a next-generation micro LED display that you can expand to any size or aspect ratio.

The Korean conglomerate kicked off proceedings at their First Look event at Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. One of the biggest ticket items was literally big, with the company unveiling a 219-inch version of The Wall, the mammoth micro LED TV first unveiled at CES 2018.

The Wall's micro LED technology, which relies on millions of RGB microscopic LED chips, is also starting to make its way into more affordable, consumer-size TVs. A 75" 4K micro LED TV was announced during the Samsung preview event, along with an intriguing modular micro LED display that can be customised and expanded simply by adding more micro LED modules.

In an embargoed release, Samsung claimed that the modular display could be expanded beyond the traditional 16:9 or 21:9 formats simply by adding more modules:

Samsung’s Micro LED technology also optimises the content no matter the size and shape of the screen. Even when adding more modules, Samsung Micro LED displays can scale to increase the resolution — all while keeping the pixel density constant. Additionally, Micro LED can support everything from the standard 16:9 content, to 21:9 widescreen films, to unconventional aspect ratios like 32:9, or even 1:1 – without having to make any compromises in its picture quality.

The modular display is also bezel-free, making it an appealing choice for racing or flight simulator fans, retail scenarios and home theatres. The only kicker: Samsung hasn't decided on the timing of an Australian release, although they did confirm to Kotaku Australia that the micro LED TVs would be released down under eventually.


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    shame there is no banana for scale in that picture.

      There probably is, its just too small to see...

      Just crunched the numbers. Its basically 5m wide by 3m high. My joke about the banana being too small to see might be true...

      Numbers: A 16:9 ratio is 18.35 on the diagonal. So divide 219 by 18.35 (touch under 12") and multiply it by 16 to get the width (191") and 9 to get the height (107"). Then those numbers by 2.54 to get the dimensions in cm's.

    Samsung's answer for CES 2019: a TV larger than most walls in your houseLiterally true for my apartment. I guess I can put my credit card away. :(

      Same here. See above for the math, but its 5m x 3m or near enough. Most places don't have the 10 ft ceilings to squeeze in that 3m height, not to mention the space needed to get the bottom of the display off the floor.

    The modular micro LED idea is an interesting one. You could see some really interesting designs come out of it, especially if the prices become low enough. I'd like to know what the module sizes are, are they small enough you could integrate them into small devices?

      Theres info out there. They're basically custom made to whatever dimension you want. I think they're loosely 10" panels, there might be 5" ones as well. You decide the size, they put together 1/4/9/16/25/36/etc of em to make your tele, and put a permanent bezel on.

      But the panels wont be a product you can just walk into a Harvey Norman and buy yourself. Which would be nice.

      If someone comes up with a product like that, and sells the panels for $50 or so, they'll make a fortune. More if you can divvy up the real estate any way you want, so you can add an extra bar of panels at the top or sides for a secondary display. News, weather, social media, etc would all work there.

      I don't think its a huge leap to get there myself, this is most of the way there and all it would need would be some sort of hub to bring it all together. Which Samsung has in other products.

        Some one might be able to. They use GaN LEDs, old school LEDs. They don't suffer from the brightness issues OLED does and in theory once manufacturing is a bit more sorted they could be cheaper than OLED technologies.

        I wasn't really thinking about an individual going out and buying half a dozen and slapping something together. More that you could get smaller companies (Kogan for example) to buy and create devices from them. It would however be awesome if they were sold to individuals, though the price for small quantities would likely be prohibitive :(

        5" would probably be small enough for some of the ideas that came to mind. 10" is probably too big.

          Yeah, the market for business use is there as well. A strip of 5" displays along a counter for example would have a range of potential uses. I was just looking at personal use myself, but theres definitely business reasons there.

          I don't think the cost of small - you can get complete 10" screens for under $40. That's with casing, bezels, etc. Smaller screens are cheaper per inch than bigger ones, simply because its far easier to manufacture smaller screens, and the economies of scale come into it.

          I just think theres massive potential and an untapped market there. Given they're 90% of the way to doing it now, it seems inevitable it'll happen. I wont be surprised to hear them sell them individually at some point this year.

          To put it a different way, whats to stop someone from getting some of these, pulling them apart themselves and rebuilding them in their own design? Other videos out there are showing its simply a couple of screws holding a panel in place, taking minutes to add panels to.

            I meant small quantities not small screens. Like if I wanted to buy five of them to make something as opposed to ordering five thousand. As soon as you bulk order the price is noticeably lower.

            I'd love to create some cool devices with them, but I'm not sure my skills would be up to it. While it may be theoretically simple there's still the carpentry, electrics, painting/finishing etc. So I'm hoping we get 3rd parties working on devices.

              I don't think it would matter. Commercially a company could sell them retail, or buy them wholesale to use for their own purposes. These are so small the manufacturing and wholesale shipping wouldn't be huge.

              At a retail level, your retailers would be bulk ordering these in the thousands, not really different to a wholesaler making third party devices with them. Hobbyists would certainly be an interested market as well. You'd only need carpentry, electrics, etc if you wanted to make it fancy by the way - apparently these are actually bezel free, and lock together naturally.

              There are a bunch of vids that have popped up today showing how trivial they are to piece together. If you had a bunch of them, it wouldn't be hard to put them in any order you wanted. I think that's got potential. Making these available individually, or even wholesale as you suggest just seems a natural next step to me.

                I suspect Samsung may restrict sale of the unmodified units so that you couldn't buy in bulk then resell them without doing something with them. I've spoken to component wholesalers before when trying to track down a single part and in a few cases been told they're not allowed to sell them :(

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