Samsung launches 'The Wall' TV, plans Bixby, IoT integration for TVs

Nichole Vega
January 9, 2018

At CES 2018 today Samsung unveiled a huge modular MicroLED-based TV, aptly nicknamed 'The Wall'.

The lack of native 8K content is another issue to deal, and Samsung has a unique solution for that too in the form of an AI chip that the TVs come equipped with. A company representative said The Wall's "modules can be combined to increase the size of the overall TV" and said The Wall "could be sized smaller than 146 inches". It has the ability to transform into various sizes and offers, awesome brightness, color volume, color gamut, and black levels.

The most exciting thing about The Wall is the new MicroLED screen technology that Samsung just introduced, which will probably be used in other devices, including smartphones and tablets in the not so distant future.

Samsung is aiming to regain the high-ground in TV, with an early introduction of 8K and a new generation of TV technology, in the shape of MicroLED. The Wall is a self-emitting TV with micrometer (µm) scale LEDs, Samsung said. There is no need for color filters or backlighting thus there is no light bleed. The screen is supremed with durability, effectiveness, luminous efficiency, and low power consumption that altogether set the bar higher for future screen technology.

Finally, Samsung has promised an 8K QLED TV lineup with AI-powered technology in 65-inch and larger screens to arrive in the second half of this year. Samsung has now announced its new AI technology which will be integrated into its 85 inch 8k QLED TV.

The AI technology is created to upscale standard definition content to 8K and uses a proprietary algorithm to adjust screen resolution based on the picture quality characteristics of each scene.

Support for HDR10+ is also on offer because Samsung has a vested interest in the dynamic range enhancing standard. The screen will debut in Korea and the U.S. mid-2018, with a European launch to follow (expect to hear more of this at IFA 2018). Bixby is an intelligent assistant platform from Samsung for easier interaction between the TV and consumers with voice analysis capabilities. To help find what to watch, Universal Guide will act as a program guide and offer recommended TV shows based on viewing habits.

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